Lesson Vacancies

Latest Lesson Vacancies for September entry can be found here:

Monday 4.00pm – 4.30pm

[Potentially available but waiting on confirmation: Monday 6.00 – 6.30pm]

Wednesday 6.30pm – 7.00pm

Thursday 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Friday 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Friday 4.00pm – 4.30pm
Friday 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Friday 5.00pm – 5.30pm

For more details about my teaching practice, including prices, vacancies, and information on learning piano as a beginner, intermediate, or a post-grade 8 student, please go to lynnephillipspiano.moonfruit.com

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Krebs – Allegro (A:3) ABRSM Grade 6 ‘…in bits…’

This YouTube video is the second in my ‘…in bits…’ series, a  collection of tutorials where I follow the completed piece with hands separate videos, voice separate, slow, with and without ornamentation, whatever I think could prove useful.

With pieces such as the Krebs, it is invaluable to not just go straight in with the ornaments, but to learn the music without any decoration as if that version were a piece in its own right; i.e., the musical equivalent of being able to see the woods despite the trees.  I don’t teach this technique because ornaments are scary (they’re not), or because they are difficult (again, they’re really not!), but because they are only ornamentation, and unless a musician can understand the main body of the music in its plainest form, they have no chance of understanding it with added fiddly bits.

What I missed on this collection, and I regret not adding in, was an even more stripped back version which my students have been learning.  The Krebs, indeed all music, can be stripped back to basic harmony or simple melodic lines, and it is incredibly useful to learn this unornamented version, rather than just obvious one we read on the page.  I might add this in later; it’s certainly been fascinating for me to see how my students have been stripping this piece back in different ways to me and to each other.

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Repertoire Project: Khachaturian – Etude (from Pictures of Childhood)

This is the first in my ‘…in bits…’ series; a collection of videos designed to be partly tutorial in style, with a full video recording followed by multiple recordings of hands separate, slow tempo, voice separate, or anything else which I think would be useful in learning each individual piece of music.

Khachaturian’s Etude is a complex piece; it appears fast and unrelenting, and yet it is delicate and needs a surprising amount of space to breathe.  The difference in articulation between the tenuto right hand and the staccato left is technically demanding, especially for the intermediate pianist that this piece is aimed at, there needs to be careful listening skills and awareness of physical keyboard touch taking place to ensure each voice remains faithful to its line when putting hands together.

This etude is a personal favourite of mine; not just because it is great fun to play (seriously, it really is!), but because it is is so peculiarly gentle inside its world of deceptive freneticism.

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Repertoire Project Upload No.7

This upload of J.S.Bach’s Invention No.1 in C (BWV 7720 is a little different.  In addition to uploading the finished soundcloud recording, I have uploaded a video to my YouTube channel, where students can see how to ‘build’ the invention from scratch, (starting with no ornaments and hands separately) into the final performance.

As with all my recordings, it’s really important to understand that these are not meant to be definitive versions, but are more like a tool; something to kick start a student into getting to grips with a musical narrative, or more accurately, one version of a musical narrative.  

With the Bach, however, this is perhaps even more important.  Bach wrote for harpsichord, not piano.  My dynamics and my articulation are my own, and are just an idea to draw on or listen to. In fact, to be totally honest, I’ve been playing this particular Invention for many years, and I think I play it with as many different interpretations as years I have been teaching it.  This recording is particularly legato; I’m not convinced I like this (in fact the more I listen to it, the more I dislike the final version) but it’s what I was working on at the time, and so in the spirit of spontaneity, it’s what I have recorded.

Please do not copy this recording, or indeed any of my Repertoire Project recordings.  Listen to them, enjoy them, use them for ideas, love them, hate them, do whatever you like, but remember that part of being a musician is being creative; we were never meant to be mimics.  There’s far too much interesting music to make to spend valuable time just copy and pasting.

For more details about my teaching practice, including prices, vacancies, and information on distance theory marking, or learning piano as a beginner, intermediate, or a post-grade 8 student, please go to lynnephillipspiano.moonfruit.com

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Latest Repertoire Project Upload (No.6)

Just the one upload today: Mozart’s Rondo in D (K.15d) from Mozart’s 25 Early Pieces (ABRSM Edition)

For more details about my teaching practice, including prices, vacancies, and information on distance theory marking, or learning piano as a beginner, intermediate, or a post-grade 8 student, please go to lynnephillipspiano.moonfruit.com

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Current Vacancies

The 5pm slot on Mondays has now been filled.  Remaining after-school hours vacancies are as follows:

Monday 4.30pm (temporary until Sept 2015)
Monday 7.45pm (due to the lateness of this vacancy, this is reserved for secondary school chidren or older)
Tuesday 5.30pm (temporary until Sept 2015)
Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday 3.30pm
Thursday 5.30pm (temporary until Sept 2015)

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Latest Repertoire Project Uploads (No.5)

This is the (almost) last set to complete wonderfully imaginative Elissa Milne’s Very Easy Little Peppers.  Only one piece, a duet, remains.

Milne”s twitter response to the recordings so far:

ElissaMilne
@teachypiano Wow! Only just saw this! And then saw there’s a Very Easy Little Peppers playlist growing!! Very cool! Thank you!
08/06/2015 14:17

For my full soundcloud listening account, go to soundcloud.com/lynnephillips

For more details about my teaching practice, including prices, vacancies, and information on distance theory marking, or learning piano as a beginner, intermediate, or a post-grade 8 student, please go to lynnephillipspiano.moonfruit.com

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