Learning Touch Releases
Specific physical motions that produce a desired sound. Each touch release feels differently. Touch releases create the articulations written in the music, and allow students to shape phrases musically. Students can play entire pieces in an artistic manner. Touch releases also release tension in the arm, enabling the performer to play with physical freedom. In Succeeding at the Piano®, friendly icons remind students which touch release to use for the desired sound. These are basic for an excellent technique.
The technique lessons are approachable and not overwhelming in SATP. It's easy for teachers to teach and fun for students to learn. Students learn natural and healthy technique from the very beginning. Five basic physical gestures, which are called, "touch releases" are new. The "touch releases" are reinforced by friendly visual icons so that students learn when to use each touch release. They also learn why they should use each touch release. These five basic physical gestures are the basis for all excellent technique.