How often do I hear a piano student who is playing, but not actually listening?
We *hear* music constantly. On the TV, in shops, in films. We’ve become so accustomed to hearing it without becoming fully immersed in listening to it.
And so I think that student pianists become transfixed by what their fingers are *doing*, but fail to become transfixed by the actual sound.
There are a thousand different ways to play a piano key. A good piano teacher will show you countless techniques to do that.
As the incredible pianist Glenn Gould said, “There is a craft and power in listening.”
There’s an intention behind every note. And the more we become immersed in listening to the sound and colour that we want,the more that our music will become radiant and communicate with the audience on a whole different level.