This creative way of practicing actually works really well, except for the times that it doesn’t work.

This creative way of practicing actually works really well, except for the times that it doesn’t work.

YOU'RE BACK! :D
Anonymous

YES, I am! :) Terribly sorry about all the inconsistency in my activity, but it’s summertime which means that I’ll be posting again. Woo! No more school and auditions to worry about — it feels fantastic.

Don’t forget to employ proper wrist technique in Step 3 to ensure a round, relaxed “smack”.

Don’t forget to employ proper wrist technique in Step 3 to ensure a round, relaxed “smack”.

Here’s a little bit of love from our favorite composers! ;)

Here’s a little bit of love from our favorite composers! ;)

Ehehh both Jennies wants to be a piano major. I request that we perform together and it'll be rad because both our name is Jenny we're both pianists aw yeah how funny can we name our concert

…Two Jennies One Piano?image

Good luck on your auditions! What schools are you applying to?
Anonymous

Thank you, anon! I appreciate your encouragement but I would prefer not to post my list out in public. ;)

I don't usually send fanmail, but I just found this blog along with your piano video and I think you're amazing. Are you planning to be a music major?

Ah, thank you so much! :) I’m really really happy to know you enjoy my comics and my music! And yes, I am decided on being a piano major. (How could I not?) My first live audition is in two days, actually. No idea which school I will go to yet but hopefully there is at least one out there who is willing to cope with my stubbornness and reckless playing…hehe…

Hi, I'm Martha. I've been playing piano for 9 years too, and love Chopin a lot as well. I noticed in your video you did a lot of swaying along with the music. My instructor does that too, and his breathing coincides with what he's playing. I know this usually doesn't affect your playing. i know those movements result from emotion and passion. Piano is all I know, yet I can't achieve this burning emotion and passion when playing. I feel tired, not enthused, and flat when playing. Any advice? Thx

Hi Martha and thanks for writing me! :)

You have a pretty loaded question… I thought all day about how to answer it and I still don’t quite know if the way I am going about it is necessarily the best. There are infinite ways to find passion in your playing, and a large part of being a growing musician is to try and discovers what inspires you the most personally. It is almost like a self-discovery quest!

One way that works really well for me to call out emotion for me is to draw from my life experiences or imagine myself in a situation that would evoke in me the same emotions that the music is trying to portray. Say, for example, you are working on Schumann’s Widmung, a tender piece that he had written out of his deep love for his wife, Clara. You could think of someone who you hold dear, or even try to put yourself in Schumann’s perspective as a love-struck young man and try to channel the passion he had put into each note of the piece. Either way, the goal is to tap into something that stirs in you the same emotions as what the piece is trying to convey. That being said, it’s also a great idea to look into the lives of your composers to find out what mental state they were in when they composed. It gives a large deal of insight since music is a work of the heart. You would find things such as that Chopin was depressed during the creation of his “raindrop” prelude, and suddenly the opening theme becomes representative of Chopin’s fantasy of heaven and the contrasting B-section a portrayal of how his life is so sombre and distant from his dream. Isn’t that tragic?

I went off on a small tangent but I hope that my point was made! Again, this is only just one method I find that works for my music, there are many, many other ways to go about this. So close your eyes, indulge yourself in the sound, as if there was nothing else in the world except you and the gorgeous music. Good luck!