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How to improve your inner response in playing piano for less tension

Learn to develop your inner attitude and your entire approach towards playing piano for freedom and ease of playing If you are tense while playing piano, or any other instrument, it’s your internal attitude that is partly to blame. And so it’s your job to change it for the better. To begin with, let’s start […]

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Wrong assumptions about playing piano (and what you should think instead)

Three common ways of thinking about playing piano that prevent sustainable practice and performance 1st: That you need stamina and endurance. I get the image that many people, mostly less developed at playing the piano, think of pieces such as the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 2 and 6 as requiring great stamina and endurance to […]

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How to play chords freely

A guide in finding freedom playing chords at the piano In my 3-part article on my story with tension at the piano and how I got rid of it, I wrote a lot about freedom and how I learnt to play everything freely with the teaching of Nelly Ben-Or, particularly so in the 2nd and […]

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Struggling with tension in playing piano? (3rd Part)

Part 3: Concluding thoughts and my current situation Overall, my ‘injury’ was for the better. Not only was it pretty inevitable, given how much I was playing unwittingly with a tense approach, but it was the slap in the face that I needed to gain freedom of playing to prevent further excessive tension and vastly […]

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Struggling with tension in playing piano? (2nd Part)

Part 2: Finding lasting help After a Christmas of continually tense piano playing, I remembered the Alexander Technique. My German grandmother is an Alexander teacher, and when I stayed with her in the summer we did work together to help with my playing. However I wanted more focus directly on the approach to playing piano […]

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Struggling with tension in playing piano? (1st Part)

I did. And this is how I changed my approach to piano for the better. Part 1: Feeling the tension and trying to get help Two years ago, around when doing my Grade 8 exam, I began feeling slight stiffness and uncomfortableness in my arms. Luckily I finished the exam before it got worse, but […]