Record Your Practice

Record Your Practice

Nothing says, “Wow, this still needs work,” like a recording of yourself in practice. In the moment your playing may sound okay, but the recording won’t lie.

Record an audio of your piece to hear it with fresh ears.

  • Listen for pauses or repeated (unsure) notes. Chances are you don’t realize how often you’re pausing
    or replaying notes until you hear it played back.
  • Are you playing with expression? Listen for dynamics (piano, forte, etc.), phrasing, ritardandos, and
    other expression marks in your playing. Highlight your music accordingly to help you remember to
    play with expression.
  • Listen for clear pedaling — make sure you aren’t blurring or chopping your phrases.

Record a video of yourself playing when you’re going to be performing a piece in public. Look for the following:

  • Correct hand position — wrists straight, fingers curved — as well as correct fingering
  • Body expression — use your body to convey expression in your piece. For example, lean into the
    piano when you’re playing softer; hold your head high and use bigger arm movements when you’re
    playing louder and fuller.
  • Facial expression — smile sometimes. And make sure you aren’t frowning. It’s easy to frown when
    we’re concentrating.

Record yourself again after you’ve noted what you need to work on and see how much you’ve improved!