“Playing is never difficult; it is either easy, or it is impossible.”
-Kato Havas, violinist (The Musician’s Way, p. 21)
We all love how it feels to play or sing with ease.
That sense of freedom we enjoy when physical tension melts away and mental focus expands.
Here are 7 ways to instill easeful habits in practice and on stage.
- Lengthen and Release
Allow your neck and spine to lengthen; release unneeded muscular tension.
- Minimize Pressure
Employ a light touch, and aim for a sense of buoyancy in your limbs.
- Learn Deeply
Establish profound clarity in practice so that you can perform accurately with little effort.
- Feel Ahead
Conceive of each upcoming phrase before you execute it – hear and feel ahead.
Bring a fearless conviction to every musical gesture.
- Be Generous
On stage, give wholeheartedly to your audience and to the emotions in the music.
As you perform, trust in your preparation and your ability to grow as an artist. Not every performance will be problem-free, but every moment that we have to make music is a moment to treasure.
© 2015 Gerald Klickstein
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