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#318750 - 08/09/08 05:22 PM THE POWER WITHIN US
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Over the years I have often come to wonder if our perceptions of what a piano is and what it *sounds* like, wouldn't be perhaps more - or at least *as much* - a direct reflection of ourselves[/b] - rather than the piano itself.

We talk all the time about our experiences with *pianos* here: has it ever occurred to you that your experience might also have very much to do with *you-yourself* - and not just the piano?

Did you ever play the very same piano and had a different take on it on different occasions and at different times?

Do you play quite incredible stuff one day only to stumble along on another?

Ever thought about your different moods or mental make up you have when sitting down touching the ivories?

Here is another one of Benjamin Zander's highly inspiring lectures about the all important "power within us" - in this case brought upon us by a teacher, or someone else.

IMHO, this is very interesting, even revealing for true music lovers.

Quite regardless actually, of piano or instrument chosen.....


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#318751 - 08/09/08 06:30 PM Re: THE POWER WITHIN US
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So you had to go make me cry, did you? \:\) Thank you so much for that link.


#318752 - 08/09/08 08:06 PM Re: THE POWER WITHIN US
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A solid foundation will be needed first, in order for communicative passion of music to be expressed in its correct context.

Practice, practice, practice.

#318753 - 08/09/08 08:18 PM Re: THE POWER WITHIN US
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In its correct form - true. But whether it cannot be expressed before that, I'm not so sure. I am the first to advocate lessons, practising, and not taking short cuts. But I am not convinced that one cannot move a listener before having all the skills.

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#318754 - 08/11/08 12:46 PM Re: THE POWER WITHIN US
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Not only does the emotional/psychological frame of mind have an impact, but also your body tension and position. I recently attended a piano retreat where the ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE was taught (ati-net.com for more information). With only minor adjustement to your sitting position, relaxing and release of unconscious tension, there is a dramatic difference in the beauty and quality of sound from the instrument. The Alexander Techinque is used in many professions such as music, and dance to enhance performance.


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