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An Inquiry from an Amateur Pianist

Ralph A. Manchester
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 28 Number 2: Page 63 (June 2013)

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Abstract: The Letter to the Editor from Matthew Arthur in this issue of MPPA asks an important question for performing arts medicine professionals: why haven't we used the scientific method to determine optimal piano technique? More broadly framed, why is technique in most of the performing arts based much more on tradition and expert opinion than on the results of carefully designed scientific studies? There are some obvious answers to these questions, such as the fact that people have been playing the piano for several centuries, but have been using the scientific method to study the performing arts for only a few decades. Since I'm no expert in piano technique, I asked several people who are to respond to this question. You can read their full responses following Mr. Arthur's letter. In the next few paragraphs, I attempt to summarize their thoughts and integrate their thoughts with mine in a coherent response. [Mr. Arthur's letter and the replies are included in the Editorial PDF.]

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