Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I've been playing all these pieces over and over for weeks, working on the tough parts, thinking carefully about how these pieces were put together and how they were supposed to sound. I was ready for this lesson.
Is it possible that you OVER-practiced? This has happened to me at times, where I'm so intent on getting it as "perfect" as it was in my practice session, that I forget to relax and concentrate on making it sound musical. In fact, I'm already anticipating that happening to me at my lesson this week. Whenever I become "satisfied" with my sound it backfires at some point.
Donna is right that relaxing is important. It is hard to relax once you start making mistakes and feeling tense, of course. You might want to stop, take a deep breath, think about what you are going to play, and let the tension drain from your body.
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