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Ben Walker

12/10/2021

Tips For Composing On Piano

So you’re looking to start composing your own music? Fantastic! We’re firm believers at Millers that the best songs are ones that haven’t been written yet! At first, the world of composing, particularly on piano, can seem a little overwhelming, but we’ve spoken with various artists and composers and accumulated their knowledge into  a handful of easy, simple tips and easily actionable tricks to help you begin to create your own masterpieces.  One thing that is worth noting here however is that the creative process is different for everyone and... Read More

12/10/2021
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Guide To Passing Grade 4: ABRSM Piano

We’re well into our list of guides to the ABRSM Piano Graded exams and today we’re focusing on Grade 4. Unlike Grades 1-3, Grade 4 does differ slightly in its structure and introduces some fantastic techniques into any pianist’s repertoire that will excel them into a fantastic level of play. Much like the other grades, grade 4 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests, however what they do introduce is some slight differences in the ways the exam is marked, which we’ll break down below.... Read More

12/10/2021

Spotlight Focus: Cambridge Modern Jazz

The world of jazz is rich, vibrant and full of character. One such group that relishes in bringing jazz to new audiences is that of Cambridge Modern Jazz (CMJ), set up in 1972, the club has continued to put on performances from international and national artists and brings with it a sensational level of charm and joy for musical experimentation. We caught up with David Gower, the current organiser of the group to give his two cents on what the group is all about, why jazz is such a musical... Read More

06/10/2021
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Easy 5 Minute Piano Warm Up Exercises For Beginners

Playing the piano is almost a little like going to the gym…Warm up is crucial to your performance! Whilst we may not be lifting heavy weights, when playing the piano, we are still utilising muscles that often get neglected or are used in different ways so it’s important to get them nicely warmed up before using them. Today we’ll be running through some incredibly quick and easy exercises you can do to nicely activate your hands and place your body in the most relaxed state possible before you begin playing,... Read More

04/10/2021

Second Hand Pianos & Sustainability

If you’re considering buying a second hand piano, then you’ve come to the right place! Not only are second hand instruments a fantastic investment for those looking to either get started with the piano or as an upgrade to perhaps a digital piano, but there are also a number of incredible sustainability ideas around second hand pianos, both digital and acoustic. Today we’re going to begin breaking down some of the fantastic reasons why second hand is a great choice for both your playing journey and the environment, so if... Read More

01/10/2021

Careers In Pianos: Surprising Ways You Can Use Your Skills!

A career in the piano is a dream for many aspiring musicians and pianists. Whilst some use the piano as a way to relax and de-stress from the 9-5, many are keen to take the next step and turn their passion for this incredible instrument into a living. Thankfully at Millers, we are in the position to show that there are many other avenues of making a career in the piano without just being a world class concert pianist and most of all, the skills that you learn whilst playing... Read More

01/10/2021

How To Overcome The Fear Of Playing Piano In Front Of Others.

‘Stage fright’ is something that many, particularly new piano players suffer from and it can be a real frustration to know that whilst you are able to play something perfectly well to yourself, as soon as you go to play it in front of other people, you may feel like you freeze, forget things or would rather just stop playing. Of course, whilst public performing isn’t something you have to do in your piano journey and solo practice can be just as rewarding, it should be something that you are... Read More

01/10/2021

Guide To Passing Grade 3: ABRSM Piano

Following on from our guides to both Grade 1 and Grade 2 ABRSM Piano exams, today we’re focusing on Grade 3 where things perhaps step up a smidge, however, just as the previous exams, it’s important to note that these exams are not as stressful as they may seem and should actually be something you actively look forward to, showing off your skills and developing an increasing love for the piano. Grade 3 is an interesting one as it’s where many piano players hit what is known as their first... Read More

24/09/2021

Can You Still Learn The Piano With Arthritis?

Many people who suffer from arthritis feel as though they can’t play the piano. Perhaps they used to play when they were younger, or are a complete beginner and are looking to learn for the first time. Well we personally believe at Millers that even if you do suffer from arthritis and perhaps have mobility issues within your hands, that you can still get an immense level of enjoyment the piano and in fact, whilst it won’t cure the arthritis, by keeping your joints as active as possible, there is... Read More

17/09/2021

Things To Consider When Buying A Digital Piano

So you’re looking to jump into the world of pianos? Fantastic! We know that sometimes things can be a little overwhelming when first trying to decide on the types of piano out there and how to know what might be the best instrument for you! Today we wanted to help break down those barriers and help find the right instrument for you and discuss the main things to consider when considering buying a digital piano. So without further ado, let’s dive in! We recently wrote about the differences between a... Read More