5 Tips To Help Develop Finger Control

My most recent article for Pianist Magazine’s newsletter focuses on honing firmer fingers for clear and crisp articulation. I hope it’s of interest. There is plenty more information about this topic throughout my Play it again: PIANO series (Schott), which is on special offer at the moment at Presto Music. Check it out, here. Rapid…

The Recording Process: Yuki Negishi

Today’s guest writer is no stranger to my blog; Japanese pianist Yuki Negishi has written many articles chronicling her pianistic journey to date and you can read them in my Blog Archives, under Guest Post Series. In this post, she describes her most recent project; the recording of her new album, Enigma. I’m both honoured…

Women Composers – A Graded Anthology For Piano

I’m delighted to introduce my new three-book piano series: Women Composers – A Graded Anthology For Piano (published by Schott Music). I’ve been working on this for the past three years, and the intention was to publish it much earlier last year, but, of course, the Pandemic had other ideas! Over the centuries, women have…

Beginning Jazz Piano: Tim Richards

My guest writer today is renowned British jazz pianist, author, and educator Tim Richards. Tim has written numerous best-selling books and is a Schott Music author and composer. In this article, he offers an introduction to his latest series, Beginning Jazz Piano – A Introduction to Swing, Blues, Latin & Funk. Part 1 is the…

Pianists From The Past: James Booker

My Pianists From The Past series goes from strength to strength; I’m delighted that so many musicians have participated. You can read all the articles in this series on my blog archives page, here. Today’s post features jazz pianist James Booker. This article has been written by British jazz pianist, composer and educator Tim Richards,…

TIPA Live Show

Last week I wrote about the Tokyo International Piano Association (you can read this blog post, here), and this week I would like to continue with a little information about the new TIPA Live Show which will be taking place each month, hosted by TIPA’s artistic director, Aisa Ijiri. Japanese pianist Aisa will interview a…

Chakra Suite for Clarinet & Piano

2020 is not a year which we will remember fondly. It’s been extremely upsetting for us all to witness the demise of the ‘live’ performance what with the closing of theatres, concert halls, and many arts venues – and some will probably never re-open. Those of us who teach have been generally been fortunate, with…

Simply Driven: 5 Virtuoso Pieces

Simply Driven, published by Schott in their renowned Edition Schott Series, is a collection of five pieces intended for advanced to virtuoso level pianists: Frenzy, Aisa: Sand, Silk and Love, Enigma, Chasm and Time. Each piece proffers a completely different character, whilst still reflecting minimalist influences. Composed over a period of a year, four of…

Indonesian Charm

Over the past nine days I have been touring in the Far East. It’s always a pleasure to work with students and teachers in different parts of the world, and fascinating to note the various similarities in teaching styles, despite the cultural differences. I began my trip in Indonesia, a country I visited briefly last…