1) The vision of the piece is mature and sophisticated.
2) Accomplishing the piece has gone into subconscious area and can just happen without active interruption. So the brain tension is quite low.
3) At the same time there is full awareness of what is going on while performing the piece. The possibility of watching your own playing process from aside occurs.
There is no limit of developing a piece. But the imagination of something can be mastered.
The most dangerous moments while performing a piece on stage are concentration gaps. If the piece is memorized and you know it well you could be quite confident while playing to the audience. But after playing several minutes in the deep concentration level your brain might need a moment for resting. Then a concentration gap can occur where connection with your memory is much weaker. Here in this video there is a technique how to improve confidence and minimize risks on stage.
Toomas has already acquired quite a lot of pieces and is now learning this piece. It is not ready yet, but because the first part is beautiful already, I thought I would like to upload it. Soon the second part will be ready as well and then we can record the whole piece. Toomas has been learning with me for a year.
Generally the most important aspect in rising the quality of the practicing process is reducing the material that is being practiced at a time and rising the concentration level through it. So after analyzing the piece, devide the piece into small sections and practice every small section separately. It is essential to mention that the beginning of the next section should always be added to the section that is being practiced. Then it is easier to connect the sections later naturally.
Your ability to express is based on your previous experiences. The more colorful and wide your knowledge and experience is the richer the reflection or interpretation of a musical piece can be. So listen to different music and widen and enrich your musical specter. This idea is also mentioned by Heinrich Neuhaus in his book “The Art of Piano Playing”.
Often pianists practice session starts with full concentration and intelligent approach. From one moment on the temptation to play fast and just enjoy playing can win the patience and the benefit from practicing diminishes tremendously. It could be a sign of getting tired and reason to end the practice session and continue after a break.
Our brain instantly memorizes most things. The bigger question is how to access the information that is in our brain. The method here gives a good opportunity to make very direct connections with memory and form a clearer and more thorough vision of every piece.
Often people do not know what is their weakest link in the chain of sight reading process. Do you know which step in your sight reading habits needs your attention and support the most? So if sight reading is devided into steps then each step can be trained with concentration and you will get a good overview of your sight reading situation.