I audition to UVU’s piano performance major in 6 days (but who’s counting?), so yesterday I invaded the UVU practice rooms to practice performing. A student I had known at Snow was practicing, so I knocked on his door. After his listening to a mini-performance, he gave me a valuable tip he had recently received from the piano area director: make sure your body is balanced. Yes, there’s the typical wrists-flat-fingers-curved-spine-straight-sit-in-the-middle-of-the-bench posture we use, but apparently there’s also value in not tilting your legs to one side unnecessarily. Which makes sense when we consider how much muscle memory is involved in playing and performing. Also, there are ways to hold your arms to achieve a richer tone or ways to move your wrist to help technique, and I’m learning macro body balance is akin to these smaller movements in usefulness.


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