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"Have you ever sat at the piano in your practice time, not feeling really sure about what you are supposed to be doing? Your mind wanders, you end up doodling or doing something half-heartedly and with no real purpose, then you get disillusioned and start looking at the clock? When I was a student at the Royal College of Music many years ago, a classmate confessed that he was never quite sure how he was supposed to practise. He started at the beginning of his piece hoping he would make a mistake so it would give him something to correct. He’d then correct it and continue until the next slip. And so on, until he got to the end. Ouch!"

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Jackie Sharp gives an excellent demonstration of why I emphasize fluid wrists, relaxed arms, whole-arm movement in piano playing.  Try some tremolos and see what you can do!