Valtozash Brisbane Review @ Crowbar

My take on this fabulous metal-jazz big band, originally published in Scenestr. Valtozash, Brisbane’s 17-piece jazz-metal big band, headlined X-Mess II at Crowbar in Fortitude Valley (20 December). They crammed onto the stage and brutalised us with an onslaught of their very, very loud, maniacal humour. Bandleader Andre Bonetti said: ā€œWe are the largest Continue reading Valtozash Brisbane Review @ Crowbar

Ellyse (aged 6) plays her first duet with me

[Posting clips of my students performing lets them know I’m proud of them. Learning music – like learning most things – is a series of little steps, every step significant, and hopefully taken with a sense of pleasure and adventure.] Ellyse is playing her first duet with me! I’m very happy with her soft hands Continue reading Ellyse (aged 6) plays her first duet with me

Congratulations Edward! A (Honours)

My student Edward recently sat his first ever exam, AMEB Piano For Leisure Preliminary Grade, and received an A (Honours) grade. Well done Edward. I have written about him before, since he was preparing for this exam on a keyboard without weighted keys and touch-sensitivity. But fortunately his parents got him a fully-weighted keyboard a month before Continue reading Congratulations Edward! A (Honours)

“We’ve got a fully weighted keyboard at home now!”

A little while back I wrote about a student trying to learn to play with more expression, despite not having a touch-sensitive keyboard at home. Today he came to lesson beaming, saying he now has a fully-weighted keyboard with touch-sensitive keys. He played his examination pieces, and we looked at each other and couldn’t stop smiling. It’s Continue reading “We’ve got a fully weighted keyboard at home now!”

Learning to be expressive without touch-sensitive keys

Edward is taking his first AMEB exam in July. He plays his pieces well, I’m getting him to put in more expression, make the most of that crescendo, accent, and pp. He’s doing it. But his keyboard at home doesn’t have touch-sensitivity. Whether he plays gently, or with pressure, the sound doesn’t vary.  “At home, Continue reading Learning to be expressive without touch-sensitive keys