Level 1, Technique and Artistry, Pg. 6, Wrist Float-Offs
Ending a phrase with a gentle lift is a technical “secret” that will last a lifetime. Suggesting that a balloon lifts the wrist and guides it to float up and off captures the idea of flexibility and relaxation. Trying the “wrist float-off” on the closed piano lid until just the third finger is touching, but still slightly curved, prepares Emily to transfer the gesture to the keyboard. A wrist float-off guarantees a “Smooth Take-off” to higher and lower octaves!