Polishing Your Piano Technique
with Melanie Spanswick
Friday 9 February – Sunday 11 February 2018
Course No. 3267
Solo Study Course
This weekend will focus on many aspects of piano technique and the alleviation of tension, to benefit playing in the context of your chosen repertoire.
Tension can be a real issue for pianists, irrespective of ability; Melanie will consider the reasons for tension and examine ways of alleviating it, and the associated problems, by focusing on the establishment of freedom and relaxation whilst playing. This will be put into practise in sessions at the piano, exploring various useful studies and exercises, and working at repertoire.
Each course member will be given ample opportunity to hone and improve their technique; working at rotational wrist motion, finger independence, and completely free arm movement; encouraging the use of arm weight, with the aim of producing a warm, pleasing tone. Scales, arpeggios, chords, octaves, double note passages and much more, will be evaluated and discussed. Participants are advised to bring two or three contrasting pieces to the workshops, although these do not have to be performance ready.
All courses are held at Jackdaws in the village of Great Elm, a small village to the west of Frome in Somerset, approximately 30 minutes drive from Bath. Frome Train station is just 3 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.
A £50 deposit is required to secure your place on this course.
The Course Fee is inclusive of all meals, refreshments and tuition at Jackdaws, except Breakfast which is included in the separate B&B cost.
Accommodation is payable in addition to the Course Fee. B&B rates start at £39 per night (single room, shared bathroom) and from £49 (en suite, subject to availability) booked through Jackdaws. Please let us know your requirements when booking on a course.
B&B rooms are located in friendly family homes and local Guest Houses, and are either within walking distance or a short drive away (5 – 10 minutes).
Please let us know at the time of booking of any dietary allergies or if you require a vegetarian menu, and we will be happy to accommodate. Meals are lovingly prepared on site by our cooks.
Breakfast is the only meal served at the accommodation; all other meals are provided on site at Jackdaws.
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