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#985131 - 07/14/06 09:21 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
ARIAS Offline
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David thank you for answering my questions. I do plan to check out the VIGIL CD. I do have the sheet music for the Vigil, it's a beautiful song and it is also compatible with doing the yoga poses to as well. I am anxious to check out the other songs on that VIGIL CD as well. I will check out those other songs you mentioned as well for the meditative effect.I like the way your website is setup. It allows me to get the info on your music that I need easily.

David, you don't need to tell me any stories, I'm just happy to listen to your music! I guess y'all can call me a true NEV-HEAD! ;\)

What I would like to know though is , are your working on a new CD right now? What can you tell us about it?

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#985132 - 07/14/06 09:23 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
psychopianoman Offline
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Loc: Oklahoma
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Originally posted by funburger:
David, i have no questions for you to answer. i just wanted to say thank-you for coming here and answering everyones questions. i have been following this thread and i must say i want to hear your music now. i always thought you were new age and i stay far away from that stuff, to gypsy for me:) i think i will peek into google and see if i cant find a recording of you playing. i must say you have perked my interest now. thank-you again for stopping in!!! now i am off to check you out:) (your playing that is) [/b]
His music is the greatest!!! Free downloads on his website.

http://www.davidnevue.com/freedownloads.htm
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#985133 - 07/14/06 09:34 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
rocky Offline
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David, thanks for taking the time to answer all the questions! What a treat to actually get to chat with a composer whos music we love to listen to and even play attempt to play.

I am definitely a NEV HEAD!! I have already purchased your 3 new sheet music selections and have most of the others already. I can't wait for more!

Thanks again!
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#985134 - 07/14/06 09:42 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
funburger Offline
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i have found Davids website and listened to a few songs and i must say i actually like it!!! No feeling of crystal balls, but i did feel when I get better I would like to try to play a few of them!!! Wow, now i know what Monica has been ranting and raving about this whole time!!! thank-you again David, i really enjoyed listening to you today, and more in the future!!!!
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#985135 - 07/15/06 05:16 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
s54mo827 Offline
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 1231
Loc: New York
 Quote:
Originally posted by David Nevue:

Here's a little secret about me (not a secret anymore). I'm really obsessive/compulsive when it comes to writing. If it's just conversational email, I'm fine, but if I tried to tell a story in the writing, I would literally spend hours and hours editing it.

Hi David.

I was just passing through and read this, and it made me laugh - hey - this guy sounds real. I too am a fiendish editor - constantly changing my words to make them sound better (except when it comes to conversational email - then it's anything goes).

Whatever it is, if it's pure and from the heart, its what matters.

Oh - compulsive/obsessive hahahahahahaha....- I think we've got a bit of that in all of us - or do I just speak for myself. ;\)


Cheers! \:D
Sharon
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#985136 - 07/15/06 06:46 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
JimJamz Offline
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Registered: 07/11/06
Posts: 16
Loc: Houston, TX
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More than anything, though, I see the creation of my music as a mirror image of what God does. I view Him as the ultimate artist - the creator of all things. And so, when we ourselves create, we are (in a way) imitating that aspect of God.

I'm not saying that in creating music, I AM a god - heaven's no - what I mean is that our Creator made us in such a way that we can, though art, imitate that aspect of who He is.

Much in the same way that we can share His love and mercy with others, we can also share His art.

I often reflect on how amazing it is to create something new (a song) from nothing but my mind. Where no song existed before, I can create one. I make something from nothing, and that something becomes an expression of me, the songwriter.
That is as beautiful of a descrition of "creativity" as I have ever read. Thanks for taking time to answer all of my questions. By the way...I found your website very inspiring...both musically and spiritually.

- Jim

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#985137 - 07/16/06 11:29 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Registered: 05/29/06
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Loc: Eugene, Oregon
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David, your answers are all very interesting!
Thanks.

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So David, you never use a tape recorder when your in the composing process?
Yes, I do sometimes if I come up with something I really like and want to remember it. The problem is, I have found that even if I record something, I never take the time to go back and listen again. So even though I use it, I never really use it. \:\)

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Do you ever sit down to play a song and find you can't remember it?
Yes, and when it happens, I just have to leave it and play another song. Then, if I try it the next day, often it will just "be there." I try not to freak out when I forget a song. If I do, I just end up frustrating myself.

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How many songs are in your active repertoire right now?
I just counted 86, but that includes the new material I'm working on. But that's how many songs I have in rotation during practice time.

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For example, if we sat down with a list of all the songs titles on all the CDs on your web site, and called out requests at random, would you be able to play them all at will?
Nope.

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Would you have to stop and poke at the keyboard for a few minutes on any of them?
Yes, possibly. I might remember part of the song, but not all of it.

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Are there any that you probably don't remember?
Yes. There are a few songs on CDs that I haven't played since I recorded them. I couldn't even hum them to you.

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How do you remember a song? Do you think "that's the song that starts on A?" Or "that's the song in the key of G?" Or is it something else completely?
I'm not sure, actually. I play by finger memory quite a lot. Sometimes I just have to "dial in" to the melody. If I can find that, some of the rest might come.

If I ever really want to remember an old song of mine, I just go back to the recording. Once I hear it, I can usually pick it up again within twenty or thirty minutes.

David

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#985138 - 07/16/06 11:30 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Originally posted by funburger:
David, i have no questions for you to answer. i just wanted to say thank-you for coming here and answering everyones questions. i have been following this thread and i must say i want to hear your music now. i always thought you were new age and i stay far away from that stuff, to gypsy for me:) i think i will peek into google and see if i cant find a recording of you playing. [/b]
That's great! Thank you. My pleasure to be here.

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#985139 - 07/16/06 11:31 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Originally posted by Bob Muir:
funburger, you should really give Rhapsody a spin. You can listen to 25 songs a month free. The only risk is that you may love the huge selection so much that you'll want to upgrade to unlimited listening. [/b]
I LOVE Rhapsody. I've been hooked for over a year now. It's about the only thing I listen to now, other than the CD submissions for Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio.

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#985140 - 07/16/06 11:36 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Originally posted by ARIAS:
What I would like to know though is , are your working on a new CD right now? What can you tell us about it? [/b]
Yes, I'm working on two new albums.

The first is an album of Hymn arrangements. That's my next album.

The second album is almost entirely original songs, with the exception of an arrangement of "Morning Has Broken" and "Down By the Sally Gardens."

The Hymns album will be out in 2007. I'm not sure about the other - either late 2007 or early 2008.

After that, I'm not sure. I'm seriously considering doing a tribute album to Dax Johnson, a pianist friend of mine who passed away.

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#985141 - 07/16/06 11:40 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Originally posted by s54mo827:
[QUOTE]Oh - compulsive/obsessive hahahahahahaha....- I think we've got a bit of that in all of us - or do I just speak for myself. ;\) [/b]
It's gotten a lot worse as I've gotten older. I used to write a LOT of poetry, and even considered myself a "poet" before the music started kicking in.

I remember when I was young (college) I wanted to be a story editor full-time.

Yikes! I think I'd go mad if I was doing that now.

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#985142 - 07/17/06 12:53 AM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
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David, well it's a relief to know that you're human.... Although maybe not, 80-plus songs in your active repertoire or practice rotation, that sure is a lot considering you don't use any sheet music! Wow.

How do you get ready for a performance? Do you decide the program in advance, what you play and in what order? Do you write it down? Do you use that list during the actual concert?

If you do decide the songlist in advance, do you then practice for the concert by playing those pieces in the order that you'll play them in the concert?

Let's say you're playing 5 concerts in the next 10 days, are you likely to play the exact same program for each concert?

Sorry, that was another barrage of questions! \:\) But thanks again for taking the time to answer them and everyone else's. \:\)

As the saying goes (if it does go) "A thousand thank-yous!"
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#985143 - 07/18/06 05:41 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Originally posted by ShiroKuro:
[QB] David, well it's a relief to know that you're human....
I'm VERY human.

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How do you get ready for a performance? Do you decide the program in advance, what you play and in what order? Do you write it down? Do you use that list during the actual concert?
Yes, I outline songs for each concert out a couple of weeks beforehand. Every concert is a bit different. Some are more secular (schools), some more spiritual (churches), and some in between. I try to measure the expectations of my audience before each show.

For example, I have three shows coming up in Jackson, MS, Abertville, AL, and Duluth, GA.

The Jackson show is at a church - a thursday night service. So my concert will have much more spiritual content. I'll share inspiration from the Bible, and play songs that draw from my spiritual walk.

The Albertville concert is a benefit concert for people who've never heard my music before. So I'll play a lot of instantly likeable stuff. My goal there will be to take these people who've never heard my music and turn them into instant fans.

The Duluth concert is actually a Whisperings concert. So I only have five songs or so to really hook people with. So I'll play the songs that I can tell the best stories with, because the stories sell the music.

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If you do decide the songlist in advance, do you then practice for the concert by playing those pieces in the order that you'll play them in the concert?
Yes, I definitely run through the concert a few times. Also, more often than not I'll list my song order with "alternates" because sometimes, depending on my or the audiences mood, I'll want to play something other than what I initially put down.

So even after I plan the concert, chances are good that some aspect of it will change during the show.

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#985144 - 07/18/06 06:51 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
IrishMak Offline
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So if you don't use sheet music, does each particular song change some each time you play it in concert? Or do you find you can remember note for note what the recorded (or originally conceived) version is?

And thank you for being so kind to answer all these questions! It has been very interesting reading your responses!
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#985145 - 07/18/06 08:40 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
Opus45 Offline
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Loc: North Carolina
David,

This is a fascinating thread. Thank you!

I was wondering, as a human being, what is it like for you to hear others play your music?

Does that feeling differ in any way from David the artist?

Jeff
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#985146 - 07/18/06 11:07 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
Monica K. Offline

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David, thank you so much for answering all these questions. Please feel free to tell us "that's enough" when you get tired...we don't want to impose on you! \:\)

But if you're not tired, I have one more question, or set of related questions..., and one that probably hits home to most of us adult beginners/ amateurs/ relearners, whatever the heck we are: Do you get nervous at the beginning of or throughout a concert? Does it throw you off if you make a mistake? (I guess I should ask if you DO make mistakes!) How do you cope with mistakes or nervousness?
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#985147 - 07/18/06 11:40 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
psychopianoman Offline
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Loc: Oklahoma
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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
David, thank you so much for answering all these questions. Please feel free to tell us "that's enough" when you get tired...we don't want to impose on you! \:\)

But if you're not tired, I have one more question, or set of related questions..., and one that probably hits home to most of us adult beginners/ amateurs/ relearners, whatever the heck we are: Do you get nervous at the beginning of or throughout a concert? Does it throw you off if you make a mistake? (I guess I should ask if you DO make mistakes!) How do you cope with mistakes or nervousness? [/b]
I second that. How do you do it???
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#985148 - 07/25/06 12:05 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Loc: Eugene, Oregon
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Originally posted by IrishMak:
So if you don't use sheet music, does each particular song change some each time you play it in concert? Or do you find you can remember note for note what the recorded (or originally conceived) version is?[/b]
The songs remain pretty much the same every time I play them in concert. By the time I've gotten a composition to the point that it's "done", I've probably played it two hundred times. So over time it just settles into a routine and doesn't change that much anymore.

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#985149 - 07/25/06 12:12 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Hi Jeff,

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Originally posted by Opus45:
I was wondering, as a human being, what is it like for you to hear others play your music?
Does that feeling differ in any way from David the artist? [/b]
It's very strange to hear my music played by others. I have this inner clock and expects the music to progress in a very particular way, with a very particular mood and motion. Other people have their own inner clocks, and their own way they feel things, so when they play, the song sounds very different to me than when I play it.

Sometimes its surprising and refreshing to hear, other times it's a bit jarring.

I imagine it's a bit like it must be when someone who doesn't speak your language tries to learn it and speak it. Some of the correct "sounds" may be there, but the grammar and intonation just isn't quite the same.

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#985150 - 07/25/06 12:28 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Loc: Eugene, Oregon
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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
David, thank you so much for answering all these questions. Please feel free to tell us "that's enough" when you get tired...we don't want to impose on you! [/b]
No, I'm enjoying this. \:\)

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Do you get nervous at the beginning of or throughout a concert? Does it throw you off if you make a mistake? (I guess I should ask if you DO make mistakes!) How do you cope with mistakes or nervousness? [/b]
Yes, I get nervous, particularly the first three or four songs of a show. Usually, once I get through those, I settle down and just start playing without any nerves at all.

I'm often playing a concert and in my head I'm thinking "what's next?, what's next?, what's next?" and I start going into this mini-panic. But the thing is, I've done it so many times, I've just leared to trust myself and calm myself down. So I tell myself, "Just play, just breathe," and I do. I've learned to trust my fingers - they know what to do.

But yes, sometimes I do make a mistake. Often, they are just the kind where you slip and hit a wrong note in passing or something - not that big of a deal. But if you hit the wrong chord that can throw off your whole rhythm and then you have to try and recover from it.

Most of the time, when I make a major mistake like this, I just improvise my way back into the song. There was only one time where I completely lost a song in concert and had to stop playing - and it was one of the first concerts I ever performed.

One of the things I take comfort in (and you should too) is that people have very forgiving ears. More often than not, they don't consciously hear your mistakes, especially if you just keep going. It's like their brain "autocorrects" it for them or something.

The secret is, don't draw attention to your mistakes. If you hit the wrong note, just act like it was the right one. Most people don't take notice a mistake unless YOU take notice of it. Then they see your negative reaction to it and it's only then that they really notice.

So if you make a mistake, pretend you didn't and no one will know any different.

I remember one concert I did at a college where I played horribly - I made SO MANY mistakes it was probably one of the worst performances I ever gave.

Afterward, person after person came up and complimented me, saying how beautiful and wonderful the concert was. One person, who was a professor at the college, said that in his 15 years there attending concerts, he'd never heard anyone come in and play the piano so smoothly and gracefully.

I learned a big lesson that day. It doesn't matter what *I* think of my performance. It doesn't matter if I make mistakes. People still love it. So I've learned to just play and enjoy it, and if I make a mistake, oh well, life goes on. \:\)

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#985151 - 07/25/06 06:21 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
ShiroKuro Offline
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David said:

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Yes, I get nervous, particularly the first three or four songs of a show. Usually, once I get through those, I settle down and just start playing without any nerves at all.
So do you plan your concert program with that in mind? For example, do you think things like "I don't want to play that piece until at least halfway through the concert, this piece is a good one to start with because it's easy and I can ease my nerves with it." Of course, I am not a professional musician, but when I play in recitals or at parties where I play several pieces, I always try to plan the order of pieces so that something easier comes first and the more challenging ones (or longer ones) come later in the program. But maybe that's not how others do it, maybe you prefer to get the more difficult pieces out of the way early on?

Also, I like what you said about believing yourself, believing your fingers. So much of what makes us nervous is all unfounded fear, I try to remind myself that I have played the piece a billion times, there's no reason to think I can't play it now.
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#985152 - 07/25/06 10:30 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
Monica K. Offline

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Originally posted by David Nevue:
It doesn't matter what *I* think of my performance. It doesn't matter if I make mistakes. People still love it. So I've learned to just play and enjoy it, and if I make a mistake, oh well, life goes on. \:\) [/b]
I think I need to tattoo this on my forehead, or make a big inspirational poster with this quote and hang it above my piano.

You probably don't realize how reassuring it was for us to hear that (a) you still get nervous, (b) you even make mistakes, but (c) you can get away with mistakes if you just keep playing. My big problem is that I still reflexively say "oops" (or ) when I mess up. I have been working on this and getting better, but since mistake-free public playing is apparently impossible, I need to master the fine art of playing blithely on without acknowledging the mistake.

Incidentally, I always use your piece, "The Gift," as the first piece whenever I play for anybody. I now know it well enough that I can play it on autopilot; it always sounds terrific; and it lets me get over the worst anxious moments without messing up and just feeling more anxious. \:\)
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#985153 - 07/25/06 10:30 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by David Nevue:

Sometimes its surprising and refreshing to hear, other times it's a bit jarring.
I don't know if you have listened to any of our attempts to play your music, but I must ask you to please not listen to mine, you will definitely be jarred. I am a beginner, only a little over a year. I love your music and love trying to play it, but I wouldn't want to scar you for life by hearing me attempt your music!

But I can't wait for the new ones coming in Sept.!

Thanks for giving us such beautiful music!
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#985154 - 07/26/06 01:15 AM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
tolovemoon Offline
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WOW! This is all so awesome to read all the responses you are giving David..

I too like the quote that Monica pointed out..

Originally posted by David Nevue:
It doesn't matter what *I* think of my performance. It doesn't matter if I make mistakes. People still love it. So I've learned to just play and enjoy it, and if I make a mistake, oh well, life goes on[/b]

I have been so inspired to not give up..

For a question or two I would like to ask this..

Was your music already a career or was this something you started out doing from a hobby?

Would you say that one must be passionate about what they are doing in order to become successful is a true statement?

And for the last one, how much time do you spend a day practicing?

Thanks again... I am a new fan!
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#985155 - 07/26/06 05:38 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Originally posted by ShiroKuro:
[QB]So do you plan your concert program with that in mind? For example, do you think things like "I don't want to play that piece until at least halfway through the concert, this piece is a good one to start with because it's easy and I can ease my nerves with it."
Yes, I play songs that I tend to have NO trouble with first. I start almost every concert with "The Vigil". It's simple, and I can play it even when nervous. \:\)

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Also, I like what you said about believing yourself, believing your fingers. So much of what makes us nervous is all unfounded fear, I try to remind myself that I have played the piece a billion times, there's no reason to think I can't play it now.
Exactly.

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#985156 - 07/26/06 05:41 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
I need to master the fine art of playing blithely on without acknowledging the mistake.[/b]
That's a big part of it. People don't usually notice (or pay attention) to a mistake until you acknowledge it by your facial expressions.

If you just act like there was NO mistake, then even if they think they heard one they'll discard it, because they figure you must know what you're doing. \:\)

Never let 'em see you sweat.

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Incidentally, I always use your piece, "The Gift," as the first piece whenever I play for anybody. I now know it well enough that I can play it on autopilot; it always sounds terrific; and it lets me get over the worst anxious moments without messing up and just feeling more anxious. \:\) [/b]
That's great! Thanks for letting me know. It's a rather strange thing knowing there are all these people out there playing my pieces!

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#985157 - 07/26/06 05:48 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Originally posted by rocky:
I don't know if you have listened to any of our attempts to play your music, but I must ask you to please not listen to mine, you will definitely be jarred. I am a beginner, only a little over a year. [/b]
Well, I haven't listened, but even if I did, please don't worry about it. I didn't say that to make people feel intimidated. \:\) Obviously, people are on different levels, and so that fine. I'm always happy to listen when folks play my music. It's fun, even when it is a bit jarring. \:\)

And by "jarring" I simply meant the rhythm thing, not so much the actual playing. When I hear one of my songs, my mind automatically starts playing it back the way I play it. So when it's not exactly that way, it's like there's a mental "disruption in the force" in my brain because it expects a certain thing but doesn't get it.

It's like when you expect strawberry ice cream, but then someone hands you chocolate. It's not that it's not GOOD, it's just different. \:\)

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#985158 - 07/26/06 05:53 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
David Nevue Offline
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Registered: 05/29/06
Posts: 69
Loc: Eugene, Oregon
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Originally posted by tolovemoon:
Was your music already a career or was this something you started out doing from a hobby? [/b]
It was definitely a hobby. I did my first albums just because it seemed like it was the thing to do. I mean, if you write songs, you have to record them right?

I don't think it was until I released my fourth album, "The Vigil" that I started thinking a real career as a pianist would be possible.

I worked full time at Symantec Corp. as a Quality Assurance Manager until just five years ago. That's when I tool the "leap" and decided to go for it. So far, so good (mostly).

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Would you say that one must be passionate about what they are doing in order to become successful is a true statement?
Yes, in most cases. I mean, if you're not passionate about what you do, then other people have no reason to "follow" you. If you don't care, they don't care. If you do, they do.

All generally speaking, of course.

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And for the last one, how much time do you spend a day practicing?
I practive five days a week, usually for 1-2 hours a day. On average, I'd say 90 minutes.

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#985159 - 07/26/06 06:19 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
IrishMak Offline
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Registered: 01/20/06
Posts: 1614
Loc: New Hampshire, USA
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Originally posted by David Nevue:
That's a big part of it. People don't usually notice (or pay attention) to a mistake until you acknowledge it by your facial expressions.

If you just act like there was NO mistake, then even if they think they heard one they'll discard it, because they figure you must know what you're doing. \:\)

[/b]
Exactly what every choral director I've ever sung under pounded into our heads- DO NOT react if you make a mistake! Don't let it show, no faces, no stopping, no head shakes, nothing- just keep right on going. If you don't let them know, most people will never realize a mistake was made. Now, if only I could do that when I'm playing.....
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#985160 - 07/26/06 06:21 PM Re: Let's ask David Nevue lots of Questions!!
IrishMak Offline
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Registered: 01/20/06
Posts: 1614
Loc: New Hampshire, USA
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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
I think I need to tattoo this on my forehead, or make a big inspirational poster with this quote and hang it above my piano.
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Hmm, don't know that that tattoo idea would work well. Unless you have a mirror on your music desk- and then you'd really want that inked in reverse so you could read it.... Maybe the poster is a better idea.... ;\)
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1889 Mason & Hamlin screwstringer upright
Kawai MP-4 digital

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When life hands you lemons, throw them back and add some of your own. Stupid life.

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