“Aftermath”

“Remembrance” Sunday Sounds, 8th November 2015
Tammy Howarth: “Aftermath”

Tammy Howarth is a second year student at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. I first heard her original music posted on SoundCloud before she had finished schooling in Pembrokeshire, and was immediately struck by her originality and talent.

“Aftermath” is a deeply reflective piece, its engaging melody underpinned by subtle arrangement and production. Unlike many pieces in a so-called “post-minimal” style, the arrangement never becomes too much, drowning out the core piano content … it’s this musical sensitivity, restraint and sophistication that I find particularly striking and appealing.

I hope you enjoy this too!

Follow: Tammy Howarth on SoundCloud

Karen Marshall: “Bespoke Teaching”

I am delighted to welcome Karen Marshall, the co-author of the excellent “Get Set! Piano” series and compiler of the ABRSM Encore books, as a regular contributor on the Pianodao site.
In this, Karen’s first post here, she explores the importance of personalised teaching…

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Jorge Bolet on competitions

The journalist Jeremy Nicholas interviewed legendary pianist Jorge Bolet back in 1977, and among other things asked him why “The Romantic Pianist” seemed already by then to have vanished.

Bolet’s reply was prescient, and perhaps even more relevant today than it was in the 1970s. Here is his response:

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“Departures”

Sunday Sounds, 1st November 2015
Andrew Eales: “Departures”

The Sunday Sounds feature will occasionally feature my own original piano compositions, and it seems fitting to begin where I myself started. This piece was improvised late one night some years ago. Listening back to it I realised that the structure and musical content was satisfactory without any editing, and when I subsequently set up my own SoundCloud account, it was the first piano track that I ever shared.

From the start, it has proved popular with listeners, and if this is your first encounter with it, I hope you will enjoy the piece!

Follow: Andrew Eales on SoundCloud

Piano Technique, Weight in Motion, Boxing, Taichichuan and The Cherry Tomato

Guest Author Mark Polishook takes a look at the benefits of weight-based piano technique, with reference to boxing, martial arts and … cherry tomatoes.

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