Improvisation on Pianoteq’s beautiful Grotrian Intimate preset (mics moved to audience position). This improv is exploring feelings of melancholy arise from living in this slightly troubling world of ours but it also tunes into the light of hope that is clearly there for us…
‘Prelude in C minor’, an improvisation with a reflective, melancholy mood on Pianoteq’s Bluethner.
Classical crossover is one of those awkward genres of music, a little like “world music”. But as a classically trained pianist who also does jazz and pop, I should embrace it. Then this project, along with other artist projects that I do in more defined styles, can have much clearer identity.
Composing and improvising can seem difficult when we approach it top down, trying to come up with good ideas. Trying to come up with a good melody can often generate terrible pressure that blocks us creatively. Here I explore how to wriggle out of this common trap.
The crossed rhythms (4s against 3s) in Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu are notoriously awkward. In this video, I describe some simple practice approaches to demystify the difficulties and generate the wonderful flowing, agitato effect.
Music can give us strength as we dig deep in order to find the courage to transform. Metamorphosis might be painful but ultimately it is beautiful.
The joy we feel at the sighting of a butterfly when the warm weather arrives after the long, dark cold of winter is a very special feeling. Music can bring us this joy whenever we need it!
In this video, I introduce the first and most important step to having a free technique, which is to feel the natural, flowing rhythm and groove of the music in your body.
My ‘Untouchable Beauty’ piano improvisation on Pianoteq’s Steingraeber Intimate. Nature is bigger than human beings. We arrogantly try to capture and control everything. Like trying to catch a butterfly, our exploits can easily cause harm or destruction. Some things are better left alone, in their natural state, untouchably beautiful!
Musical tonality has a beautiful symmetry to its structure, especially when we see it within the piano keyboard. The shimmering patterns that this creates are like some of the most spectacular patterns in nature, such as we see when watching a butterfly slowly opening and closing its magnificent wings.