P2 - B1

Posture and freedom of movement

  • Maintain physical freedom and ease, without unnecessary tension:
    • across a comfortable range of the instrument
    • playing with a comfortable and balanced position which ensures flexibility when playing hands
    • separately and together
    • developing free and confident movement, ┬ámaintaining appropriate forearm, wrist and hand positions

Demonstrate exercises for moderately rapid, free movement across the keyboard, e.g. playing single notes or intervals in different octaves, encouraging free movement of the arm. This can be combined with hand crossing. Ask learners to incorporate these into their practice routines.

Explain and demonstrate a range of physical warm-ups, at and away from the keyboard, to encourage relaxed shoulders, a supported spine, supple wrists, etc.

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