Ready, Set, Play!
Fit 4 Piano is developed by one of New Zealand's leading pianists and pedagogues, Associate Professor Dr. Rae de Lisle with the goal of effortless and healthy piano playing. Fit 4 Piano is intended as a resource for pianists, teachers and students alike. While not a method, it contains technical ideas and exercises that Rae has found most useful over a lifetime of teaching. By establishing movements that are natural from the beginning of learning, progression through the grades is uncomplicated, rewarding, and pleasurable for both teacher and student.
I was one of the first to obtain the e-book and then the hard copy (which I love!). I immediately devoted one to two hours a day to gradually work through the exercises in the book; step by step over four weeks...The transformation that happened in my own playing over these four weeks, I experienced in my ensuing concerts. I felt better pianistically than I had for years, with the constant full-time university teaching I had been doing and consequent hugely reduced practice time.
Since this time, I have been teaching the exercises to my students both in technique classes, and in weekly lessons supporting the repertoire they are studying. The direct remarkable development in their ease, fluency and their sound at the piano has been hugely gratifying and confirming.
Whether you are teaching first-stage beginners, intermediate, advanced or concert-level pianists, whether you are a piano teacher wanting to keep up your playing or a concert pianist looking to keep yourself in finest form, in my experience the exercises in this book work for everyone.
What a vast knowledge lays in this work. The ability to watch the videos and read text, as well as see the exercises is invaluable! Congratulations on such an achievement!
I've just been looking through Rae's new book, Fit 4 Piano, all about being, you know, Fit 4 Piano, and I'm especially loving that I can watch videos and demonstrations of *every* strategy, right away. And the illustrations are drop-dead gorgeous. Fantastic strategies, analogies, exercises, ideas, applications, everything.
So for teachers looking for a new, innovative, colourful and different resource book, Fit 4 Piano must certainly be explored... highly recommended, Fit 4 Piano will be an invaluable resource for all piano teachers and students and will be a great asset for candidates preparing for various teaching exams.