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.
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?
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.
To be fluent tonally, to handle harmony and melody with effortless ease, you need to know all your harmonic blocks as unified structures plugged into the whole keyboard map. We tend to focus on the musical surface, often simply the melody, using our "karaoke" sense....
Scales and arpeggios are considered good practice and to question something that is so normal and ubiquitous might seem almost sacrilegious. But the truth is I don't practise them or teach fluent keyboard musicianship using them because I find that they encourage a...
Why is it difficult to be spontaneous and self-expressive as a musician? It should be easy: it is a simple act of letting go, tuning into yourself and feeling whatever is there: dark passions, love, vulnerability, powerful, deep consciousness that expresses an...
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.
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.
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.