Prelude in C Major (J.S Bach)

Prelude in C Major (J.S Bach) I am a member of a piano Facebook group and I came across someone learning this so thought I’d give it a go myself. As well as reading the music I looked it up on Spotify and found myself listening to Alistair McGowan playing it. If he can playContinue reading “Prelude in C Major (J.S Bach)”

Practice Room: Back to Earth (Dave Brubeck)

Practice Room: Back to Earth (Dave Brubeck) This is the first post within my new “Practice Room” category. Usually you see only the polished performances published on websites or on social media. However, I wanted to show you some of the behind the scenes practice that goes on in order to help create that officialContinue reading “Practice Room: Back to Earth (Dave Brubeck)”

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”

Hey You

This is a song I wrote whilst at university in Exeter. I recorded it several years later in a recording studio in Manchester. It’s called “Hey You”. Hey you, don’t know what I’d doIf it weren’t for youYou’re the one of whom I thinkSee you as the missing linkIn the chainGirl you’re in my brainAndContinue reading “Hey You”