2013 was a big year for Practising the Piano with the launch of my enhanced, interactive eBook series.  The website readership has also grown significantly with almost 40,000 unique visitors and almost 300,000 page views over the course of the year.  In order to make sure I continue to publish relevant and engaging articles I’ve been going through an exercise analysing my usage statistics in order to glean some information as to what content has been the most popular with my readership.  The following is a listing of the top ten postings of 2013:


  1. “But it Takes Me Ages to Learn a New Piece!”
  2. “Sorry, I haven’t done as much practise as I would like this week…”
  3. A Beautiful Process for Scales
  4. But I Can Play It Perfectly Well At Home!
  5. The Weakest Link
  6. A Tool for Memory Work: Tracking
  7. Five Fingers
  8. Marking the Score
  9. The History of Piano Technique: Studies and Exercises
  10. Some Thoughts on Mental Tension

Interestingly, while many of the posts are from earlier on in the year (and therefore have had more of an opportunity to attract visitors), the article on Hanon (number 9) was the fastest post to rise into the rankings which suggests that Hanon is still the subject of much debate over one hundred years on!

Please feel free to get in touch if there are any topics you would like to see me cover in future posts.  I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support to date and to wish you all the best for 2014!