Motivation

Playing faster slowly

2021-03-10T13:41:43+00:00

I hate running. Whenever I do it, it never feels natural and when I run, I feel ungraceful and run like a cow- it can move quickly but it just doesn't look coordinated. The only bit I like about running is the bit afterwards when I get to take a bath! But you know, running is something I always wished I was better at. So enter a great book called, "80/20 running". In it, the author explains that the majority of people who run are moving too fast. When we run at too high an intensity, the body does not have [...]

Playing faster slowly2021-03-10T13:41:43+00:00

Sight reading fitness

2021-03-10T13:42:07+00:00

Today I was reviewing my sight-reading ability with Celine, from S&C Music. Amongst her advice, she gave some sage guidance: "sight-reading is the most important educational skill to learn when it comes to playing the piano because it empowers you to understand and play music faster." Imagine preparing to read a speech in your native language. As you are comfortable with the words and grammar, you can remember the address's content quickly, and you can then focus on quality delivery and how it sounds. You may even be able to read the speech once and remember the essence of what it's [...]

Sight reading fitness2021-03-10T13:42:07+00:00

Trying to be perfect

2021-03-10T13:42:32+00:00

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 [...]

Trying to be perfect2021-03-10T13:42:32+00:00

How to structure your piano practice

2021-03-01T10:43:46+00:00

The first thing, before structuring your piano practice is to recognise the importance of practising your instrument. Why practise? Or even structure your practice time? Firstly: Reasons are quite logical but still important to recognise because, without consistent practice and diligence, you probably will stop before reaching that long-desired dream to play or perform a beautiful song or that classical piece that you love - be it Mozart’s Turkish Rhapsody or Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata or Debussy's Clair de Lune or the jazz classic called Autumn Leaves. Secondly: There is the important need for finger technique and skills needed to [...]

How to structure your piano practice2021-03-01T10:43:46+00:00

Improving your skills as a serious amateur pianist in London

2021-03-01T10:41:07+00:00

Celine Gaurier-Joubert shares her wisdom and expertise to help you improve your piano playing as a serious amateur pianist in London! Improving your skills #1 – What to do when you feel that you are unable to improve further after reaching a certain level of musicality At The London Piano Institute, we have met hundreds of amateur pianists who felt in need of benefiting from the expert advice of a professional pianist as they could not find the way to improve on their own anymore. They felt as they were facing a wall. Many adult amateur pianists are in this situation, [...]

Improving your skills as a serious amateur pianist in London2021-03-01T10:41:07+00:00

Why you need to take weekly piano lessons

2021-03-01T10:37:14+00:00

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 [...]

Why you need to take weekly piano lessons2021-03-01T10:37:14+00:00

10 Reasons why you don’t need any prior experience to start learning the piano!

2021-03-02T11:44:03+00:00

Discover 10 reasons why you really do not need to know anything at all about playing the piano prior to starting out There are things we all wish we had started sooner. From learning a new language, taking up a new sport, or mastering a musical instrument - many adults simply don’t try to learn a new skill because they think they’re too old to start as a complete beginner now. If you’ve been thinking about learning the piano but have been disheartened by a lack of prior experience, here’s the truth: you can start learning the piano at any age. [...]

10 Reasons why you don’t need any prior experience to start learning the piano!2021-03-02T11:44:03+00:00

Overcoming obstacles in your piano journey

2021-03-01T10:33:09+00:00

Sometimes obstacles may seem insurmountable, but if you follow the advice below you can definitely overcome any obstacle in your way! Three years ago you started playing the piano for the first time and it all seemed so easy. You passed your graded examinations with flying colours and you are on your way to grade 4 now. The only problem is that things are getting very difficult... You have to play scales, arpeggios, broken chords with two hands at faster speeds and the compositions are a LOT more challenging! You even start to think... "Can I really do this?". You attend [...]

Overcoming obstacles in your piano journey2021-03-01T10:33:09+00:00

Six reasons why playing the piano is good for your health

2021-03-01T10:32:30+00:00

Playing the piano is very healthy... find out more now! You might be thinking of taking up the piano to become a master pianist, to perform in public or to play the Chopin's nocturnes, but did you know that playing the piano can actually have some incredible health benefits? Here’s what learning the piano could help do for you: Reason 1: It can reduce your stress levels Playing the piano can be a great way to relieve stress. You can sit at the piano and fill your mind with nothing but the most gorgeous piano music – helping you to forget the stresses [...]

Six reasons why playing the piano is good for your health2021-03-01T10:32:30+00:00
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