To aspiring and professional pianists who want to practice with less struggle and break through to a new level of performance:
No matter how much you love the piano or how hard you work at it, practicing and performing can be frustrating.
While you’re trying to coordinate your hands in a passage you’re practicing, all the sounds and emotions in the music are flooding your system, making it hard to focus on details. Overwhelmed, you may push yourself harder, practicing in a joyless, desperate way. You end up tense, thinking less clearly, or playing less musically.
Finally, when you perform, stage fright may make you panic, destroy your confidence, and wreak havoc with the performance you’ve spent so much time preparing.
Productive practicing and true music-making happen when you’re in a state of flow—when your body and mind are working with ease.
Since 1985, I’ve helped pianists release tension and open up their playing through a step-by-step approach I developed called the Art of Practicing. This approach combines state-of-the-art piano technique with mental and sensory techniques to help you enjoy each moment of practicing and to build ease, communicative power, and confidence for performance.
You can learn this approach and experience more freedom in making music. I invite you to subscribe to my free e-zine.
I wish you much joy and success.