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I would say that conservatories are very strict on their standards, usually trying to incubate the 'worlds best' and working in a very closed and inward-looking community of classical performers. It seems to me that it's very much possible to make a living as a teacher and accompanist, or indeed as a performer, without re-admitting yourself to a ...


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Let me add some perspective here from a completely different angle: climbing. Climbing is obviously a sport where people train a lot, and people "working out" in the sense of "sculpting an impressive body" tend to be amusingly bad (from the perspective of climbers not overly impressive to chicks while they keep their shirt on) at it. That's because ...


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Speak with the stage manager beforehand and ask him or her to have a stagehand check the condition of the keys after each person's performance and clean them off if necessary -- or, better yet, clean them off after EVERY person's performance so as not to make it look like one particular player was at fault. You, the performer, should not be cleaning the ...


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It's quite subjective, regarding a given piece but also the individual who's learning that piece. Yes, read the score through, spotting the awkward parts, the bits that repeat (and are still fully written out), highlighting certain important tricky bits. Playing verbatim is for good readers, who may not even have to learn the piece ! Unless that's you, ...


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Repeating what my piano teacher told me. should I read the score without even touching the piano? Most definitely. Read the score thoroughly, identify tricky parts, memorize all repeats/stops and tonality/rhythm changes, create a mental mapping between how you know it sounds and the actual notes on paper. Only after you do all that put your hands on ...


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Metrically, I'd start breaking each three of the 6/8 into two dotted 8th notes, increasingly emphasizing the new rhythm. You could do this either in the melody first (I'm presuming that to be in the right hand), or you could continue with the melody or chords in the right hand while shifting the left hand's rhythm in this way beneath it. Eventually, the ...


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Something that makes your question difficult to answer is that you talk of "pop music" as if it's one genre. In fact if you pick two pop keyboard parts at random, you're likely to find that they're using completely different techniques. One pop song might be backed by long chords of synth strings. Another might have a showboating solo on a monophonic synth. ...


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If you are video conferencing with an attorney in a suit and would be asked afterwards to make a sketch of the attorney, it would not make sense to draw the attorney without any pants on even if the recording did not actually show whether the attorney might have had a clothing accidental. In the context of G major, nothing but an F# makes harmonic sense, ...



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