|Friend:||How do you play all those fast passages?|
Frances Wilson recently visited Elgar’s square piano and made a recording of the Enigma Variations with her friend Elspeth Wyllie.
|You will basically need five types of practice:||Performing your programme in glorious technicolour – for yourself and/or for others (see below). Record this occasionally, this will be excellent (if somewhat uncomfortable) feedback.|
|Running through your programme lightly (we do this with an air of emotional detachment, mezza voce, slightly under tempo, the louder dynamics suggested).|
|Spot practice (going over those places that did not withstand the pressures of the previous performance or play-through).|
|Maintenance practice to keep everything in tip-top shape (routine spit and polish using practice tools such as The Three S’s).|
|Silent practice away from the piano, reflecting on the score. (Do you really know where that crescendo begins? Have you perhaps forgotten about the sforzandos there?)|
#Steinway + #Stiga @ #JimHensonStudios. I read this book once called #EffortlessMastery by #KennyWerner. It teaches u to take remove yourself from yourself, and when #improvising or playing live music, to listen to yourself play music as if you were watching as a person in the audience from the back of the room. (at Jim Henson Studios)
A talented musician has been warmly welcomed as one of our latest residents at Riversway.
When the gentleman, who likes to be known as Todd, started to play the piano, he played it so well that we were all mesmerised, and the afternoon joyfully passed by.
It seems that Todd can also play the accordion and organ too, and we all joked we’d like to book him for a concert – apparently he is too expensive!
Thank you Todd, and we hope to enjoy your musical skills again soon.
Hope this is me one day!
Day 42. There’s nothing like the real thing. Testing out some lovely grand pianos today. #inspiration #100happydays #day42 #piano #acoustic
Artwork created from pieces of an 1898 Clough & Warren upright piano by Herb Kramer and Dave Trapani