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by wilbeau
on July 20, 2016

I believe we have to rehearse differently depending on our state of mind. In order to process lots of data effectively we must be alert and have the necessary energy to do so. For this reason learning new pieces or new habits requires more energy while reviewing older pieces takes less.

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by wilbeau
on March 7, 2016

I had a very special experience while playing a concert on the weekend: it seemed like a good idea to open with an improvisation. The spontaneous creation led straight into the first programmed work winding up on the first note of the opening piece. Something told me to wait for the nervous energy to dissipate before moving into the official program. The transition worked remarkably well, putting me right into the zone where I could give maximum expression the to programmed work.

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by wilbeau
on February 8, 2016

I am getting ready for a concert, practicing daily and have performed all the music for audiences at least twice. A couple of passages have often caused trouble, which was irritating given the amount of time and effort went into learning them. During one piece* it finally occurred to me today that I could breathe a little bit before beginning one the next phrase. Just a little bit. It was in a section that was quite boisterous, my favourite part in fact that features a ragtime, syncopated phrase that has the drive of the Glenn Miller horn section.