Enjoy The Good Life By Playing The Digital Piano

Richard Briers, OBE & CBE was an actor I looked up to. We shared the same birthday though not the same age I hasten to add. He was a stubborn old goat as per the Capricorn sign and exuded talent and warmth when on stage or the screen. Soon Came Good On The Digital PianoRichard-Briers-Had No Digital PIano

Richard or ‘Dicky’ as many knew him was born to middle class parentage in Surrey. His mother was a proficient digital piano player. Although Richard was well known for his role in many TV programmes, he rose to the heights in the late ‘70s when playing Tom Good in the comedy ‘’The Good Life’’. The melody is a fiddly motif played on the digital piano that reflects the ironic complexities of the simple, self-sufficient lives of Tom and Barbara Good.

E Eb D E C D Eb x 2

‘’Jackanory’’ TV Theme On The Digital Piano

Richard Briers was a familiar voice on the TV and radio reaching out to a range of public settings including young children. He appeared as the storyteller in ‘’Roobarb and Custard’’, ‘’Noddy’’, ‘’Watership Down’’ and several episodes of the ‘’Jackanory’’ series of the ‘70s to name but a few. Coupled with his gentle demeanour and animated vocals Briers engaged his audience with ease. The theme tune to ‘’Jackanory’’ though not the most endearing of children’s TV melodies was nonetheless a landmark in British storytelling that the family would built their teatime viewing around. Scored originally for clarinet and descant recorder it can easily be played on the digital piano to give it more warmth than the woodwind it was composed for:

’Jackanory, Jackanory’’ => (clarinet) G A B G x 2,    (Recorder) G A B D G F D C D

Stage Work & Film Work

Richard Briers spent most of his acting career in the theatre playing more serious roles in Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw plays. He also made his film debut in the ‘60s with ‘’Bottoms Up’’ and later appeared in ‘’Minder’’ where a different side of his character could be portrayed than the usual cuddly British stalwart we all knew and loved.

Just two weeks before his death Richard Briers had laughingly stated that ‘the ciggies had finally got him’ having been a smoker since the beginning.

And so we say goodbye to he who enjoyed the good life – one of Britain’ finest.

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