We spend a lot of time doing physical work on a new piano piece while we’re learning it.
Another aspect of any piece that we learn is the musical expression or the emotional nature of the piece.
We often think that the technical aspects of a piece are the most important and even the most difficult to master, but for many it is really the emotional content of the piece that is the most challenging for the player to really connect to.
One of the best ways to open up that door and start understanding your own emotional makeup and expression is by using your imagination to create a story from the piece that you are learning.
Music often stimulates mental images when we listen to it.
Put all of this together and create a story about your piece. Then go back to learning and playing your piece and notice the difference in the expression and even the passion of your own connection to the piece.
Creating a story from what you feel while listening to a new piano piece is going to help you connect more to the emotional expression intended by the composer. Notes become much more than just dots on a page. They end up connecting to each other one by one and phrase by phrase to create a whole story, rather than just random sounds.
You can experiment by doing this with any piece that you love to listen to, even if you aren’t learning it right now. Engaging our imaginations in our piano playing really opens up the door to a whole new way of connecting to our music and even in our lives.
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