Episode 02: Most common mistakes made by non-professional pianists- Part 1

In the second episode, we start to look at the common mistakes and pitfalls made by amateur & beginner pianists, with advice and suggestions on how to avoid them!
This episode starts with a look at the world of informal gatherings of pianists where we can play to each other in non-judgemental safety, and goes on to a discussion of how changing the quality of focus and attention can make deep and profound changes in learning and performing.

Show Notes

  • Piano meetup groups in the UK [1:30], including:
    -The importance and fun of playing in public at all levels from beginner to advanced
    -Being non-judgemental when attending amateur piano groups
  • How the biggest mistake of not listening to the piano while performing is caused by the wrong type of focus/effort/attention [16:20], including:
    -Wide vs narrow focus
    -Cultural differences in the way we use our attention & focus
    -How posture is linked to attention & focus
    -Practical ways to improve attention & focus
    -Brainwaves and neurofeedback
  • Using attention & focus to correct a common problem that usually afflicts performances of Chopin the most! [53:30]


Some of the great piano meetup groups in the UK run by the fantastic Ben Richards:

The Open-Focus Brain- https://www.amazon.com/Open-Focus-Brain-Harnessing-Power-Attention/dp/1590306120

How the Body Knows Its Mind- ‘The human body is not just a passive device carrying out messages sent by the brain, but rather an integral part of how we think and make decisions’- https://www.amazon.com/How-Body-Knows-Its-Mind/dp/145162669X

East and West: Seeing the world through different lenses- https://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/health/04iht-6sncult.1.10695876.html and https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn7882-westerners-and-easterners-see-the-world-differently/

Neurofeedback on music students- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3091595.stm

Mood influences the type of attention we have- https://academic.oup.com/scan/article/12/7/1159/3778192

‘The oft-quoted statistic that 40 million Chinese children are studying the piano is considered by many to be a spectacular underestimate’- https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/music/classical-music-is-taking-over-the-world-9594034.html


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