Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
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Joined: 12 Sep 2022
40+ years ago I studied harpsichord performance, and I was steeped in historical performance practice and in the study of historical instruments. After an intervening medical career that involved study of the musculoskeletal anatomy of the arm and hand, I have come back to music, but on the piano. I have found that digitally-focused harpsichord technique cannot be transferred to the modern piano, and I am trying to retool. The redo has been accompanied by carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. I'm sorting through the very diverse and sometimes contradictory instruction on piano technique, trying to find an approach that preserves some of my prior skills, without inviting injury. My assumptions about performance of early classical piano literature are also, by default, slanted by a technique and "ear" conditioned on the keyboard literature and instruments of the preceding generation.


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