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#582886 - 06/10/06 09:12 PM Too Much of One Song?
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Registered: 06/06/06
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So, i'm currently experiancing a bell curve in my pieces for my conservatory. This may be common, i'm not sure, which is why i'm bringing this up.

Is it actually normal to descend in your ability to play a song when played too much?
Could there be other possible explainations for this? Such as, just a bad piano-day?

It's quite stressful on my behalf because my Exam is in 10 days. I'm still not ready apparently.

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#582887 - 06/11/06 03:51 AM Re: Too Much of One Song?
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Registered: 04/20/06
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This is completely normal, and it applies to just about any discipline which requires extensive practice. There's even a scientific-sounding name for it which escapes me for the moment.

The only way round it is to take a rest from the piece, and I know it's difficult to bring yourself to do it. But a day or two away from the music will probably return you to your previous high level.

What's (probably) happening is that you've learnt the piece by concentrating on it, conciously putting your fingers in position, preparing, playing, checking you've played the right note, etc.. As you've practised it, the movements have passed into 'muscle memory'. At that point you no longer need to be conciously aware of what you're doing in order to play the piece, so you can concentrate on other things like phrasing, emotion, dynmamic, etc.

But now you've got back into the stage of conciously examining what you're doing as you play, because you're concentrating too hard on it. So your fingers are trying to play at the speed you've practised up to, but your brain is trying to play catch up because it's still doing the prepare-play-check cycle. So you're stumbling over the keys.

Take a break - a complete break if possible - for a day or so. Sleep on it - make sure you're rested. Listening to Mozart is supposedly good for the process. What you need to do is to get your unconcious to take over again, so you're not concentrating so hard on playing. And clearly you can't do that by trying - you have to relax into it. Good luck.
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#582888 - 06/11/06 06:34 AM Re: Too Much of One Song?
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Registered: 06/06/06
Posts: 192
Well, thats good advise for sure.

It seems that is prety much exactly what has happened. To bring myself to not play the song may be a bit difficult, but I will surely try.

Thanks.

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#582889 - 06/12/06 01:17 PM Re: Too Much of One Song?
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Registered: 06/10/06
Posts: 83
Oh I experience that!!!!
I love this site I can relate to you all so much!! When I tell my mom and grandmother that I don't play it as well as i used to, they look at me like I'm crazy and tell me I'm picky, etc....It gets pretty fustrating knowing that I used to play it better and they keep telling me that it's fine!! lol Im glad somebody else understands lol
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#582890 - 06/13/06 10:09 PM Re: Too Much of One Song?
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