Practising the Piano Part 2 Now Available

I am delighted to announce the release today of Part 2 of my Practising the Piano eBook series, available via www.practisingthepiano.com/eBooks. Part 1 (published in March) dealt with practice methodology (techniques of learning) and getting the most out of our practice time. I think of this as a foundation course. Part 2 covers the complex area of piano technique providing a comprehensive treatise on the subject. We all know that technique is essential for realising our musical intentions at the piano. Every dynamic and every nuance must be produced by a technical means, a physical means.  Part 2 is comprised of three volumes featuring: 100+ video demonstrations Almost 1,000 bars of musical excerpts and exercises Numerous diagrams and illustrations Interactive “sliders” Extensive links to supplementary resources I started playing at the late age of 13 and was fortunate to have excellent teachers from the very best of the European and Russian traditions. I absorbed everything they did with me on a conscious level. I think this is why I have such a thorough understanding of piano technique and can help students overcome technical problems, even those who are not natural pianists. In Practising the Piano I present the best of what I can offer, and while I realise that no publication can ever hope to replace a live teacher, the combination of text, musical examples and video demonstrations enable me to show you quite clearly what needs to be done to manage technical difficulties at the piano while avoiding common pitfalls that lead to tension and injury. Please click here for more information, free previews or to purchase Practicing the Piano Part 2. Special offer Buy Part 2 of Practising The Piano (three volumes) for 25% off the full individual prices.    

By |November 12th, 2013|eBooks, News|2 Comments

The Practice Tools – Volume 3

I would like to thank you for your support with my ebook series – I am very pleased with the uptake and have had lots of great feedback. It is good to know that the publication is assisting you in your practice! The beta launch period is now over, we have done some minor edits and updates to the publications, and all existing customers will be upgraded automatically to the new versions. The full version of Part 1 is now available at £9.99 for all three volumes. Volume 3 will be available for £2.99 until May 31 as a special offer to existing customers. Please note that you do not need a PayPal account to purchase the publications, simply click on “buy as guest” to use your debit or credit card to make a purchase via the secure gateway. For further information on how the publications work and what devices are supported, please see the FAQ on the Informance website.

Practising The Piano eBook Series – A New Venture

I am delighted to be able to bring you news of a venture I’m launching this week, a series of interactive ebooks in several volumes based on Practising The Piano. It’s not simply a rehash of my blog – the material has been rewritten in more detail, with additional features such as video demonstrations, audio clips, numerous score excerpts, charts to print off and other interactive features. Right now, you can get beta versions of Volumes 1 and 2 of Part 1 (Practice Tools) at a discounted introductory price, with more volumes to come throughout the year. We have designed this with the iPad in mind, but you will be able to read it equally well on a computer. When I started this blog back in 2011, I knew nothing about blogging. I just knew I wanted to write something about a subject I was passionate about that seemed sorely neglected both online and in print media – namely, the art of practising. It has always struck me how few piano teachers, even very famous ones, talk about this subject and yet the importance of what we do in our practice room between lessons (if we’re learning) or between concerts (if we’ve arrived!) cannot be overestimated. Our progress as pianists is determined not only by the amount of practice time we put in, but by the quality of what we do. We might spend hours at the piano, but if we don’t know exactly what we’re doing, 90% of it can be wasted in futile drilling, or mindless hit-and-miss repetition. Instead of improving, we might actually be ingraining bad habits by constantly repeating them. I keep coming back to the analogy with the Olympic athlete, […]

By |January 25th, 2013|eBooks, News|8 Comments