Notespinner

Thoughts on composing, teaching and performing music, by Fergus Black

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Top Ten Tips for Adult Piano Beginners

Here are the Top Ten Tips for adult beginners learning the piano, from anthis article that appeared in Pianist (the magazine) August-September 2003 by Jocelyn Abbott.

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The cover of the piano tutor

Teaching Young Beginners

There seems to be a view that 8 years old is a good age to begin piano lessons: by that age children have sufficient mental and physical capacity - not to mention the concentration and discipline to benefit from lessons (and indeed to make the teacher's life easier).

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Front Cover of Play Piano Tutor Book

Recommended Piano Books for beginners

Over the years, I have used many different piano tutor books with students of all ages as they start learning the piano. There are some books that I come back to again and again, because I think they are creative, well written, and structured.

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Help with note names for beginner pianists

Piano Help with note names

I find that some beginner students just can't remember the names of notes, so I made these cards for treble and bass clefs.

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Keyboard or Piano?

I offer Piano lessons - not Portable Keyboard lessons. If you are considering whether an instrument at home is suitable, here is a short guide.

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Is counting natural?

Is counting natural? My experience tells me not! Many young children have to be taught to hear the pulse of music, and most of us have had to learn to keep a steady pulse. One needs to practise, sometimes, with a metronome.

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