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Re: How to reduce playing mistakes?

Postby jcfelice88keys » Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:58 pm

andrewhj wrote:<..>
6 Practice a passage in the evening and then return to it in the morning: often our brain will sort out difficulties in our sleep.

Hello Andrew,

The act of practice before going to sleep (and then awakening to find the problem is solved, or at least addressed) is one of those little-known gems I have passed along to my students. It works!

Thank you for mentioning this often overlooked piece of helpful and useful advice!


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Re: How to reduce playing mistakes?

Postby profeluisegarcia » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:16 pm

Hello all¡
There a psychological concept relevant in this interesting topic: Overlearning.
Why we never forget how to ride the bicycle? Simple: because we have to learn this ability per-fec-tly, no by halves. So, if we practice to the point we get to play the section or the piece perfectly, there will be no mistakes- as profesional pianists usually do-.

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Re: How to reduce playing mistakes?

Postby 1961TC4ME » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:56 am

I too have used the practice a certain part method I'm having difficulty with in the evening and returning to it the following day and yes, it definitely works! I've even found an extra day or so away and no playing at all and then returning can make a huge difference. This has been a great thread, I've picked up a lot of very helpful information.

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Re: How to reduce playing mistakes?

Postby RagnBone » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:11 am

A thought I've often had but never corroborated - in regards to the professional concert musicians who make their living from the skill in their hands - is it possible that "making mistakes" is a more subjective problem than we think? For example, they play a piece that seems absolutely flawless to us lesser accomplished, but to them perhaps they feel they still make mistakes as well? Of course there are blatantly obvious stuff ups and audible slips that we all make, maybe some less obvious ones as well only heard to the performer. Still I know I've played a piece on the piano or organ from time to time for family or friends and they are amazed at how well I played it, yet I know for a fact I've never played a single piece through in my life absolutely perfectly.

Then again I've never had the pleasure of being able to ask a concert pianist/organist their opinion on this, I could be completely mistaken :mrgreen:
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