Just Being at the Piano
- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: DeVorss & Co.; Revised edition (January 25, 2017)
- ISBN-10: 0875168930
- ISBN-13: 978-0875168937
Harmony begins in the Soul, Long before the first note is Played
There are many approaches to piano theory. They range from the simple technique of reading music and touching the keys, to playing-by-ear, but few have taken the inner path that begins in the soul. Mildred Portney Chase merged her piano lessons with the discipline of mindful Buddhist practice and created an experience that evokes not just music for the pleasure of the listener, but a journey that leads the student to a world of calm and peacefulness flowing from the soul out into the universe . . . ever-evolving day-by-day within the heart of the student.
“This book is as useful as it is lovely, as it deals with real matters such as rhythm, finger ‘balance and alignment,’ the pleasures and pitfalls of sight-reading and improvisation, slow practice, and tone production. This Josef Lhevinne student has offered us a profound, touching, and quite recommendable approach.” —Clavier
“. . Works toward developing the musician’s sensory awareness of the sound, of the touch, of what the entire body is experiencing, so that each tone may sing.” —Lee Strasberg
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MILDRED PORTNEY CHASE (1921 1991) was an international concert pianist, teacher, author, wife, mother, and grandmother. She first began to play the piano by ear before she could speak. After growing up in Los Angeles, Mildred was granted a four-year fellowship to Juilliard, where she studied with famed Russian pianist and piano teacher, Josef Lhevinne. Back in Los Angeles, she performed with Peter Yates in his Evenings on the Roof concert series, then taught piano at the Los Angeles Conservatory and at the University of Southern California Graduate School of Music. She studied Eastern philosophy and culture which influenced much of her peaceful techniques, practices and theories.