About

Hello! Here I am, hoping to start a conversation with you about playing the piano. That’s something you long to do, have been putting off till you retire, can find time, or until you can afford a piano. Perhaps you longed to learn as a child, but got put off by unkind remarks. Perhaps you did have lessons, but haven’t touched it since.  Perhaps you found learning to read music difficult.  Perhaps you play another instrument, but would love to play the piano too. Perhaps you’d love to be able to write your own songs, or accompany yourself singing.

Let’s start now.  Here on this page, and in the podcasts, you’ll find ways to ease yourself into self-expression at the keyboard, starting from zilch.  Many of these “noodles”, doodles with notes, are from my forthcoming audiobook “Play it by ear”, which puts the “ear” into learn, and the “play” into playing the piano. While you wait for it to come forth, here’s some leads to be going on with.

I may as well own up at the start, and explain that this is an example of the saying “you teach best what you most need to learn”.

When I put away my music books, age 21, I couldn’t play a thing without them.  Ever since, I have been slowly reconstructing my brain so that I can play by ear, and improvise, rather than by eye.  Developing your musical ear is a lifetime’s journey on which you’ll never get bored.

My deepest gratitude goes out to the musicians who are always prepared to share the “how” as well as the “what”, the music itself.

I really hope you enjoy this, and would love your feedback.

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8 thoughts on “About

  1. I learned to play piano as a beginner about 9 or 10 years ago, and did not continue. I would love to take it up again, but it looks like I may have to wait until retirement – there’ s just so much one can do in a given day. It’s a fantastic idea to provide classes where you can learn at your own pace.

    • dear Shery, sounds like you are my ideal reader! My struggle to get this book out is a similar learning curve to learning the piano – there´s so much to it, how to break it down into doable bits for time poor people! Hope you like my next post: I put a sample of my method up on youtube, and then collapsed and didn´t even tell my nearest and dearest I´d actually managed to do it!

      • Congratulations! It must feel good to have accomplished that. I really love music, and have always wanted to play an instrument (guitar at first), and going back to piano (probably in retirement) is on my bucket list. Along with writing, It’ll keep my brain cells active! 🙂

      • Thank you, Shery! I´ve put up an improved version, with my daughter´s help – putting up the first version, which looked so amateurish, made me feel very vulnerable, which is I guess the same as people feel taking up the piano again. Couldn´t go explaining the back story online (the diagrams were drafts for the illustrations prepared years ago)! Now I´m going to go over and see what you´ve been up to.

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