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Are your students afraid of rests? Mine are. Rests are funny things, and whether a performer “plays” them exactly or not depends on the context of the passage. If something is highly rhythmic, I like to play rests exactly… i.e. give the note/s preceding it the full value. In slower,

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How do you play rests? Do you distinguish between the wedge and the dot for producing staccato? Or do you determine a specific value for “time on the ground” for a note? Possibly, you leave it to chance and let something happen without thinking about these things at all! Here is the

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Oxford Blog Link One of the fascinating things about being a musician is that I can perform the same Chopin piece that has been played by thousands of pianists for almost two centuries and breathe life into it in a way that no one has ever done before. Tomorrow, I

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