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Thoughts on (Piano) Practice

The art of practising is a huge subject that people devote their lives to. Here are some...
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The Value of Transcription for Jazz Piano

Incorporating transcription into your practice is fundamental in that over time you begin to...
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Reading Music Is Not Enough

Last year, I made a trip to a festival in Ireland called the 'Fleadh'. It's a massive get...
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Off-Keyboard Exercises - A Way To Victory

All of us struggle sometimes with the lack of a piano in crucial moments. Imagine yourself...

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  • Reading Music Is Not Enough Editor's Pick

    Juan Gram Jazz Piano Teacher (Stockport) Picture Last year, I made a trip to a festival in Ireland called the 'Fleadh'. It's a massive get together for musicians from all over the globe who play and appreciate the 'traditional' music and dance of Ireland. There are also competitions in all of the areas that this culture encompasses. I attended...
  • The Art Of Improvisation On Jazz Piano

    Ambrose Hall Jazz Piano Teacher (Ipswich) Picture When I was fifteen I first heard Oscar Peterson on the radio, and was inspired to learn to improvise jazz piano. Both my parents are professional musicians and encouraged me to study classical piano and gain a proficient technique. So after I left school I practised twelve hours a day, but I...
  • Eurovision 2017: "A victory for music"?

    Dr Jonathan Walker Jazz Piano Teacher (North West London) Picture The Eurovision Song Contest exerts a strange fascination, even though the songs are usually formulaic and empty at best, and many are a penance to endure, but each country's offering is decked out in flashing lights, given overblown arrangements, elaborate costumes and frantic dance routines,...

 

  • Off-Keyboard Exercises - A Way To Victory

    Tobias Gottfried Jazz Piano Teacher (North West London) Picture All of us struggle sometimes with the lack of a piano in crucial moments. Imagine yourself walking on stage without the possibility of warming up your fingers. All pianists sooner of later become acquainted with a situation like that.With off-keyboard exercises this problem can be minimised....
  • Improvising between the right and left hand

    Alexander Maydew Jazz Piano Teacher (North London) Picture In jazz, playing the piano offers up endless possibilities for improvisation due to the ability to improvise using both hands.  However, as a jazz pianist, the endless possibilities when using both hands can sometimes be more limiting than favourable when considering the role each hand plays in...
  • Practice and the myth of 'the gift'

    Jazz Piano Teacher (East London) Picture As a musician you often get met with the phrase 'Oh you're so lucky to have that gift'. It's an interesting insight into people's misconceptions about what it takes to become good at something. It does seem to be the case that different people are born with certain propensities towards...