Nature offers wonderful contrasts. Dramatic red flowers emerging from rich, black earth. Subtle shades of green in a deep forest. Pianistic artistry also involves dramatic and subtle contrasts. As Dr. Faber points out in Sunshine, Raindrops from Technique & Artistry Level 2B, it is the balance between melody and harmony that guides the ear and conveys the “message.” We can help our students find the role of arm weight to “sing” the melody. We can present a delicate surface touch for accompanying chords. When technique and artistry are further developed, it is balance within the hand that delivers the sublime melody of Beethoven’s Pathétique over shades of contrast.