Tag: Advice

Piano-Yoga® Launches 30 Second Tips Video Series

March 15th, 2013 — 4:31pm

Piano-Yoga® has launched a new video series to quickly help musicians all over the world: Piano-Yoga® 30 Second Tips! These bite sized videos contain essential advice on piano playing from the founder of Piano-Yoga® itself, virtuoso concert pianist GéNIA, with all the material taken from the large database of Piano-Yoga® workshops, retreats and presentations that took place in the last few years. In this current fast paced, highly stressed society, 30 Second Tips provide piano players with a quick and easy insight into the unique Piano-Yoga® method, described as ‘The first entirely new piano technique to emerge in over 50 years.’ – Yoga & Health Magazine, and offer practical and rare techniques to enable a healthy way to play the piano whilst enhancing personal well-being. And all this can be mastered in only 30 seconds!

From how the position of your feet can influence your playing to how your thumb (Thenar muscle) can revitalise your technique, our Piano-Yoga® videos cover a wide range of topics, including stage fright issues, rhythm, memory problems, how best to organise your practice and much more. Piano-Yoga® continues to present workshops, retreats, masterclasses and lectures all over the world, both online and on stage, passing on in depth knowledge on how to improve your playing and well-being, as both of these aspects are deeply interconnected. Watch our videos to start making the changes in your playing today.

Click HERE to view Piano-Yoga®’s other videos.

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7 Basic Steps to Perfect Your Sight-reading

July 7th, 2011 — 2:32pm

So many of us feel inadequate when it comes to sight-reading. Just the mention of it can make you start to feel uneasy!

So here are 5 simple steps to help you to perfect your sight-reading. (Bear in mind that these are not a substitute for regular practice, though!)

1. Identify the key of the piece (check the key signature and the last note in the bass).

2. Identify the time signature

3. Check the range of notes in each hand (the highest and the lowest) and find them on the piano.

4. Check the ‘musical words’ (i.e. something your eye can recognize as a word without spelling out each note, like repeated notes or scale passages).

5. Hum the tune to get a feel for the rhythm and pace (like a human heartbeat).

6. Do a quick check on accidentals, tied notes, dotted rhythms, articulation (legato/staccato) and basic dynamics (forte, piano, crescendo, diminunendo, subito).

7. AND OFF YOU GO! SMILE AND DO NOT STOP, NO MATTER WHAT! JUST KEEP GOING, while maintaining the most important thing: the pulse of the music!*

*If you transpose the tune to another key you will still be able to recognize it, but if you change the pulse of the piece, you may not recognize the tune!

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