The Intermediate Pianist

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The Intermediate Pianist series is a fresh and ground-breaking approach which is full of brilliant musical ideas. It’s sure to enable pianists to play with greater understanding and engagement, and comes very highly recommended.

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Easy Concert Pieces: Book 3

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Reviewing the first two books in this series last year, I concluded:

No need to beat around the bush: I really like this series!

Put simply, the two books so far both include a really appealing range of pieces in varied styles, beautifully presented and well-edited, and with a well recorded CD as a bonus. The first book contains 50 pieces, the second 48, and each has a recommended retail price of just £11.99, which represents excellent value for what’s included.

I would certainly want to use these books alongside some more contemporary repertoire, but overall I think they are likely to become standard collections used in my own teaching practice in the coming months. And I can’t wait to see Volume 3 when it comes out!

Since writing that, both books have indeed become resources that I use in my own teaching practice, particularly with older beginner/elementary players, and the students using them have been uniformly enthusiastic.

And now Book 3 is with us, completing the series. So let’s take a look!

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ScaleTracks: on test and in action!

In the seven years since Apple first introduced the iPad we’ve seen a plethora of apps appear, including many designed for music education, giving users plenty to explore and consider adopting in their teaching studios.

One of the latest to make its mark, ScaleTracks is the work of concert pianist and teacher Ben Andrew and coder David Denning. They claim:

ScaleTracks are professionally composed backing tracks for Scales & Arpeggios that will set your practice on fire.”

Having read positive reviews elsewhere and seen the app commended by several good friends, I decided to take it for a whirl and put Ben and David’s claims to the test. This post is part review, and part story of how I got on with the app in practice.

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Play it Again: Piano

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As Pianodao has become more widely regarded for its independent reviews, I find myself with a mounting pile of material sent for me to look at, most of which is really very good indeed.

That said, some products genuinely stand out from the crowd, because they are innovative, unusual, speak to my particular interests, or are just excellently done.

Melanie Spanswick’s Play it again: Piano books 1 and 2 are all of the above, and easily stand out in the crowd. In this review I will do my best to explain why I think that is.

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