Weekend Competition: Piano Junior

Today’s competition features the recently published piano method, Piano Junior (Schott Music). Written by German composer and pedagogue Hans Günter-Heumann, it is designed as ‘A creative and interactive piano course’ for children from the age of 6, which progresses in small, manageable steps.

The course encourages creativity through regular, integrated ‘corners’, such as composing, improvising, playing, technique, ear training, memory, sight-reading and music quizzes. Introduced by the main ‘character’, PJ the robot, this beautifully illustrated method features a whole series of books, as well as a plethora of other materials including videos, audio demos and play-alongs for all the pieces, as well as a range of extra fun resources to download.  The series offers a lesson, theory, duet and performance book in, at present, Level 1 & 2 (Level 3 & 4 will be available soon).

I have a Level 1 Theory, Duet and Performance book (for one winner (3 books)), and a Level 2 Theory, Duet and Performance book (for a second winner (3 further books)), in this week’s lucky draw. You can explore the books here.

Please leave your comments in the comment box at the end of this post, I will announce the two winners on Monday evening (British time). Good luck!

You can find out much more about the Piano Junior method from the comprehensive website here.


Weekend Competition winners…

ed_13860-turner_648_Many thanks to all who took part in my weekend competition. The prizes consist of one copy of My First Chopin and one of The Piano Playlist, both published by German music publisher, Schott Music.

Without further ado, the winners are…

David Barton wins My First Chopin

and Helen Miller wins The Piano Playlist

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Please send your address via the contact page on this blog, and your book will be on its way.

You can find out more about these publications on Schott’s website here.

There will be more competitions coming soon!


 

Weekend Competition: The Piano Playlist & My First Chopin

Today’s weekend competition features two volumes, both new publications from Schott Music.

ed_13860-turner_648_The Piano Playlist is a collection of 50 arrangements by Barrie Carson Turner, featuring many popular favourites from opera arias (Habanera from Carmen by Bizet, Nessun Dorma from Turandot, and O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi both by Puccini), to ballet numbers, famous gems from orchestral works (Ode to Joy (Beethoven), The Swan (Saint-Saëns), Adagietto (Mahler’s 4th Symphony)), to piano concertos, instrumental music and  arrangements of piano pieces. Great for intermediate to advanced players.

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My First Chopin has been  compiled by German pianist and pedagogue, Wilhelm Ohman. This collection of 20 pieces lies well within the capabilities of the advanced player, and contains some of Chopin’s best-loved works including a group of Preludes, Waltzes, Mazurkas and Nocturnes. These works are particularly popular amongst students, and this book features Raindrop Prelude Op. 28 No. 15, Prelude in B minor Op. 28 No. 6, Waltz in B minor Op. posth. 69 No. 2, Mazurka in B flat major Op. 7 No. 1, Nocturne in C sharp minor No. 20 Op. posth., Funeral March (from Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 35), to name a few favourites. An excellent addition to any library.

I have one copy of each to give away for two lucky winners, Please leave your comment in the comment box at the end of this blog post to be in with a chance of winning. I will announce the winners on Sunday evening (British time).

To find out more or purchase these books click here and here.


Weekend Competition: Three prizes!

getattachmentthumbnailToday’s competition features three Schott publications;

Russian Folk tunes comprises a set of traditional tunes arranged and played by bandoneonist, composer and arranger Julian Rowlands. There are 23 pieces in the volume, intended for approximately intermediate to advanced players. Find out more here.

Piano Piccolo which contains 111 easy original piano pieces compiled by German composer, teacher and arranger Hans-Günter Heumann. Great for elementary students who desire a broader repertoire. Find out more here.

Blues, Boogie and Gospel Collection by British composer and jazz pianist Tim Richards. This book contains 13 original pieces plus two arrangements as well as copious practice and performance notes. Find out more here.

As always, for a chance to win one of these publications, please leave your comments in the comment box at the end of this post, and I will announce the three winners on Sunday evening (British time), here on the blog. Good luck!


 

Jazz Piano Tutorials by Tim Richards

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I don’t usually feature jazz, rock or pop piano music here on this blog, but occasionally it’s fun to ring the changes. Acclaimed jazz pianist and educator Tim Richards has recently released five excellent tutorial videos to accompany his successful books Exploring Jazz Piano (Volume 1), published by Schott Music. These informative and engaging clips cover a range of jazz improvisation techniques, from chords, sequences and scale patterns to vertical and horizontal improvisation.

Exploring Jazz Piano, Tim’s  popular  two-volume  method,  has  helped  to demystify  jazz  for  many pianists.  The  new  videos  are  a  great  supporting  resource, bringing the book to life with practical advice and demonstrations direct from the author.

I’ve dipped into this book as part of a project I’ve undertaken this year, and it certainly shed light on aspects of improvisation and chord sequences for me (I know little about jazz or blues). For the classical pianist, jazz can appear an enigma, particularly improvisation. Instrumental teachers are often expected to provide knowledge and instruction on all styles of music, so with this in mind, volumes such as these accompanied by YouTube tutorials can be immensely valuable.

The following video links to a playlist of all five tutorials. I hope you find them useful and of interest. Tim has also published a volume entitled, Improvising Blues Piano, which has a similar series of related videos; you can find out more here.