A demonstration of a simple blues piano improvisation which also happens to be my first foray into youtube video uploads!
Whilst many digital pianos have a metronome facility on board, many have no way of easily setting the number of beats per minute. I frequently recommend that every student of music should have a metronome of some description and this offering from Lidl doubles up as a chromatic tuner.
At £7.99 this is a must for every musician’s christmas stocking. Available from Lidl from 30th October
The next concert in the Ludus Cantiones Student Concert Series will take place at lunchtime (12:30) on Saturday 22nd November, 2008. All Saint’s Church, Hoole is the venue for the termly concert which offers seating for over 300 people and a nice grand piano on which to perform. All students and friends and family are invited to attend the concert which will last no more than an hour.
This will be the third piano concert this year at All Saint’s and you can listen online to previous concerts on the web gallery
A retiring collection will be made with a suggested donation of £1 per audience member for the benefit of the church.
It’s now time to start thinking about competitions and music festival entries for 2009. I will be encouraging many of my students to take part as performance and competition are important ways of sharing as well as developing talent.
I am awaiting details of the Chester festival at the King’s School scheduled for 25th April next year though the Wirral Festival schedule (Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March, 2008) has been published well in advance.
The Wirral Festival will be taking place at Birkenhead High School, 86 Devonshire Pl
Prenton, CH43 1TY NOT Birkenhead School.
WIRRAL FESTIVAL 2009
Classes of particular interest:
101a: Piano Solo (8 years and Under) – Coconut Calypso from Piano Time Jazz 1
101b: Piano Solo (8 years and Under) – Own Choice
102: Piano Solo (9 years and Under) – In the Hall of the Mountain Bear from More Up Grade 0-1
103: Piano Solo (9 years and Under) – Own Choice
104: Piano Solo (10 years and Under) – Study in C from Romantic Sketchbook 1
105: Piano Solo (10 years and Under) – Own Choice
106: Piano Solo (12 years and Under) – Lazy Days from Lazy Days
107: Piano Solo (12 years and Under) – Own Choice
The entry fee for each class is £4 and the closing date for entries is 31st January, 2009
Demonstration recordings of each of the test pieces listed above have been uploaded to the gallery
Copies of the music for the set pieces can be ordered directly from musicroom.com by following the links above.