Mastering the Chopin Etudes eBook


A virtual compendium of piano technique.

I instantly went to my piano and tried Chopin’s first Etude using this principle of displacing the hand to the next position without stretching: It was a MIRACLE!!!!!!!! It worked like a DREAM: no tension, no stiffening, no tiring of my hand. It felt so easy, so non-straining. I could go on playing the piano using this principle for ever without feeling any stiffening, etc. Since I am a physician, your applying anatomy and physiology to explaining piano technique is a total BLESSING: it makes the principle easy to understand.

Zuhair Bakdoud



A unique book about the art of the piano, with Frederic Chopin and his landmark series of “Etudes” at its heart. Noted Chopinist Alan Kogosowski gives a complete explanation of how the piano is REALLY played, in a clear exposition rarely ever accomplished. The subject is approached from the wider physiological angle, explaining in detail how the hands actually work. This information is of vital importance because of the prevalence of RSI and carpal tunnel problems among pianists, as well as an ever-growing number of people because of the constant use of computers.

This hugely important subject is addressed in the context of the history and world of piano performing. The book is also a new “take” on the life of Frederic Chopin. Instead of detailing the chronological facts of his life, the book takes the reader on a journey, one in which he travels in Chopin’s shoes, seeing the world through his eyes–not just emotionally, socially and politically, but how the history of music and the whole culture of Europe appeared to him. It is a biography told “from the inside out,” so to speak, starting with the music and how it is played, and explaining everything through that (and is that not the real way to tell the life of an artist?).

For ease of reading, you may want to e-mail the e-book to someone at a nearby office depot and ask to have it printed out. Specify double-sided printing, with the cover in color, and coil binding with a clear plastic cover.

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