Piano Practice – Articulations

To master the piano, lots of practice is needed. And a great deal of time spent in piano practice involves finding and fixing areas of your music that are not perfect.

In the first part of her Piano Practice That Pays Off series, Dr. Lory Peters showed eight different techniques to help polish difficult practice areas. In this second part of her series, Dr. Lory discusses the use of articulations to help pianists polish rough spots in their pieces. This video covers four essential articulations that can be used to isolate and polish rough passages — legato, staccato, two-note slurs, and accents.

The teaching piece for this video is Beethoven’s classic, Für Elise.