First concert performance

2021-04-21T20:08:22+01:00

"His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy" Eminem - Lose Yourself So on Friday, I did my first live piano performance for the London piano institute live feed. And it was brilliant! There was a concert with 32 students in total playing a wonderful variety of singing, guitar, piano and other talents. What was great is that everyone was at different levels, some (like me) performing for the first time in the world of zoom, others a bit more experienced. When my teacher Stefan first asked me if I was OK to perform, my initial thought was (quite reasonably [...]

First concert performance2021-04-21T20:08:22+01:00

How to adapt to a different piano for each performance

2021-03-01T10:44:41+00:00

Having to adapt to a different piano at each performance can sometimes be quite a tricky exercise. There are basically two standard acoustic pianos, namely the upright piano and the grand piano. There is quite a significant difference between them, let alone having to play on any given piano except for the one you are used to playing on. The upright piano has vertical strings and is more seen as the ‘household’ piano used for training children or plainly for a practice instrument. The action is that of hammers hitting against the vertically strung strings within an upright wooden body. The [...]

How to adapt to a different piano for each performance2021-03-01T10:44:41+00:00

How to get rid of performance related anxieties – learn the art of performing the piano

2021-03-01T10:12:07+00:00

Let's be honest, performing the piano in front of a live audience can be daunting. It takes courage and a fighting spirit to perform especially if you perform a difficult piano composition. The truth is that performing the piano in front of an audience is as much a skill as learning the piano. Just as you learn how to play the piano by taking lessons, you need to learn how to perform the piano in front of an audience by performing regularly. The more regularly you perform, the easier performing will become for you. The key is performing in front of [...]

How to get rid of performance related anxieties – learn the art of performing the piano2021-03-01T10:12:07+00:00

How to practise the piano with a metronome

2021-03-01T10:07:58+00:00

"If you follow the advice given in this article, you will definitely see a marked improvement in your piano playing and your timing." Let's face facts. You are probably playing out of time a lot more than you like. Your general timing may be good, but if you scrutinise your playing you will realise that your timing may not be as solid as you hope. Playing a piece from beginning to the end with solid rhythm and timing can require a lot of metronomic study. World-class pianists and musicians often state that timing (alongside improvisation and interpretation) is the most difficult [...]

How to practise the piano with a metronome2021-03-01T10:07:58+00:00

The art of performing in public

2021-03-01T10:07:19+00:00

Performing in public is totally different from performing on your own, or in front of your piano instructor. It requires some specific skills which must be practised as often as any other. It is proven that the level of competency of an individual would definitely be affected while performing for an audience, so it is why it is imperative to be well prepared. Stage fright is a common phenomenon that touches all performers, and pianists should not be in shame of admitting that they suffer from it. Depending on the individual, it could include tremor in the hands, pounding heart and [...]

The art of performing in public2021-03-01T10:07:19+00:00
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