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With Your Own Two Hands Paperback – Mar 15 1998


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside (March 15 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793557127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793557127
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 513 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #755,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John G. Schreckengost on July 9 2001
Format: Paperback
I originally ordered this book for my niece who is experiencing much pain when she plays the piano. Since she is a music major and piano is her primary instrument, finding help has become a priority. When the book arrived, I browsed through it to see if it seemed to have helpful advice. I saw plenty to interest me that I decided to buy a second copy for myself. As a professional horn player, I found the first part of the book (A Reason For Practicing: Why Do You Practice, Why Don't You Practice and Concentration) captivating. He looks at the reasons people practice and don't practice. He is sensitive to the psychological and human values that greatly influence one's approach to music. His approach to concentration and feeling is one that is worth studying. In the second part of the book (The Disciplines:Tempo-Rhythm-Pulse, Listening, You and the Piano and Choreography), his analysis of various aspects of playing is both lucid and perceptive. I also felt that his section on the mechanics of playing looked as though it could be quite helpful to my niece as she struggles to overcome the pain she experiences when playing (I'll look forward to hearing if she feels the same). The final section of the book (Fulfillment through Performing: Performing, Memory, Nervousness and Finale) brings this work to a logical conclusion. I consider this book essential for reading and study.
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I'm a relatively new piano student. Just started learning to play the piano 10 months ago and I am still able to grab the essence of this book. Truly inspirational, I always want to know one ultimate reason I should be practicing. This book really delivers what it promises. It gives me the right attitude. My relationship with my teacher is improving. No doubt, it works wonder on me and I can never turn away from my piano from now on.
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The later part of the book is about various technique/suggestions. Being a piano novice I wouldn't dare to validate this part. I did find some interesting anecdotes about playing the piano but I still need some help from my teacher on a few chapters.
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After a nearly 20-year lapse I took up the
piano again and came across this book. It is full
of wonderful anecdotes and advice, not only for
pianists but for anyone who plays an instrument.
One-by-one, Berstein demolishes the myths and
misunderstandings that keep us from exercising
and enjoying our talents. He teaches us that
mistakes and slips are natural and OK; invokes
us to strike the right balance between technical
excellence and emotional openness. His anecdotes,
drawn from real-life experiences with his
students, are valulable object lessons.
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Before reading this, I thought it was a kind of mechanical things. And I treated playing piano carelessly. But this book helped me to be serious about it.The title itself shows his idea on piano playing. In the first part I reflected on my attitude to practicing and my teacher. He suggests various aspects of techniques in the second part. Not all of suggestion worked for me but surely it is worth reading.If you are interested in 'why' and 'how as an intermediate player, I think this book is for you.
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There are two books on piano playing that should be a must read for all serious pianists. One is Neuhaus' 'The Art of Piano Playing', and the second is this one. Mr. Bernstein not only demonstrates a profound understanding of the challenges facing all aspiring and accomplished pianists, but provides invaluable advice on how to tackle all of these. It is an absolute must. You won't regret it - I learned more in 2 hours of reading that in months, perhaps years, of practicing.
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By A Customer on May 22 2002
Format: Paperback
An honest confession: I am an angry practicer. My practices usually sound more like a hockey game than a quiet session, complete with book-throwing and all. But this book has truly changed the way i practiced. Because of my bad habits, i injured my tendons and hand. But now i see that practicing is osmething much deeper than just " learning the music". For any musician, pianist or not,t his book is a true gem and a resource that will be a favorite for many years.
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