Playing an instrument is a complicated process. And the smaller parts of the piece you practice at time the easier you make it. Can you imagine learning a poem so that you read it every time from the beginning till the end and try to memorize it? That would be very difficult. So follow the same thing in music – one little step until you master it, then the next one. And after all you unite these to.
For getting the wanted results and consequences it is inevitable to have efficient information. Questioning: Why? How? What? is always healthy. Finding the simple logic of reason and consequence is very helpful. Without intelligent work good results are not possible.
Are you interested in playing the piano or you love diving into an illusion of enjoying yourself while playing a piece wonderfully? If you not interested in the process of practicing itself but interested in the “illusion of playing a piece effortlessly” it is very easy to end up abandoning your journey, because one moment you realise what it really takes to play a piece well.
Just instinctive action is always average or below that. For being successful you need to be different from the rest. Avoiding the problem explained in this video will make you differ from most of the other people. Probably you will be in the top 5% if you really manage it.
The way of unsuccess is a state of mind and a way of thinking and action just like any other. Many properties that we posess may throw us into patterns that are not efficient. Being aware of the main actions human beings take to be unsuccessful, it is a lot easier to avoid them, find their roots and create new better habits. The series of videos will be exactly about this subject.
The great masters have always said that in playing the piano self-listening is one of the most importan skills (and a difficult one). But what should you listen to? How to listen?
It is very important that things do not stay very general but start making sense and become concrete. If tasks and ideas become clear it is possible to work with them with full awareness. And I am trying to open up the theme a bit.
Briefly – you can only knowingly change things that you are aware of. But any kind of development needs change and mostly intelligent change. So without awareness there is no intelligent and knowingly directed development.
Even if you improve through unconscious practicing – how can you be sure that the skills (they would be mostly mechanical here) would remain in time if you are not aware of them?
In my opinion awareness is the key to constant and stable development process.
If you can see the situation from outside and you are not too overwhelmed by emotions or whatever unstable forces, the picture that you see is much clearer. In a way observing the situation as one wide whole connects the piece of music (art) with very different parts in your brain – rationality, experiences, emotions, physical movements and so on. While observing you can compare and connect the piece with your whole mental being.
Mr. Andras Schiff can be truly considered as a great value pianist. The intellectual aristocracy pours out from everything you can see him doing, in my opinion. I am not giving a biography about him, because everybody can find out it with little effort. I better point out things that can lead to new and interesting discoveries.
András Schiff plays Bach: French Suites, French Overture
Divergent thinking as a basis for excecuting and experimenting different ideas and ways of playing can lead you to unexpectedly good discoveries and results. You can probably find better and fresh solutions to problems. The idea of divergent thinking says that there is not one and only right way to do things and the richness and variety of different equipment and techinque can be an even better way.