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Chinese science in relaxation: piano playing technique redefined


Loo, Fung Ying and Loo, Fung Chiat (2011) Chinese science in relaxation: piano playing technique redefined. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 5 (12). pp. 1241-1248. ISSN 1991-8178


This study first explores the issue of muscular contraction and relaxation in piano playing from a Chinese science perspective. The main aim of this article is to examine the classic Chinese concept of yin and yang and how it forms the movement principle in taijiquan, then goes on to investigate this further as applied to the concept of relaxation in piano playing. Relaxation itself can be contentious especially when it is employed as a technique of movement which contradict its original character of passivity. In this paper, views about relaxation from piano pedagogues will be discussed. The research took on a practice-led approach. This article highlights motion analysis in a philosophical perspective. The character of relaxation is redefined using the concept of yin and yang as an analytical tool.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
Publisher: American-Eurasian Network for Scientific Information
Keywords: Motion analysis; Relaxation; Taijiquan; Yin and yang
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 06:32
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 06:32
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/22668
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