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Myth No. 3: Expressive Playing is a Talent and It Cannot Be Learned!

A limiting belief born from misinformation and the common tendency to judge things by their appearance.

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Stay tuned for Myth No. 4 – where we will bravely open the door to the controversial realm of sight-reading!

Video highlights:

00:02. Myth No. 3: Expressive Playing is a Talent and It Cannot Be Learned.

. Myth Origin. On laziness, magic and the common cold. What do non-musicians believe?

. Reality.
03:04. What is the role of talent and inspiration?
04:13. The ratio of talent/practice that creates great results.

. What is Expression? What can we express through music? Where do our ’emotions’ fit in this picture?

. How does expressive playing really work?
06:51. How do we express the content of the music? The main expressive effects.

. Wait, What? So Technique is NOT the Only Thing I Can Work On?

. Myth Dangers.
10:17. Bob’s story: how a talent-myth-believing non-musician started his piano journey.
11:19. My own story started similarly to Bob’s :). How my teachers set things straight.
12:31. Bob’s story can still have a happy ending!

. Solutions.
13:25. How we develop a beginner’s expressive skills in the Russian piano school.
13:55. In music, things need to make sense. A piece is a story, not a collection of random notes!
14:41. Technique: the physical expression of our musical intentions.
15:05. A couple of examples. Creating a sad, majestic and singing characters.
15:53. Let’s put the horse behind the cart! says the myth.
16:17. The importance of putting the horse in front of the cart :).
16:34. WHY-WHAT-HOW. The key to expressive playing is awareness.
17:13. The ‘left-brain’ fingers/notes approach vs the holistic ‘whole-brain’ method.
18:02. Expressive playing is not a stroke of luck: it’s a choice.

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