Tag Archive: instruments

May 06

Some Interesting Piano Pics

Marble Steinway

Had these piano related pics sent on to me recently.  I love the effort that people make when doing these kinds of things, it’s not something people can do in five minutes.  Take a look at these two   And on a smaller scale………….. I also saw this photo recently of a Steinway with the …

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Jan 16

Fun ways of training your musical ear.

Virtuoso Piano

Fun ways of training your musical ear. Fun ways of training your musical ear. Part 1. I was thinking about music in general the other night as I realised that I have come to listen to background music more closely than ever.  I use every opportunity to keep my ear keen and every-day background music …

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Dec 16

Piano Playing Police

Saw this on the BBC website, seems some pianists are hidden behind “proper jobs” more than you think.  Have a look, this Prague police officer is having a blast.  I love these public pianos, they always throw up surprises at some point.  I really enjoyed this, shame it’s so short really.

Nov 26

The Loss of a Gig

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The Loss of a Gig   About a month ago I was called and told that I was no longer required for a gig.  There was no problem with me, they said, just that their budget had been cut and I was the first thing to go. It wasn’t that big a deal, they told …

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Oct 21

Interesting Pianos Around the World Part 1

Piano at Burnham Thorpe All Saints Church

Interesting Pianos Around the World Burnham Thorpe All Saints Church Famous as the birthplace of Lord Nelson The rectory where Nelson was born no longer exists, but the church still stands and in it is a beautiful old piano.  Whilst reading up on the church there was a suggestion that the piano was said to …

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Oct 07

Losing yourself in what you are playing

View up from the keyboard

Losing yourself in what you are playing   There comes a moment in all musicians’ lives where you just get lost in the moment. Losing yourself in what you are playing is one of the most pleasurable experiences that can happen to a musician. I often catch myself wondering how my hands are doing what …

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Sep 30

The Language of Music: 101

Conducting-44time

The Language of Music: 101   A little frivolity for today’s offering, an introduction to some of the wonderful phrases used to help musicians understand how the composer intended his music to be played.   People can be musicians all of their lives and never pick up a piece of sheet music and so never …

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Apr 04

Give a Piano Some Love

“One of the lessons that we were learned in this process is that instruments like that have to be played,” Terry said. “Our approach to the piano prior to that was not to play it and to protect it and preserve it. The truth is… it’s built to be played.” Robin Terry from the Motown …

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Mar 08

Reading Music

Steinway

I’m often astonished at people who put so much emphasis on reading music.  It is of course very important, especially at an academic level, but it’s not THE most important part of music-making by any means. I would place it about as important and pointless as being able to read in a foreign language before …

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