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Re: What are your "most impressive" piano moments?
TwelfthRoot2 #2475010 10/28/15 06:35 PM
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Turning on a recorder guarantees 100% that my most impressive piano moments will not happen that day. I don't fret about the stagefright much anymore, and just the piano with me is much more than enough, but now and then ...


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Re: What are your "most impressive" piano moments?
TwelfthRoot2 #2475174 10/29/15 08:33 AM
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God, I know exactly what you mean! Something about being recorded or watched changes everything. One day I think I'll tackle this problem, but I have no desire (or need) to do that now.


This reminds me, if one day you have the desire, about a time when I made it a part of my practice to record tunes after I'd learned them. The first few were agonizing and took days for me to get a take that didn't have too many flubs and still had a sense of flow. Then I scaled back my ambitions and recorded some simpler pieces which became a more enjoyable process and I was able to focus less on just getting all the notes and more on making it expressive. I found it a great a confidence booster and a bit of a reality check on what my level of playing actually was.

One day my girlfriend had her ipod on shuffle and my ears perked up at some classical music. "What was that doing on her playlist? Oh it sounds like some Bach. Oh that's me playing! Hey that's actually not half bad, haha!". It's kind of nice to have a little collection of recordings after a while, if only for personal reflection.

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I enjoyed your story Ghosthand - a great triumph!

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Personally: 6 months ago when I played in a very small recital arranged by my piano teacher. I had not performed in 30 years and all I had were some painful memories of terrible stage fright and humiliating failures when my hands trembled and the "music" I produced was a total disaster.


I've had my share of embarrassing performances and it is enough to keep one away from the stage for years! I believe responsible teachers should do all they can to avoid their students having these experiences.

Knowing how painful that is, I try and walk a student through the experience of going up on a stage and simulate the experience a few times (the mental practice). The unfamiliarity, the unexpected (oh there's a light on me and I can't see the audience, this chair feels weird), announcing yourself, knowing your goal is to play through once, feeling the silence, remember the goal is also to share some wonderful music and how great it will feel to accomplish this, then the dive!

...and it feels great to do this work and then see a student have a successful performance right off the bat laugh

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One day my girlfriend had her ipod on shuffle and my ears perked up at some classical music. "What was that doing on her playlist? Oh it sounds like some Bach. Oh that's me playing! Hey that's actually not half bad, haha!". It's kind of nice to have a little collection of recordings after a while, if only for personal reflection.

Sometimes when I am recording, all I can hear are bad things (because that's what I'm listening for, to try to improve them). Soon I can get quite depressed and think I'm the worst pianist in the world.

Then I listen to it a month or so later with fresh ears and think, "Oh, that wasn't so bad."


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Any accompanists want to chime in? Some of the most memorable things for me are not the things I slaved over that went well, but the "saves" that just flew by unnoticed to anyone but me and the performer. "There came a wind like a bugle".... If someone had told me to plan on dropping a couple beats out of that on the fly due to a slightly early entrance, I would have been very concerned. But in the moment....was so glad I'd memorized the page turn, and beyond, and knew exactly where I should go. smile

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Any accompanists want to chime in? Some of the most memorable things for me are not the things I slaved over that went well, but the "saves" that just flew by unnoticed to anyone but me and the performer. "There came a wind like a bugle".... If someone had told me to plan on dropping a couple beats out of that on the fly due to a slightly early entrance, I would have been very concerned. But in the moment....was so glad I'd memorized the page turn, and beyond, and knew exactly where I should go. smile

Not quite to your point, but anyway. I signed on to do a recital with a cellist named Jane Salmon a long time ago. One of the works was the Debussy cello sonata. I remember the first rehearsal. She performed, I tried to keep up, sometimes successfully. 2nd rehearsal I was prepared. Better, but not perfect. Eventually we did the recital. I was OK, she was brilliant, and several people said it was the best performance they had ever heard. Gotta love ensemble performing - their casa becomes your casa, so it'e good if they're good.


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Originally Posted by musiccr8r
Any accompanists want to chime in? Some of the most memorable things for me are not the things I slaved over that went well, but the "saves" that just flew by unnoticed to anyone but me and the performer. "There came a wind like a bugle".... If someone had told me to plan on dropping a couple beats out of that on the fly due to a slightly early entrance, I would have been very concerned. But in the moment....was so glad I'd memorized the page turn, and beyond, and knew exactly where I should go. smile


My college conducting teacher invited me to a workshop she was doing in Santa Cruz County. She selected a Brahms waltz for piano and choir. The only hitch was that it was actually written for piano, four hands! She told me to play just the lower part. I proceeded to sight-read from all four staves and hardly missed a note.. just a couple of the octave doublings that were physically impossible.

I had been the accompanist several times in her conducting class, but it was only at that point that she realized how good of a sight reader I actually was. After the workshop, she hired me to be the accompanist for her children's choir. I stayed with them for 9 years and learned far more about musicianship than I ever had before.

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Oh jeez, I have so many accompanying stories. Especially in the musical theater field where everything seems so half-assed all the time. It was not unusual for me to get music for an entire concert 2 or 3 days before. There were even times where I had to sight read at actual performances. Don't get me wrong, it's not sight reading Debussy but it was still stressful.

Didn't get paid nearly enough for that stuff...


"I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well."

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