5 Top Tips for Keeping Time

My column for the latest bi-monthly newsletter for Pianist Magazine contains tips and suggestions for how to keep a rhythmic pulse. Accuracy in this respect is an incredibly important component when learning to play any instrument, and many of you have written asking about the best ways of doing this. So here are my ideas…

5 Tips for Practising without the Piano

I regularly contribute to Pianist magazine’s newsletter, which wings its way into our inbox every other month. My article always takes the form of ‘5 tips’ and last month’s were designed for those who fancy taking their practice away from the instrument. I hope they are of interest. Practising away from the instrument can be…

5 Tips for the Perfect Practice Schedule

A practice schedule can lead to fruitful progress in your piano playing, and this topic was the focus of my 5 tips for last month’s Pianist Magazine newsletter. For those who feel they would benefit from a few helpful ideas to make their practice time even more successful, I have republished the article below. One…

5 Tips to Instantly Improve a Performance

If there’s a possibility to immediately improve any performance, most of us would jump at the chance! My latest contribution to Pianist magazine’s newsletter offers a few suggestions which can be easily implemented into your practice session. I hope you find them helpful. 5 Tips to Instantly Improve a Performance As a teacher, I’m often…

5 Top Tips to Aid Memorisation

Pianist Magazine produces a newsletter which wings its way into a reader’s e mail box every other month. It’s brimming with piano news and information, as well as a few piano articles. I write a regular ‘Piano Tips’ feature, and today’s post presents the most recent, which focuses on memorisation. I’ve written about this topic…

Improve Your Sight-Reading Skills: 5 Top Tips

My latest article for Pianist Magazine’s New Year’s newsletter focuses on sight-reading. I’ve written about this subject many times, but it’s an important topic for pianists, and is often ignored or sidestepped in piano lessons until absolutely necessary i.e. just prior to an exam or audition, when testing is unavoidable. Few pianists are keen sight-readers,…

Great Piano Composers of the Classical Era

Pianist Magazine’s extra edition, Great Piano Composers of the Classical Era, is out NOW! You can purchase the digital version (pictured above), and from today, it’s also available to buy on the UK newsstand, in over 400 WH Smiths and specialist shops such as Yamaha Music London, Selfridges etc. You can also order the hard copy edition. With…

Great Piano Composers of the Classical Era: Pianist Magazine

As most readers know, Pianist magazine is a great publication for anyone learning to play the piano (it’s also helpful and informative for professional pianists too). Brimming with interesting articles, step-by-step lessons from expert teachers, and copious free scores which inhabit the centre of the magazine, not forgetting the CD which adorns the front cover of every issue.   Great Piano Composers of…

Piano Showcase presented by Pianist Magazine and Schott Music

I’ve written on many occasions about the positive practical and psychological benefits from regular performance practice. Nothing can prepare a pianist for the feeling of stepping out in public, having to think under pressure and play a piece from beginning to end with few errors, stumbles or hesitations. Feeling terrified is totally normal, but the elation of sweeping aside…

My First Article for Pianist Magazine

Pianist Magazine is the international piano magazine for people who love to play the piano. Published every other month, it’s brimming with piano tips, advice,  lessons, interviews, a plethora of complete piano scores (a forty page pull-out), accompanying CD, online tuition, and everything piano lovers want and need to know. I am thrilled to now be a member of…