Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Piano Lessons - Are You a Sensitive Musician?

Have you ever been told you were too ‘sensitive?’ I have. And not in a good way. For instance, my mother always used to tell me … “you’re so sensitive.”

Now, that little story relates to what I have to tell you about playing piano. And this is a good thing as Martha Stewart might say.

You see … being a ‘sensitive’ musician is where it’s at because when you play with sensitivity, it’s much easier for you to transmit your feeling. Whether you play for yourself and/or others, by playing with care, you are able to communicate much more subtly than the average musician who just sits down and ‘plunks out’ a tune.

Classical pianists have a jumpstart in this area. Most who teach this style emphasize and expect a sensitive ‘performance.’ But you don’t have to spend 4 years learning a Beethoven sonata to learn how to play like that. All it takes is the willingness to slow down and listen to yourself while you play.

Especially in the New Age style where every note ‘says something,’ it’s a good idea to reevaluate how you’re playing from time to time.

Now, I’m not saying you should spend all your time playing like a classical pianist. But if these students of Bach and Mozart have one thing to teach us as pianists, it’s that when you play as if each note counted, the music says more.

Edward Weiss is a pianist/composer and webmaster of Quiescence Music's online piano lessons. He has been helping students learn how to play piano in the New Age style for over 14 years and works with students in private, in groups, and now over the internet. Visit now and get a FREE piano lesson and book!

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