How to Play Piano with Expression
course you should play music with expression, otherwise it ain’t music...)
amazing to hear so many pianists, struggling with difficult pieces, forget the
cardinal rule of expression. Perhaps too many notes to think about to have the time to
describe or express anything!
is something you have to dig deeper to get to.
No matter how well you play the music,
written or not, in regards to dynamics, phrasing, articulation etc., you still
have to put it all together in your soul, in your feelings. Otherwise it comes
out as fake.
So how can you practice expression?
is something that comes naturally to you, you need to discover it.
Johannes Brahms at the Piano
has a vast library of "expressional" qualities inside- you just need to find your
way around this inner library and not being afraid or shy of letting your
also need to learn how to play piano and really
listen; that what you want to express
is also what can be heard!
What else can you do?
- Let yourself feel. Listen to a lot of music, and let
yourself associate to whatever you like. Cry, laugh, get romantic, get crazy,
- Learn about the piece you are playing. What it's about,
what the composer were living through when writing it (like Eric Clapton «Tears
in Heaven» it will never be just another beautiful piece when you know he wrote
it about his son.)
- Listen to the lyrics of Schubert’s «Elf King» and let
yourself get moved, touched. Or take a Chopin Ballad, for example number 2.
This piece is said to be inspired (as many compositions of that period) by a
poem by the polish national poet Adam Mickiewicz's called "Le Lac de Willis". Reading about that poem and then
interpreting the piece gives you a dire story to express...
- Or, most importantly: Make up your own story. Something that matters to you.
what music is. Expression. Feeling. Life. And utterly