Stages of Development

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As the scales are practised in this way, you will find that over a period the hand and fingers evolve quite naturally through a number of stages.

Ultimately, when playing, the arms should feel as though they are floating.
The arm and wrist describe or draw the shape of the piece, as though they were dancing and thereby shaping the sound produced from the piano.
You now can clearly differentiate between mechanism and music.
The mechanism of playing is left to the fingers while arms and wrists shape the music.

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