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Education

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

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

13/09/2021
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The Modern Piano Composers Keeping Classical Alive

“The world of classical is dead.”…Or so some believe! We personally thing that this statement could not be farther from the truth. Whilst many consider the golden age of classical music to be that of the Baroque or perhaps Romantic era, today we are casting our eyes to the beautifully exciting and ever expanding world of modern classical music. To the pianists and composers who are accelerating the art forwards and adding their own rich, unique flair to the tapestry of what constitutes high quality, classical composition. Also becoming known... Read More

08/09/2021
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Rachmaninoff: Piano Sheet Music Essentials

Few names within the piano world live up to the grandeur of Sergie Rachmaninoff, wherever his name is said, pianists turn heads and approach his works with an immense level of skill, appreciation and exhilaration. Comparitively, Rachmaninoff is a relatively modern composer, but above all, an exceptional pianist, following our reviews of sheet music from the likes of the incredible Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin and our Beginners Guide To Classical, today we step into the world of Rachmaninoff, whose flair and passion for play is simply ecstatic. Whilst many may... Read More

03/09/2021

How To Improve Your Piano Posture

When it comes to getting the most out of your piano playing, few things are as important as your posture. Much like then we work at offices or desks, when ‘working’ behind a piano, with incorrect posture, you will likely find yourself in a large amount of discomfort, your playing will suffer and perhaps most importantly, your enjoyment of the incredible instrument will decline. Today we wanted to break down five quick, easy and actionable tips in order to help improve your piano playing posture and get the most from... Read More

26/08/2021
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Mozart: Piano Sheet Music Essentials

To kick off this year’s classical music month and following our beginner’s guide to classical music, we wanted to help inspire your playing however we can, offering a range of the best sheet music books out there, from some of the most influential composers of all time in order to inspire your next musical journey.  That is why today we are following up on our initial spotlight focus of Beethoven with another one of the all time greatest musicians to have ever walked the earth…Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Below we’ve partnered... Read More

25/08/2021
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Beethoven: Piano Sheet Music Essentials

To kick off this year’s classical music month and following our beginner’s guide to classical music, we wanted to help inspire your playing however we can, offering a range of the best sheet music books out there, from some of the most influential composers of all time in order to inspire your next musical journey.  That is why today we are kicking off our spotlight focus and also our essentials guide to Mozart, with one of the all time greatest musicians to have ever walked the earth…Ludwig Van Beethoven. Below... Read More

17/08/2021
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The Anatomy Of An Upright Piano

The inner workings of a piano is often a mystery, even to some pianists! With thousands of parts working in complete harmony to create an intended tone, it’s often not surprising that many don’t take the time to understand their instrument. Today we thought we’d take a moment to help explain a little more about some of the more basic intricacies of what goes into a piano, what they do and how they work together to create an instrument that will be loved for years to come.  The Front &... Read More

16/08/2021

The Beginners Guide To Classical Music

The wonderful world of classical music can seem intimidating, elitist, or even outright incomprehensible to many when they first encounter the genre. However, with just a little context, we believe that anyone can enjoy the glory of classical music and open their musical horizons to an entire new level of musical appreciation. Today, we intend to break down the walls of what makes classical music such a struggle for so many modern listeners and offer guidance, support and a little history into the genre to help appreciate the ways in... Read More

09/08/2021
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Guide To Passing Grade 2: ABRSM Piano

Following our highly requested tips for passing Grade 1 ABRSM and our top tips for helping your child want to practice piano, we are continuing our journey throughout the exam criteria and offering a number of tips and tricks to help yourself, your child or your student through the exam period and complete their Grade 2 exams! Providing they have already completed Grade 1, Grade 2 is actually somewhat similar and there is not a massive leap between the two, so hopefully you will be able to enter this exam... Read More