Part 4 - Practising for Performance

Do you avoid performing because you find it too stressful? It may surprise you to know that many of the world’s greatest pianists have often suffered from acute anxiety and nerves but have found ways to overcome them. Practising the Piano Part provides a combination of rock-solid practising techniques, proven methods for memorising and psychological strategies used by elite sportsmen and women to enable you to realise your full potential on the day.


This publication is divided into three main sections:

Section I

The first section focusses on developing performance skills and on how to be as well prepared as possible so that you are able to deliver when you walk onto the stage or into your examination room. In this volume I explain five different ways to practise and how to set goals and deadlines in the run-up to a performance alongside providing further resources for generating more performance opportunities.

Section II

The next section covers the complex subject of performance psychology and performance anxiety. Even some of the world’s greatest pianists have suffered from acute anxiety. Alongside results from my survey, Performance Anxiety among Pianists, I explore how visualisation, CBT, meditation and forms of mental skills training can assist in calming the critical inner voice and enabling us to unleash our true creative selves.

Section III

The last section is all about memorisation. There is nothing more terrifying than a memory slip on the stage and I firmly believe that the memorisation process should start as soon as we start learning the notes. In this volume I investigate the different types of memory (muscular, aural, analytic, etc.) and offer 11 different tools for developing and strengthening the memory.

Remember – if you are enjoying your performance, so will your audience. It really is that simple! Practising the Piano Part 4 will show you how to surrender control so that you can enjoy delivering a confident performance that you can be proud of!

Part 4 - Practising for Performance

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