This month in my studio "Quest for Virtues" our focus is on thoughtfully preparing before playing pieces or technical exercises.
portraying their pieces more artistically and accurately.
- Before playing scales, identify the sharps or flats in the key, draw the scale and key signature on the staff and identify the correct fingering for each hand.
- Analyze a piece by identifying chords (I, IV, V, etc.), phrase endings (wrist float-offs), form, dynamics (color) and the climax of the piece. (See Hand Over the Pencil)
- Imagine your piece is telling a story. Divide it into sections and add labels that reflect characteristics of each section of the music. (See Practice Strategies)
Follow the steps for mental preparation before
sightreading a piece (See Developing Super Sightreaders)
o Identify key and music symbols
o Look for patterns in rhythm and melody
o Audiate (hear it in your head) the melody of the music before playing
o Ghost play challenging spots.