There are specific things that we can add in to our piano playing that can really take the sound into a new level.
If you think about it, there are two different aspects to playing music well. The first one is that we are technically capable of playing what we’re trying to play at the time and second, is how we express the notes to make them sound like music instead of just single notes played one after another.
Today the three new additions that we’re looking at will combine both of the aspects just mentioned and once you understand what they are and how to use them, you will really like how differently they make your playing sound!
When you first look at a piece you notice what notes you have to play and then think about where those notes are on the keyboard. But how do you know…how to play the notes so that they make music?
The first thing that you want to look at is what articulations are written over a note or even a group of notes. Articulations tell you whether to play a note short or long, loud or soft, on its own or connected to another note.
What you need to do is learn all of the musical symbols so you’ll know how to read them in your music. A great resource for that is right here.
The second thing that you want to look at is the dynamics of the piece. Dynamics are markings that are below the notes that you are playing and can be noted several different ways. They tell us how loud or soft to play the notes.
The third thing you want to learn to add into your playing are ornaments. They do just what they sound like they do…they decorate the music. They add a bit of “frill” to the sound.
In your approach to learning these three different additions to your playing, go in the same order that they are listed here. Familiarize yourself first with what articulations are and then learn as many of them as you can. Then go to dynamics and remember to use the articulations that you’ve learned to help you play the different levels. Then start learning how to add in or play the given ornaments to add in a special flare to the music, and one that you will enjoy as your playing improves and sounds fantastic!
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