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Ways of the Hand

The Organization of Improvised Conduct

By David Sudnow

This is David Sudnow's classic account of how his hands learned to improvise jazz on the piano.

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This is David Sudnow's classic account of how his hands learned to improvise jazz on the piano.

This is David Sudnow's classic account of how his hands learned to improvise jazz on the piano.

David Sudnow is the author of Passing On and editor of Studies in Social Interaction. Since writing this book, he has developed a piano training method based on its insights.

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Out of Print ISBN: 9780262691611 171 pp. | 9 in x 6 in

Reviews

  • With astonishing descriptive precision, the author compels the reader to think and feet along with him as his fingers progress toward intimacy with the keyboard. This is at once a work of minutely detailed phenomenology and a virtuoso performance of language in action.

    Psychology Today

  • A dazzling and deeply probing study of the relationship between human consciousness and behavior.

    Jack Kroll

    Newsweek

Endorsements

  • Original and detailed phenomenology of the sort that philosophers such as Husserl and Merleau-Ponty promised but seldom carried out. [Sudnow's] minute observations are astounding. This book is a great contribution to our understanding of embodied know-how and to a foundation of a method for learning more.

    Hubert L. Dreyfus

    Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley