27 Brunswick Street
Tel: 0208 521 4340
Email: Tony Rath
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Piano and electonic keyboard lessons from Tony Rath in Walthamstow, East London
WHO DO I TEACH ?
Absolute beginners – anyone who has the desire to play piano and electronic keyboards, especially adults who have always wanted to learn but never got round to it, DO IT NOW !
Returnees – you used to play, but gave it up and want to get back into it. I can help you.
Performers on other instruments, such as guitarists who want some keyboard knowledge, skill to enhance their playing.
Classical pianists who want to play some jazz.
Keyboard players who want develop their technique.
Anyone who wants to play blues, jazz rock, pop soul, you name it I can teach it.
PIANO AND KEYBOARD COURSES
For jazz blues and other styles see my jazz and blues page.
Adult beginners – If you’ve always wanted to play and have a digital or acoustic piano this course is for you. A progressive, thorough yet gentle introduction to piano playing. On this course you will learn:
- How to read music notation
- How to play songs and melodies with both hands
- Basic music theory
- How to play scales, chords and arpeggios
Price £24 per hour
Adult returnees – If you want to get the rust out of your fingers and resume playing this course is for you. Emphasis placed on reviving your technical ability and your sight reading skills to obtain full enjoyment from your playing.
Price £24 per hour
Classical piano – The courses are geared for both adults and children to the examination requirements of the Associated Boards syllabus and cover all the technical and musical requirements from Grade 1 to grade 8 – price £24 per hour
NOTE – NO CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 16 IS TAUGHT WITHOUT A PARENT BEING PRESENT IN THE LESSON
Popular piano – If you want to play pop – rock – standards and enjoy playing, this is for you – price £24 per hour
Piano/keyboards for studio personnel
Course elements include:
- Technical skills such as chord and scale playing
- Chord construction and harmony for popular music styles
- Root movement and chord progressions
- Improvisation and composition over chords sequences
- Sight reading for both left and right hand
- Song structures
Price £28 per hour
BUYING AN INSTRUMENT
Your choices will depend on your budget, space available and the kind of music you wish to play and your musical aspirations.
ACOUSTIC PIANO – Good new instruments cost from £1500 for a small upright.
Pro: There is nothing to match the feel and sound of a good acoustic piano. The musical rewards are immense and lifelong. Good pianos in good condition retain a high proportion of their purchase price.
Con: Acoustic pianos need tuning at least 4 times a year to maintain concert pitch, depending on usage. There will additional maintenance costs as the piano ages.
Second-hand instruments can be a minefield and an expensive disaster. DO NOT buy a second-hand instrument without getting it checked out by an expert piano technician. It will be worth the fee involved to save you grief. Pianos offered for private sale at low cost are usually suspect and are to be treated with extreme caution.
DIGITAL PIANOS – Choices range from a stage piano which is a stripped down box with keyboard and stand to a concert grand in expensive woods to enhance the appearance of your home. Prices start from £600 for a basic instrument.
Pro: Do not need tuning – Using headphones to practice means nobody else hears your mistakes. MIDI connections open up the world of digital and computer music.
Please note that all lessons can be tailored to your individual needs.
For more information and a detailed discussion of your needs call 0208 521 4340 or email: Tony Rath today!
Why not contact us and find out how we can help you.
Ryan Pather has been a pupil for over two years and has progressed so much that he has gone into the studio and recorded some tracks.
Call on 0208 521 4340 to discuss your needs or book a lesson.
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