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Top Tips for Sight Reading

Top Tips for Sight Reading

In the 19 years I have been teaching piano the one aspect that seems to put fear into the vast majority of my piano pupils has to be sight-reading. I have spoken to other teachers about this and it’s the one thing we seem to completely...

A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT PIANO FINGERING

A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT PIANO FINGERING

As a child my piano teacher talked a great deal about fingering and how important it is to establish good fingering. I have to confess that I was a bit nerdy as a child about my piano playing and enjoyed the lessons where we worked on this. It...

WHY TAKE MUSIC EXAMS?

WHY TAKE MUSIC EXAMS?       ‘Enjoyment through achievement’ say the ABRSM, gaining a ‘certificate is a rewarding experience’ they continue. There are a number of exam boards, the ABRSM is the biggest, followed by...

MUSIC BENEFITS OUT HEALTH

MUSIC BENEFITS OUT HEALTH

My life has been spent with one musical activity or another and has a great deal of meaning for me. As I am now entering my middle years the actual value of music to my own well being has become more apparent to me. This came into sharper focus...

TECHNIQUE TIPS.

TECHNIQUE TIPS.

This week we are talking about technique. There are very many books talking about all the various aspects of piano technique, there are also many 1000’s of words written on the internet as well. What is technique? Technique is simply the...

WHY PLAY THE PIANO?

WHY PLAY THE PIANO?

  Why do we play piano? Surely it is easier to put on a CD, listen to a download or even go to a concert. Perhaps I am missing the point… The Arts exist in part to shine a light on our existence, showing us how the world is and also to...