This showcase is compiled and written by my friend Molly Rahal!
As you get older, time seems to go by faster and faster. Can you believe it’s already part-way through November?
One of the things I love so much about winter is how eternal it seems. Almost as if we’re stuck in time.
In a way it’s comforting, how the sun setting early never seems to end, and how when it snows, the delicate white powder silences the streets.
Winter is jolly. It’s magical. Why not learn a piano solo which reflects that?
Here is a small collection of eternally beautiful and festive piano solos to enrich your winter with tunes and good spirit!
1. Winter Wonderland – Felix Bernard
A relevant title for a fitting song.
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Back when kids still asked what Google was, a lot of us had to take music theory classes. Now, I can still point out which fingers Schumann cut off. Maybe some people will point out that they were paralysed, but to a pianist, the fingers might as well have been cut off if you can’t move them.
I can’t remember how many years he spent torturing his fingers, but Google can. And it was a waste of months of my time, memorizing mundane details about composers’ lives, about which years they wrote which letters to their secret lovers, that happened to influence their music a little.
I wouldn’t have done it if the music curriculum didn’t require it to get a piano diploma.
One of the most cheery and beloved holidays for both Christians and non-Christians worldwide.
It’s only September, but as I’m sure we can all agree, it’s never too early to start longing for Christmastime and the holiday seasons.
Whether you are baking cookies, gift shopping, spending time with family or enjoying hot cocoa, these Christmas carols for the piano will add to your festivities any day of the week.
Music is a necessity for any special occasion after all!
1. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
An all time favourite.
Five hours into the drive to Oregon and I am cruising without a speed limit and my eyelids are fluttering closed. Okay, there is a speed limit, but I don’t know what it is in kilometres, so I just copy the other cars.
In between losing focus, I think about work. I worked at a big name company over the summer and I finally felt the weight of other people’s actions on my work, and how perhaps some people may not be as interested in seeing you succeed as you might hope. I have never experienced this before.
The only way I can write this is if I tell myself it won’t be published.
I have been hit before by an open palm, and now when someone raises their voice at me in an enclosed space, I feel as if I may be hit. Two angry people have raised their voices at me in an enclosed space at work.
This article is written by Molly!
Now that summer is quickly coming to a close, fall is right around the corner.
It’s hard to choose a favourite season, but where I’m from, this means that it’s almost time for big sweaters, crunchy leaves, and the smell of pumpkin spice wafting around every corner. And the best of all is that it’s the season of Halloween!
Here are 20 piano solos to help you get some of those festive fall feelings.
1. Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett
It’s a graveyard smash!
If you blindfold someone who can see, and give them a cane to walk to a new room, they always overreact when the cane brushes something.
It turns out, giving a sighted person a cane is asking them to use a muscle they haven’t developed yet. It takes practice and patience.
My dad had always given me guidance on how to deal with obstacles. He was a quiet kind of person who made people feel assured when they were next to him. Slow down, he always said. Do what you enjoy. Mind your own business and stop comparing to others.
He would peek his head into my piano practice room every once in a while to ask if the music was coming from me, so I felt like he was always listening to my playing.
In the past while, I’ve had to figure out how to navigate the world without my dad.
Calm music is a great way to transition from the hustle of the day to bedtime.
I’ve been known to roll around in bed into the depths of the night, so over the years, I’ve experimented with many ways to fall asleep. Playing an instrument is a great one, next to reading. You tend to concentrate just enough to get the notes right and you’re literally playing your troubles away!
To avoid printing 5 papers for something I’m only ever playing once, I’m learning more by ear these days. (Yes I have a tablet, no I don’t like reading music off it.) But my friend Molly and I put together some great dreamy piano melodies to play before bedtime, with sheet music!
Love Me – Yiruma
When I first started playing Yiruma’s music, it would take a few hours to decipher one of his pieces. Now, I play his music for a different type of satisfaction.