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How do I relax at the piano?

It’s no fun playing the piano when you don’t feel at ease. Many of us are told to relax by teachers who can see how much of a toll the stress is taking on our playing. This may lead us to ask “how do I relax while playing?” or perhaps “will relaxing actually help me?” […]

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Should playing feel good?

When I play the piano, I strive to make it feel good. It is no fun for me to feel like I am struggling with my body while trying to play, and the music that results from that struggle is not something I would enjoy listening to. I want to be clear that I am […]

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Analyzing music for performance

When your playing isn’t “right”, I believe it is important to distinguish between your analysis and your performance. By “analysis”, I am referring to the way you understand the music. This may include a formal analysis, such as with Roman numerals or a Schenker graph. However, it may also include simple, common-sense answers to the […]

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Looking for blind spots

In sharp contrast to the usual method of practicing, which is locating and correcting mistakes, my approach could instead be described as looking for blind spots. As always, I stress awareness over correctness. True change and improvement can only come from this place. What is a blind spot? As I have written about, there are […]

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