In this video I perform ‘Love is the answer’, a sweet-as-honey, soulful love song over a pre-programmed groove of synth chords and lofi electronic drums.
Neutral tone is a counter-intuitive way to give the singing voice power and fullness. This soft, muddy tone can be shaped into all kinds of vocal styles.
The ability to play rhythmically comes from a natural inner feeling in our body and soul. It feels good and we know when we’re engaged with it. Letting go to play and express ourselves from that place of rhythmic freedom takes practice.
Here I highlight the things I’m most excited about in the latest incarnation of Modartt’s physical modelling software, Pianoteq.
In this performance, I allow my sense of rhythmic flow and natural storytelling to shape the music.
The sweet tones of a Bechstein bring out the luminous intricacy of this gorgeous Prelude and Fugue by Bach so well.
When we strip away all the techniques and analyses about what rhythm is and how it works, what do we find at the very source?
If we’re honest, we rarely feel certain about much? Confidence enables people to win in the game of status and power, but if it’s just a ruse, where does that leave us?
When we practise scales and learn the theory of chords and voicing, the process is laborious and often dull. So I found a way to bypass this boring work by practising drills that get around the keys using lots of intricate harmonies.
The 2nd movement of Mozart’s Sonata in A minor K310 contrasts intricate lyrical music with a dark dramatic development section. Hear how this late 18th Century fortepiano handles these contrasts in a very different way from the modern piano.