The Pianist’s Reflections Series
In this month’s Pianodao reflection, being December and in keeping with the season, I’m going to consider generosity.
Let me start by sharing this brilliant quote from my good friend Paul Harris, which nicely sets the scene for my thoughts on generosity:
“Performing is an act of giving.
If we perform with artistry and skill – at any level, and with unconditional generosity – then everyone is the better for it.”
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With preparations for Christmas concerts, shows and services under way for many piano players, it is tempting to leave our Active Repertoire to one side while we focus on festive favourites.
If you would like to read about some of the best new Christmas sheet music, do check out my recent round up review here.
So here is a special gift to help balance our musical goals over the next few weeks, in the run up to Christmas itself.
Christmas Repertoire Sheet DOWNLOAD
The Christmas Repertoire sheet can of course be used how you like, but personally I advise my students to use it exactly as we use our standard Active Repertoire sheets throughout the rest of the year.
For now, why not just copy over the three pieces from your current Active Repertoire sheet, but as we approach Christmas, look to replace or supplement those pieces with your Seasonal choices?
Alternatively, some will want to focus solely on Christmas Carols and songs, revising those already learnt in previous years as repertoire to play from memory over the coming weeks.
As always, the choice is with each player. And however you use the Christmas Repertoire sheets, I hope that it will make a positive contribution to your piano journey over the next two months!
Sheet Music Review
For musicians, the countdown to Christmas is about to begin in earnest, if it hasn’t already. Sheet music needs to be acquired, pianists and students must start learning their Christmas repertoire, preparing for seasonal performances, and so on.
In this review, I will round up some of the Christmas piano publications that I’ve received in recent months – as well as revealing my favourite standard Christmas Song book at the end!
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