The optimistic sound of the mixolydian mode of G

When I improvise in the mixolydian mode of G, I find it creates a feeling of no-nonsense optimism and groundedness that I really like to plug into, particularly during such uncertain times.

Playing from your inner musician

In order to play fluently, we must connect our minds and our fingers to our inner musician. Rhythm and particularly the underlying groove of music are the main skills to practise in order to make this connection.

My E-flat minor Nocturne ‘Follow Me Into The Night’

In this video I play my E-flat minor Nocturne ‘Follow Me Into The Night’ from my album ‘Nocturnes’. Composed whilst practising Chopin Nocturnes, this takes some of Chopin’s ideas of ornate, Italianate melody and harmonic underlying accompaniment. Full of pathos, melancholy and longing, with a religioso middle section, it is a song of unrequited love.

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Is there a formula for a festive hit melody?

Is it even the melody that makes the hit? Is there a set of steps that composers and songwriters follow in order to write a tune that will bring in the royalties, every December, like clockwork?

How to enter a state of flow

What exactly is a state of flow or peak performance zone and how do you get into it? In this video I explain what flow means to me as a teacher and student of fluent musicianship and give some key pointers on how to achieve this elusive state.