Performers show the achievement of their technique and musicianship on stage. They experience a great amount of satisfaction after completing months of practice.
Performance is a challenge. Even if one practices very hard, performance is always dangerous on stage playing under pressure in front of people, playing a different piano in different environment.
There are problems in memorizing, mental care and physical care before stepping on stage. Here are some tips to the preparation.
Emotion has to be extraordinarily stable at performance. If one is angry, sad or too happy, it would be difficult to manage the performance on stage. Expressing honest feeling may be important for life but be patient and wait until the concert is over. Keep brain cool.
Managing mentality is a discipline. You may experience a lot of distraction about performance such as I could not practice very well because of such reasons. Keyboard of the concert piano is so heavy. Audience is noisy, Concert hall does not have enough lights, Cold weather made fingers so stiff, and etc.. Think in this way there is no excuse for all the above. You've got to do. Perfect environment for performance never be expected. We have to do it no matter what the circumstances might be. Performers require a strong resolve to handle these distractions. Performance is not only a challenge just to playing but also a challenge to control yourself. Mentality has to be strong enough to fight against distraction.
Memorizing should be done at an early stage of practice. Many sections of advanced pieces are impossible either to practice or to play without memorizing.
Practice with ONE HAND WITHOUT PEDAL everyday. It is one of the shortest ways to find a dangerous part (memory slips, mental block, etc.) of the piece. Dangerous parts have to be recognized and practiced thoroughly. Practicing without pedal helps to keep up the memorization.
Practice also with both hands without pedal everyday. It may be time consuming but works.
Shortly before the performance, about a month before, record your performance without any stop. This should be done at least once a week. Recordings also help detect any dangerous part. Listen to the tape, check the tempo, rhythm, phrase, dynamics, balance and everything. Recordings have to be done without any distraction such as telephone, visitor, and etc.
Attempt to play for someone before concert. This is a good practice to play under pressure and again helps find a dangerous part of the piece.
If possible, make the keyboard of your piano a little heavier than usual. Then you won't feel the concert piano too heavy. How to accomplish it? Ask your piano technician. This service should not be too expensive.
Be healthy on the concert day. Keeping good health is another discipline. Audience expects a fine performance. In order to play well, practice hard and be in good health.
In dry weather in the winter, sometimes a chapped finger tip is painful. Apply enough lotion on fingers before going to bed. Do not hesitate to have a no practice day until the fingers are healed. Having humidifier is strongly recommended during the cold weather.