Arabesque No.1 for Abi

A while back my student Abi wanted to learn Arabesque No.1 by Debussy. Inwardly I groaned at the thought of the work, but once I started I just loved it.

I’ve been waiting to play it well enough to video. Hey, I’m not a perfectionist – if I waited until it was perfect, this would never happen. I’m about taking the opportunity to do happy things.

I’m playing this at about 80% the speed it’s supposed to be played. It’s still beautiful, and definitely makes me happy.

What’s next? I think it will be anime music. Students are learning ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, and ‘Bluebird’ (Naruto Shippuden) so I’m learning both. ‘Bluebird’ is easier, both are great songs. Elsewhere a couple of kids are learning ‘Megalovania’ which is a crazy piece! My students keep me on my toes for sure. 😊

Monsters of Melodica World Session IV – Watermelon Man

Monsters Of Melodica are – as you would expect – a band of melodica players. They’re based in Los Angeles, California. They invite melodica players from around the world to jam with them.

This is World Session IV, Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man. Their special guest Melodica player is Latin Jazz/Salsa Artist Kiki Sanchez. I made it into the backing band. What an honour!

Kiki Sanchez is a Peruvian jazz pianist. Hear his beautiful rendition of Stella By Starlight on melodica, and here are the Monsters on Facebook. I came across them a few years ago. The internet is wonderful.