Author Archives: Damian Oxborough

Songs with Good Piano Accompaniments

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Finger playing piano

I think it’s fair to say that piano is a versatile instrument and as such it’s possible to translate the accompaniment parts of lots of (the majority of?) songs into a recognisable arrangement for it. But, some types of songs work better than others. For example, piano is particularly good as the backing to ballads if performing as a soloist… Read more »

10 Things I Wish My Piano Teacher Had Told Me

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Hands playing piano

1. There’s only one reason to play piano: for fun Every day I hear myself telling my students to remember the reason that they’re having piano lessons: because playing piano is supposed to be a thoroughly enjoyable way of enhancing your life! Playing piano should not become an extra job to squeeze into your day, a chore or something to… Read more »

Love your voice unconditionally

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At the weekend I was at a friend’s birthday party when the inevitable question popped up: “Can you teach anyone to sing?” As usual, this question was followed up with a statement that I hear people saying all the time: “I can’t sing. I’m tone deaf.” Once I’ve reassured them that everyone can sing, I would usually go on to… Read more »

‘Pay As You Go’ Piano, Guitar, Singing!

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On the front page of this website, my service is advertised as “Modern, Flexible & Fun”, and that’s exactly how I would like my clients to think of my business! No longer should piano lessons necessitate students to attend religiously at the same time and on the same day every week. If you would like to do some singing, you… Read more »

Book Review: ONE TWO THREE FOUR

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ONE TWO THREE FOUR: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown I thought I was a knowledgeable Beatles fan until I read this book (leant to me by my lovely, adult student, Martin). The music of John, Paul, George and Ringo were a constant backdrop to my childhood: my dad was particularly fond of the Rubber Soul album, my mum… Read more »

Music Lessons for Home-Schooled Kids

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There’s an often quoted scene in the Monty Python film The Life of Brian in which the story’s eponymous anti-hero is trying to convince the crowd outside his house that he isn’t in fact the messiah at all, and that they don’t need to follow anyone in their lives: “You are all individuals!” “YES, WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS!” “You’re all… Read more »

The very last lesson availability blog!

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Now that online booking has gone live, there’s no need to check this blog each week for lesson availability. Simply go to my ‘Flexi Slots’ booking page and browse through the calendar for any availability that suits you. I will be updating the slots on a daily basis, including days and times when students cancel their sessions. No need to… Read more »

(Hopefully) the final availability blog

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With the coming of my new online booking system also comes the end of the need to publish a list of available slots each week. This is because two calendars will be available – one for fixed, pre-agreed slots that parents use to book children into their regular weekly or fortnightly lessons, and the other is a ‘Flexi Slots’ calendar… Read more »

Big Change – 1st November!

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I’ve been working hard on getting things sorted for the transition to online booking, and I very nearly there with it. As the school half term holidays are right at the end of October, I’ve chosen the first day back afterwards – Monday 1st November – as the switch date. What this means is that all lessons from 1st Nov… Read more »