Author: test_gwjeh6

Fingerings often subdivide in different places in parallel passages ~ e.g. scales with both hands over 4 octaves, the howling wind over the graves in the last movement of Chopin’s Bb-minor sonata, the playful wind over the steppe in the last movement of Tchaikovsky’s concerto...

Surfers on the ocean: the forces of gravity holding the board in place - like Rhythm giving shape to form; the condensing and releasing movement of the waves - like Harmonic cadence giving shape to phrase; the raising and cresting of the waves at point...

A method of practicing by reduction of the score: Once you eliminated most of the trees - the accompanying structure and melodic ornamentation - the path to expression will not obstructed by a forest. Once you play just a melodic line with the simplest version...

In the regions of eternal ice, buildings are connected by safety lines so that inhabitants can find their way between living quarters, laboratory, and outhouse in extreme weather conditions.

On stage we sometimes find ourselves lost in the blinding darkness of an adrenalin blizzard. Suddenly our usual faculties are confusing us due to an glandular infused augmentation of our attention capabilities. Usually we can crunch a certain amount of data when practicing, that's what we are used to and prepare with; but with adrenalin, our computational abilities are supercharged (fight or flight) and besides of being able to notice everything that we are used to from the practice room, we find ourselves suddenly able to also think about our laundry list, wonder whether that cough from the audience meant disapproval, notice how strange and alien our left hand is behaving, and observe ourselves doing all that from the outside, suspecting that that can't be good and expecting imminent disaster. That condition is, if nothing else, terribly distracting and devastatingly terrifying. We experience panic if we are unprepared for that condition and thus permit the confusion. In the polar regions many froze to death a foot from their door without a safety line due to disorientation.

In preparation we need to create a safety line, better several, for the blizzard.