I lost my organ last night. It had been there a few days before but, last night, it inexplicably turned into a sitar. This wasn't convenient. Partly because a sitar doesn't sound anything like a Hammond organ but mainly because it chose to morph into the twangy ethnic instrument during the two bar count-in to … Continue reading Where’s my organ?
Then, you stand up and walk away from the piano. For an hour. A day, even. During that period, something magical happens...
On Wednesday night, for the first time ever, I played keys alongside my dad. Granted, it was in the living room and we were simply doing a dry run of Crocodile Rock; me playing the Farfisa organ part which supplies that iconic intro, him playing the piano... but it was something I didn't realise quite … Continue reading The road to live performance starts here
Once you can read music, you can pick up pretty much any score and play it, unhindered. And that's where I want to get.
For any other aspiring pianists out there, I can't recommend YouTube enough if you want an intuitive, no-hassle introduction to learning technique and specific songs.
Well, day two of my 'blog a day' NaBloPoMo (that's incredibly frustrating to type) contribution and what do I bore you with today? Piano. That'll do. It'll give me chance to explain the title of this post, too, which isn't a play on words. I am indeed going back to school. And no, I'm not … Continue reading I’m going back to school
Having spent many hours fantasising about owning a Nord Stage or one of the top of the range Rolands, I had an unsual bout of sensibleness and realised that I neither required nor could afford such extravagance.