The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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at that moment be aware of the music provided, and the performance cannot then be under criticism. Hence, in either case, there is nothing to be self-conscious about 1
In a word, force yourself to realise that the listener is watching for that which you also are trying to hear, and all self-consciousness with its conse­quent nervousness inevitably vanishes at that moment.
Incapacitating nervousness during performance is therefore usually only the result of sheer inattention.
The causes of such inadequate attention are various.
They may prove at once remediable by a better understanding, and a con­sequent better practice, of that which constitutes Performer's Attention.
Inadequacy and Uncertainty of Technique (i.e., of Tone production itself) does however form perhaps the most potent factor in causing our attention to be distracted from where it should be.
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