"Play Piano As Fast As Possible!"

Written by Ronald Worthy

Copyright 2005 RAW Productions

One ofrepparttar rules of practicing we all hear over and over is "Be sure to practice slowly." (I'm guilty of this too!) Oftenrepparttar 150601 result of this is a feeling of inhibition, which leads to tedium. Picture yourself filled with excitement and yearning in setting out to learn a new piece. Suddenly a voice fromrepparttar 150602 darkness whispers: "Don't touch those keys! Sit erect, play slowly, stay strictly in time, watch that fingering..." and your smile is gone. I'm beginning to feel a cramp just talking about it.

The fact is, a certain amount of slow practice and attention to small scale detail is absolutely necessary. But there is something lacking inrepparttar 150603 approach so many of us have taken; we set out to make music, and end up playing what amounts to no more than a series of sterile exercises.

How can we overcome this problem?

First of all, it's important to remember that music comes to life through shading, dynamics, differences in touch,repparttar 150604 shapes of its phrases,repparttar 150605 rhythmic vitality that is so much a part ofrepparttar 150606 right tempo. These qualities are all missing in a slow, rigid "practice" version of a piece. They are just as essential as correct fingering, and they don't come across without careful work.

So, perhaps we should change that rule from "Be sure to practice slowly" to "Practice as fast as possible." But Wait! This requires some further discussion. The slow part of practice helps teachrepparttar 150607 fingers where to go, and makes it mush easier to learnrepparttar 150608 work. But in order to learn how to create music, how to makerepparttar 150609 piece sing—we must practice it at a tempo that will help reveal musical relationships and subtleties of form.

Pianists must haverepparttar 150610 opportunity to experiment with touch and phrasing while practicing, and there is little chance of boredom when so many exciting elements are introduced torepparttar 150611 practice session.

Get a New Point of View

Written by Kathy Paauw

Copyright 2005 Kathy Paauw

Ask yourself these powerful questions: 1. Are you affected by what happens to you? 2. Do you affect what happens to you? 3. Which would you prefer?

In The Art of Possibility, authors Rosamund and Benjamin Zander remind us of our tremendous ability to attract what we want in our lives by being purposeful. In addition to being co-author of this wonderful book, Ben Zander is alsorepparttar conductor ofrepparttar 150570 Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a teacher atrepparttar 150571 New England Conservatory of Music. After 25 years of teaching, Ben Zander recognized that students would be in such a chronic state of anxiety overrepparttar 150572 measurement of their performance that they would be reluctant to take risks with their playing. One evening Ben brainstormed with his wife, Roz (she is a therapist), to see if they could think of something that would dispel students' anticipation of failure. Here's what they came up with… Ben had a class of 30 graduate students taking a two-semester exploration intorepparttar 150573 art of musical performance, includingrepparttar 150574 psychological and emotional factors that can stand inrepparttar 150575 way of great music-making. He announced atrepparttar 150576 beginning ofrepparttar 150577 semester that each student inrepparttar 150578 class would be getting an A forrepparttar 150579 course. However, they were asked to fulfill one requirement to earn this grade. Sometime duringrepparttar 150580 next two weeks, each student was to write him a letter dated forrepparttar 150581 following May, which began withrepparttar 150582 words, "Dear Mr. Zander, I got my A because...". Inrepparttar 150583 letter they were to tell a detailed story of what would have happened to them by next May that was in line with them receiving an A in his class.

In other words, Zander askedrepparttar 150584 students to place themselves inrepparttar 150585 future, looking back, and to report on allrepparttar 150586 insights they acquired and milestones they attained duringrepparttar 150587 school year, as if those accomplishments were already inrepparttar 150588 past. He asked them to write aboutrepparttar 150589 person they would have become by next May. You'll have to get The Art of Possibility to read some ofrepparttar 150590 amazing letters Ben Zander received from his students.

Zander tells us that “the A is an invention that creates possibility for both mentor and student, manager and employee, or for any human interaction. The practice of giving an A allowsrepparttar 150591 teacher to line up with her students in their efforts to producerepparttar 150592 outcome, rather than lining up withrepparttar 150593 standards against these students. Inrepparttar 150594 first instance,repparttar 150595 instructor andrepparttar 150596 student, orrepparttar 150597 manager andrepparttar 150598 employee, become a team for accomplishingrepparttar 150599 extraordinary; inrepparttar 150600 second,repparttar 150601 disparity in power between them can become a distraction and an inhibitor, drawing energy away from productivity and development.”

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