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Beyond the great practical tips already presented, I have always found it easier to play outside in winter after a couple of shots of hard liquor. Nothing like alcohol to dilate those capillaries!


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I know this has already been answered, and this isn’t an answer per se, but I think it will be super helpful for you. Basically, get ahold of a copy of “Fundamentals of Piano Practice” by Chuan C. Chang as soon as you can. I’m 28 years old and started piano at age 4. I discovered this book last year after over two decades of piano playing and a couple ...


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They however will have the sheets with them. Where do you get that from? There's some discussion going on on whether it makes sense or not for a concert pianist (or any other concert instrumentist) to perform without sheets, but the norm is nowadays to play without them. I've never seen a concert pianist perform with sheets, although some exceptions may ...


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A lot of concert players - pianists and others - may well not have the dots with them to refer to. At that stage, they won't need them to read, usually. Like a lot of singers, though, some do like to have the music there. It won't usually be referred to, but it's somewhat like a placebo to them. A lot of players aren't necessarily brilliant sight-readers. ...


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Perhaps the most valuable single bit of advice I ever got from a teacher is this: Don't practice until you get it right: practice until you can't get it wrong. The reason you are making mistakes may be largely psychological at this point, but don't underestimate how hard it is to get rid of bad habits (i.e. wrong notes or rhythms). Play the passage ...


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I have some ideas to share. These are intended as ideas for you to consider trying. One or more of these may help you. Memorize the piece or etude or whatever it is that is giving you trouble. This may be easier if you map it out for yourself, possibly pictorially. It can be helpful to make up a story that helps you remember what section you're in -- ...


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Are you being honest with yourself? You have provided a laundry list of things to do and they should work. You need to critique yourself and if you haven't already you should take lessons with a professional music teacher (musician). They can help you identify what you are doing wrong. For example did you follow a traditional path of learning your ...


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