Well, the title sort of explains it all... The main problem I have with general pieces is that I can never quite get phrasing/articulation in the piece (in fact, this seems to be the main comment with all my pieces, as well as sight-reading, in exams I have taken). Most of the time, I always make a piece sound as if it is phrased every bar or it is just the same phrase throughout the whole piece.
What actually is the correct way to phrase exactly?
I always interpret phrasing to mean that you break at the end of each phrase and emphasis the beginning of each phrase, but it ends up just making the piece sound jerky, so this can't be right... any help anyone?
The other main point, is method of pedalling: I've noticed that my piano seems to make notes echo way more than they should in comparison to other pianos, and the only way to stop this is by half-pedalling every half bar. However, this makes a piece sound too, well, systematic and unphrased (and it just sounds wrong because of the half-pedal thing). Putting the left pedal (by this I mean to say the one that makes notes sound dimmer) in combination with the right pedal (by this I mean the one that suspends notes), although removes the echo and volume from the pedalling, it also removes the clarity of the notes as well, which is another problem. Any ideas on what can be done here too please?