Books & DVDs

The Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique, 1st Edition

Alan Fraser’s first book on piano technique was his landmark The Craft of Piano Playing, published by Scarecrow Press in 2003. The result of over 30 year’s research, it was skeletal-based piano technique in its seminal, groundbreaking first presentation.

The Craft of Piano Playing (2003)

The Craft of Piano Playing (2003)

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The Craft of Piano Playing DVD

An immediate demand arose for a film version and so in 2006 The Craft of Piano Playing DVD was released by Fraser’s own company, Maple Grove Music Productions.

DVD

The DVD (2006)

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Honing the Pianistic Self-Image: Skeletal-Based Piano Technique

In 2010 Maple Grove released Craft’s long-awaited sequel – Honing the Pianistic Self-Image: Skeletal-Based Piano Technique. Here Fraser develops the hand’s sophisticated skeletal structure and function to new highs, introducing concepts such as unstable equilibrium and relating the hand out to a potent, supportive whole-body organization.

Honing The Pianistic Self-Image

Honing The Pianistic Self-Image (2010)

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A Study Guide to the Craft of Piano Playing

The Study Guide to The Craft of Piano Playing (Maple Grove Music, 2009) ties these three major publications together, providing a 13-week (one-semester) study plan, summarizing key themes and listing sample questions as well as a concordance between the DVD and both books.

The Study Guide

The Study Guide (2009)

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The Craft of Piano Playing 2nd Edition

Finally, in 2011 Scarecrow Press published The Craft of Piano Playing in a newly revised, updated 2nd Edition. With an expanded Table of Contents to help the reader master the considerable amount of material offered, and several new partial and complete chapters reflecting the developments in Alan Fraser’s thinking since 2003.

The Craft of Piano Playing 2nd Edition

The Craft of Piano Playing 2nd Edition (2011)

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All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique

Published in June 2012, this new volume really is mostly about the thumb – its fascinating relationship to the rest of the hand, and the special role it can play in empowering your piano playing. Follow this link for more information.

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