PRACTICE?? Analyse vs. Rehearse.

Saturday, February 29, 2020 by Becky Reesor | Music Tools

"HOW TO PRACTICE" is a life-long pursuit. Even professional pianists want to always accomplish more in a shorter amount of time. Whatever your skill level, define the purpose of your practice at each moment. In this video I explain to a student how to split their practice into "analysis" versus "rehearsal" modes. This way they will learn to both fix mistakes and be more confident in delivering a performance without stutters and hiccups.


Chick Corea on Rhythm

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by Becky Reesor | Music Tools

Practical and on point: Chick Corea addresses rhythm... our key building block.

Without rhythm music becomes garbled. Without playing in "the pocket," a musician forever sounds amateur. WITH rhythm which grooves and is well structured (no matter the genre), the human response is to relax and/or move with the music. Ever fall asleep during a performance? In all likelihood the performer placed and structured the rhythm to flow from before the first note to after the last key release.

Try not to overthink and drown in academia about rhythm. Hear it.. FEEL it before you play. Develop the sense and it will grow.