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How does one learn to listen to one's playing? #1924318
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(Besides using a recording device)

Most everyone agrees that learning to listen to oneself during practice or performance is very important, but there's been very little discussion that I've seen about how to improve this skill.

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Re: How does one learn to listen to one's playing? [Re: pianoloverus] #1924366
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The simple answer, which is the answer to much of what we want to learn, is : practice!

I think, however, that the recording device can be a very important tool to help us listen critically to what we play.

Take a piece that you know well and that you (think you) play well. Turn on the recorder and begin. Listen as attentively as you can to the dynamics and phrasing, to the tempo and intended variations in tempo as you play. Play back the recording. Did the recording reflect what you thought you heard as you played? If it didn't and the differences are discernible, analyse those differences and know that those are the some of the elements of your playing that you have to listen to more carefully as you perform.

If you don't have this A/B comparison then how will you improve your listening skills?


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Could it be related to listening to the music you play rather than just listening to notes you play?

Maybe listen to yourself as you would listen to your favorite music - you are not listening to the notes in those cases.

As Bruce suggests, use a recorder as another way of listening to yourself play the music. It'll tie directly to how you listen to yourself when you record - and it's good practice at times. Dancers use mirrors for visual feedback to increase kinesthetic awareness, just like musicians can use recordings to increase their ability to listen to the music as they play it. (Auditory discrimination and awareness)


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