As another year draws to a close, I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog and, if you are a piano student, have found it useful. Here are the top ten blog posts of the year – several are perennially popular and have appeared on my Christmas ‘favourites’ list many times!

1. How long will it take to learn to play the piano?

2. 10 reasons to play the piano

3. A few thoughts on playing Chopin’s Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor Op. Posth.

4. Resolving tension in piano playing

5. Structured piano practice in 5 simple steps

6. 10 tips to seriously improve your piano playing in 2016

7. Why is Grade 5 theory important?

8. 9 top tips for practising octaves

9. A few thoughts on Beethoven’s Fur Elise

10. Contemporary piano music?

The most popular post of all (How long does it take to learn to play the piano?) has been in the top spot every year since this blog’s inception. It’s clearly an important question, to which there are many answers! If you would like me to write on a particular piano topic, you can always write via my contact page, here on my blog. I look forward to hearing from you.



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.

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