Category: Lessons

What level am I?
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What level am I?

You might never have taken exam. You might have taken an exam years ago and are now unsure of your current level. You may not live in the UK and are unfamiliar with our grading system. Below is a rough guide to our course categories. We hope you find it useful! It’s not, however, always...

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Top ten tips for effective practice

Practice is a vital part of learning & performing- how do we make our session truly productive? The Finchcocks team share their top tips for meaningful improvement in practice… Warming up: Like any physical work out, warm-ups for musical practice are vital too. They are an opportunity to prepare your body and mind for work...

Playing Bach
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Playing Bach

Playing Bach What a topic to choose to start these blog posts! Deciding how to play Bach on the piano is a minefield of opinion and taste. Let’s start by considering the two extreme approaches: A – one performer might choose to treat the piano as a one-manual harpsichord. The performance would be crisp and articulate...

Jazz Improvisation Piano Course
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Jazz Improvisation Piano Course

It is said that the best improvised music sounds composed, and that the best composed music sounds improvised. This may sound like a contradiction, but the trick to jazz music is actually playing spontaneously and with creativity, and at the same time hitting notes with intentional conviction. Confused? Well, you’ve come to the right place!...