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Advanced piano tips from Clifford Evans

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Practise SLOWLY and RELAXED as this helps deep learning and is important to produce a good sound as well as avoiding injury. Professional pianists practise slowly to increase motor-coordination security. The great Russian pianist, Sviatoslav Richter, believed that the act of playing a concert reduced one's control of the pieces and went through them again slowly at home after the concert.

Remember that even if you are advanced, slow and thoughtful practice is still essential to maintain your repertoire, particularly as you might be tempted to play fast with your acquired skill.
Test the speeds, yes, but in order to learn or maintain repertoire, resume slow practice most of the time and often hands separately. When you are practising slowly, make sure that you are listening to every note so that the brain is working in parallel and at the same speed as the fingers. Don't let the progress of the fingers run away with you.

Stay relaxed and flexible and don't stop practising scales, arpeggios, broken chords, double 3rds and octaves in all the keys and not as fast as possible. Stay within your comfort speed zone, so that you can listen carefully and think about the musical aspects of your performance.
Take memorising seriously and use your knowledge of harmony and chords to help remember the structural patterns of the music.

Backup your acquired keyboard skills with music al study of the historical context of the music and the life of the composer. This will improve the integrity of your interpretations.
Try and play to friends and relatives as often as possible to get the feel of preformance and musical communication. This will assist your progress and ensure that your piano playing is not just an isolated activity.
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