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Releasing notes after the correct duration is all part of practising. Just as the attack of a note starting at the right time is important, so is the release. I practice this by slowing the tempo right down, by half or even more. Whatever you need to give yourself enough 'thinking time'. Then really focus on each note length and when notes in each voice get ...


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Widor's suggestion of slowing down is great. Another than can be used in conjunction with it or on its own is to play staccato. Staccato obviously necessitates lifting your fingers back off the keys, and it will change the sound drastically to ensure that you are concentrating on it. It also has the added benefit of building strength, which can help you ...


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Mentorship: If you want to be a performing musician, then your teachers should be other performing musicians--your current and future peers. Teachers in an academic setting don't always know how to perform. I've had a stable regularly performing band for about twenty years now. Everything I learned about being a performing musician I learned from other ...


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Great responses. I recommend the following (I used to do this often): Take any given passage that involves that "finger stuck" problem. Using the correct fingering as if you would normally play it (it would be helpful to write down the correct fingering if you are not comfortable remembering it), play those two notes (thumb and index finger) while also ...


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To my mind scales and arpeggios are something you should consider. There's a lot written about them in various answers on this site, but from your angle, they will help to create independence between the fingers of each hand, and each hand itself. As the fingering for each scale is different, (when looking at each hand), as you play, although the notes will ...


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This is a common beginner problem, and there are exercises you can use to help you. It sounds like you want to gain independence of the fingers. In addition to finding a reputable exercise volume that includes finger independence exercises, you can do the following things: Practice scales, two to four octaves up and down, all twelve keys, especially with ...


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Particularly in a University setting, you should contact the director of the school's band or orchestra. There are likely many, many small events in the school calendar where a music ensemble would be very welcome. Any sort of small reception or lunch can be made more inviting with a musical group. I was in my school's Jazz Combo which was one of a few ...


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Check out R.G.T exam grades, for both electric and acoustic, also Rockschool exams.(Both in U.K.) Intermediate may be construed as grade III or IV.



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