"His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy" Eminem - Lose Yourself So on Friday, I did my first live piano performance for the London piano institute live feed. And it was brilliant! There was a concert with 32 students in total playing a wonderful variety of singing, guitar, piano and other talents. What was great is that everyone was at different levels, some (like me) performing for the first time in the world of zoom, others a bit more experienced. When my teacher Stefan first asked me if I was OK to perform, my initial thought was (quite reasonably [...]
I was watching a terrific movie the other day "Whiplash". If you haven't seen it its a great film about an ambitious jazz drummer and his intense abusive music teacher, Terence Fletcher, pushing him (uncomfortably) to the edge to be better. At one point he even throws a chair at his head when he misplays! At one point, Terence says "there are no two words more harmful in the English Language than 'good job'. His point being that hearing this word stops you driving to improve. Let me say straight away that I'm not advocating the idea of abuse or throwing [...]
The importance of taking your piano lessons weekly. Why you need to persist and persevere to become the pianist YOU want to be! Taking weekly piano lessons is the best way for you to make SERIOUS improvement in your piano playing! At the London Piano Institute we offer excellent quality weekly piano lessons in London. It is our utmost desire to help YOU as an adult succeed at playing the piano and we will do everything in our power to help you learn! Success is built upon a solid foundation. We do not neglect important foundational elements. We want to help [...]
Never, never, never give up! You are closer than you think to your piano success!
Top 5 reasons why it’s never too late to learn the piano Never think that you are too old to learn the piano! It's a proven fact that adults have successfully learned to play the piano to a very proficient standard even when starting at an older age! In fact, playing an instrument has plenty of benefits for adults, whether they’re in their 20s or are enjoying their retirement. If you love music and dream of sitting at a piano playing your favourite classical tune or jazz song, it’s time to stop making excuses and book your first piano lesson. There [...]
Let's be honest, performing the piano in front of a live audience can be daunting. It takes courage and a fighting spirit to perform especially if you perform a difficult piano composition. The truth is that performing the piano in front of an audience is as much a skill as learning the piano. Just as you learn how to play the piano by taking lessons, you need to learn how to perform the piano in front of an audience by performing regularly. The more regularly you perform, the easier performing will become for you. The key is performing in front of [...]
"If you follow the advice given in this article, you will definitely see a marked improvement in your piano playing and your timing." Let's face facts. You are probably playing out of time a lot more than you like. Your general timing may be good, but if you scrutinise your playing you will realise that your timing may not be as solid as you hope. Playing a piece from beginning to the end with solid rhythm and timing can require a lot of metronomic study. World-class pianists and musicians often state that timing (alongside improvisation and interpretation) is the most difficult [...]
Discover why more and more Londoners are now taking up piano instruction with the London Piano Institute in central London We at the London Piano Institute cordially invite YOU to one of our fabulous locations for your piano lessons in London. We offer nothing but the highest level of piano lessons in London. Our secret is to provide you with the highest quality piano lessons available in London today. We specialise in adult piano lessons only. At the London Piano Institute, we accept no compromise. We make absolutely sure that you’re catered for. Whether you want to learn jazz, classical music, [...]