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Hey! I recorded myself so I was wondering if you could tell by this video if I looked tense. Some of my friends have had piano related injuries, and I don't want to have one also! I tried using a vertical (more like diagonal, but you'll see what I mean) angle for this.
At piano camp, some said I did have tension, so I have tried to fix that, but I haven't had a lesson yet to talk about it (don't get one until my first lesson with my professor, but I want to play this for him).
That is Hamelin (my favorite pianist), although I'm going to change it to something else.
Interestingly enough I have heard Hamelin maybe three times at Mannes and each time he showed tremendous tension(or clenching or?)in his jaw during the hardest passages. His playing looked effortless unless one looked at this part of his face. I haven't really seen this on his Youtube videos but maybe I haven't looked closely enough.
I'd say your using using your not using true wrist. You putting a little forearm in there, with means you'll fatigue easier, and at speed tension builds up quickly so I'd suggest you really try to isolate the motion to the wrist and the wrist only making sure your forearms aren't moving.
I can't see any tension from here, but then it's not the easiest thing to tell via video. I WOULD like to ask, however, if you're feeling any tension in your foot/ankle due to holding that pedal open for that long =p The forearm area you showed is the norm for tension with octaves (that is that's where the tension most often occurs...not that tension is normal haha).
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Re: Based on this video, do I look tense?
#1488216 08/04/1006:45 PM08/04/1006:45 PM
I would like to sugguest that you post this also in the Piano Teachers' forum because all of us here are individuals who, in comparison to teachers, deal very little with tension in our practicing and performing. Whereas teacher have to deal with tension every day in 20+ piano students, so they might be better able to identify it.
BACH: Invention No. 13 in a min. GRIEG: Notturno Op. 54 No. 4 VILLA-LOBOS: O Polichinelo
The only thing I notice is that your elbows seem to have a rather fixed position in relation to the torso, except at the climax at 3:15. Likes stores said, it's hard to tell, even with video, but I wonder if by trying to keep your wrists loose, you've simply moved some tension back into the elbow instead.
I'll be interested to see what your teacher thinks.
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You actually do look a bit tense to me. But very tiny bit. Are you aware of your upper arms, where your triceps are? If they are stationary all the time, there's a good chance you're tensing up. I mean don't go rotating them like you're about to fly off, but even just being aware of this can make such a difference. I tried that yesterday and I discovered that I've never played louder in my life. And obviously you always need the bridge of the hand, and the fingertips to be like steel when you're playing, so that they can handle all that weight transferred from your body. Also, do you ever feel anything from your back?
I like that your wrist is free and flexible, you need that.
The video thing is a great idea, I think everybody should do that when they have a playing question.. makes things so much clearer.
Or I could be all wrong because of the angle of the video..
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IMHO (cause you play so well), I'd say in the Presto of this you use your body really well. It's in the Andantino that odd fingers stick up - I'd want rid of that.
Wow finally a piece of Chopin that I like ! This one seems to contain real honest emotions and feeling. I might need to listen to other works of Chopin, I might appreciate him after al.
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