John Price Piano and Keyboard tuition

Hi, my name is John, I have a passion for playing keyboard and piano. I play every day and have been playing for a good few years now, since 1993 to be exact. I assume you too are interested in wanting to learn, and to play either of these two fabulous instruments. With regards to my musical credits, I hold grade 8 merit in electronic keyboard, and grade 7 in piano. I also hold a certificate for grade 5 music theory through the ABRSM. All my practical grades have been acquired through the LCM examination process. If you are interested in piano or electronic keyboard and want to progress through graded exams , or you are retired or you're just looking for a hobby or enjoyable pastime, then give me a call, or message me. I will tutor all age groups. I'm in the St Helens/Prescot area of Merseyside. We can get together and work through the starting point of playing either, or both of these instruments. I now want to share my passion, knowledge and experience of music with new learners. I'm 57 years old and play daily. I've used 2 examination boards ABRSM (associate board for the royal schools of music), and LCM (London college of music).

I'm also registered with www.firsttutors.co.uk , and wwwtutorful.co.uk under piano tuition. 

This is my CRB certificate..

Associate board, and LCM certificates from 1995 onwards

Sibelius 5 opening page

I use Sibelius 5 as a training aid. This software creates music for you. Once you get to know and understand the notes and their values, we can get some music written down using the software and create your next masterpiece.  

Here is a blank score sheet that you will apply your music to and create you first tune..

Once your knowledge of note values has developed, you will create a piece of music through sibelius and watch it come to life. Your first written music score will become a reality.

Auralia opening page.

I also use a software called "Auralia". This software explains the" aural" theory of music through Interactive modules on the P.C. I also use "Musition" , which is a music theory based software. We would go through some easy beginner modules, and the softwares will offer you a relevant aural or theory based question, the software would then offer  multiple choice answers. Loads of fun with this and highly educational. This software will definitely help your understanding of music.

In this module "time signature" is the topic. A rhythmic beat will be heard, and you select one of the beat windows to get the correct answer. The more we practice the better you'll get.. Great fun!

Fist steps... this book does exactly what it says on the cover. I will take you through the understanding of musical notes and construction of a musical piece using the "bible" ...

Along with the activities on the P.C., we would go through this text book which was published by the associate board for the royal schools of music. This also explains the theory of what you are playing on the piano or keyboard. 

Getting to feel the keys and understanding the basics can be very rewarding.

Introduction to piano and keyboard

Do I want to play piano, keyboard, or both. In this video, I'll explain the fundamental differences between acoustic and digital pianos. What are scales and chords and why are they important.

Here we have a video of how to play a chromatic scale, and how to play a major scale. When playing a major scale, there is a constructive formula that you must follow. This formula consists of "tones and semi-tones". All will be explained in the video.

Short snippet of Beethoven

In this video, I have selected a grand piano. The tone quality is very good and suits this classical piece

A snippet of Paul weller

Here, I've selected electric piano. The electric piano in this shortened version of broken stones by Paul Weller really compliments the tune.

A snippet of FYC

Here the digital piano is in keyboard mode. I'm playing chords with my left hand and the melody with my right hand. The tune is "good thing by fine young cannibals.

Clavinova CVP405 digital piano

In this video I have recorded a muted guitar accompanied by a swing backing rhythm. This is just a snippet of how a digital piano can bring a piece of music to life.

Here is my business card...

Piano, keyboard, or both?

You've had examples of acoustic piano, digital piano and keyboard. If you want to play classical music, then piano is a good option. If you want to be more versatile, maybe the keyboard or digital piano is for you, where you can swap and change instruments at the push of a button. The choice is yours so think carefully and make the correct choice...

Don't think of playing a keyboard instrument as being a daunting task. I will teach you the initial approach to getting familiar with the piano or keyboard. All the techniques I have learned over the years will be transfered over a few weeks and you will start to see things come together making the learning process really interesting and enjoyable. Here are a couple of starting points;.. 

 

1. Getting to know the keys. Each note has a pitch, and is repeated further up the keyboard, so really all you need to identify are 12 notes, as they are repeated at every octave

2. Scales... these are groups of notes "built up" in a constructive way and are the building blocks of creating a musical piece.

3. Chords.. The chord is a block of notes played together, they give "body and depth" to the music that you will play.

These are just a few of the topics that you will learn..

Finally, think about why you are looking g at this page, and remember this.... "You're never to old to learn an instrument" , take care...

 

Regards John..