As part of our celebrations for the Online Academy’s third birthday, we’re making a selection of popular content from across the site available free until the end of October 2019. This content includes articles, musical examples, video walk-throughs, demonstrations and lectures on topics including practising, technique, learning pieces, sight-reading, improvisation and teaching.

We’ve recently added a number of additional resources to the original collection which are listed below. All of this content will only be available free for another week therefore please be sure to have a look to avoid missing out!

New free content

  • How and When to Use Slow Practice – Slow practice is a cornerstone of our work from the beginner stages right through to the advanced level. This video shows how to approach slow practice and to enjoy it fully!
  • Quarantining – A video lecture showing how to use this practice tool to practise more effectively and to overcome challenging spots within pieces (this video also serves as an introduction to our Q-Spots series which demonstrates the concept in the context of selected works of varying levels).
  • The Basics of Playing Arpeggios – An overview of the basics of playing arpeggios which aims to make them practising them effective, interesting and fun
  • Mozart Fantasy in D Minor – This video provides a section by section walk through of Mozart’s Fantasy in D Minor K397 (sometimes referred to as Fantasia)
  • Beethoven Sonatina in G (2nd mvt) – A step-by-step approach to learning this piece from our From the Ground Up series which uses outlines and reduced scores that help you to learn pieces more effectively
  • Telemann Rigaudon – Video showing how to use simple five-finger patterns to develop the skills involved in playing the piece set in Grade 2 from the Trinity College London syllabus

Previous listing

  • The Feedback Loop – A video lecture on one of the most important tools in Graham Fitch’s Practice Tools lecture series.
  • Ballade – A walk through of the 15th work in Burgmüller’s 25 Easy and Progressive Études, Op. 100
  • Jail-breaking Hanon – A twist on how to use two of Hanon’s ubiquitous exercises to develop flexibility and forearm rotation
  • Sight-reading
  • Twelve-bar Blues – Practical demonstration and ideas on how to improvise using twelve bar blues from Lucinda Mackworth-Young’s Anyone Can Improvise!
  • Elementary Patterns – How to use elementary patterns to make progress with beginners.
  • Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu – This video from our walkthroughs on Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu shows how to approach one of the work’s biggest challenges, the 4:3 polyrhythm.
  • Ergonomic Fingerings for Scales and Arpeggios – How to choose ergonomic fingerings at the earliest opportunity to increase confidence and save hours of practising.
  • Create First! – Learn the materials of music (scales, intervals, and chords) in creative and musical ways with a sample solo (click here) and duet (click here).
  • Good Pianistic Posture – This video by Ilga Pitkevica shows how to achieve a good pianistic posture and do a posture “self check-out”.
  • The Basics of Playing Scales – An overview of the basics of playing scales which aims to make them practising them effective, interesting and fun.

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