Written by The Weekend Vote
Published: October 25, 2013 at 6:51 PM [UTC]
Well, it's a good question! Practice sessions often focus on the new piece -- the very impressive new piece that isn't quite ready to play. But it's important to reserve a little time for keeping a nice, crowd-pleasing piece in your hands, so you have a few pieces at the ready, to play for friends, or family, for church or even for a gig that comes up very fast. Of course, it's always possible to read quartet music and for kind of thing, but it's nice some high-quality polished pieces: a slow piece, a show-off piece and a few more.
Recently a few of my students learned "Meditation from Thais," and I found myself advising them, "Keep this one in your fingers always, because it works for lots of occasions when you are called to play!"
Whether you are a student or professional, you should have a few pieces that are always in your fingers, ready to play. Do you? Feel free to share which are your favorite, too!
I remember seeing one of Buri's posts some time ago where he stated that regardless of one's skill level, one should always have something ready to play when asked for it. I try to hold on to that compromise for two reasons: it helps me establish and increase my own confidence as a musician (someone who can deliver a short but enjoyable musical experience for others, rather than just a student who takes regular lessons), and it gives one the opportunity to apply new techniques to old repertoire.
As a beginner, I have fallen into the trap or the allure of exploring all the repertoire my beginner hands can get a hold on. This may mean (at least for me)in leaving the 'old' in favor of the bright and new and shiny score sheets which has never seen a pencil mark.
You've given me something to think about and perhaps I'll dust off Twinkle and follow in the footsteps of Hilary Hahn to see how my new found skills will interpret a previous favorite.
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