Finding your voice: Casio proudly support emerging artists.

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Casio Music UK is proud to support emerging artists with products that focus on creativity, innovation and value for money.

In a recent 2019 London Live documentary, you’ll have seen Casio’s brand new PX-S and Grand Hybrid pianos selected as the instruments of choice amongst young London musicians.

PX-S Stage Pianos

Battery powered, lightweight and stage-ready, this brand new range of instruments are the world’s slimmest digital pianos. If you’re wondering which stage piano to buy for 2019, or what makes these instruments some of the lightest stage pianos around you should check out Casio’s Portable Piano range.

Grand Hybrid Pianos

Featuring a revolutionary wooden key design produced in collaboration with C. Bechstein, the new award-winning Grand Hybrid series redefines how close a digital piano’s touch and sound can be to an authentic concert grand piano. You’ll even find a real moving hammer action, to provide an incredibly realistic key feel.

Music Education The SoundSkool Way

As the Founder & CEO of SoundSkool (established 2008) it feels like I have lots of opinions and relevant experiences surrounding music education that I would like to share.  These opinions are very personal to me and also to SoundSkool’s MD Connie Abbe who has been working alongside me from the beginning!

SoundSkool Music Industry College and Community is here to change young musician’s experience of education. Through our authentic holistic approach we provide a safe nurturing professional environment for students to thrive and succeed at something they love doing.  All of our music courses are FREE and full time for 16-19 year olds and students can study either Music Production or Music Performance at Level 2 or 3.  Students that did not achieve grade 4 or above in either maths and/or English are also able to complete these GCSEs or Functional Skills alongside their music qualifications.  

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Our college courses provide a unique insight into the music industry and students currently study from two separate sites as we are official partners with WAC Arts College and the Roundhouse in London. Students have a rich music programme including; music industry masterclasses, 60 hours of music industry work experience, musicianship lessons, industry trips, music showcases and auditions with key music industry professionals.

My own route to helping ‘change young people’s lives through music…’ (SoundSkool’s mission) was born from my own personal experiences at school and college, and growing up on one of London’s notorious council estates in North West London as a young DJ/producer.  The journey for me is definitely a spiritual one and one that I will continue to fight for and champion until we establish and succeed in getting young musicians all that they deserve and need.

Unfortunately, as you will be reading in the news, funding nationwide has been cut cut cut, which obviously, as you can imagine, has a huge effect on what we at SoundSkool are able to provide without sufficient funding.  The issue of underfunding therefore means that this responsibility of educating and supporting the next generation of UK Music Artists/Producers/Musicians/Professionals falls on our own, personal, shoulders.  Our amazing team of dedicated staff all work at SoundSkool because of all the reasons above and together we create miracles, we literally do change young people’s lives through music!

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In my own personal opinion around 35% of all young people from the UK just do not fit into the educational systems (square peg-round hole) and I personally am here to provide an alternative route through education into the music industry.  Typically, but not exclusively, our talented students come from BAME backgrounds, low income families and have not had positive experiences at school/college and often, sadly, at home.

Through years of working directly with young people the common threads that we face daily are issues ranging from; mental health, family problems, money troubles, relationships, trauma and gang/knife fear.

As I have mentioned the lack of funding has also massively impacted our ability to deliver the pastoral side of education, which would have allowed us to support further in these areas, enabling us to fund this hugely needed additional layer of support, that is under threat but that we continue to provide, in order for students to engage and achieve at college.

So moving on to what is happening next - We are all really excited to have just completed filming with Casio Music UK for their 40th Birthday which will be aired on London Live TV at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th of October 2019.  You will see myself on the documentary and more importantly two of our amazingly talented Alumni students Luena and Gabriella. I hope you enjoy!

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Finally another huge huge thanks to Casio Music UK who have actually provided SoundSkool with 10 of their brand new Casio Keyboards for our students and I am really looking forward to our new plans together for 2020. WATCH THIS SPACE!

THE STYLISH AND SMART SERIES - EPISODE 3

By Jodie Abacus

"Stylish and smart"

Do you want my definition of "stylish and smart"? It is positively upgrading myself as being honest and real with people in a world that's surrounded by individuals having to pretend that they're something they're not just to show off they're doing well.

Too deep?

But let me ask you a question.

How are you really? How are things going? Honestly, how are you? How is this whole musical journey going for you?

Tell me, and don't hold back.

Those voices in your head, I know them. They're very familiar to me.

"Am I good enough?"

"Will this even work out for me?"

The "stylish and smart" I love liberates people from their demons, that tell them who they are or who they're not meant to be, and shows them what the truth is.

The suffering in silence, in a place that tells you that you have to bite your lip at every aspect of your artist's life just so you can maybe move up to the next level, when, really, you just want to scream. And when you do scream, it's a release. Not just for you, but for the whole world and for those hidden voices in your subconscious that always second guess whether something is right or wrong that people are too afraid to talk about.

Our rants, our releases, our troubles, our thoughts and our stresses, when shared with each other, can help us get out of the deepest holes. Sometimes, knowing that, in life, you aren't the only one going through troubles can be a good way to cope.

I truly believe that music is the closest thing you can ever get to anything called god. With what we have, we can travel the world, play sounds, lyrics and vocals, and heal someone's heart! Or even destroy it...

The style and presentation with which we approach our creativity, and the thought we put into delivering our art, is vital.

It can help change hearts and minds, which can help change the world.

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CASIO at the Fringe

by John Rowe (The John Rowe Show)

Well here we are in the eye of the storm at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Half way through our 3-week run of The John Rowe Show @thespaceUK.

It’s our first time at the Fringe and it’s been a wild ride. There’s literally thousands of shows across hundreds of venues in Edinburgh at this time of year, and the things you have to do to be noticed in all the noise makes the festival an incredibly busy and challenging time. Photo shoots, radio calls, guest spots on other shows, promotional spots on portable stage venue and events, plus our own daily late-night show spot (the thing we are actually here for). And in between all of this is organising the logistics of our show: coordinating our special guests, deciding on our nightly set list (which is ever changing) and accommodating the musical and technical requirements of our guest artists.

I mention all of this because in the manic daily run around, it’s easy to forget about the things we really don’t have to think about at all but that are key to the success of a music- based show like ours.

One of these things is our Casio PXS3000 keyboards (we have 2 – one for Stefan as musical director, and one for me so I can jump in here and there throughout the show in between hosting and singing). I can’t imagine being here doing what we do without them. Each night we have 15 minutes to set up an entire lounge room on stage, including our two Casio pianos, a lounge chair, coffee tables, lamp, 2 computers, guitar, and various props. In all of that panic, the element that requires the least effort and thought are our PXS3000’s. We throw them on our back in their back pack, run into the venue, pull them out and set them up in a flash and away we go. By far the lightest professional keyboards on the market, there simply isn’t another fully weighted piano I know of we could do this with.

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And once set up they just look, well… cool. There’s no other way to describe it. Sleek, slimline, black, elegant. Seamlessly blending in on our crowded little stage and not demanding any attention.

So, before the show, we don’t have to give much thought to our little Casio marvels – they’re just there making our lives easy in all the madness.

But, nobody keeps baby in the corner, and when the music starts, we are immediately reminded why we choose to tour with Casio. First is the sound: brilliant piano samples (the best yet on this generation in my opinion). We have a relatively organic / semi acoustic vibe going with many of our show arrangements (given the lounge room setting), so the pianos, EP’s and organs get the most use and they sound simply brilliant. In fact, our sound technician has commented about not having to do any equalisation on the keyboard channels at all… just plug and play: a real god-send. Paired with acoustic and electric guitar and a bed track of bass and drums, the Casio is a sonic wonder.

Both Stefan and I have owned and used the PX5s, PX560, PX300 between us, and we are both thrilled with the touch and feel of the new PXS3000. A new, tighter feel makes playing feel really natural, probably aided by the new tri-pedal and the way it handles the samples, making it feel and sound like we’ve installed 2 acoustic pianos into the set-up.

Our Casio’s have attracted a lot of attention too. We share our venue with a number of other musicians and we get asked a lot about our pianos, especially when they see us throwing them on our backs with ease before the gig.

Another added and unexpected side bonus of our PXS3000’s is the built-in speakers. They have enables us to use our keyboards back in our hotel for quick rehearsals , and on stage they allow us to get playing immediately, even before the audio technician has patched up the DI’s, allowing for some last-minute run through’s during the tight set-up.

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It’s been so nice to have the comfort of all this musical ease during the mayhem of the Edinburgh Fringe. I know it sounds corny, but when everything else around us is full of the stress of this whirlwind festival, it’s just so nice to make music on an instrument that has become somewhat of an old friend at 11.15pm every night when our show starts. The most magical example of this was when our guest, Irish singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy, performed a beautiful acoustic version of his hit song Christopher Street, and our musical director Stefan Nowak, armed with nothing but his Casio PXS3000 and his immense musical talent, decided to improvise along. Brian was so taken with the moment that he doubled the instrumental section to allow Stef to solo… an amazing moment to witness and to hear. The solo was heartfelt and the piano was divine. It made my day…. it may have even made my festival.

THE JOHN ROWE SHOW is playing at thespaceUK@Sympoisum Hall and the Surgeons’ Hall Grand Theatre 2-24 August for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Starring - John Rowe
Musical direction / piano – Stefan Nowak
Guitar – Jake Bisognin

Tickets are available at: bit.ly/jrshowtix

More info on the show at www.johnroweshow.com




Beginner Pianos: What to Buy from a Teacher's Perspective

By Daz Thornton at The Piano Vault

As a piano teacher, it is very rare that I start working with a beginner who already owns a piano. Some arrive at their first lesson thinking that learning the piano simply involves turning up once a week. Others state that they are going to see how the lessons go, and then invest in an instrument once they are sure that it is something that they want to do. There are also those who are keen to buy an instrument to get them started, but understandably, don't have a clue what they need.

Let's take a look at what a beginner pianist will need as an absolute minimum to give them the best start on their piano playing journey, assuming they can't accommodate an acoustic piano.

WEIGHTED KEYS - WHAT ARE THEY?

Weighted keys are a feature that digital pianos (and some keyboards/portable stage pianos) include in their design to help mimic the action of an acoustic piano. By pressing a key on an acoustic grand piano, a series of mechanical parts are set into motion with the aim of throwing a hammer at the string(s).  This creates the familiar sound of a piano and provides a pianist with the level of control that is required to produce an array of expressive possibilities.

You can read more about the importance of weighted keys here in a separate blog post that I dedicated to the subject.

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A FULL 88 KEYED INSTRUMENT

Many beginners often start their piano journey not only with an unweighted keyboard, but also one that only has a 61 key range. The standard number of keys on a piano is 88 keys, which means that if you were to progress quickly, you will soon run out of keys in pieces that require the standard 88 key range.

Another problem that a 61 key (5 octave) keyboard presents is disorientation. When a pupil arrives for a lesson who has already acquired one of these instruments, they often find it difficult to position their hands on the full 88 keyed piano, sometimes even playing an octave too high or low. This is due to the centre point on a 61 keyed keyboard being slightly offset  to that of an 88 keyed piano. Also, the missing keys on each end of their instrument becomes the norm to them, so when faced with a full size piano, the extra keys distort their spacial awareness.

To avoid this disorientation, as well as probably needing to upgrade from a 61 keyed keyboard relatively quickly, I point out to my beginner pupils that it would be a good idea to go for the full 88 keyed setup from the start.  This way, you are minimising any disruption to your learning.

NO DISTRACTIONS / EXTRA BUTTONS ETC

Many keyboards come with an array of buttons positioned above the keys.  These are often a huge distraction, particularly to a younger learner. I often hear from parents that their child seems more interested in what these buttons do, such as activating various rhythm sequences, accompaniments, and a myriad of alternative sounds to that of a standard piano setting.  Who can blame them really, but, it is distracting them from actually working on the material that they have been given to prepare for their next piano lesson.

By choosing an instrument that keeps these buttons to a minimum, you will avoid the temptation of a beginner wanting to try out all these alternative features, as well as the practice sessions becoming unfocused, and unproductive.

SOUND DECAY

On an acoustic piano, a key strike lasts much longer at the bass end of the instrument than it does at the treble.  This is due to the strings being longer and thicker towards the left hand side, and gradually becoming thinner and shorter towards the right hand side.

On some keyboards, the piano sound after a key has been struck does not behave in a way that it would on an acoustic or quality digital piano.  Often the sound will decay very quickly, which becomes a problem if the student needs to hold a key down for an extended time. If the sound decays before they have finished counting the length of a note, this will be extremely off-putting and counter productive.

When selecting an instrument, it is important that it responds in a way that is appropriate for what they are being asked to practise.  If it doesn't, their listening, counting, skills are being affected by an instrument that is not supporting them in terms of realistic sound duration.

WHAT WOULD TICK ALL THESE BOXES?

When beginner pupils start their lessons with me, and don't have the space or budget for an acoustic piano, I always go through the above points when pointing out what they should be looking for in an instrument that is easily movable, but ticks all the above boxes.

Many manufacturers offer a beginner 'entry range' of portable, weighted keyed instruments that provide a good basis for building a piano technique. One such instrument at a very affordable price is the Casio CDP-S100. See the short video below for an overview:

This instrument is ideal for all the reasons I have discussed above. A young pupil of mine who is still using a 61 keyed keyboard tried out this instrument felt that it took him that step closer to the pianos that I have in my studio.

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SEE THE CDP-S100 IN ACTION



WHAT TO TAKE AWAY

There is more to it than meets the eye  when selecting a piano for the first time. If you follow the above suggestions, you can't go far wrong.  I would advise though that where possible, you try before you buy, unless you are taking advice from someone who's opinion you really trust.

A portable beginners piano such as the Casio CDP-S100 would be a good choice here, and, will not break the bank at approx £325.  Just for the key action alone, this price is fantastic!

If however you would like something more substantial than a beginners piano, why not try this piano selector to help you find an instrument that is right for you:


Find out more about the Casio CDP-S100 here: https://music.casio.co.uk/cdps100

Listen to more of the Casio CDP-S100 in this specially selected playlist



















The Practice Tools Workshop

By Graham Fitch

This past Saturday, I embarked on a brand new venture – an interactive workshop on The Practice Tools, using technology to maximum advantage.

Sponsored by Casio Music UK, we hired a large conference room at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel in London, which was set up with 15 Casio CDP-S100 digital pianos – and a Grand Hybrid GP-500 on the stage. Delegates were easily able to get to this central location and arrived not only from the UK but also from Europe to take part in the day.

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We met at 9:30 for welcome tea and coffee and started with an introduction to Casio’s range of pianos by Chris Stanbury, and then moved on to our introductory session – a demonstration of how to use The Feedback Loop as the basis for all we do in piano practice.

There followed four sessions, aimed at the intermediate to advanced player as well as piano teachers. Each 60-minute session was divided up into three segments – a presentation from me on a particular topic, a breakout session where each delegate was able to plug their headphones (provided by Casio) into their own piano and try out the practice techniques I had just demonstrated, then a Q&A session where people could ask questions or give feedback. I provided practice worksheets for each topic, but the practice during the breakout session was not restricted to the repertoire extracts I had suggested – people brought their own music and practised what they wanted.

There were many benefits to this format. 

  • People got to try out very specific practice tools immediately after an explanation and demonstration, so that they could experiment with them while they were still fresh in the memory

  • Questions and further explanation or demonstration could be offered immediately, so there was no confusion

  • Nobody needed to play in front of the group unless they chose to, so there was no performance anxiety or nerves whatever associated with the workshop


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The first session was all about slow practice, how to use ultra-slow practice speeds to hear and feel every single atom and molecule of the phrase so that nothing slips by our radar. Practising slowly is really quite challenging, and the mind and ear need to be fully engaged to derive the benefit. The second session was all about various ways to bring a piece up to speed (when not to use slow practice) with a special focus on up-to-speed chaining (using The Feedback Loop to correct errors and to refine and finesse). I had the feeling this was an especially important session for those who had struggled with fluency and coordination when playing at fast tempos.

After an elegant lunch, when we were able to chat and socialise a bit, we had a session on controlled stops – how to use the Floating Fermata in our practice to plan ahead and digest the music in our heads before laying our hands on the keyboard. 

The final session was all about managing repetition in practice. I demonstrated many different ideas to the group who seemed very keen to try some of these out in the breakout session.

After tea, we ended with a 60-minute wrap-up where we gathered around a piano and had a mini-masterclass on aspects of practice as well as technique. By that time, everyone seemed well and truly nourished and probably slept very well that night!


Some of the practice techniques we covered in the workshop can be found in the free Grand Hybrid taster e-book.

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Two Pianos Rock ’n’ Roll Experience Review The PX-S1000

By Al & David 
Two Pianos - Rock ’n’ Roll Experience 

We are very excited to be using the Casio Privia PX-S1000 Digital Piano as part of our Two Pianos rock ’n’ roll production, which is currently touring UK theatres and we want to share our experience of using the PX-S1000 live on stage. 

The first thing that strikes you about the PX-S1000 is it’s compact size and portability. Weighing around 11kg, it’s very light weight and easy to carry around, especially if you are walking long distances for load-ins or venue to venue. It’s snug-fit carry case comes with adjustable shoulder straps, which make carrying the piano very little effort especially if you need to walk with it over long distances. I have struggled in the past with heavy stage pianos when transporting them, especially when it comes to commuting around busy cities like the London Underground. With it’s shoulder straps and light weight, it makes the journey so much more pleasant and you will hopefully not be worn out by the time you’re ready to perform. We had the opportunity to do serval shows on the Norfolk Broads last month and transporting the PXS-1000 was such a joy. It even runs on 6AA batteries if you can't access a mains supply!

Once set up the PX-S1000 boasts a very elegant, stylish and slimline appearance, with a shiny touch screen selection panel and a depth of 20.3cm and 10.2cm height. As part of our Two Pianos production we are required to house the pianos within a replica grand piano case to add visual effect to our live shows. We have had 2 new cases made to fit our new PX-S1000’s, which have reduced in size and weight from our previous cases, reflecting on the compact size and weight of these digital pianos. It also makes transporting them much easier, reducing load space, weight and  travel costs!

The PX-S1000 hosts a selection of instrument sounds, including several piano and electric piano sounds, harpsichord, strings and a range of organs. In our show, we tend to use piano sounds only, though with two pianos simultaneously playing, it is vital for us to achieve the distinction between each piano. We achieve this by using different piano patch selections. Alan tends to play in the style of Jerry Lee Lewis, so he finds using a brighter ‘rock piano’ sound has more cut within a live band situation. Also playing heavy rock ’n’ roll piano for over 2 hours can take its toll on your fingers, so having the option of a brighter piano sound is helpful and can reduce any over playing. myself on the other hand, I like to use a softer piano sound to suit my style of playing, which is more bluesy and jazzy. I have used both the default piano sound and the Jazz piano selection, which has a slight chorus effect on it that does sound rather nice on some of the ballads and country songs we perform. 

Touch and feel. The PXS-1000 has a very light and responsive touch, but still retains a great weighted key action. Playing the heavy rock ’n’ roll style of piano that we do, we tend to move around the keyboard quite quickly, with the right hand playing blues and jazz licks and left hand playing boogie boogie and rock ’n’ roll rhythms. The key response is very forgiving and allows you to play what you intend to play, if this makes sense. Some electric pianos can be be very light on touch, response and weight so getting this combination right is essential when playing tricky and technical stuff.  

There are lots of technical features such as split keyboard, sensitivity, transpose, bluetooth connection and the facility to connect to your phone to the via the ‘Chordiana Play for Piano’ app as a control surface. This is very useful on stage as the keyboard doesn’t have a display screen, so it does make selections easier to see on stage in live and pressured situations. 

We would highly recommend the Casio Privia PX-S1000 for it’s sound, portability and price and we are looking forward to performing with them on tour with Two Pianos. 

The Technology Behind Grand Hybrid

Grand Hybrid pianos are renowned for their authentic touch, thanks to the pioneering Natural Grand Hammer Action.

However, there is a lot more to these instruments than just an outstanding hybrid key design. Chris Stanbury reveals more about what makes these award-winning instruments unique.

The heart and soul of Grand Hybrid - Bechstein’s D282 Concert Grand Piano

The heart and soul of Grand Hybrid - Bechstein’s D282 Concert Grand Piano

Three European Piano Tones

Thanks to Casio’s collaboration with C.Bechstein, one of Europe’s most prestigious acoustic piano manufacturers, every Grand Hybrid has the heart and soul of a legendary acoustic grand inside, the D282 (RRP £138,000). Every note of this fine instrument is digitally recreated, giving you the same beautiful sound in a more compact form (plus, you can use headphones for silent practice!).

What’s more, there are two other European piano tones to explore too, named ‘Hamburg’ and ‘Vienna’ after the locations of other famous piano manufacturers. This is an incredible opportunity for students to explore the contribution that different piano tones make to their performance.

String Resonance, Duplex Scaling and Much More

When we hear a traditional piano, we’re not usually aware of how many different parts there are to the sound itself. Most digital pianos only capture the main part, what we call the basic ‘core tone’. As a result of intensive research carried out by Bechstein and Casio, a much more realistic recreation was possible that looked much more closely at the different parts of what make up a piano tone:

String Resonance - These are the extra harmonics that you can hear ‘ringing’ when you play an acoustic piano. Put simply, it’s the sound of the strings resonating which gives an acoustic piano its richness. These harmonics are also heard in every Grand Hybrid, as the ultra-fast AiR sound processor has a complete set of ‘virtual strings’ which are modelled in realtime when you play.

Duplex Scaling - In the largest concert grand pianos, the notes of the top third of the instrument have an extra fourth string. More strings per note mean a more brilliant sound, designed to fill a concert hall. The GP400 and GP500 recreate this incredible clarity, reproducing the sound of the finest acoustic instruments.

Action Noise - The mechanical noises of the keys and hammers working are part of every acoustic piano. Strangely, most digital pianos do not include these. Casio believe that these elements are an important part of an instrument’s character, which is why they are included in GP400 and GP500 models.

Key Off Simulator - Did you know that the speed of key release changes the sound of a note? Every Grand Hybrid senses whether a key is released quickly or slowly, for true legato and staccato tone reproduction.

Hear the acoustic of famous venues as you play, such as Sydney Opera House.

Hear the acoustic of famous venues as you play, such as Sydney Opera House.

Hall Simulator

When designing the Grand Hybrid series, engineers in Japan and Berlin made it their mission to produce an instrument that embraced digital technology.

One of the results of this forward-thinking approach is Hall Simulator. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to perform in a world-famous venue, Hall Simulator brings this dream one step closer to reality.

Using scientific measurements taken from Sydney Opera House, Wembley Stadium and many more, the advanced AiR processor in Grand Hybrid calculates the change in acoustics that you would hear if you were really playing in these famous places. The result is spectacular and has to be heard to be believed!

Watch pianist Graham Fitch show you how you can enjoy learning the piano and practising pieces using the Concert Play Feature, on the Casio Grand Hybrid.

Concert Play

Imagine being on stage with a world-famous symphony orchestra. This is the essence of Casio’s free Concert Play library. Stored in every Grand Hybrid are high-quality audio recordings of 15 pieces of specially-arranged orchestral masterpieces, ready for you to play along to. The musical scores are included, plus there are over 30 new arrangements to be downloaded free from Casio’s webpage.

Casio team up with Graham Fitch to release new eBook: ‘Practicing the Piano - an introduction to practice strategies and piano technique’

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Casio Music UK is excited to reveal a new eBook in collaboration with one of the UK’s most esteemed and respected piano teachers, Graham Fitch. Entitled ‘Practising the Piano - an introduction to practice strategies and piano technique’, this eBook is a compilation of popular content based on Graham’s multimedia eBook series and is available for free.  Download it here.

For this release, Casio has collaborated with Graham to produce a guide to equip piano teachers with tips, and the tools to help enhance their piano teaching skills and thus create the next generation of talented pianists. 

Based on the series of eBooks from Practising the Piano - Graham’s popular multimedia eBook series - this latest instalment features popular extracts and highlights from previous editions. It comes together resulting in a useful resource providing practical expertise and tips on getting the most out of practice, specifically advising upon practice strategies and piano technique. 

Available as a free download the eBook introduces different approaches and strategies to practice, such as building a firm foundation, using quarantining to fix trouble spots and how to maintain pieces, through to practicing for maintenance. The eBook also offers guidance on how to organise practice sessions, outlines some essential tools needed and dives into the history of piano technique. It even includes selected notes and walkthroughs from Graham’s popular series on Burgmuller’s 25 Easy and Progressive Studies.

The eBook also introduces the reader to Casio’s Grand Hybrid Teacher Network, ensuring all that download the material have an opportunity to join a piano teacher community offering rich teaching resources, FREE workshops and special offers.

From Graham Fitch: My new eBook release with Casio aims to provide piano teachers everywhere the tangible tools and skills to help teachers and their students get better results from their practice between lessons. By making it free, we hope this will encourage teachers to download and utilise as part of their day-to-day work. The art of practising is often overlooked in music education, so it’s great Casio have teamed up with me to support them even further.

Based in London, Graham maintains an international career not only as a pianist, but also as a teacher, adjudicator, lecturer, writer and commentator on piano playing. He regularly updates his popular blog www.practisingthepiano.com and his Practising the Piano multimedia eBook series has gone on to become widely acclaimed, read in over 70 countries.

Casio’s premium Celviano Grand Hybrid range is designed in collaboration with esteemed acoustic piano manufacturer C. Bechstein, it combines full-length precision wooden keys replicating the natural travel and the recoil of an acoustic grand piano, but with the added benefits of innovative digital sound technology. 

Practising the Piano - an introduction to practice strategies and piano technique’, is a free downloadable eBook available here. For more information, head to: https://music.casio.co.uk/