Piano Power, A Breakthrough Approach To Improving Your Technique

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Piano Power is an exciting, revolutionary method designed to help pianists who, because of physical limitations, have reached a plateau in their development. Endorsed by respected musicians and medical professionals alike, Piano Power offers a scientific regime that uses specific exercises to tone muscles in the hands and forearms to improve reach and function.

It was developed by pianist and composer Richard Prokop after 25 years of self-observation and teaching.

"Many people begin piano lessons with the hope that they will experience steady progress. However, after years of trying a variety of teachers and methods, they reach a technical impasse in spite of hours of daily practice," says Piano Power's author Richard Prokop. "By applying Piano Power's unique methods and insights to their daily regimen, pianists can easily move on to the next level of development."

Piano Power deals with fundamental problems encountered by pianists-problems that can persist for the duration of one's life if not corrected-and provides unique and logical methods for solving them. Loaded with theorems and proofs, photographs and diagrams, Piano Power enables the reader to optimize his/her practice time while avoiding injury. It concludes with detailed anatomical drawings of the muscles of the hand and forearm, along with a thorough index and glossary. A special reference section also provides valuable information about organizations and web-sites that deal with hand dysfunction.

Piano Power's unique thesis has been corroborated by a wide array of medical professionals with expertise in the field of kinesiology-the science of human motion. Chief among these is the Miller Institute in New York City, internationally recognized for their work in the field of performance-related injury since 1985. It has also been enthusiastically received by Paul D.Fragner, M.D., of Westchester Bone & Joint Associates, a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand and wrist injuries. Piano Power has also been endorsed by such luminaries in the music world as Anthony Newman, Bob James and Skitch Henderson.

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About the Author:

Richard Prokop, pianist, jazz-pianist, teacher and composer, has taught piano for twenty-five years. He received a B.F.A. in Piano/Performance at the State University of New York at Purchase. He also served as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Westchester Community College. In addition to his private teaching, he is a faculty member at The Music Conservatory of Westchester and performs regularly in the White Plains area where he currently lives with his wife Betsy.

Other books by Richard Prokop include:
Piano Power Exercises, For Small Hands, Volume 1
Piano Power Exercises, For Medium Hands, Volume 1
Piano Power Exercises, For Large Hands, Volume 1

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FOREWORD

In Piano Power, Richard Prokop combines years of piano experience, medical fact and common sense to dispel many of the common myths associated with the development of piano technique. Through clear explanations of the anatomy and mechanics of the hand, he describes logical, timesaving practice methods to improve technique while avoiding injury.

Mr.Prokop explores the essential relationships between hand and finger anatomy, function, and piano technique. It would be hard for me to imagine any pianist, or health care professional involved in the care and treatment of piano-related hand problems, not being interested in this book.

It is my professional opinion, as a physician specializing in hand and wrist problems, that the information presented in Piano Power is invaluable to pianists of all levels.

Paul D. Fragner, M.D., Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Hand and Wrist Specialist, Westchester Bone & Joint Associates, White Plains, New York

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