New Year’s resolutions

As 2015 begins, why not turn over a new leaf and learn a new skill?

Several people have said to me that they might be looking for music tuition in the New Year. This does not surprise me. What better time is there to start learning and developing a new skill?

Why not set aside half an hour a week to learn to play the piano, the guitar, or singing with the ukulele? Of course you will also have to set aside time at home each week to practise, and I would strongly recommend you do so twice a day. You will then find that you are learning and applying the skills you have acquired in our one-to-one sessions.

Can anybody learn a new instrument? I strongly believe they can, whatever their age or previous experience. It is simply a question of working hard at it. I may be able to show you how to play several chords on a guitar. But it is only you who can practise this skill at home every day until it becomes automatic.guitar

Similarly with the piano. I can show you how to play a simple tune with both hands. I can comment on your first attempt and give you helpful suggestions. But it is only you who can practise this at home and be proud of what you have achieved when you play the same tune for me again next week.

I look forward to hearing from you if you think you might be interested. Please fill in the contact form on the front page, or call my mobile number which is also listed on the front. Good luck in 2015!

Piano: How I can help

Have you ever considered taking up the piano or keyboard? I knew from a very early age that I wished to play the piano. I began lessons at about five years and continued with them until I was about 16 or 17. I managed to complete the Grade system of examinations, passing my Grade 8 in piano, and Grade 5 in theory.

This is the piano you will be learning on. It is very pleasant to play!

I was never that interested in the exam system, and have always thought that the piano is an instrument to enjoy, have fun with, and not to worry too much about passing tests. So the philosophy of my teaching is to ENJOY making music.

From the very first lesson, I will be encouraging students to play recognisable tunes from a range of sources – some classical, some popular songs, some folk songs and so on. Of course, I will also teach musical theory, and the basic techniques of playing – including the dreaded scales!

Most important of all, I will encourage my students to play the piano at least twice a day. This is really, really key and will result in considerable progress in a short time. It is very obvious from lessons when a student hasn’t touched the piano or guitar since the last lesson. This is disappointing and a bit of a waste of time. So, play regularly and don’t keep the lid on your piano or the case on your guitar. And enjoy it! That is what music is about. It should not be a drudge.

I am open to teaching anyone from 4 to 104. Please contact me for advice if you are unsure. You will need a keyboard (either electronic or a traditional piano), and an enthusiasm to learn, and a willingness to play twice a day. I will help you with the rest.

If you wish to take piano exams, I can support you with this. We will go through the scales, sightreading and aural tests together. We will prepare your selected pieces. So far, my students have a 100 per cent success rate!.

Lessons cost £15 for half an hour and take place weekly. To get in touch, please use the contact form on the front of my website. Good luck!