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The Art of Pedalling

This series of videos provides a comprehensive treatise on the subject of pedalling, starting with a brief history of the sustaining pedal and a video on finger pedalling. This is then followed by an indepth look at various aspects of pedal technique and types of pedalling, including: direct, legato, fractional pedalling and more. Read >>

The Art of Piano Fingering

A thorough understanding of the principles of good fingering is a vital basis for good piano playing. Without comfortable, musically appropriate fingerings, we can waste hours of practice time trying to remedy a problem which could have been averted much earlier. In this series of articles, author Penelope Roskell looks at the fundamental principles which lie at the heart of good fingering. Read >>

Healthy Piano Playing

Piano playing is a deeply satisfying artistic activity, but it can also be very demanding physically on our arms and hands. Just as elite athletes understand and care for their bodies, so should pianists think carefully about their approach to playing and practising. A healthy piano technique not only avoids injury – it also helps to achieve greater freedom of expression, a more beautiful sound and quicker progress. In this series of articles and videos, author Penelope Roskell provides general insights on how to prevent and overcome injury. Read >>

Technical Exercises and Regimes

This section provides an introduction to what will ultimately be an extensive library of technical exercises and provides an overview of exercise regimens for aspects of playing such as warm-ups, finger exercises, chord playing, octaves, double notes, repeated notes and trills. Read >>

Hanon

There have always been first-rate concert pianists at the top of the profession who swear by Hanon’s exercises and practise them daily e.g. Sergei Rachmaninov. Then there are also many piano teachers who condemn five-finger exercises as not only a waste of time but also contrary to a holistic and natural way of using our body at the keyboard. However, like anything else we do in our practice, it is HOW we do them that counts! Read >>

ABRSM Grade 1 Scales & Broken Chords

Scale playing is an area of piano study that is often neglected in lessons and undertaken only half-heartedly in practice sessions. And yet scales and arpeggios can be approached creatively, and practised in a variety of different ways! This series of resources on scales and arpeggios begins with the current ABRSM Grade 1 syllabus and provides detailed worksheets and practice exercises covering areas such as blocking, the passing of the thumb, wrist freedom as well as a selection of different rhythms. Read >>

Burgmuller: 25 Easy and Progressive Etudes, Op. 100

Burgmüller’s 25 Easy and Progressive Etudes, Op. 100 have been a mainstay of elementary étude repertoire for many generations - and deservedly so. I cannot imagine any young pianist or elementary player who would not immediately engage with, or benefit from learning them. This series of videos will provide walkthroughs of all 25 of these études, beginning with the first two.

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Scales & Arpeggios - Basic Introduction

A thorough knowledge of scales and arpeggios is an absolute necessity for all serious students of the piano. Western music is built on the major/minor tonal system, and to attempt to study the instrument without scales (or basic theory) would be as nonsensical as learning language without the alphabet or without bothering with grammar. These articles provide an overview of the basics of playing scales and arpeggios and serve as an introduction for more detailed resources which aim to make them practising them effective, interesting and fun. Read >>

Intermediate Scales & Arpeggios

Pianists at the intermediate level should know all major and minor scales (one form of minor), and all major and minor arpeggios in root position. There are several scale manuals available, but this manual is different in that it offers exercises and suggestions for practice, together with short, easy-to-use video demonstrations.

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