Niks Piano Technique & Hand Guide

Exploring a Modern Approach to the Work of Muscles in Piano Playing Without Tension

Research for the effective physical approach to piano playing culminated with the patent of the piano device, the Hand Guide, in 1991 by Mikhail Niks. An accompanying training manual, “Play Without Tension”, was completed by Inessa Niks in 1998.

The Hand Guide provided a precise demonstration of the effective work of muscles engaged in piano playing. The principles of piano technique without tension led to the explanation of the “singing tone,” the most acoustically effective and beautiful sound that the piano instrument can produce. A lecture-recital, “Mystery of Singing Tone”, was dedicated to the solution of producing an acoustically effective sound of piano. This lecture-recital is the The lecture is illustrated by playing of pianists representing a school of "singing" tone of the past and the playing of the author of the lecture-recital, Inessa Niks (Inessa Niks was recorded on a 1927 5' 7" Steinway model L; narration was provided by Dimitri Niks).

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Understanding of this phenomenon inspired further investigation into the specific sounds of great composers, research conducted by Mikhail and Inessa Niks (1991-1996). The lecture-recital, “Distinctive Sounds of Great Composers”, is dedicated to the discovery of an amazing variety of acoustical sounds which we deem characteristic for different musical styles and major composers. The lecture is narrated and illustrated by Inessa Niks.

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