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

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

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

I have never played before should I be concerned about learning the piano as a beginner?

2021-03-01T10:11:18+00:00

That is an excellent question, and I understand why you are asking it. It 's okay to be concerned, especially when learning how to play the piano as an adult beginner. Along with all the false myths and beliefs, adults are prone to self-doubt and unrealistic fears. The truth is that you will definitely be able to play the piano. You will definitely be able to make all your dreams come true. But it will require a willingness to study and practice consistently on a daily basis. We always recommend beginners to practice at least 15 minutes a day for six [...]

I have never played before should I be concerned about learning the piano as a beginner?2021-03-01T10:11:18+00:00

Why you need an excellent piano mentor and teacher

2021-03-01T10:09:05+00:00

It starts with the first step... The Chinese philosopher Laozi wisely said: “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Learning how to play the piano is a wonderful journey, however, it is not always an easy journey. On the way to becoming the pianist that you have always dreamed of, you might encounter moments of intense frustration and despair. It is all part of the journey and if you persist you will eventually reach your goal and the price that you have paid in terms of time and effort will be well worth it. You will reap [...]

Why you need an excellent piano mentor and teacher2021-03-01T10:09:05+00:00

How to practise the piano with a metronome

2021-03-01T10:07:58+00:00

"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 [...]

How to practise the piano with a metronome2021-03-01T10:07:58+00:00

The 10 secrets of sight reading

2021-03-01T10:05:17+00:00

Like so many pianists who play for their own pleasure, you might think that your sight-reading is appalling and that you are terrible at it. To be honest, you don't even want to speak about it!!! I have a SIGNIFICANT REVELATION for you: sight-reading is not more complex or mysterious than anything else. You simply need to know and learn how to proceed to become “proficient in the art of sight-reading”. Here are the 10 Secrets of Sight Reading 1. Firstly, have a look at the general idea of the score. You can quickly get a grasp of the difficulties that may occur while playing the piece and of the general layout of the piece. Then, look at the tempo, time signature, key, change of time signature/tempo. [...]

The 10 secrets of sight reading2021-03-01T10:05:17+00:00

The importance of learning how to read music properly

2021-03-01T10:04:38+00:00

Learning how to read the notes used in music notation is similar to learning a language. Some people say that they are not interested in learning how to read as they prefer to play by ear. (Some folks even go as far as thinking that it will be detrimental to their ears and improvisational skills if they learned how to read – nonsense!) Not learning how to read the score properly, is one of the biggest mistakes that you can make if you are starting to learn the piano. Piano compositions are often only available in written notation. Therefore reading music [...]

The importance of learning how to read music properly2021-03-01T10:04:38+00:00

The piano has only 12 keys. 7 white notes and 5 black notes

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

As a new piano enthusiast sitting in front of the black and white notes for the very first time, it can be quite a daunting experience!You will probably feel lost and slightly confused by the magnitude of the piano's keyboard. The most important thing to remember is that a piano has 7 white notes namely C,D,E,F,G,A,B and 5 black notes C#, D#, F#, G#, A# or Db, Eb, Gb, Ab, Bb (depending upon which key your in). Nevertheless there's only 7 white plus 5 black which equals a total of 12 piano notes. The next thing to notice is that the [...]

The piano has only 12 keys. 7 white notes and 5 black notes2021-03-01T10:03:32+00:00
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