The fear of failure is the primary reason why adults do not begin learning to play the piano.

2021-10-11T14:26:52+01:00

When I meet new people in different contexts, I am frequently asked what I do for a living. People are often amazed and envious when I tell them I am a pianist. “I wish I could play a musical instrument!” I frequently hear. It's amazing to meet so many people who want to play the piano but don't take the necessary steps to make their desire a reality! I am always astounded when individuals tell me how much they want to do something but do nothing to make it happen. I understand that it is not always simple to make our [...]

The fear of failure is the primary reason why adults do not begin learning to play the piano.2021-10-11T14:26:52+01:00

This race against the clock will kill your piano playing

2021-10-01T10:32:14+01:00

Some adults begin their piano studies with the intention of completing it quickly. They do not begin because they are enthusiastic about playing the piano and want to incorporate this wonderful activity into their lives. They begin piano lessons as soon as possible in order to achieve their goal and cross it off their bucket list. I have met a few adults with this mindset who told me right away that they were going to give it a year. They wanted to quickly master piano playing so they could move on to something else. It had to be done as we [...]

This race against the clock will kill your piano playing2021-10-01T10:32:14+01:00

Dont’ follow the crowd – Succeed at piano playing

2021-09-16T13:12:38+01:00

I'm always perplexed by most adults' attitudes toward piano playing. Most adults begin and then stop after a few weeks. I don't understand why they embark on such a wonderful journey and then abandon ship at the first hurdle. I've been teaching piano for over 20 years and I've noticed a consistent pattern: 9 out of 10 adults stop taking piano lessons after 6 months. Some of them stop even earlier. It happens not only with my students, but also with people who take classes with my colleagues. Adults appear to have a misunderstanding about piano playing. When they begin their [...]

Dont’ follow the crowd – Succeed at piano playing2021-09-16T13:12:38+01:00

The importance of discipline and consistency in piano playing

2021-09-07T14:03:05+01:00

Consistency is key. You might have heard or read this sentence several times. You surely understand its meaning and you surely agree with it. You might or might not apply it in your daily life but did you know that these essential principles which are discipline and consistency apply to piano playing too? Throughout my career as a piano teacher, I have met several men and women who were extremely disciplined in some aspects of their life. I did not specifically discuss the subject with them but I could see that they were successful and that a good amount of effort [...]

The importance of discipline and consistency in piano playing2021-09-07T14:03:05+01:00

How long does it take to learn piano?

2021-03-01T11:08:07+00:00

Well... It is probably the most challenging question that I have ever had to answer. Most adults who contemplate learning how to play the piano, or who have already decided to start, have the same question in mind: “How long does it take to learn piano?” It depends Every time an adult asks me this question, I give the same reply: “It depends”. It depends as it depends on various factors: your exact goal, your natural ability, the amount of time you dedicate to personal practice and the instructor you are studying with. As you may have probably understood, it is [...]

How long does it take to learn piano?2021-03-01T11:08:07+00:00

Why is technique so important when playing the piano?

2021-03-01T10:38:48+00:00

Discover the importance of developing great piano technique in this article by James Barnett When I was young, I heard a recording of Clair de Lune by Debussy and it ignited a tremendous passion in me: I simply had to learn this magical piece of music. I worked very hard, learnt all the notes and I could pretty much play the piece but it was inconsistent and sounded very different from the recording. I was disappointed and frustrated; the famous opening thirds were not smooth and singing, rapid left-hand semiquavers lacked fluidity. Chords lacked voicing and melodic lines struggled to project [...]

Why is technique so important when playing the piano?2021-03-01T10:38:48+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

6 Piano lesson myths – The things we want you to know!

2021-03-02T11:44:21+00:00

It's time to bust the myths surrounding playing the piano There are many myths surrounding playing the piano and if one of them is holding you back from taking up the instrument it’s time to put your fear and apprehension to one side and try a lesson for yourself. While learning a new skill can be a daunting prospect, learning to play the piano for pleasure can be fulfilling and has some health benefits, such as helping to relieve stress, too. Here we debunk 6 common piano lesson myths. My teacher will get angry at me if I make a mistake [...]

6 Piano lesson myths – The things we want you to know!2021-03-02T11:44:21+00:00
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