Clavier Companion - May/June 2017 - 77
Ask the teachers
Q. I finished learning and memorizing my piece for the Spring recital.
Why should I go back to reading the music? Won't this make me forget
how to play it from memory? And do I really need to practice
slowly when I already know how to play it fast?
A. It's wonderful that you are prepared and feeling confident
before the recital! For many students, the hardest part of
the journey toward a performance isn't getting the repertoire
in good shape, but keeping it there. It's tempting to play
through your piece over and over once you know it. But let's
think about it this way: One page of early intermediate
music can have hundreds of details. Many pitches, rhythms
(notes and rests), fingering numbers, dynamic markings, slurs,
staccatos, and more must be remembered. How likely is it that
we can remember all of those details correctly every time if
we never review the page? Re-reading what we already know,
preferably in sections, helps us to refresh our memory and
catch errors that may creep in. The same goes for practicing
slowly. After reviewing slowing with the music open, it's
important to re-test memory and full tempo. But playing
through fast every time can cause us to collect stumbles and
missed details, which can turn into habits we don't notice
Imagine your Mom making a favorite treat that has lots of
delicious ingredients. She has made it dozens of times. So,
she should prepare it in a big hurry, and she doesn't need
to measure anything, right? Wrong! In order for that treat to
turn out the way you've always liked it, she needs to take her
time so that she can think clearly and avoid mistakes, she
must measure carefully, and she should double-check the recipe.
Be sure to treat your recital piece with the same care and
attention to detail: practice slowly, in sections, continue
counting, and read your music. Good luck, and have fun!
May 4, 1655
May 7, 1833
May 7, 1840
June 8, 1810
June 17, 1882
June 18, 1757
2. Grieg had pet
He copied their sounds in some pieces.
every time collects stumbles
and missed details.
5. Grieg's school:
6. Grieg was born in
7. Grieg used Norwegian
8. Grieg was called "
of the North"
1. Developed first piano:
3. Made Chopin's favorite pianos.
Crossword Puzzle Answers:
Birds, Folk, Chopin, Norway, Leipzig, Pleyel, Fast, Cristofori
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