Monday, August 5, 2013

London Piano Institute: Listening to Different Pianists Expands Musical Knowledge

According to the London Piano Institute, it doesn’t matter whether a student is just beginning to play the piano or has been playing for a while, it’s important to listen to professional pianists in a variety of musical styles.
Q: Why is it important to listen to great artists on the instrument you play?

London Piano Institute: There are a number of reasons. Listening to them helps you understand and appreciate what good playing sounds like. It also helps to hear how various musicians interpret great works of music.

Q: What common mistake do students make when learning to play the piano?

London Piano Institute: A common mistake made by piano students is zero familiarity with the general world of the piano.

Q: Who are some of the greatest pianists of all time?

London Piano Institute: Students need to listen to a wide variety of famous pianists including Artur Schnabel, Alfred Brendel, Glenn Gould, Alfred Cortot, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Sergei Rachmaninov, and others.

Q: Where can someone find recordings of these pianists?

London Piano Institute: There are several options. Borrowing CDs from the local public library is an excellent way to listen to a lot of music for free. Perhaps you have friends with a large collection who will let you borrow from them. If you’re up on the latest technology trends, find them on Spotify or iTunes. It is also essential for students to subscribe to various piano magazines and read the articles.

London Piano Institute welcomes adult learners of all skill levels. Founder Celine Gaurier-Joubert believes that everyone has an ear for music to some degree and that anyone can learn how to play the piano successfully.

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