Playing By Ear

I am often asked how it is I can play the piano by ear and I have never really provided an adequate answer. This article is an attempt to explain what playing by ear means to me, how and why I do it, and what the pros and cons are. What is playing by ear?Continue reading “Playing By Ear”

What to think about when booking a wedding pianist

Booking live music for your wedding at first may seem like a fairly easy transaction. You find someone who plays the instrument you like and the songs you want played at your wedding, and you book them. Then they turn-up and play. Easy! Well, it may seem that easy, but in order for the musicalContinue reading “What to think about when booking a wedding pianist”

Am I a keyboard player or a pianist?

This is an article about what I see as the differences between keyboards and pianos, both in terms of the instruments themselves and how to play them. I am not technical at all but I do play both piano and keyboard and therefore also offer my limited insights into how smart technology can help youContinue reading “Am I a keyboard player or a pianist?”

The Piano in the Corner – theoretical misgivings

My parents bought a piano for my sister to start having lessons, at around the age of six. I would’ve been around three years old at that time – too young to have lessons, but old enough to be intrigued by the musical piece of furniture in the corner of the room. I began toContinue reading “The Piano in the Corner – theoretical misgivings”

The Piano in the Corner – a preface

I love playing the piano. It was my favourite toy as kid, and still is. It was the skill I mastered quicker than any other. It became a thing that others wanted to hear me play, rather than just being forced to. It was how I came to be involved in amateur dramatics and schoolContinue reading “The Piano in the Corner – a preface”

Nobody Does It Better

I used to play in a band at university. We were mainly a rock-indie group with a few funky and soul tunes included as well. We generally played high-tempo songs to keep the student crowds moving and match the increasingly high-octane atmosphere in whichever pub or club we were in. However, we always found timeContinue reading “Nobody Does It Better”