A heart warming piano story has been in the news recently. It is the story of carpenter Désiré Mulumeoderwa who has taken on the mammoth task of building the first ever upright piano in Rwanda. Many schools and institutions across this African, land locked country offer piano lessons, but the Rwandan idea of a piano is actually a digital keyboard. While keyboards and digital pianos are actually far more practical than an upright piano, there are traditionalists out there who are prepared to pay the expensive maintenance costs (or learn how to do it themselves) and won’t settle for anything less. It is one such British-born woman who has teamed up with Désiré Mulumeoderwa to get her upright piano built for her Rwanda home. Continue reading “The First Upright Piano Built in Rwanda”
Since their rise to fame a number of years ago, the Piano Guys have continued to release new songs and videos and their number of fans has continued to rise. They are currently underway with a US tour and many fans in the UK are hoping for the release of European tour dates in the near future. The Piano Guys continue to be one of the most popular classical and popular music mash up groups on the internet and hold much promise for the future. Continue reading “The Piano Guys”
Aspiring pianists everywhere aim to one day be able to play the infamous Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This phenomenal piece of piano music is challenging for a number of reasons. The sheer speed at which it is normally played poses the biggest contest, but in order for the Flight of the Bumblebee to mimic the fast beating of a bumblebee’s wings, it really does need to be played at the speed of light. Along with the speed of the piece, it is a work of technicalities. The long chromatic passages ensure that only the most technically sound players will be able to master it!
This year there are many events happening to celebrate Piano Day including piano concerts, showcases and even piano themed baking! The celebrations will take place on the 88th day of the year to celebrate the number of keys found on a piano – this year it happens to be on the 29th March and preparations are already well underway! Continue reading “Piano Day”
At some point in every classical pianist’s life, they have been faced with scales. From a simple C major scale to fiendish chromatic scales in minor thirds, we all have to do them if we want to pass our piano exams with flying colours, but why? Continue reading “The Importance of Scales”
Is your piano old and tired? Has it seen better days? Are you in need of a beautiful new instrument? Well, there is no need to look any further because a beautiful brand new digital piano has been released from Kawai! The brand new 2018 model KDP-110 has just been released and is available to buy today from Chase Direct.
David Beckham has recently been nominated by Director Guy Ritchie to partake in the 22 Million Push up challenge. The challenge is to honour servicemen and servicewomen who are currently suffering with PTSD and to remember those who it got the better of, resulting in heart-breaking suicide.
Not everyone is familiar with the term PTSD and many have never heard of this before; this is a mental condition which affects people of all ages and is a ‘memory filing error’.
If one were to experience a traumatising event, the mind would not file this memory until the danger has passed. Once the danger has eventually passed the mind will then present the memory and file this away with all senses attached to this including touch, taste, sound, vision, movement, and smell. However the initial presentation of the memory can be traumatising itself as this can be extremely real to the person experiencing this.