Month: June 2012

學生們,讓我們一起面對彈奏中的恐懼

(中文翻譯: Tsui Tik Wei)
Original English Version: Students, Let Us Face Our Fear In Playing

二零一二年六月十五日


親愛的學生們:

我知道有時候你們彈奏時會有所恐懼,但是,我會與你們一起面對。

的確,我們總害怕犯錯:彈錯了音或節奏、遺漏了臨時符號(或意外地彈了不需要的降音或升音)、用了不正確的演奏法、彈得太快或太慢。我們把注意力放在錯誤上,或只是害怕可能會犯甚麼錯時,就已經無法集中精神了。無法集中把曲彈對,無法集中彈奏悅耳的樂聲及樂句。無法集中演奏及享受音樂──我們自己的音樂。

我不能說自己無所畏懼。事實上,我在生活中的很多方面,包括在彈琴及演奏時,都面對著不少的恐懼。過去,我選擇逃避。例如,我不想聽自己的錄音,怕自己並沒有彈得我想像的或我應該的那麼好。我完全不想面對這問題。但是,這樣做並不對。如果我不聆聽自己的彈奏,又怎能找出自己的問題,改變彈奏方式呢?那又怎會有進步,並從錯誤中學習呢?最後,我硬著頭皮聆聽自己的彈奏,因而得益不少。那是邁向重大進步的第一步。改善彈奏技巧的情況也是一樣。我很仔細地觀察自己的手指和雙手、雙臂和身體對齊及協調得多麼不理想。這樣我才發覺這是不行的。我很清楚要改善自己多年來的彈奏方式是很困難的,但為了我對彈琴所抱的熱愛,希望往後多年仍能享受彈琴之樂,我必須改變。不用說,改變的過程可謂困難重重。但是,我從中理解到自己的彈奏有甚麼問題,並著力改善。我在錯誤中獲益,並弄清楚自己因為手指或手臂對齊的情況怎樣不當,及錯誤運用了哪組肌肉,而害怕彈奏某些樂段。

我總是說要抱正面的態度。部分同學已讀過我借給你們一些談及這點的書。我說你們要改變思考方式。要保持正面想法,要向前看。要學習思考和增強信心的新方法,要相信自己,相信你也能彈好。然後,改進你的技巧,從一開始就相信自己能做到。因為,如果態度正面,就會看到美好的前景,並以此為目標努力改進。相反,如果我們不相信自己能做到,就會試著證明自己真的做不到,這樣就會陷進一個永無盡頭、不斷重複的惡性循環裡。

準確也是我要求你要做到的另一點,尤其是在節奏和速度方面。並不只是說要彈得長些或短些,而是要準確至不忘一個四分音符裡有多少個三十二分音符,或一個附點八分音符裡有多少個十六分音符的程度。休止符對音樂的「呼吸」起關鍵作用,切句法也一樣。不要盲目彈奏,懶去在意。要正視問題,然後逐個問題解決。

這些話我一定已經在課堂中一再重複了。有時候我也會想,你們是否永遠不會改變彈奏方式呢,因為你們都沒有先改變思考和感受的方式。但是我總相信你們是能做到的,只要你們也相信自己。我一直期待聽到你們的轉變,我會耐心等待這一刻的來臨……

各位同學,請和我一起努力。讓我們一起面對彈奏中的恐懼。沒有你的話,我就只是孤軍作戰。


黃穎妍老師

Phu Yan: The Dance of Aborigines

June 14, 2012

Phu Yan plays “The Dance of Aborigines” by Yoshinao Nakada.


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Teresa Wong

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Students, Let Us Face Our Fear In Playing

(中文翻譯: 學生們,讓我們一起面對彈奏中的恐懼)


June 11, 2012



Dear Students,

I understand that you have a lot of fear in your playing at times. But, let us face it together.

Indeed, we are always afraid of making mistakes: playing the wrong notes/rhythm, leaving out the accidentals (or “accidentally” adding unnecessary flats/sharps), executing the wrong articulation, going too fast/slow. When we are focusing on our mistakes/even just our fear of making potential mistakes, we already lose our focus. Our focus on playing the correct version, our focus on making beautiful sound and phrases. Our focus on playing and enjoying the music. OUR music.

I cannot say I do not have fear myself. As a matter of fact, I have much to fear in many aspects of life including playing and performing. In the past, I chose to avoid facing it. For instance, I did not want to listen to my recordings. I was afraid that I did not play as well as I thought or I should have. I did not want to face that fact at all. But, that was wrong. If I did not listen to my own playing, how could I realize my problems and change the way I played? Then, how could I improve and learn from my mistakes? Eventually, I made me listen to my own playing and learnt tremendously. It was the first step to big improvement. The same went for fixing my technique. I watched very closely to how poorly my fingers were aligned/coordinated with my hands/arms/body. I realized that it was not working. I knew it was difficult for me to fix the way I had been playing for so many years, yet, for the love of playing the piano and many more years to enjoy it, I HAD to change it. The process was not easy to say the least. However, I understood my problems and improved from there. I had learnt so much from my mistakes, and understood why I was afraid of executing some passages due to which exact misaligned fingers/arms and wrong use of arm muscle sets.

I always tell you to be positive. Some of you have read the books I lent to you on this subject. I ask you to change the way of thinking. To think positive and look forward. To learn a NEW way of thinking and believing. To BELIEVE in yourselves. To BELIEVE that you can also play well. THEN change your techniques, believing that you can do it to begin with. Because, if we believe in good, then we see good, and we work towards it. Yet, if we think we cannot do it, then we do things to actually prove it, resulting in a vicious circle which may never end and repeat itself.

I also must ask you to be PRECISE. Especially in rhythm and in tempo. It is not just longer or shorter. It is how many 32nds in a quarter, or 16ths in a dotted 8th. The rests are vital to the breath of music, and so is the phrasing. Do not blindly play and not care. FACE THE PROBLEMS AND FIX THEM ONE BY ONE.

I must have told you all thousands of times about all these in your lessons. I sometimes wonder if you might never change the way you play, because you do not change the way you think and feel. BUT I always believe you can, ONLY if you also believe in yourself so. I am always looking forward to hear your change. I am just waiting for that moment to come…

Students, PLEASE, work with me. Let us face the fear in our playing together. I cannot do this without you.


Your Teacher,


Teresa Wong



Joy Chan: Sonatina

June 10, 2012


Joy Chan plays Sonatina in C major Op.36 No.1, first movement, “Spiritoso” by Clementi.

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Good improvement, Joy! Need to work more on the fluency!
(P.S. Sorry for the poor video quality)


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