David has been modifying, researching, and studying a relaxed piano technique since 2004. In 2019, he thinks he's finally cracked it. Again.
Throughout years of personal, and inspired research in biomechanics in music, tension management, relaxation training, anatomy and physiology, and studies in applied kinesiology, David has combined many elements together into his approach at minimizing tension of the hand, wrist, and arm.
In life, much of it we learn how to succeed by learning what NOT to do wrong. There is nothing wrong with mistakes. There is no such thing as a mistake, there is only an error. There is no spoon.
Tension Management: 7 Activities for Musicians
Do you know why you are here? Most likely because you're a musician with wrist tension, just a guess. Well there's a guide for that now.
The Paper-Sliding Touch
This video showcases special physical and mental exercises I designed after many years of research into a method at the piano to develop and instill a new, greater relaxed piano technique. Classics.
I. The 1-5 Exercise 03:43
II. Independence 08:06
III. The Tendonitis Stretch 22:00
IV. The Paper-sliding Touch 46:22
Rapid Review 54:14
The Rock Star Stretch 1.0 55:35
Rock Star Stretch on Db silent 1:05:00
Rock Star Stretch 2.0 1:06:15
Emancipation of the Thumb 1:09:24
Using Two Pencils 1:10:35
Good luck, and keep practicing!
Tendonitis Stretch No. 2
Someone is back, and it seems he's been gettin' real jelly wit' it. By the way, have you tried to 'split' with the pointer finger from the opposite side, then 'intersect' with the middle finger from the underside?
Breaking Down Barriers to Music Theory
This 4-disc series I designed just for the purpose of the title. I compiled years of experience in music theory with simple minute-by-minute tutorials over many popular elements of music theory from the starting fundamentals, up to the skills required for entry-level musical analysis. It is very strongly recommended to go in order, as the study of music is additive. Though not a total comprehensive substitute for all of music theory, these videos provide handy tools to overcome common issues for most musicians using classic resources and a solid digital interface. NOTE: Make sure you're watching in 480p or greater.
Index for BDBMT Studies
1.1 The Keyboard, Musical Alphabet
1.2 Time Signature
1.3 Whole Steps
1.4 Half Steps
1.9 Eighths and Sixteenths
1.10 Articulations, Staccato
2.1 White Keys as Sharps and Flats
2.2 Whole Tones and Semi-tones
2.5 Notes Between the Staves
2.7 Introduction to Intervals
3.1 Major Scale Fingerings
3.2 Naming Intervals
3.3 Chords and Triads
3.4 Triads, Inversions of Major Scales
3.5 Writing and Reading Intervals
3.6 Time Signature and Time Value Studies
3.7 Order of Sharps and Circle of Fifths
3.8 Major Triad Patterns
C.1 A Table of Intervals
C.2 Major Scales, Keyboard Fingerings
C.3 Arpeggios of Major and Minor Triads
C.4 Key Signatures, Circle of Fifths, Index
Forget what you thought you knew about your wrist tension. Is that not why you are here?
EVERY diatonic (in-the-scale) chord that you will find in the Circle of Fifths, in under 5 minutes. Don’t learn what a chord is called, learn WHY it is called that.
If this doesn’t get you excited for group teach 2019, then go do something else that excites you.
You'll find this simple exercise I created to have serious potential in unlocking the true workings of your finite interpalmar muscular structures. The only way it's possible is to RELAX.
Chances are… if you are not one of my students you have no idea what this means. Chances are, if you are one of my students, you are tired of hearing me talk about what this means, and how to use it.
For the rest of the arms, neck, shoulders, back, and legs, much more is required to accommodate for interconnections. Take a few tips from this more 'extreme' way to stretch. *Disclaimer: exercise caution with these exercises until you truly understand them and yourself. Vary weight.*
If you’re not doing this exercise advanced students then you might as well be walking on the sun.