Piano Performance

<p>I am hoping to compete in pinao in this year's Solo and Ensemble Festival in my region, but I don't know what caliber of players and pieces to expect. Can anyone with experience give me somewhat of an idea of the level competitors might be at? Also- would Chopin's Polonaise in C# Minor be an ok piece? Is it too easy, common, etc.? Thanks</p>

<p>I know that solo and ensemble contests that I've competed in usually have different levels and in each level, they have either a list of songs you can shoose from or a set of guidelines. Maybe you can check if your contest has a handbook of some sort.</p>

<p>It depends on your region. But usually, as long as you don't mess up completely and you have good dynamics, style, etc, you should do well.</p>

<p>do you guys have any tips for performing?</p>

<p>a lot of the times i get apprehensive and screw up in front of judges for CM and the like</p>

<p>also what do you do when your hands and fingers are all cold, and it's hard to play that's also been a problem</p>

<p>how often do you practice?
what memorization techniques do you use?</p>

<p>hehehe thanks =)</p>

<p>Piano competitions

<p>Anyways, is this your first competition? How old are you? Are you from a diverse region ? </p>

<li>For cold fingers, wear gloves until the start of the competition.</li>
<li>Practice at least 5 days a week</li>
<li>To memorize, play each page separetly until you memorize it. Then combine it a few pages at a time, then play the entire song by memory.</li>

<p>Yeah, wear gloves if your fingers are cold (but make sure to take them off before you perform lol).</p>

<p>Play your song straight through a certain # of times (like, 5 or 10) every day for at least 2 weeks before the competition. If you really want to do well.</p>

<p>For memorization, memorize your hands apart first and then together. </p>

<p>Oh yeah, and have places you can jump to if you forget your piece halfway through. Like, make sure you can start playing your piece from certain places in your music.</p>

<p>hi, i'm from southern orange county... as diverse as you can get right??? asians and more asians and some rich white folk hehe =) just kidding... yeah i've never played in competitions, i suppose i was always too busy doing stuff</p>

<p>do you guys solely rely on "finger memory" like me? or do you actually know what chords you're playing and what not hehe</p>

<p>Haha I rely on "finger memory" even though I'm supposed to use the "good memorization technique" which is what I mentioned earlier.</p>