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Mozart, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Ravel!

In this month’s practice clinic Graham Fitch answered questions on coordinating the hands, using wrist rotation, trills and other topics in works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Ravel.

Improving Your Left Hand

Do you feel that your left hand is weaker than your right hand and is holding you back in your piano playing? We all have a dominant hand, and for most of us it is the right hand. However, research has shown that even in left-handed players, the right hand still shows a higher level of motor control! The left hand is often neglected in our practising for various reasons. Our ear can be so focussed on the right hand that we don’t always listen attentively to what is going on in the left. Even if we do try to listen, we cannot be sure we are able to hear whether our left hand is playing in a controlled way. Perhaps we are playing unevenly, or missing some notes – we can’t quite figure out what’s wrong, but know something is amiss.  Focussing on the left hand Practising the left hand by itself is of course an option, and something I recommend doing regularly anyway. However, this won’t show us what is actually going on when we add our right hand. I have another solution for addressing this problem which involves playing a passage with the left hand on the keyboard as normal but with the right hand mining its notes on the surface of the keys. By miming the right hand in this way, we are effectively playing both hands together still, but since we won’t hear any of the sounds the right hand would be making, we are able to really hear what the left hand is actually getting up to (rather than what we think it is doing). The process can be very revealing! Exercises and studies A secure left hand technique is essential for pianistic […]

Creative Ways to Practise Scales

Practising scales and arpeggios is important but often associated with drudgery. In this blog post, graham Fitch gives some ideas to making practising them more fun and effective!

Expanding Your Repertoire with Quick Studies

In this week’s post, Ryan Morison discusses how quick studies can be used as an effective tool to broaden your repertoire and develop good habits and skills when learning new pieces.

Czerny’s Exercises and Etudes

Ilga Pitkevica discusses Czerny’s legacy and introduces her new video lecture series on his Practical Method for Beginners on the Pianoforte (Op. 599)

Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg & Debussy

This week’s blog post features our most recent Practice Clinic in which Graham Fitch responds to questions submitted by Online academy subscribers. In this recording, Graham discusses topics such as legato playing, fingering, building speed and quarantining in works by Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg and Debussy.

Clara Schumann’s Prelude and Fugue, Op. 16 No. 2

This week’s blog post features Clara Schumann’s Prelude and Fugue in B-flat which is currently included in the new ABRSM 2021 & 2022 Grade 8 syllabus.

Piano Day Festival Write-Up (2)

A write-up of a selection of online events from our Piano Day 2021 festival.

By |April 8th, 2021|Events|1 Comment

Piano Day Festival Write-Up (1)

A write-up of a selection of online events from our Piano Day 2021 festival.

By |April 1st, 2021|Events|0 Comments

Playing Baroque Music on the Piano

Pianists are often scared of playing Baroque music. Can I use the pedal? How do I deal with all those fiddly ornaments? What about articulation and dynamics? We’re delighted to be featuring two online events focussing on Baroque style as part of our Piano Day 2021 festival. Baroque Style & The Harpsichord The first is a special lecture-demonstration and performance by twice-grammy-nominated harpsichordist and conductor Jory Vinikour. Jory will show you the inner workings of the harpsichord and discuss various aspects of Baroque style, including articulation and ornamentation with reference to works by Bach, Couperin, Rameau and more. Click here to find out more, or to book your place. Baroque Workshop for Pianists This presentation will be followed by a workshop in which Graham Fitch discusses how to play Baroque music stylistically and expressively on the piano. Graham will draw upon his background as a harpsichord student and pianist to demonstrate how the ideas presented by Jory can be applied pianistically to enable you to approach Baroque music fearlessly, informed by historical practices. Click here to find out more or to book your place. *** These events are part of our Piano Day 2021 Festival taking place from Friday 26th March until Sunday 28th. The programme features an exciting line-up of online events and workshops on topics including practising, technique, sight-reading, building speed and much more! Click here to find out more and for details of other events. Weekend Pass – Save 20%! Click here to save 20% by purchasing a combined ticket for all ten events! Online Academy subscribers are also entitled to a further 40% discount on this special price (a saving of £120!).

By |March 25th, 2021|Events, News|0 Comments