If you are well prepared, you have your piece memorized, and you can play it perfectly, you don’t want to over practice because this may be detrimental to your performance. Instead, practice just enough to keep your piece clean and your performance relaxed. Try playing your piece at half speed making each note extremely clean by focusing on placing your finger exactly in the center of the key. Stay relaxed while you play. Try this both with the music and by memory. This technique can keep you comfortable with your piece. Only play your piece through up to speed and by memory 2-3 times a day. It is better to spread your performance practice throughout the day instead of 2-3 times in a row.
How to Practice for a Piano Recital
Each time you play the piece, imagine yourself in the concert hall or competition room where you are going to be performing. Imagine your audience in front of you. Then, take a deep breath and relax yourself. Play your piece with this relaxed feeling. When your actual performance arrives, you will have played it so many times while imagining your setting in your mind that you should be comfortable in the real setting. Take a few seconds before you play in front of your real audience to relax yourself, then begin your performance.
What if you are not prepared fully for your performance? We’ll go ahead and put in a lot of extra practice so you know your piece!
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