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Topic: Play and breath  (Read 1686 times)

Offline drooxy

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Play and breath
on: October 22, 2003, 11:16:02 AM
Hi !

Thanks to the great book "Fundamantals of Piano Practice", I now understand that relaxation is one of the main basis to play correctly... Now relaxing also means breathing and I would like to check wether or not I do it as it should be done !

So, any suggestion about that subject would be very welcome !

Thanks !

Offline dj

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Re: Play and breath
Reply #1 on: October 23, 2003, 05:56:56 AM
breathing? i never really think about that when im playing....maybe take a deep breath before you begin but then let it be what it is naturally: an involuntary action.
rach on!

Offline eddie92099

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Re: Play and breath
Reply #2 on: October 23, 2003, 02:20:00 PM
Richter would breathe as a singer would according to the phrase,

Offline rachfan

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Re: Play and breath
Reply #3 on: October 24, 2003, 04:40:54 AM
Richter had it right.  The pianist really has to think of him/herself as a singer in shaping phrases.  The piano as an instrument is all about voice.  For example, sometimes there'll be a small leap justifying a tiny pause, which every singer would take in preparing for the leap.  Breathing is often important too in starting a short cadenza, a highly emotive passage, a long cantabile line, etc.  Taking a breath before those sections somehow makes the music seem more vivid in the moment and execution more facile.  It probably strikes some as odd, but it's true--and always helpful.
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Offline hal

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Re: Play and breath
Reply #4 on: October 26, 2003, 11:13:35 AM
Arrau is another good example.
If you listen his Chopin carefully, you can listen when his taking a deep breath...
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