Dynamics really are the icing on the cake when it comes to music. You can play with perfect technique, hit all the right notes, have impeccable timing… but dynamics are what will set your playing apart and allow you to truly express a thought, idea or emotion with your playing.
One of my favorite dynamic techniques is the crescendo/decrescendo. It’ll really enhance your playing, and it’s super easy to get started training your brain, ears and muscle memory to play with the crescendo/decrescendo.
Master the crescendo/decrescendo and you’ll be playing like acclaimed pianist Glenn Gould in no time.
So what do these strange words mean?
Jazz pianist Bill Evans: Another master of dynamics
These two concepts allow us to play with tension, intensity, and emotion. Best of all, they are both fun and straightforward skills to develop and use. I like to include these dynamics in my technique practice. Try including gradual increases and decreases in volume while you practice your scales, triads, arpeggios, warm ups etc.
Neoclassical pianist Nils Frahm, modern master of dynamic playing.
These are just a few ways with which you can utilize dynamics in your practice time. Use your imagination to create your own unique dynamic practice. Set up your own practice plan to make room for creativity in your daily or weekly sessions at the piano. You’ll be glad you did!
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