2 days to go!
My detailed post about preparing for my upcoming concerts is is my head and my practice log, but doesn’t seem to be making it into written form. It will, hopefully, after Saturday’s concert!
I can tell you what I did on Wednesday and Thursday, though.
After being home with the latest flu bug, the best way to practice on Wednesday turned out to be slowly with lots of careful listening. I focused on clarity of musical lines, dynamic and tempo changes, and pedaling.
On Thursday I decided to “perform” the program. Waiting one more day (when I probably would have felt more up to it) would have meant dealing with more pressure the day before the concert.
Things went tolerably well, considering the time off. After the run-through, I put in some very detailed work.
That sort of slow, focused effort reminds me of this guy I was in school with. He was a physics major who had piano lessons with the same teacher my friends and I did.
He would sit in the practice room with his left foot up on the bench, right leg over the top, head bent completely down to the left. That was so he could analyze his right hand. Presumably, he was calculating the exact time it took to depress a key and arrive at the bottom of the key drop.
He had funny hair, which stuck out to the left in sort of a triangle. We used to stop by his room to watch. The practice rooms featured big windows in the doors (why?), but his head was turned so he couldn’t see us.
- Concert countdown on mostly unfamiliar music (gretchenspianos.wordpress.com)