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The Gig Went Down Brilliantly

For all that the internet is full of crap (here too), sometimes you’re reminded what it’s really for. Soak this up folks. There’s so much that could be said about this and so much to learn from it, but ultimately

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Camels and Robots

Or putting rhythm sections out of business… Nah, of course, I’d never do such a thing. There’s no substitute for the real deal. But then practising isn’t the real deal either and I was asked a while ago about how

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Posted in a) Soloing Scales & Modes, c) Musicianship, e) Rants & Ramblings


I recently heard the tail end of a radio interview with actor Simon Russell Beale. The discussion was about a new theatre production he’s doing which involves him actually playing the piano – yes, actually playing. Debussy, I think it

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Right, Said Fred

I’ve been working with a student recently who’s concerned about getting more out of her piano soloing. And my suggestion has been to commit piano heresy – practise with the right hand alone. Before the ghosts of generations of piano

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Posted in a) Soloing Scales & Modes

Circling the Square

I’ve been asked to post something on piano fingerings for jazz. I’ll do my usual – half-answer the question and then talk about something I think is far more important. With precomposed music, you work out a fingering in advance

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Frankly My Dear… He Gives a Damn

If you haven’t heard of pianist Dave Frank, this is your lucky day. He’s a formidable, eclectic performer; a former Piano Prof at Berkelee, before he founded his own school in NYC; author of two books and a DVD (published by

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Drop 2 More

I wrote about Drop 2 last year here and I’ve had some feedback (a few people really loved the picture of the Golden Retriever with four tennis balls in her mouth – so here she is for a well-deserved encore).

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