Category Archives: Piano

Update & Scale Evenness

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Practise scales the right way Over the years I’ve found the students expect to start each lesson with a series of exercises – more often than not, scales. This is especially true of people who have previously been taught by someone else. My view is this: that not every lesson / practise has to start in the same way, and… Read more »

Update & Nostalgic School Assembly Songs

YouTube Recording Project Partly as a bit of fun (but also to help increase my web presence), I have recently started a little project recording songs that we used to sing at assembly at school. There are loads that people will be familiar with from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. I’ve been playing them on piano and uploading to YouTube… Read more »

Bank Holiday Week

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Hope everyone’s looking forward to an extra day off on Monday. For me, this effectively means that my normal 5 days of teaching will be compressed into 4 days. And, the upshot of this is that the coming week’s slots are all FULLY BOOKED up. Do keep coming back to this blog each Saturday morning for a list of the… Read more »

Update: Music Theory / Composition

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The vast majority of my students first and foremost learn some musical performance skill: how to play piano / guitar / ukulele / bass or to sing. Along the way, most inevitably encounter issues of music theory. Theory is, after all, a lot to do with the written language of music – how we communicate our musical ideas to one… Read more »

‘Watch How You Go’ by Keane – CORRECT chords

I use guitar TAB websites all the time to get started working on songs (mostly) that my students would like to learn. But, invariably I find that the chord and TAB sheets that are available are littered with errors. I either edit them myself, or just start from scratch. A case in point is the Keane song ‘Watch How You… Read more »

Learning relaxing piano solos

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For the past few years, the most common repertoire request I’ve had from student pianists has been to play music by Ludovico Einaudi. People hear his music on television, often as a backdrop to adverts or trailers for TV shows – it’s real ‘mood’ music that uses trance-like repeating patterns to lull the audience into a relaxed state of mind…. Read more »

Weekly Update: 6 Sep 2020

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Covid-19 Safety Measures With face to face lessons resuming this week, I’ve put in a series of measures aimed to reduce the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus. These policies are in compliance with current UK Gov advice for close contact businesses, and will remain in place until that advice changes: Performance Psychology I’ve recently been learning new some new… Read more »

Self Accompaniment

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When new students first approach me about learning piano or guitar, my first point of enquiry is to establish whether they are interested in playing their instrument as a soloist or as an accompaniment to something else. Customers broadly fall into one of three camps: 1, I’m only interested in playing on my own. 2, I want to play and… Read more »

Concert for Médecins Sans Frontières: LIVE NOW

Click on the window below to watch our LIVE concert, streaming from the Skipton area across the globe on YouTube! You can also support the charity by going onto my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/skiptonmusicteacher and scrolling down to the DONATE button.

Valse d’Amelie

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Sometimes when I’m teaching students a particular piece or song, it really captures my imagination and I almost feel envious that it’s not me spending loads of time learning it! The truth is that with a busy freelance teaching business and a young family, I simply don’t have time anymore for regular practise. But, I do enjoy bashing through some… Read more »