332 • Virtuoso piano technique is comfortable.

Comfort is not exactly what we are looking for at the piano even though we find it if we seek efficiency, elegance, being "in ones element" ~ like a bird in flight. One has to feel good and technically competent while playing. The performance should be a positive, pleasant, and rewarding experience. The feelings of fear and strain on stage are ultimately a result of adverse preparation. Practice relaxation, suppleness, clarity, and dexterity in fingers and arms; practice to merge movement and instrument, practice to become a Centaur.

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