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Mendy Smith

Day 7 - Reality Bites

February 9, 2009 at 4:22 AM

I practiced the three Bach movements over the weekend so that my teacher could judge which one is closest to being ready.  I forgot how difficult parts of the 3rd Prelude can be. 

Then I moved back to the Bloch - this time practicing it as much from memory as I could.  That attempt set me back to where I was a few days ago playing from the piano score.  Forgot a few of the accidentals.  Later in the evening I recorded my attempts playing from memory.  That was a disaster.  I actually got a bit of self-imposed stage fright trying to both play from memory and record myself simultaneously.  After about 5 takes, I finally was able to play through the entire piece from without stopping. But oh my ears!!!!!

At least I have an indicator of where I stand as of now, on "tape".  I need more work, and lots of it, and only 3 weeks to go...

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on February 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM

 I get the same stage fright trying to record myself playing from memory.  I think it's good for me.  It really does simulate some aspects of the audition experience.  

It'll get easier!


From Donna Clegg
Posted on February 9, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I get stage fright trying to record myself period - how silly is that?  Sounds like you are working very hard Mendy.  I am in awe of your determination.  YGG!

From Drew Lecher
Posted on February 10, 2009 at 5:57 PM


Keep it up, but also pace yourself with daily goals of improvement in various sections. Target your playing to be ready a week before the audition and then enjoy the music and revel in the sounds.

Remember, they—the audition panel—want you to do well and are actually cheering for you. Play like it's a wonderful recital!

All the best—D.

From Mendy Smith
Posted on February 11, 2009 at 2:37 AM

Thanks all!  I must keep in mind, it is ALWAYS about the music.  Having the piece memorized helps.  We'll see how it goes in a few days when I try playing this with a pianist for the first time.

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