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How to prepare before a Piano Recital

  • Practice regularly without skipping one day. Long rehearsals are no substitute for daily practice.

  • Practice with one small goal or improvement in mind each day.
  • Isolate technical problems and work on a one- or two-measure passage.
  • Focus on the downbeat and upbeat where there are rhythm problems.
  • Work very slowly where there are fingering or pitch-change problems.
  • Memorize your musical presentation.
  • Get a CD of a professional performing your repertoire, if possible. Listen to this CD and incorporate any styles that you and your teacher feel are musical.
  • Improve your music memorization skill by humming or whistling the melodies when walking or traveling in your car.
  • Become thoroughly prepared. This builds confidence and helps you prepare for the recital.

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