Improving your piano fingering and finding note patterns: piano playing tips from Melanie Spanswick

Yesterday, I wrote a post all about fingering, looking at the best ways to use your fingers when learning piano pieces. This vlog (number 18 in my series) is a continuation on this theme. It examines fingering and note patterns, and I hope it’s useful to those of you who are just starting to learn the piano.


Publications

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.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. A.Layman says:

    SYWTPTP is still at the top of my literary shopping list for 2013 despite not having touched my piano for nearly all the latter half of 2012 and having lost faith in piano teachers so much I wouldn’t be able to trust one again (unless they are called Dame Fanny or Melanie Spanswick!). I really hope you haven’t given away too much as to the contents of the book on here/Twitter etc.

    1. No,it’s amazing really as I have hardly written about anything that’s in the book! There is so much to write about concerning music and education that I haven’t needed to duplicate at all.

  2. A.Layman says:

    Actually Mel, what are your thoughts on people (adults in particular) using teach yourself methods to learn the piano?? And which particular method do you favour as there are so many of them available??? (given the previous comment I made about not trusting piano teachers, and comments you’ve made on here about the glut of ‘bad’ teachers around in Britain today)

    1. Hi, I don’t think you can learn to play the piano yourself – there are just too many areas that need to be addressed by a teacher especially concerning technique. I use the John Thompson methods to start with as they are so quick and students seem to find them easy too.

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