Musical phrasing expresses the soul of the music. Learn how to play with beautiful phrasing with a step by step exercise here!
Music phrasing expresses the soul of the music.
A phrase in music is like a sentence when you read. It is 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 movement.
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 might discover that the music is like waves. Some larger, some smaller, longer or shorter. Getting gradually louder and softer as you play.
To make beautiful musical phrasing, we first need to master three basic techniques:
(A phrase is not always legato, and sometimes it doesn't have crescendo or diminuendo. But it is easier to start learning using this exercise as described!)
Here are 3 exercises. Practice each separately, then combine the 3 techniques for a beautiful musical phrase.
This movement is at the foundation for all piano playing. By mastering this movement, you will easier be able to play with a beautiful tone and musical phrasing.
The movement is in three parts:
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