The comedian and broadcaster Alistair McGowan started playing the piano again in his thirties, and will play his first recital in a celebrity Christmas Gala in December. He claims he started playing the piano when living with a former girlfriend, because she took so long to get ready he spent the time waiting to practice.
This video course is available free of charge (yes, it’s FREE) from the Curtis Institute. There is an app called Coursera available for watching them. It is an excellent course on one of the greatest bodies of music ever composed.
Many thanks to Julia, Jessica, Sue, Trevor, Sam, Stephen and Wayne who all played beautifully at the annual adult social concert last night. The music ranged from Bach to Einaudi and much fun was had by all!
Aim for a short practice every day. This is much better than a long practice every few days.
Think of practice like sports training. Start by warmingup with some scales or exercises, then work on your pieces, and finish (warm down) with a favourite piece.
Approach your practice session ready to learn. Think about what you are doing and concentrate as you play.
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