Pianist, singer, composer, piano teacher and singing teacher based in London SW6, the Hammersmith end of Fulham.

ARTIST

Since childhood, I’ve always been fascinated by the magic of musical symmetry and structure. I improvise and compose musical patterns simply because it feels so good: it brings solace and catharsis. I enjoy virtuosity and complexity but also intimacy and simplicity. I love dark, melancholy music but also sweet, soothing sounds. My music has classical, jazz and pop influences and I work under different project names. Using the name Phil Best,  I play classical music in my own accessible style alongside my own compositions and improvisations. As PJ Best, I play and sing my own jazz compositions and songs. My latest project, Hypnotic Piano is a series of piano Meditations that guide and still the mind. I want to offer music that is expressive and deep, not impressive and shallow. Making music for me is all about telling stories, communicating deep meanings that are beyond words, in a way that is clear, natural and unpretentious. I work hard, constantly practising to develop my piano and singing skills and improve my command of musical language but only to generate a stronger emotional and spiritual connection to the inner source of music which is universal – something we all know and share!

TEACHER

When I first gave piano lessons, I taught people in the conventional way, playing scales and pieces by rote, sight-reading by linear decoding and learning dry theory. It was successful within the sausage-factory system of graded exams but it felt so hypocritical to me. I had never got along with this typical passive approach to studying music and I now firmly believe that although it helps some people gain executive skills, it stunts true fluent musicianship, which is necessary for most people to feel confident. So I’ve created a new learning system based on my own fluent grasp of the structure and patterns of music and now teach piano and singing using this innovative and effective approach. It trains real fluent musicianship skills like playing by ear, sight-singing/fluent sight-reading, improvisation and generally empowers people to express themselves musically with authenticity and freedom. I love to coach pianists and singers in developing a strong, relaxed technique and a clear grasp of musical structure so that they can let the music flow directly from their body and soul. I give piano and singing lessons either in person in my little studio in London SW6 or via Skype/Zoom.

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“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”

― Kahlil Gibran