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31 October 2017, 12:04 | Updated: 31 October 2017, 13:36
Watch and learn: this pianist knows how to be virtuosic at his instrument in just four minutes.
Piano technique all boils down to just two elements, Boris Giltburg says: your fingers and your back.
“Your fingers give you control in faster passages,” he explains. “Your finger is not a whole unit: it’s three independent joints. The most important bit is the point of contact between the finger and the key.”
To achieve a grand, soft sound (perhaps you want to play some of Chopin’s more epic Nocturnes), he advises to think of your shoulder blades as a ‘lever’ for your hand. The stronger the lever, the more relaxed your hands can be – so there will be no tension in your superb new playing.
So there you have it: virtuosic piano playing in just four minutes! Maybe allow yourself a few years of practice first, though…