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Jingle Bells: the Perfect Place to Start Harmonising

I’m well into Christmas Carol territory with most of my students now. Carols are great tunes to start people off with harmonising, as they are so familiar. The melody is already there, deep in the player’s subconscious. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Dulwich Piano Festival 2015

I will be putting my adjudicator’s hat on again for the Dulwich Piano Festival in June 2015. There will be a class for beginner’s duet featuring my first duet book, and a class for the aged seven and under where … Continue reading

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Which duet should go? Please help!

Book two of my ‘Delightfully Easy Piano Duets’ is due to be printed next month. The book is shaping up nicely. Now I’m faced with a decision. I have one duet too many, and one has to go. The trouble … Continue reading

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Hit the Road Jack

My previous blog was all about songs which have one short chord progression repeated throughout the entire song. But I’ve just realised I missed a real gem: Hit the Road Jack! It’s a joy to teach and jam through. Here’s … Continue reading

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Dulwich Piano Festival

Set piece for the 2014 duet class: Andante con Moto, IV from Rosamund Conrad’s Delightfully Easy Piano Duets: book 1 I’ve realised you can’t create something and expect people to care about it without getting out into the big wide … Continue reading

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Learning to Harmonise with Peppa Pig

I was asked for the notes of the Peppa Pig theme tune. As this is one of the most frequently heard tunes in my house at the moment, this was not a problem! Actually, it’s quite a neat tune for … Continue reading

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First Video of my Duets: Saloon Bar Blues

I plan to have videos of all my Delightfully Easy Piano Duets on Youtube, so that players can hear what they sound like. Here is the first: Louise and me playing Saloon Bar Blues.  

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Match of the Day Theme Tune

Yesterday a student asked to learn the Match of the Day theme tune. I don’t expect this will be the last time! Here it is with tune line and chords in C for beginners piano, and in D for violin. … Continue reading

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

My next Big Fat Music Party is coming up, where all my students get together and play. For a sing along number I’m planning on doing The Lion Sleeps Tonight. The beauty of this song is that not only does … Continue reading

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Twelfth Street Rag and Name That Tune no. 2!

We had a great time on facebook trying to find the right answer to last week’s Name That Tune. Finally it came from New Zealand. Thanks Jonathan for naming Winifred Atwell’s arrangement of the Twelfth Street Rag by Euday L. … Continue reading

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