5 tips on preparing a new piano piece: Part 1

In the latest Pianist Magazine Newsletter, I focus on preparing a new piano piece. This is a three-part series. Part 1 looks at the periphery and early stages of preparing your piece. When learning a new piece, there are so many considerations. How will you start? Do you like to listen to several performances? Or…

Digressions: 5 Piano Pieces

Digressions consists of 5 piano pieces; designed for those who are around Grades 4-6 standard (ABRSM level). The pieces were inspired by Minimalism and cinematic music, and lie comfortably under the hands without appearing too simple or lacking in content. Educational piano pieces are, by necessity, succinct and brief, but  in my opinion, little pieces are mostly written with the younger…

Variations for Judith: And the Winner is…

Many thanks to all those who took part in my weekend competition. The prize is a signed copy of Variations for Judith; a wonderful collection of 11 piano pieces composed by eminent composers for students of around Grade 4-6 standard.  Variations were composed for Judith Serota as a leaving gift when she retired from her…

More Memorising tips

I had some interesting responses to the post I wrote a few days ago dealing with memorisation (which you can read here). It was suggested that I should also focus on what happens when memory fails, that is, a memory slip! Therefore, here are my thoughts on this incredibly stressful event in any pianist’s life….