Tag Archive: pianos

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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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 06

Lang Lang is THAT GOOD

Lang Lang is THAT GOOD This is brilliant – I wonder how Chopin himself would have taken this.

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 16

Lille Piano Festival

Lille Steps

Lille Piano Festival   My good friends Dick and Jan sent me this lovely photo of a set of steps they came across while on a trip to Lille in Northern France, and also very kindly allowed me permission to use it. Situated on the Deûle River, near France’s border with Belgium, Lille is the countries fourth-largest metropolitan area after …

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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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May 29

Pianos, digital versus real. Apples to Oranges

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Pianos, digital versus real   First of all, before we get in to the nitty-gritty, let me state that my piano of choice for any application would be a nicely tuned and well situated real grand piano. That said, there is a place for digital and here is my take as an experienced user. The …

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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 18

Street Pianos and Pianos Everywhere

Blackburn Piano

Piano’s are everywhere.  Some are cared for passionately and others guarded and displayed in museums and quite rightly so.  The piano is a beautiful instrument and deserves to be revered.  Not all of them live in peace though.  Here is a selection of real and not-so-real situations that end badly for the piano.   The piano has …

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Mar 12

Elton Dog

I couldn’t resist sharing this.  I have no idea where it came from but I found it on Facebook at Share.It.Pics so credit to them and as there was an option to share and embed the video I’m doing it here. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, the worlds best canine piano player – Elton Dog – …

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Mar 04

What a GREAT way to enjoy piano music on YouTube

What a GREAT way to enjoy piano music on YouTube   I used to love following scores in music class at school.  I just happened to come across this after following a link from http://pianoaddict.com a great resource for pianists. In the sidebar among the related videos section I spotted this and was instantly transported back to being …

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Feb 24

You Make That Piano Talk

You Make That Piano Talk   It’s been said to me at the end of a gig, when an audience member realises I’m English, he or she will sometimes say (often in a northern accent but others do apply-I’m northern so I’m using the accent) “By ‘eck lad, you can make that piana talk” It’s …

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Feb 22

My Fingers Are Too Fat

Excuses, Excuses   I have heard all kinds of excuses over the years about why people gave up playing the piano when they were younger.  Peer pressure, didn’t like the teacher ( a popular one among the older who tell me things could get a bit violent involving knuckles and a ruler ) clashed with …

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Feb 20

Interactive iPad Piano App and EZ Keys Piano Software

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Piano Player Plus iPad Piano App and ToonTrack      EZ Keys Piano Software A couple of new piano related items have just come on the market, I have had a listen, here’s what I think about them. I just found this interesting little app.  It’s like many other piano apps but with some added zing! …

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Feb 16

When Can I Start?

MAJOR UPDATE since I wrote this post I was alerted to this video by @stevesilberman on twitter. PLEASE watch this and then read the post. I am often asked about giving children piano lessons. Parents, keen to fill their child’s day with activities come flushed with pride that their toddler always perks up at the …

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