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Old 08-28-2009, 03:10 PM
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Correct use of the pedals is an oft-neglected art. There are entire books written on usage of the pedal. Experiment with it - and not only the sustain pedal, but the soft pedal and sustain pedal as well. And remember that not using any pedal at all is better than just keeping the sustain pedal down all the time.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:11 PM
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Play on the best instrument that you can, even if you don't own it. It is worth a trip to a local church now and then for the experience of playing on a great instrument - you'll be surprised what it can bring out of your playing.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:12 PM
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Do use different pianos from time to time. Every piano is different. You never know what piano you might be called to perform on. Playing different pianos will help you remain flexible in this sense.
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:03 PM
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If you play a lot and have a decent piano, consider installing a humidity regulation system in the piano. It can really keep it in tune a lot better. You'll just have to remember to water your piano from time to time!
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:25 PM
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When you practice just before a recital, you may find that it helps to play everything at exactly one half tempo. For some, this helps to engrain the "muscle memory" one last time.
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:26 PM
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When you want to increase your ability to play a passage at a faster tempo, start at the tempo you can play at and increase your tempo by one setting on your metronome until you can play it 3 times correctly in a row. Then, you can go to the next setting.
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:27 PM
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Listen. Listen to the sound you are creating. Listen to the music as you play it. Become not only a performer, but a listener and critic/ teacher to yourself as well.
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:29 PM
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Don't do anything unusual to try and strengthen your hand, such as use an odd contraption, or any device that causes pain. There is speculation that famous composer Robert Schumann permanently injured his right hand by doing so.
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:22 PM
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Make up fun ways to remember the basic music staff for reading music. For the empty spaces remember: FACE. For the lines, remember EGBDF: Every Good Boy Does Fine.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:28 PM
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In the old days, many colleges forbade students from playing jazz on university pianos out of fear that it would damage the instruments. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some classical pianists even say that you have to break a few strings from time to time to really play to your full dynamic potential!
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:29 PM
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It is a great idea to practice one hand at a time on a challenging passage or song before putting them both together.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:33 PM
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Please, learn to count properly. Pianists are notorious for not counting correctly. This is mainly a result of the ability to be lax in counting and still play solo with errors mostly unnoticed or at least listenable. Many pianists fall on the unfortunate crutch of simply looking at how the notes line up between the two hands without calculating the exact duration of the notes. This becomes a real problem when playing in a group, accompanying a soloist, playing a concerto with an orchestra, or even playing a solo piece incorrectly that listeners are familiar with. Rise above the crowd!
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:33 PM
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In general, try to keep your hands r e l a x e d...
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:35 PM
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Your memory is a wonderful tool. Many musicians are fond of saying that you can make more music when you can get away from the printed page. It only makes sense that if you don't have to process what you are looking at, you can focus more attention toward your creativity.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:39 PM
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Learning jazz improvisation as a pianist. It can be an arduous process. Here's a technique that has been successful for the few who have taken advantage of the technique. Find a local jazz pianist whose playing you enjoy. They don't have to be a teacher. Tell them you want to pay to come listen to them play privately and learn from them - non-traditional lessons. Then, simply have them play. When you hear something you like, stop them and ask "How do you do that?" Take notes. Then, take it home to practice it!
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:43 PM
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Pianists are some of the few musicians who are apt to get overly caught up in work on technique such as scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises. Make sure you are working on pieces for performance, and that you are performing them every chance you get - for family, friends, gatherings, and if possible in recital, gig, or concert!
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:53 PM
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Parents - want to help your child succeed in Piano. Get involved! If you just let any kind of musical endeavor go on its own, chances of success are much lower.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:55 PM
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Parents - PRAISE your children on the sounds they are learning to create and the progress they are making in their piano playing. You can also praise their determination, courage, intelligence, consistency, creativity, interpretation, effort, and skill.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:58 PM
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Trying to make your practice or your child's practice more regular? Work it into your schedule using something regular that happens each day. You could practice:
- when you first wake up
- after dinner
- when you get home from work/ school
- after your favorite tv show
- just before bed
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:00 PM
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Some suggest not worrying too much about the length of your/ your child's practice session. Practice to learn and improve. When you begin to become fatigued, put it away. You can come back to it later if you like.
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