Piano Technique Video: Wrist Motion- Down-Up Movement

[anti-rclick]Teresa Wong talks about an essential technique: wrist motion with illustrations of four exercises she gives to her students, especially for beginners and diploma students.

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Please click on the title and read my comments to one reader about his/her questions about this video/technique.

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4 thoughts on “Piano Technique Video: Wrist Motion- Down-Up Movement

  1. William,

    Thank you for your comments.

    The thumb should be naturally curved a little, like how it is when the hand is in a relaxed position / mode.

    You should have the first phalanx of the thumb rest on the key when you play, having the bone / joint connecting the two phalanxes placed on the key.

    You don’t play with the tip of the thumb, but with the side (of the majority) of the first phalanx of the thumb.

    Hope this helps.

    Teresa Wong

  2. I really love this video, it help me to get my wrists more flexible for a old adult this important! :) and how it helps coordinate my fingers with the wrists.
    This will be great if u can tape it from the other side so we can see how your thumb moves, i always have doubt if the thumb should be straight or curve Naturally…
    Thanks a lot for this nice video, looking forward for the next one!!


  3. Thank you for your message.

    To reply your questions one by one:

    Number one: 請問彈琴不應該是用身體>手臂>手碗>手指的傳送力量下去的嗎? (原文 Original Quote)
    “In piano playing, don’t we use the transfer of energy from the body- to the arms- to the wrists- and then fingers?” (My English translation)

    Yes it is right that we use the whole body to play the piano, channeling the energy from our body to the upper arms and forearms through our wrists and hands to the fingers . You can see my explanation of this in many posts under the category “Piano Technique” 鋼琴技巧 . For instance:
    1. “My First Technique Video” (in Cantonese)
    2.鋼琴技巧 《二》 (In Chinese) or Piano Technique II (In English), in which I explain the use of the whole arm and the related technical details.

    There are more posts on piano technique that I have written and you can go read and see what I advocate is the whole bodily coordination.

    Number two: 你這方法只是利用手碗把音壓下去. 是對的嗎? (原文 Original Quote)
    “This method of yours only uses the wrists to press the notes/keys down. Is that a correct method?” (My English translation)

    I NEVER said we “press” our wrists down to play. What I am trying to explain in this video and other related posts is that the wrist has to be SUPPLE, that means not tight or loose, that it is FLEXIBLE enough and has NO TENSION at all so that we can transfer the energy from the body and arm to the hands and fingers, and among the fingers. This video and exercise is to emphasize the importance of the wrist being MOVEABLE instead of constantly staying in a stiff position. Again, I stress that I never ever say we press the wrist down to play the notes. If you can understand my explanation in English, you will hear I never say anything about pressing the wrist down ever. In the video, I use my other hand to help with the wrist movement of the hand which is playing. It is not to show that I press my wrist to play the notes, it simple tries to check that the wrist is flexible, that’s all. Please do not misinterpret that motion.

    Number three: 我明白你是想用力量轉移的方法,但你這方法沒有好好利用身體的協調 是對的嗎? (原文 Original Quote)
    “I understand that you are trying to use the method of transfer of energy/weight, but this method of yours does not utilize fully the coordination of the body. Is that a correct method?” (My English translation)

    This is only one of the many exercises that I use to explain the many facets of piano techniques. This one happens to focus on the wrist motion. There are many other techniques, such as forearm rotation, thrust, free fall etc. And I will explain them in other videos. In order to work on the techniques, we have to isolate each bodily part and explain and work in details how the movement should be. After we know each technique individually, we use it into our playing and combine the different techniques that we have learnt together, to become one unified technique foundation which involves much bodily coordination.

    I hope this answer can clarify your doubts in this illustration of the wrist technique.

    Teresa Wong

  4. 請問彈琴不應該是用身體>手臂>手碗>手指的傳送力量下去的嗎?
    你這方法只是利用手碗把音壓下去. 是對的嗎?
    我明白你是想用力量轉移的方法,但你這方法沒有好好利用身體的協調 是對的嗎?

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