Hello and welcome.
I hope you find easy access to the piano videos you're looking for, covering ABRSM, Trinity, MTB and Canada's RCM.
In addition to the free videos organised by syllabus here and also on YouTube, many of the pieces have additional, detailed tutorial videos.
To view the current list of tutorial videos: click here
To subscribe and gain access to them all, and those backing tracks: click here
If you're interested in either regular or ad hoc online piano lessons or perhaps feedback through video exchange, just scroll down.
Above all, enjoy your piano playing. If you have any questions, I'd be delighted to help.
Online Piano & Theory Lessons
For many people looking for piano or theory tuition, online lessons provide the perfect solution. No need to travel, stay in the comfort of your own home, play on your own piano or write at your own desk and wherever you are in the world, the chances are we'll find a suitable time for us both!
For theory lessons, I wholeheartedly recommend my son Ollie! A composer and music director, producer and sound engineer, he's also a great music theory tutor. Feel free to drop him a line.
Everybody learns differently, with different interests and goals. Some will like a relaxed approach, using lessons for me to drop-in on their playing, but left free to progress very much at their own pace. Others will want me to set clear targets and keep you (and me!) accountable for your progress - both are perfectly possible.
You may want to sit music exams. The exam structure can provide useful milestones for the journey, but they aren't a complete piano syllabus, nor should the certificates be the end goal, but rather a by-product of improving skills and knowledge. There is no compulsion to sit exams.
I teach during term time (and perhaps for a few weeks in the long summer holiday too). Most take 40-minute, weekly sessions, though I also offer ad hoc lessons for those who simply want occasional input. I don't teach at the weekends.
30-minute lesson = £24
40-minute lesson = £32
You could spend a bit of money on large screens (for you to see), webcams (for me to see), microphones and lighting ...but you don't have to!
All you need is:
A good internet connection.
A device with a webcam (computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone).
I'll send further details on how to set up at home.
Whether young or old, starting out or returning to the piano, get in touch if you'd like to discuss this further.
Some sort of feedback on our piano playing is going to help us progress. In the practice room we do this for ourselves, listening carefully and critically. Feedback from a third-party is pretty essential too! To work around our busy lives, hectic schedules and perhaps different time zones, video exchange is a great way to achieve this. It's perhaps particularly helpful for those considering filmed assessment and It also gives you a bespoke piano lesson to keep and re-watch as many times as you wish.
Behind the scenes
The videos are produced at home and the process has evolved over the years. Since May 2018 I have played a Casio GP-500, which allows me to record a WAV file directly to a USB thumb drive. The overhead keyboard view is recorded on a smartphone (currently a Samsung A71) and the 'selfie' is filmed using a micro-four-thirds camera (Pansonic G7). For dialogue, the audio is captured both with a Røde NTG4+ into a Zoom H5 and from the phone. I sometimes use a DJI Osmo Action for a close-up view along the length of the keyboard.
The illuminated keyboard display, is a screen capture of a Synthesia display. The video is produced with Final Cut Pro. I make use of various LED lights and stands.
If you'd like to know more, do get in touch.