July 19, 2014
troublesneglectyou:

Oh.

troublesneglectyou:

Oh.

July 19, 2014
Friend: How do you play all those fast passages?
Me: Trust.
July 19, 2014
"Despite its size, the piano has a remarkably colourful voice and a rich bass. In the treble there are string quartet sonorities which brought a wonderful vibrancy to the music and revealed strands of melody, sub-melody and accompaniment which are sometimes lost in the lush resonance of a modern grand piano."

Frances Wilson recently visited Elgar’s square piano and made a recording of the Enigma Variations with her friend Elspeth Wyllie.

Playing Elgar on Elgar’s piano | The Cross-Eyed Pianist

July 19, 2014
Graham Fitch on preparing for a diploma exam:
Practice
You will basically need five types of practice: Performing your programme in glorious technicolour – for yourself and/or for others (see below). Record this occasionally, this will be excellent (if somewhat uncomfortable) feedback.
Running through your programme lightly (we do this with an air of emotional detachment, mezza voce, slightly under tempo, the louder dynamics suggested).
Spot practice (going over those places that did not withstand the pressures of the previous performance or play-through).
Maintenance practice to keep everything in tip-top shape (routine spit and polish using practice tools such as The Three S’s).
Silent practice away from the piano, reflecting on the score. (Do you really know where that crescendo begins? Have you perhaps forgotten about the sforzandos there?)
July 19, 2014
killspencersilverlake:

#Steinway + #Stiga @ #JimHensonStudios. I read this book once called #EffortlessMastery by #KennyWerner. It teaches u to take remove yourself from yourself, and when #improvising or playing live music, to listen to yourself play music as if you were watching as a person in the audience from the back of the room. (at Jim Henson Studios)

killspencersilverlake:

#Steinway + #Stiga @ #JimHensonStudios. I read this book once called #EffortlessMastery by #KennyWerner. It teaches u to take remove yourself from yourself, and when #improvising or playing live music, to listen to yourself play music as if you were watching as a person in the audience from the back of the room. (at Jim Henson Studios)

July 16, 2014
Todd’s music mesmerised us all at Riversway Nursing Home

springhillcareuk:

A talented musician has been warmly welcomed as one of our latest residents at Riversway.

When the gentleman, who likes to be known as Todd, started to play the piano, he played it so well that we were all mesmerised, and the afternoon joyfully passed by.

It seems that Todd can also play the accordion and organ too, and we all joked we’d like to book him for a concert – apparently he is too expensive!

Thank you Todd, and we hope to enjoy your musical skills again soon.image

Hope this is me one day!

July 16, 2014
thekatlucas:

Day 42. There’s nothing like the real thing. Testing out some lovely grand pianos today. #inspiration #100happydays #day42 #piano #acoustic

thekatlucas:

Day 42. There’s nothing like the real thing. Testing out some lovely grand pianos today. #inspiration #100happydays #day42 #piano #acoustic

July 15, 2014

rachellebutler:

Artwork created from pieces of an 1898 Clough & Warren upright piano by Herb Kramer and Dave Trapani

July 14, 2014
ryan-yes:

I love this passage more than I love most people.

ryan-yes:

I love this passage more than I love most people.

July 14, 2014

susanlanders:

Layers: Cunningham Piano, inside the Masonic Hall, on the site where Louisa May Alcott was born.