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How I became a pianist

09/05/2014

I’ve always thought that playing the piano was as easy as sitting and putting both hands upon the keyboard. Crazy illusion. My intuition couldn’t be more wrong.

 

To achieve a good sound you’ve got to follow some steps or stages based in some exercises to know how to prepare the hand, to warm the muscles that are still unknown and that are important to reveal.

This process is slow but effective through some time. In a world that moves in a high rhythm, Marie Jaëll gives us the opportunity to sit down on a low chair, listen up, keep silence and search for the correct way to reach to our psychophysiological faculties that are hidden somewhere in our existence.

This is what we call “toucher”. The research of a memory, a déjà-vu that brings us a ephemeral sensations that is necessary to be constantly reconnected.

In fact, playing piano can be a simple action. The problem or the difficulty comes when we ask ourselves what can we do with the instrument, why do we play it, what we want to get when we play a song, how can we get to reach the deeper soul of the composition? How can we get the public participate in what we call “shared feeling”, a tête à tête with who is listening?

The fact which is derived from that process is freedom. Playing freely is only reached when the person gets to a strong purity state, when there are no obstacles and distractions and it’s possible to feel the perfect contact between the finger and the piano key in order to leave a good sound mark showing every element of the composition that is being played.

It all seems to be so easy, but it needs a constant work with a lot of discipline if we want to have good results. The fact of playing, then, can  become an art if it creates a double-nature mechanic: organic and esthetic. Is one way to find our own essence.

At first, everyday has to be an opportunity to find the sensations that the professor must show to the pupil.

After some time everyone has to go on their own way with a basic knowledge resulting from many years of scientific research about the intervention of the groups of muscles that take part of the interpretation.

I encourage everyone who wants to get in that way to be ambitious and not to give up in the research’s rhythm. 

 

Quim Bonal

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