A woman practicing Mindfulness by performing a Yoga Tree pose

Piano Performance With(out) Fear: The Power of Yoga

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The practice of Yoga may provide an answer to a widespread problem among musicians. That problem is performance anxiety or stage fright. It has been estimated that one in four musicians use Beta-blockers to improve their live performances. For some musicians, anxiety symptoms can be so debilitating that they lower the quality of performance and lower marks resulting from examinations. In […]

Opera singer demonstrating finger singing

You Must Sing with Your Fingers

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Nearly all music has vocal qualities except for some styles of contemporary music. Often when playing a passage on the keyboard we fail to recognize the natural vocal inflections. We become preoccupied with coordinating our fingers and forget what we are doing musically. Finger singing is an exercise to develop a cantabile (singing) style of playing. Chopin […]

Bosendorfer keyboard

Is the Bosendorfer better than the Steinway?

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Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff appeared at Koerner Hall in February with a program consisting of the final piano sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. He played this concert on a Bosendorfer. This is noteworthy as at least locally, the majority of the concerts are played on a Steinway. An audience member made the following statement at intermission. […]