Saturday, October 20, 2007

Silent Practicing

Here's a technique I often recommend and use when I'm feeling stuck on a passage:

1. For the passage in question, hear the passage mentally, the way you would ideally like to play it.

2. Play the passage.

3. Repeat the process, alternating mental playback of your ideal sound for the passage with your playing of it. See how the two inform each other.

Next: Work Backwards

1 comment:

  1. I am not happy yet with my ability to hear the passage silently, but use the same technique alternately singing and playing the passage. Even better is to stand up, sing and move in some interpretive way, then sit down and play. That seems to help my aural imagination.