Phrasing and Playing the Piano
Musical phrases could be described as waves.
A phrase in music is like a sentence
when you read.
It's a part that belongs together, that expresses a musical idea,
thought, question or answer. In between each part we «breathe».
For a singer or
a wind instrument player, this means literally to breathe, but for a pianist it
means to shape each phrase with a beginning and ending, and lifting our wrists
and arms gracefully between each phrase; to «breathe». Sometimes very quickly,
and sometimes with a slower
Playing with beautiful phrasing involves some technical work, like learning how to move and lift your wrists and arms, but is mostly involving work with really feeling the ebb and flow of each phrase, and working towards bringing out the sound of what you want to be heard.
You may discover that musical phrases can be felt like waves. Some larger, some smaller, longer or shorter. Getting gradually louder and softer as you play, ebbing and flowing...