Question & Answers
Tone deafness is rare. Only about 5% of people have this condition. It is possible that you are just not used to pitch. You can get an app that tests your pitch, and settle this question once and for all.
I have had horrible teachers in the past which has put me off learning piano, but deep inside I dream of playing.
So have I but here I am. Don’t give up a dream because of past phantoms, but rather seek out the right teacher for you and reignite your passion to learn piano. A good teacher will cater for your artistic emotions. A better teacher will be one step ahead of them.
Having a piano lesson programed tight and clear with the option of recording your lessons, could benefit you greatly. You can also cancel the lesson with 24 hours’ notice if you haven’t had time to practice. You can also have random sessions when you feel you need it.
I am very shy but everyone tells me what a good voice I have and that I should sing at eisteddfods. But I get scared of people watching me, then forget my words and sing off pitch.
I know this experience and believe that with constant mock performances, gradual audience exposure, (close friends) eventually you will overcome this.
Depends on your ability to learn and the time you put into your practice. An easy song can take a week for a beginner. I would need to assess your ability before passing that judgement.
You mention teaching and coaching as different entities. Could you please tell me the difference between the two?
With teaching the piano, I impart knowledge and skills in your lessons according to what you already know and don’t know to achieve an educational standard in a piano style that you choose.
With coaching your voice, I nurture your natural sounds to form a singing style. The voice is an incredible instrument, too many potential singers hate their voice either because they don’t understand pitch, don’t succeed in copying another singer or their heads are filled with write and wrongs. As singing coach, I will guide you to achieve your potential with your natural sounds.
Hi, I have a learning disorder, my ability to read and write is impaired but I have a good memory. Do you teach without my having to read and write?
Yes I do. There are many successful musicians who are in that some boat. You would learn the skills of listening and playing by ear. With a good memory and other senses to compensate for not reading or writing well, you have a unique approach to your art.
My mother wants me to learn the piano but I’m not so keen at this stage. I’ve tried different tutors but it just didn’t work out
I will be happy to talk to you and to your mother before committing to any lessons. We can discuss all pros and cons that face you and aim to build a meaningful and inspirational approach.