The Essentials of Bringing Expression to Your Piano Playing
To play the piano, you need to know how to translate the composer’s ideas to the keyboard, but you also need to put a little of yourself into the music. You can use the composer’s markings as a launch pad and take off on your own flights of fancy with musical articulation, changes in dynamics, and use of the pedals.
Aside from the range of regular notes, composers occasionally enliven piano pieces with fancy note combinations that add a bit or interest and elegance to the music. Grace notes, trills, and glissandos [more…]