An Important Factor Behind Playing with Ease at the Piano

All movement in the fingers is led and anchored by larger parts of the body, such as the elbows. Although it’s a simple thing to keep in mind, being aware of how you are utilizing the natural movement of your arms makes all the difference when it comes to piano playing. There are other factors behind playing with ease (which I will cover more of), but here is a short demonstration/talk about this subject related to the elbows.

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How Piano Performance Affects My Composition Workflow

Oftentimes when I am writing a piece, I first start out by playing through some ideas floating around in my head, which then get recorded onto my phone notes or camera (video) until being formalized into something I can write down on manuscript paper. I’ll stick with pen and paper until I start to hear/imagine an ending, which is when I start to transfer it onto Sibelius (a music notation software). For me, this is where all of the real work starts. I can safely say that in most cases, more than 75% of the time I spend on a composition is for the “finishing touches” after having drawn up a double bar line. I make a lot of minor changes during this time, often going back and forth between different options. At this stage, what affects the process the most for me is the inclusion of performance practice.

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Steps that Went into Creating the Steve Reich Video

Unlike many of the previous “How to Sound Like” videos that I have posted so far on my Youtube channel, this one was the first to feature a living composer. Not only that, Steve Reich is one of my greatest musical heroes, so it meant a lot to me to put this video together. Although I was chasing the “deadline” in order to post the video by his birthday, October 3, I couldn’t cut certain corners to do so.

Here are the steps that went into making the video…

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Practicing Again After a Hiatus...

I think the hardest part of getting back into a routine can be overcome in a matter of minutes, maybe even seconds. I’m referring to the friction that keeps us from going to our instrument and sitting down when we know how much “catching up” we need to do to not feel rusty. Maybe some of you don’t experience this… For me, once I’m at a keyboard, the workflow is extremely smooth from there. But during periods where I get so detached from actual consistent practicing, there is SO much friction.

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