Here’s a short video in which I explain and show you how to warm your fingers using a simple, gentle qigong massage technique:
Are you sure that you breathe when playing the piano?
It might seem like an odd question – of course we continue to breathe while playing! But to what extent are we aware of our breath, and how it affects our technique, musicality and comfort at the piano?
Here is a simple qigong practice that provides an easy hack for diminishing the effects of anxiety in our lives. It can help before performing, taking an exam, or simply enable us get through the basics of daily life.
Anxiety. It seems to be the curse of the modern age, inflicting and blighting so many of our lives. As pianists we often talk about “performance anxiety”, but the truth is that our anxiety about performing is often one element of a bigger picture, and shouldn’t lightly be isolated…
“Opening the Chest” – the second movement from the 18 Taiji Qigong Shibashi form – is a great extension to the “Open and Commence” movement previously shared here.
“Opening the Chest” can be used to expand your own Qigong routine as well as to help students who have previously benefitted from “Open and Commence” build on that progress.
This next exercise assumes that you are familiar and comfortable with both.
Earth Posture is a very simple Qigong stance which combines many of the most basic benefits of qigong practice, and offers a great entry point to qigong.
In this exercise you will focus on posture, alignment, balance, breathing, and release of tension. These are all crucially important for qigong practice – and for piano playing of course! Earth Posture also offers a fabulous way to quiet the mind prior to mediation, or as a meditation in itself.