The importance of learning the notes from the first lesson: piano playing tips from Melanie Spanswick

Video blog number 16 focuses on learning the notes. This is something you will do from the very first lesson and you’ll probably learn a few new notes every week. Here are some basic suggestions:


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

For more information, please visit the publications page, here.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. A.Layman says:

    Eureka! I’d never thought of it like (to use the hackneyed expression) multi tasking. Which is of course ‘doing two or more things at once’ dressed up in politically correct twoddle and something no human can effectively accomplish. I can only do one thing at a time – probably why after all these years I failed at the piano.

    1. ClassicalMel's Piano and Music Education Blog says:

      Yes it’s all multi tasking with piano playing! It can be developed over time with the right teacher and encouragement though.

      1. A.Layman says:

        For some people yes, and as you know well the market is full of ‘bad’ teachers. However for others like myself almost seven years of practice… years……and with three different piano teachers, the last one saying to my face I was ‘the awkwardest pupil she’d ever taught’ a couple of months after suffering a major panic attack in the exam room and failing grade 3 as a consequence. Piano isn’t even for music orientated concert attendees like myself, yet alone those who just do it ‘for fun’ and posess absolutely no musical ability whatsoever.

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