Level 1 • Lesson 10/1 • Artistry exercise – Chopin. Nocturne no.20

Level 1 • Lesson 10/1 • Artistry exercise – Chopin. Nocturne no.20


Hello everyone, welcome back, let’s open
the textbook on page 28 and the topics of this lesson are – practicing artistry
with simple exercises, practicing musical image/form/ time/ artistry with simple
exercises, and practising musical image/ form/time/artistry in the piece, and there
going to be 3 videos in this lesson. And today’s topic is artistry. Artistry
increases your energy while performing, so everything you create you create with
a bigger and bolder energy, and that works as a shield to protect you from
the destructive energy of the audience that usually freezes your mind and hands,
and it helps you to hold your ground feeling confidently. This is a fast,
straightforward energy that you have when you are angry. And what is important is to leave out hate and bitterness of anger and make sure that it’s an outwards
energy and not inwards energy. To know more about how artistry works watch the next video in the PianoWell Academy playlist. Let’s open the page 29 in the textbook and before practising these exercises
let’s make a couple of preparations. So first – say out loud “listen to me” phrase, say loud enough so it would interrupt the noise of thoughts from your
imaginary audience and attract their attention to you. “Listen to me”. Now speak up like I said with outwards energy, not with inwards “listen to me”. So repeat
after me – listen to me… listen to me… listen to me… that might
feel very uncomfortable and funny at first, but you really have to have it if
you are going to perform on stage. That’s not a joke. The second thing – let’s
punch a cushion with the same energy, and if you don’t have a cushion than just
box forward like this. Make sure that your arm is moving
back right after you hit the cushion, or boxing, you know – don’t do like this,
don’t stay there for too long. This is what we need. So let’s
do it together. And now we’re more ready for the main
exercises/ We’re going to make exercise on artistry alone now, but if
you use artistry alone without any musical image or form your playing would be a bit dull, so that’s why later we’re going to use this energy just to
amplify everything you create, like using it as a magnifying glass for every
musical mean of expression that you learned before. Let’s sing an interval – we’re
gonna sing each interval up and down, so again the same principle of singing guys, we sing with movement to the right if we’re going up, with movement to the left if we go down, with good intonation. Now when you’re gonna sing you’re gonna
box at the same time, and there’s one thing you need to watch – when you
sing you don’t really let this movement to speed up your intonation. What I
mean is that don’t start singing like this… it’s not an accent, it’s not staccato, so you still try to… still try to make a good legato with your
intonation. Let’s make it together – tune into outwards, fast,
straightforward energy, and this is your artistry another words, and let’s
sing… and again the point is to feel this energy just like you did with
musical image, just like you did with musical speech, just like you did with
phrasing, just like you did with musical form. You try to feel this energy
in-between notes, through the vibrations of the intonation. I feel like my videos become stranger
and stranger. Okay, all for good, all for good. Sing without boxing now, again tune into the outwards, fast, straightforward energy. And lastly we’re gonna play with
intonation. Alright, now you need to finish the
rest of the intervals the same way. And lastly let’s practice together the whole sequence – so sing while boxing. I should probably box little bit lower
so you would see. Always go to the artistry, to
the feeling first. I think I’m losing my pitch, but it’s ok. Now sing without boxing. And lastly play
with intonation. Keep practicing and see you in my next
video.