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Interview with Andy Barge

2021-03-25T19:05:34+00:00

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 Andy Barge2021-03-25T19:05:34+00:00

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

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

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

How to improvise on the piano as a beginner

2021-03-01T10:37:31+00:00

Yes, you can improvise! You must simply believe! Discover the first steps towards learning to improvise in this article! Improvisation is the art of rehashing sequences of melodic and/or harmonic configurations to make your own music up on the spot. True improvisation is rare. Most musicians who improvise will rehash licks (melodic fragments), lines (melodic fragments), scales and arpeggios to fit the underlying harmony. True improvisation happens when a musician moves into the fourth dimension. The fourth dimension is where the musician literally loses track of time and this earthly realm and play notes that he or she would never usually [...]

How to improvise on the piano as a beginner2021-03-01T10:37:31+00:00

How to get rid of performance related anxieties – learn the art of performing the piano

2021-03-01T10:12:07+00:00

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 [...]

How to get rid of performance related anxieties – learn the art of performing the piano2021-03-01T10:12:07+00:00
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