If your play the piano long enough and work hard a practicing, you may be prepared to play for others. You may be asked by your local church to play the piano or a rock band member may ask you to join their group. You could even advertise to play as a soloist for engagement parties, weddings, or at a funeral service. If you have the experience and talent there are lot opportunities for piano playing in public.
Make life easier you should prepare your songbooks or sheet music ahead of time. Obtain some three hole plastic sleeves and put your sheet music in a sleeve. If you own songbooks you can cut pages out of the book and place them into sleeves. Take the plastic sleeves and place them in order you will the songs into a three ring binder.
Using sleeves in a binder makes turning pages a lot easier and you will not drop the sheet music or fumble around with a songbook. The music is all in one place and the corners will not damaged when quickly turning the pages. Another advantage for using a binder is all the music for the performance is in one binder and is ordered. And finally, you will not have to fumble from one sheet music or song book for the next song.
It is natural for having butterflies in your stomach when playing at an event in front of people. Just learn how to relax and have fun with the performance. An exercise you can do to give you a calm feeling is to tighten your muscles and letting them relax. If the situation presents itself you can calm yourself by talking to other people.
One of the best things you can do when you are nervous is to center you mind more on the music you are playing. Help your mind move away from thinking about the crowd and move more to playing. Playing your selected songs that you know well should help you to concentrate and reduce the nerve. Learn to let the songs speak for you through the music you play.
There are times when you play with a rock band or a country music band that there will be written music. But most of the times you will have to improvise while other instruments are playing. Sometimes you will be asked to imitate a version of a song played by someone else. Make sure you understand the group’s goal before joining in and playing the piano.
Make sure when playing with others to not hog the limelight. Others want their time when playing as a group to shine as well. There may be times that you are the featured player. When that happen you want to play well and be humble. Remember to play you individual part well to help with balancing the music of the ensemble or band.
When accompanying a chorus you may be asked to lead them while playing the piano. You may have to set the pace according to the choral director. When you accompany a solo singer your job is to provide the background music for the singer. At times soloist will make changes to the song while singing which will requires you to be flexible enough to mold you piano playing with the music the soloist is singing.
Do not let playing for public events to be scary. Do not worry about small mistakes. Just do the best you can and your practice and experience will carry you through the music!
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