Music practice requires muscle stamina, but it should never cause pain. Good posture and general muscle fitness are vital when playing an instrument. There are many ways we can work on good posture when playing. Thankfully my posture when playing is good, but I’ve learned the hard way away from the piano!
I may not be able to go on holiday, but the holiday can come to me! I found myself remembering all of the French music that has shaped my musical tastes. I hadn’t realised how much of the music I’ve enjoyed playing was composed by French composers, particularly of the more modern Impressionist style. The same is also true of some of my favourite artists. In my imagination everything converged onto all things French. I wanted to share the moment with you. Here are links to all of the pieces I talk about. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
“Should I take music exams or not?” This is a questions that I’m often asked. Sometimes you don’t get a choice, but if you have the luxury of choice then it really is up to you. However, my advice is - have a go! What’s to lose? Surprisingly there is a lot to be gained!
Practicing a piece of music and performing a piece of music are two very different things. It is very important to be aware of what your intentions are, otherwise you will waste valuable time at your instrument. Performance is only possible once sufficient practice has taken place. Then the art of performance also now needs to be added into the skillset. This is always an important fact to bear in mind, however the new ABRSM remotely assessed performance exam adds an extra dimension to this. Don’t waste your efforts but be mindful of how you work through your practice sessions. Get the best out of your instrument and enjoy performing the music you love.