6 reasons why selecting a good piano teacher is vital

The piano is a complex instrument to learn because there are so many aspects to think about from the beginning. A good teacher will make or break your experience but unfortunately many prospective students don’t often take the time to select a suitable tutor; many seem to sign up for lessons with the first one they stumble upon. This…

Coaxing the fourth and fifth fingers into action

‘My little finger just won’t work on its own’; how often have I heard this phrase from disgruntled piano students? Too often is the answer. Pupils invariably spend so much time focusing on and looking at the music on the desk, that they forget all about posture and technique. One of the major technical obstacles…

Learning the notes can be fun!

Today my video-blog focuses on note learning and the patterns on the stave. My publications: For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive,…

Structured piano practice in 5 simple steps

My subject today is structured piano practice – many of you have asked for a blog post on this topic. It’s so easy to sit down at the piano and play without much thought or adherence to any real practising schedule. There is nothing wrong with this and we all do it at some point….

Teaching young children about musical instruments

I stumbled upon this excellent Youtube clip late last night. I am a late night surfer (of the internet!) and I was delighted to find this two minute lesson for your children. It’s a great idea to teach young kids all about instruments and the different sounds they make. It will enhance their learning skills…