Saturday, January 20, 2007

Practice room wisdom

A series of mini-articles about playing the piano by James Boyk offer wonderful glimpses of the day-to-day process and growth of practicing. A sample:

You're wondering why that melody has "bumps" even though you're playing with care? Notice how some notes are longer than the rest? Look at how it moves mostly in 16th-notes but here and here it has dotted eighths. If you listen carefully, you'll notice that the bumps come on the first notes after the relatively long notes. Play them just a touch softer and all will be well.


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