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I've been practicing recently and most of the things that I play tend to sound like it's not flowing very well. I know that I'm suppose to play certain things staccato and stuff, but everything else sounds like i'm just playing to just hit the notes. Does anyone have any recommendations for how to improve? Thanks in advance.
Last edited in 2017-06-04 20:29

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  • musicforU
    musicforU

    In reference to the sustain pedal, it may become a troublesome habit if you use it too often. My piano teacher once performed a Bach piece and used the pedal to make it sound smoother, but he was criticized by the judge because in Bach's time, there were no sustain pedals on pianos. Even some composers themselves, such as Grieg, demanded that the pedal only be used when indicated. I have a bad habit of using the una corda or "soft" pedal. This eventually left me with a slight inability to play softer without the pedal. This is not to say that you can't use any of the pedals on a piano, just be aware of why, how, and when they should be used.

    4th June, 2017

  • Fred Fisher
    Fred Fisher

    use your sustain pedal

    4th June, 2017

  • West
    West

    This may be obvious too, but, try "getting into" a piece. Know what the composer is trying to tell the listener, and this knowledge will help you to play the piece to its potential.

    4th June, 2017

  • Emma1987
    Emma1987

    Wow. That really does help. It's so simple, I don't know why i didn't think to do that before. lol. Anyway, thanks for your help and anymore help would be greatly appreciated.

    4th June, 2017

  • thiagoblanco
    thiagoblanco

    Hi there, you should make sure that the joints are supple in the hands and that you feel weight going down into the keys instead of hitting them. Feel that the weight "moves" from one key to another in a horizontal way, not vertical. I'll get back on this with more later! P.

    4th June, 2017

  • iveonlyjustbegun
    iveonlyjustbegun

    Hi there, you should make sure that the joints are supple in the hands and that you feel weight going down into the keys instead of hitting them. Feel that the weight "moves" from one key to another in a horizontal way, not vertical. I'll get back on this with more later! P.

    4th June, 2017

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