Guitarists: How Learning Basic Piano Helps Your Guitar Playing

Here’s a guest blog post written for the excellent Norman’s Musical Instruments –

Guitarists: How Learning Basic Piano Helps Your Guitar Playing

Good luck, and enjoy!

Alex

Bruce Music

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Social Media Highlights September 2015

Hi everyone,

Here’s the best of this month’s Social Media output, relating to all sorts, including Guitars, Pianos and Keyboards, Classical Music, Jazz Music, Concert Films, Art, Autumn, London and Writer’s Block!

Ed Sheeran’s debut concert film will be screened in late October Read More

Ed Sheeran

Pianist Bob Karty’s Kickstarter project reunites members Of Oregon And The Pat Metheny Group With an Imaginative Original Composition Check It Out

Next up, Beyond Blues – How to recreate slide guitar sounds – using only normal string bends! Here’s The Lesson!

Mozart (finally) goes to Newcastle and gets a Johnny Rotten makeover!  An explanation

Mozart

Here’s the ultimate guide to Autumn in London – Get Ready

Autumn

And finally – 14 ways to beat creative block

We’ll be back with more in October, and normal blogging resumes later this week!

-Alex

Guitar Lessons London

Piano Lessons London

Welcoming Daniel Green

Hi Guitar-lovers,

We’d like to welcome a new Guitar Teacher to Bruce Music.

Daniel Green has recently joined our Guitar teaching staff, and we’re delighted to have him onboard.

Like all our Guitar teachers, Daniel is a professional musician, in-demand in a number of areas of the industry.  He has a wealth of teaching experience, in both one-to-one and group settings.  He’ll be covering North London for us, including Haringay, Crouch End, Finsbury Park, Islington and Hackney.  He’s a versatile teacher, but some of his particular specialisms include:

  • Acoustic guitar Technique
  • Folk and Fingerstyle playing
  • Songwriting and Arranging
  • Developing the student’s own style and sound

The majority of Daniel’s non-teaching work is in songwriting and performance.  He has a growing reputation as the artist Laish – under this name, his beautifully crafted songs have led to the release of several albums and performances at venues such as the stunning and renowned Union Chapel –

One of the things Daniel will be able to offer in his tuition is a level of insight into the worlds of Acoustic Guitar songwriting, performance, composition and singing that most Guitar Teachers In London can not provide.

So, welcome Daniel!  And for anyone looking to learn or develop these kinds of skills, Get in touch!

Have a great week.

-Alex

Bruce Music:  Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

Bruce Music: Piano

Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 3

Welcome to the third day in our new daily blog series offering you expert practice tips, to maximise your time and your improvement on Guitar or Piano

You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here

Tip 3:  Slow Down!

Learning and practising new material at slow tempos is advised so often that most of us are sick of hearing it, and we were almost tempted not to include it.

The problem is, aspiring Guitarists and Pianists generally speaking are still not taking this advice.  It’s too tempting to try and play at full speed, or at least faster than you should, straight away.  This is because you’re frustrated at not being able to play at the actual tempo yet.

However, this approach will extend and multiply your frustration!  If you’re willing to put in a relatively small amount of time, learning the correct techniques, fingering and phrasing at a slow speed, then once you’ve nailed it, speeding up is easy!  Often, in fact, unless what you’re learning is some sort of Satriani/Chopin speed shred-athon, you can instantly speed up to the required tempo.  Simple!

So slow down!

Tip 4 coming tomorrow.

-Alex

London Guitar Lessons

London Piano Lessons

Music & London Part 1

London is arguably the centre of Music in the UK.  The biggest gigs, the iconic, historic locations, Denmark street, buskers and Bruce Music!

This is Part 1 in a series of blogs linking you to the most amazing videos depicting where Music and London meet.

1)  London Glows In Slo-mo Music video.

This is “Friday Night” by The Grizzly Folk.  The video was filmed and edited entirely using an iPhone 6, using slow motion and hyperlapse.

2)  St. Pancras station wowed by 8 year old Piano prodigy.

Pianos decorated with the phrase “Play me, I’m yours” appeared at various London stations and landmarks over the last few years.  This recent clip shows an 8 year old boy blasting out Chopin’s “Fantasie Impromptu” at St. Pancras station.

Please share your Music & London clips with us, and look out for Part 2 coming soon!

Bruce Music – Guitar Lessons In London

Bruce Music – Piano Lessons In London

Piano Lessons Site Launch

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Piano Lessons London website, which you can find at www.pianolessons.london

The Piano Tuition branch of Bruce Music continues our existing ethos of enjoyment, encouragement and motivation, and only employing the best, most personable teachers in London.

So we are now offering both Piano AND Guitar lessons to students anywhere in Greater London and the surrounding areas.

Existing students can earn multiple free lessons for any new student referrals, and non-students can earn the cash equivalent.

So please help us spread the word about both our exciting websites!

Upcoming blogs – New Piano teacher profiles, Music Theory help, and What Guitar to buy?

-Bruce Music
Piano Lessons London
Guitar Lessons London