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What to Expect at a Music Theory Exam

Date: 21st Sep 2014

If you’re heading for your music theory exam, your head is probably bursting with scales, terminology and everything else you’ve crammed it with while you have been studying. Music theory exams require a pass mark of 66 per cent or above, so you will need thorough knowledge to succeed. You can give yourself the best […]

What to Expect at your First Piano Lesson

Date: 14th Sep 2014

If you want your playing technique to flourish and advance at a brisk pace, then piano lessons are the best way to develop your talent. Your teacher will probably have instructed dozens, if not hundreds, of pupils over the years, and will be able to teach you the best way of becoming an accomplished piano […]

The Glories of the Feurich Pianos

Date: 29th Aug 2014

For one and a half centuries, Feurich has been manufacturing premium pianos that produce a warm tone and have a high quality action. The company has always used traditional production methods, but is also open to innovating, as we’ll discover. About Feurich The Feurich company we know today is a combination of two companies from […]

Piano Recitals and Performances

Date: 19th Aug 2014

In every pianist’s career, there comes a point where their first public performance looms. Regardless of the skill of their tutor, this is likely to be a thoroughly stressful occurrence, taking the student out of their comfort zone and into a live performance situation. There are few players that feel entirely confident. Piano recitals and […]

Glossary of musical terms

Date: 9th Aug 2014

If you are learning to read sheet music, or taking piano lessons, you may come across a term you are not familiar with. Your tutor will be able to help you understand the terminology and interpret it correctly according to the piece. For quick reference, consult this handy glossary of some of the more common […]

How to Become a Piano Tuner

Date: 28th Jul 2014

Becoming a successful piano tuner takes years of practise. Tuning a stringed instrument like a guitar is simple compared to the intricate process involved in tuning every single string in a piano. More than this, every piano has its own musical personality, and the real skill of a piano tuner is to tune a piano […]

The history of the pianoforte

Date: 28th Jul 2014

Perhaps no single instrument has had more of an effect on the history of music than the pianoforte, or piano, as it has become known. Pianoforte is a combination of the Italian words for ‘soft’ and ‘loud’, and this gives us a clue as to the instrument’s origins. It was one of the first to […]

Different Piano Finger Techniques

Date: 3rd Feb 2014

Eric Morecambe famously played “all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order”. In fact, playing the piano is about more than just the notes and the sequence that they’re arranged in. It’s about expression, timing and technique, too; all of these factors will develop in tandem as your skill level improves. In […]

How to Care for Your Piano

Date: 3rd Feb 2014

Piano keys are one of the most vulnerable parts of an upright piano. Over the lifespan of the instrument, the keys will be subjected to dirty hands, accidental impacts, dust and grime. It’s important to care for your piano, and the keys need special attention. We’ve broken down piano key care into three sections: cleaning, […]

How to Find Middle C on a Piano

Date: 3rd Feb 2014

When learning the piano, you’ll need to know where middle C is located. On your own piano, you’ll come to recognise middle C, but on unfamiliar pianos, it might not be quite as easy. Middle C is also called C4 because it’s the fourth C on a regular 88-key piano. If you use MIDI with […]

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