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

How can I learn piano while having a demanding job?

2021-09-06T18:48:12+01:00

Many adults sadly do not get into piano playing, despite their burning desire to learn how to play their favourite instrument, or never get back to it after a long break. Others give up after a few months because they think that they are too busy at work to justify their piano lessons. Throughout my career I have met a large number of adults who never made their dream come true due to some wrong beliefs. As others succeeded greatly and manage to run both a successful career as TV producer, banker or lawyer and brilliant piano studies, I wanted to [...]

How can I learn piano while having a demanding job?2021-09-06T18:48:12+01:00

Sound as a central part of music making – Part 2

2021-07-19T14:41:28+01:00

Dear pianists! In the previous article we have covered how to start developing your sense of sound and aware sound production. I also shared some practical tips that personally helped me and some of my colleagues. Please do consider this article inseparable to part one! Just to refresh the previous topic - practical tips included the following: recording yourself, mindfulness, visualisation, among many other advice. In part 2 I would like to focus on the physicality of piano playing - specifically in relation to sound production, more than any other correlation (articulation, stylistic approach, or technical issues... those topics will be [...]

Sound as a central part of music making – Part 22021-07-19T14:41:28+01:00

Sound as a central aspect of music making

2021-06-24T19:18:50+01:00

Absolutely everything produces sound. Traffic, speaking, waterfalls, cash machines... and my personal favourite, people playing instruments and people singing. Sound is defined as “vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person’s ear”. From my experience we take sound for granted. I am quite certain that the majority of us does not hear a sound and think “that is a traveling vibration”. Music, having sound production in its essence, is perhaps the most abstract of arts - we can not see it, touch it, it enters our ears and the rest happens [...]

Sound as a central aspect of music making2021-06-24T19:18:50+01:00

Should you or should you not learn how to play the piano as an adult?

2021-04-28T15:12:28+01:00

It is a well-known question that many adults have in mind: “Should I or shouldn’t I learn how to play the piano?” You are 30, 40, 50 or even 60 years old and you wonder if it makes any sense to start learning how to play or get back to it after stopping your education in your early 20s. Many adults contemplate the idea of returning to piano playing or embarking on a piano journey but only a few take the plunge. It is a shame, especially as it is based on unfounded beliefs, doubts and uncertainties. Some have played in [...]

Should you or should you not learn how to play the piano as an adult?2021-04-28T15:12:28+01:00

Interview with Celine

2021-04-21T20:09:53+01:00

Andy Barge: How did you get into music? Celine Gaurier-Joubert: My parents are both amateur musicians so playing music was the obvious thing to do. As my father is an amateur violinist, I started to play the violin at 3 years old. I did not have much interest in it but discovering Chopin 1st concerto for piano at age 4 lighted a passion for this instrument. I started straight away and I was delighted with my choice. Andy Barge: What is the most common mistake that a beginner makes? Celine Gaurier-Joubert: Most beginners think that playing the piano proficiently is relatively [...]

Interview with Celine2021-04-21T20:09:53+01:00

Playing faster slowly

2021-04-21T20:10:46+01:00

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 slowly2021-04-21T20:10:46+01:00

Why it is essential for adults to learn how to read music properly

2021-03-01T10:46:49+00:00

“Obtaining a perfect knowledge of the vocabulary used in music is essential if you do not always want to struggle with your piano playing. Reading music is an ESSENTIAL and SERIOUS tool that will help you progress to the next level of your piano playing.” (Celine-Gaurier Joubert in Note Reading) “Learning to read music can be one of the best ways to train your brain but it can also have a huge impact on other areas of your life, like confidence and fitness (trust us)” Classical FM 4th of September 2018 If you as an adult endeavour to learn to play [...]

Why it is essential for adults to learn how to read music properly2021-03-01T10:46:49+00:00

Interview with virtuoso pianist Ljubica Stojanovic

2021-03-01T10:44:53+00:00

How and when did you develop your passion for the piano? It was early on in my life, it started since I know of myself. My father is a pianist and my older sister is violinist, music was surrounding us since we were born. We would go to sleep listening to classical music tapes and were in general encouraged to play songs or music that we heard. The piano was the central piece in our living room and I considered it a fun toy. I loved music straightaway and would always dream awake while listening. It felt like one of the [...]

Interview with virtuoso pianist Ljubica Stojanovic2021-03-01T10:44:53+00:00

Can you teach yourself piano?

2021-03-31T18:57:36+01:00

Yes, it is absolutely possible, especially today with Google and YouTube's accessibility where one can find everything you need in written format and on video which makes learning easy. This information is easily accessible and one can learn wherever you are, on the tube, in a coffee shop or in the privacy of your own room at any time available. No booked time slots needed, nor monies to pay for a teacher or travelling to go for piano lessons. One can quite easily find the “right” teacher on YouTube e.g. for learning e.g. Monk’s “Straight No Chaser” as quite a few [...]

Can you teach yourself piano?2021-03-31T18:57:36+01:00
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