Regrettably one-to-one lessons have been suspended until government guidelines indicate it is safe to proceed again. My apologies, c’est la vie.
Thanks to Wayne, Simon, Jessica, Charlotte and Rachel for taking part in this year’s social musical evening. Not to forget Sue and Claire who helped with the teas and cakes!
The evening was a lovely chance to play some pieces in front of other students and to make new friends. It’s always daunting to play in front of an audience, particularly other piano players but everyone played beautifully and confidently. Thanks to all, it was great fun!
Congratulations to Charlotte Burman who achieved her Grade 5 piano exam this December. An excellent effort, well done Charlotte!
When sight reading or maybe just playing a piece that you know from music, always look ahead. You should be looking at least one bar ahead all the time to anticipate what is coming, the fingering that will be needed, and seeing the structure of the music.
It’s a tough disciple to follow at first but looking ahead will pay huge dividends.
This is a good one.
When practicing you sometimes come to a difficult section which slows you down or stops you. Instead of starting from the beginning take the difficult section and play it slowly 3 times without making a mistake. Should you make a mistake during any of the 3 times then start the 3 times again. Continue until you can play it the 3 times without making a mistake. The next day try again, and if you complete the 3 times successfully then increase the pace until you can play the section at the same speed as the rest of the piece.
The ‘game of threes’ is an excellent way to improve your concentration and accuracy. Remember that good pianists always go straight to the tricky parts of a piece and practice those first.
If you are going to perform the piece eventually then try playing the game of threes for the whole piece.
Music as a workout for the brain, the fingers, and for health!
When you play, don’t be troubled as to who is listening. Play FOR yourself and TO yourself. Don’t think you have to ‘present.’
Any nerves you have will be minimised.
Congratulations to Charlotte (Grade 3), Sophie (Grade 5) and Trevor (Grade 3) who passed their ABRSM piano practical exams this term. Well done everyone!
Thanks! to all who attended, the guilty are pictured below. From left to right Trevor, Wayne, Jane, Debbie, Charlotte, Claire, Karl, Sophie and Rachel. Great concert, well done everybody!
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