Piano Qigong focuses on the “secondary benefits” of Qigong that are particularly relevant to piano playing.
Pianodao includes descriptive instructions for a few simple introductory Qigong exercises and techniques, but it is likely that having experienced the initial benefits these bring, readers will want to find out more about Qigong, its background, and exercises.
Qigong is a huge and fascinating subject, and there are a great many excellent books and other resources now available to help the Westerner with an interest in finding out more.
If you are keen to find out about the primary benefits of Qigong practice, here are some recommended books to explore – between them they include practical advice for Qigong practice, simple exercises for beginner practice, a philosophical grounding, and a general overview of Qigong history, science, its many styles and applications.
These books are suitable for beginners and those who simply want to find out what Qigong is all about.
I have included a short description of each, which I hope will help you to select the right book for you!
Elsewhere, the Qigong Resources section on Pianodao includes reviews of other books and resources which may be of interest.
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Sheet Music Review
Bartók’s Mikrokosmos has – since the first half of the 20th century – been a potent force in the pianist’s repertoire, hugely impacting pedagogy worldwide, while his charming collections of pieces For Children have delighted elementary to intermediate players of all ages. But what of his other little collection, The First Term at the Piano?
Largely overlooked, except as a curiosity for completists to consider, this seemingly innocuous sequence of 18 short pieces has passed under the radar of most piano teachers, and even though some of the pieces are brilliantly inventive and melodic, they have too rarely surfaced in other collections, exam syllabi or student performances.
Now the US-based pianist, teacher, lecturer and editor Immanuela Gruenberg is looking to turn the tables, resurrecting this work for a new century, and for a new audience.
Her stunning new edition of the pieces – which comes with complete commentary, imaginative lesson plans, and a series of online videos – has recently been published by Hal Leonard in association with Boosey & Hawkes. And as we shall see in this review, it is a genuine must-have purchase for anyone who teaches beginners.
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