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Passionate, irreverent and often opinionated discussions on all things piano related as well as interviews, news, tips and reviews.

Passionate, irreverent and often opinionated discussions on all things piano related as well as interviews, news, tips and reviews.
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United Kingdom

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Passionate, irreverent and often opinionated discussions on all things piano related as well as interviews, news, tips and reviews.

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English


Episodes

E14: Interview with Karen Bulmer of the Music, Mind, and Movement Podcast

4/16/2019
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I was so excited about interviewing Karen Bulmer that it only very recently occurred to me after recording the interview that Karen is not actually a pianist! But every musician will get so much from listening to this episode, and I think particularly us pianists who often have to juggle so many things happening at [...]

Duration:01:11:38

E13: Interview with Adam Gatehouse, Artistic Director of the Leeds International Piano Competition

4/3/2019
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The Leeds International Piano Competition is one of the top 3 most important and prestigious piano competitions in the world, with previous finalists such as Murray Perahia, Mitsuko Uchida, András Schiff... and dozens more names that anybody familiar with classical pianists will recognise instantly as being in the top row of the best, most important, [...]

Duration:00:43:10

E12: Interview with Olga Georgievskaya, Russian Concert Pianist

3/26/2019
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Olga is not only a superb pianist- her CD shows off her deep soulful & expressive playing with a highly refined ear for counterpoint, layers and structure- but her concert transcription of the Vitali Chaconne for solo piano is an absolute masterpiece, and she has also done a PhD on polyphony in Rachmaninov's music... I [...]

Duration:01:22:52

E11: Most common mistakes made by non-professional pianists- Part 3

3/7/2019
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An inspirational look at some of the most common mental habits that stop us all from realising our highest potential as musicians, with practical steps and strategies on how to dramatically improve our playing by being attentive to how we use our minds as we practise. I'm really proud of this one, I'm very passionate [...]

Duration:01:30:30

E10: Interview with Erica Worth, editor of Pianist Magazine

3/7/2019
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Erica is the editor of UK-based Pianist Magazine, an internationally renowned magazine for people who love to play the piano. It features interviews with top concert pianists, full-length features on current issues, how-to piano lessons, CD and sheet music reviews, Questions and Answers, teaching tips and concert highlights. I thought, who better to chat with [...]

Duration:00:58:31

E09: Interview with Melvin Besbrode of Besbrode Pianos- one of the biggest piano stores in the UK

2/17/2019
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This time, my friend Andy Cole did the interviewing, chatting with Melvin Besbrode, owner of one of the biggest piano stores in the UK- situated in Leeds. It's well worth listening to even if you're not buying a piano- very interesting topics are covered such as the monumental popularity of the piano in China & [...]

Duration:00:55:46

E08: Interview with Ben Richards, organiser of piano meetups across the UK

2/12/2019
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Ben Richards organises 8(!) regular piano meetup groups all across the UK. We talk about what makes his groups particularly fun and inviting for amateurs and beginners (although advanced players also play), some of the history of piano groups and the piano, and the various benefits and attractions of taking part. We also talk about [...]

Duration:01:08:45

Guided Visualisation- Getting Motivated!

11/27/2018
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A free guided visualisation to help people get passionate and motivated to practise their piano and achieve their goals! You don't need to be sat at the piano for this meditation, and you can use headphones if you'd like. The meditation starts at 4:45 if you want to listen to it after the first time [...]

Duration:00:18:45

Guided Piano Meditation- Listening and Posture

11/27/2018
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A free guided audio meditation to use while practising the piano- this meditation uses a slightly more selective selection of techniques from the previous meditation, 'Further Down the Road'. However, the plan is to make many guided meditations that will guide people over a longer period of time to gradually and gently build up these [...]

Duration:00:19:43

Guided Piano Meditation- Further Down the Road

11/27/2018
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A free guided audio meditation to use while practising the piano- this meditation gives a taster of many different techniques that can be used to deepen piano practice. However, the plan is to make many guided meditations that will guide people over a longer period of time to gradually and gently build up these techniques, [...]

Duration:00:28:11

Guided Piano Meditation- Introduction to Meditating at the Piano

11/27/2018
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A free guided audio meditation to use while sat at the piano- this meditation explores the ability to really listen to your piano- one of the most important skills for any pianist. It's better to use speakers (or just use the speaker on your phone or computer) and not use headphones for this meditation so [...]

Duration:00:15:14

E07: Meditation and Mindfulness- and how they can dramatically improve your piano playing

11/27/2018
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All about the powerful effects of mindfulness and meditation and how we can practise these skills to dramatically improve our piano playing through far more effective practice, dealing with performance anxiety, and finding the right state of mind to learn and make music more effectively and at a much higher level. Also about the guided [...]

Duration:01:07:28

E06: Musicality and Audiation- the ability to hear music in your head, and why it’s crucial for your piano playing

11/25/2018
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We discuss how audiation, the ability to clearly hear music just in your head, is the key skill that all of musicality and being able to play the piano well hinges on. How singing is linked to audiation. How to develop the skill of of audiation. Findings from sports psychology that demonstrate how important audiation [...]

Duration:01:06:21

E05 part 2: Interview with Benjamin Frith

11/22/2018
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Continuation of the interview with Benjamin Frith, British classical pianist with strong links to the Leeds International Piano Competition- having been a competitor at 'The Leeds' twice, and a student with Dame Fanny Waterman since an early age. He won several big awards early in his career, and his recordings are highly regarded- five of his [...]

Duration:00:41:04

E05 part 1: Interview with Benjamin Frith

11/21/2018
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Benjamin Frith is a British classical pianist with strong links to the Leeds International Piano Competition- having been a competitor at 'The Leeds' twice, and a student with Dame Fanny Waterman since an early age. He won several big awards early in his career, and his recordings are highly regarded- five of his discs are [...]

Duration:00:52:04

Episode 04: How to cope with performance nerves

10/23/2018
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In the fourth episode, we discuss performance nerves and anxiety- and talk about some of the most powerful and effective strategies for performing the piano and other instruments easily and confidently. Show Notes Talking about Andy's experience with nerves performing at a competition earlier this year (2018) [1:25] How the common goal of striving for [...]

Duration:01:10:51

Episode 03: Most common mistakes made by non-professional pianists- Part 2

9/22/2018
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In the third episode, we continue looking at some of the most common mistakes and pitfalls made by amateur & beginner pianists, with advice and suggestions on how to avoid them! Today, we talk about the difference that good practice habits can make on your piano playing, how to practice for much less time and [...]

Duration:01:10:38

Episode 02: Most common mistakes made by non-professional pianists- Part 1

9/4/2018
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In the second episode, we start to look at the common mistakes and pitfalls made by amateur & beginner pianists, with advice and suggestions on how to avoid them! This episode starts with a look at the world of informal gatherings of pianists where we can play to each other in non-judgemental safety, and goes [...]

Duration:01:01:41

Episode 01: Classical music and its audience

8/23/2018
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In the first episode, we look at what makes classical music different to play and listen to from other styles and talk about who listens to it. Although some future episodes will cover rock/pop/jazz, there will be a lot of emphasis on classical music. We discuss some of the problems with classical music and why [...]

Duration:01:11:05