Palette of Touches: Piano Exercises & Repertoire
Palette of Touches–Intermediate offers a way for developing pianists to gain an aural awareness of tonal colors available on the piano and the technical tools needed to produce them in performance.
Palette of Touches offers a way for developing pianists to gain an aural awareness of tonal colors available on the piano and the technical tools needed to produce them in performance. The book introduces a variety of legato, staccato, and chordal touches through the following:
- Detailed descriptions, photographs, and online video clip demonstrations
- Recommended touch symbols to apply to printed exercises and scores
- Exercises specifically written to match each touch
- Excerpts from traditional piano literature for quick application
- Selected pieces of classic repertoire that feature each touch
Teachers and students learn to define interpretive decisions in music being studied using a descriptive, clear-cut “touch vocabulary,” assigning a level of weight into the key (key depth) to define dynamics, and through exercises and repertoire that allow students to physically fine-tune the sound and feel of these touches. The results can be remarkable. Student performances suddenly gain life and vitality!