The Contemporary Piano: A Performer and Composer's Guide to Techniques and Resources
Rowman & Littlefield Press, (2018)
ISBN 978-1-4422-8187-5 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-4422-8188-2 (Ebook)
Here you will find additional online components for The Contemporary Piano for pianists and composers interested in exploring nontraditional techniques and preparations. I will post many brief videos demonstrating techniques and methods for using preparations here. Links below.
bass drum beater | Super-ball mallet
a few words
From the keys
2nd partial to 22nd partial
a few more words
several dyads in the middle register
bows can be fashioned from several strands of monofilament fishing line. Apply violin bow rosin to the monofilament, and run the bow at tension on the piano strings.
a few other bows
words about other bows
How to insert string preparations?
Golf tees | straws
Insert these between strings 2&3 of a triple unison set, for a sound in between a unison and a second.
Screws and bolts | + washers and nuts
Gong sounds and rattles.
Italian metal clips
Resonant bell sounds.
paper | cardstock
These provide a gentle rattle at the onset of the sound.
Similar sound to paper, but gives a tighter and longer-lasting buzz.
A tight, harpsichord sound.
A jangling, metallic harpsichord sound.
An easy way to choose selective sympathetically resonating notes.
the toy piano
on the keys
underpressure techniques |
percussive techniques |
mallets and such
full-compass cluster |