Archive for 2012


How much Christmas piano practice is good for you?

December 27th, 2012 — 3:21pm

There are two contrary opinions about how much piano practice is healthy over the holiday period.

On one hand, the opportunity to practice now you finally have free time seems too good to pass up. On the other hand, it could be argued that Christmas is a time for family and relaxation, and it’s only healthy to have some time to yourself – including time away from the piano.

Both are valid and depend very much on what was going on in your life before the holidays. If you’re stressed, always running out of time, it is sometimes good to switch off and fully recharge the batteries.

If however, you have a reasonably quiet lifestyle and prefer to practice in regular, short sessions, you may find it useful to cut yourself off from the world and have a really intense practice period.

From my experience, I would say that 90% of the people I come across  – whether friends, students or colleagues – belong to the first group. Particularly for those who live in busy cities, by the time the Christmas period arrives, many of us feel exhausted, wishing to rest and shut  down completely. Deadlines, Christmas parties, shopping for presents add additional stress to already busy lifestyle, so fitting in an extra 30 minutes a day for scales and arpeggios sometimes proves to be a step too far.

What I also keep noticing with my students, is that once they stop completely, their subconscious mind catches up, and as a result they play better after a good rest. They connect with the music better, and their attention to detail is much greater. It is almost as though the body has finally digested all the work that they have been done before! (Obviously, there must be some work done in the pre-Christmas period, as otherwise there would be nothing to digest!)

Therefore, I would say, that unless you have a big deadline for which you want to prepare, I would advocate for a complete rest! Go for walks, do some exercises, read some books, listen to music, spend the time with your friends and family, avoid your normal working routine and really relax. It is important to separate work from play, and when you play the piano it should be for pleasure. Stressing yourself out too much will not help.

Is this something many of you wanted to hear? :-)

Have a wonderful holidays and Happy New Year!

GéNIA

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Season’s greetings from Piano-Yoga®!

December 19th, 2012 — 8:16am

Here at Piano-Yoga®, we wish you happiness, health, love and fulfillment, although all in moderation of course.  We hope that this year will bring you everything you dream of and your musical life will only spiral upwards!

We would like to say a big thank you to all of you who came to our retreats, concerts and other events this year, as well as express our deep gratitude to our wonderful Piano-Yoga® Music School Students, who bring light and inspiration to our Piano-Yoga® philosophy and continuously help to develop our piano technique.  Please accept our Gift Voucher that could be redeemable against any of your lessons at our School next year.

To celebrate this Christmas, Piano-Yoga® has launched the first aromatherapy oil made especially for musicians, the Piano-Yoga® Relaxation Oil! Developed with the acclaimed aromatherapy expert (and Neal’s Yard Practitioner) Angela Allen, this oil will help to calm the mind, relax and achieve a state of Zen-like bliss, which always helps with unlocking the musical genius within.

As always in December, The Piano-Yoga® Christmas Sale is now on and here you can find our products and services at the special promotional rates. For instance, if you are looking to re-start your piano lessons, maybe one of our Boot Camps is for you! With our help, within only a few weeks you will be playing the piano better than you used to in the twilight recesses of your memory.

Piano-Yoga® Bootcamp Refresher Course

 

Alternatively, if you like practicing at home, you might like to try our Piano-Yoga® Assessment Lesson and Practice Plan. With this 6 month practise plan – carefully constructed by our army of elves (seasonal reference point) – we will help you assess your goals, strengths and weaknesses, with the aim of making you the complete piano player.

PIano-Yoga® Assessment Lesson and Practice Plan

 

If you would like to engross yourself fully into the Piano-Yoga® Method, why not try our new book ‘Piano-Yoga®: Transform Your Hands’ along with The Piano-Yoga Relaxation Oil? This combination will not only work effectively on your piano technique, but will also put you in a great state of mind, making you more receptive to the learning process.

PIano-Yoga® Assessment Lesson and Practice Plan

There is more in store in our Piano-Yoga® Christmas Shop: Skype Lessons for those who cannot travel to London to learn from GéNIA. We also offer eBooks and Paperbacks – just browse through our website for more. If you have any questions, we are always happy to help, just drop us a line or give us a call!

Have the most wonderful holiday!

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you all the New Year.

Best wishes,

GéNIA & The Piano-Yoga® Team

www.piano-yoga.com

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How to choose the best piano for you!

December 4th, 2012 — 11:01am

Very often people do not know where to start to buy the piano, as they feel completely overwhelmed by the choice available on the market. It is always good to have a professional whose advice you can trust. However, it is always better to know what you want before you embark on the piano search.

Here are some tips to help you make up your mind:

1. Decide on the type of the piano you want to have: grand or upright?

Whenever there is a choice, I would always advocate the grand, even if it is very small; as personally, I prefer the action of the grand piano to that of the upright. If you do go for the grand piano, decide what size would be most suited to you.

2. Heavy, Medium or Light: Decide on the action of the keyboard.

I would always advocate for a heavy-touch piano, as it trains fingers better (they become stronger quicker) and, also, piano actions get lighter with the time.

3. Decide the sound you prefer.

If you want to go for the ‘black and white’ sound – so to speak – of a Yamaha piano, this sound is excellent for Bach and baroque music in general, as well as jazz. If you would like to go for a more layered sound, this sound is more appropriate for Romantic music like Chopin, Schumann and Rachmaninoff. Always have the number of pieces on which you test the sound:

  • A quiet one
  • A loud one (preferably with chords)
  • A baroque piece
  • A romantic piece
  • A 20th century piece, including French impressionists (Debussy, Ravel, Satie) and
  • A jazzy/modern piece, or something in your own style.

4. Decide on how loud you want your piano to be.

It depends on how big is the space where the piano will be staying. Remember that a loud instrument will only get louder with time. Also think how many hours of loud piano music you can peacefully tolerate. If you have low ceiling, I would strongly recommend against a piano with a bright sound, as it can make you tired quickly and interfere with your practice.

5. Decide on your budget: 

These days you can find a grand piano on the market from £3,000 to £103,000. There are many places to buy: shops, private sales and auctions. Each option has problems and advantages. In the shop, you will normally get a few years guarantee and the piano would be more likely to be in a good condition, however, the price would be higher. In a private sale the price will be lower, but you must make sure that you will get it appraised by the independent specialist. At the auction you may get a bargain, but the danger is that you might not be able to discover the condition of the instrument inside, as normally auctions do not allow independent assessment of the pianos. However I strongly believe that there is a piano for everyone, you just need to know what piano you want. The clearer you are, the more likely you will find the best one for you.

I would advise you to see as many instruments as possible and mark their performance on a scale 1 to 10 for each criteria from the above list! It’s like meeting new people and seeing who are you compatible with and how they make you feel! The piano is going to be your friend for a long time.

And, for those, who are strongly into interior design, think about the colour and texture of the polish that you would like to see on your piano, so not to waste your time.

Visualize it daily, and sooner or later the piano will manifest itself in your life!

Happy Piano Shopping!

GéNIA

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Piano-Yoga® Retreat at Steinway Hall: 18th Nov 2012

November 1st, 2012 — 2:43pm

On the 18th November Piano-Yoga® – the miracle piano technique which allowed its creator, GéNIA, to come back to the podium just 10 weeks after breaking her wrist – returns to the home of piano excellence, Steinway Hall! Surrounded by some of the top instruments in the world, pianists from advanced-beginner to advanced level can draw inspiration from this historic and atmospheric setting and will find everything they need to transform their playing whilst enhancing their well-being.

Click HERE to book your place.

Click HERE to view the Press Release.

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Piano-Yoga® Retreat at Steinway Hall Competition!

November 1st, 2012 — 1:27pm

Piano-Yoga Retreat at Kings Place

Win a free place on our forthcoming Piano-Yoga® Retreat at Steinway Hall by answering the following question:

Q: Which famous composer said the following:

‘Live alone in your art! Restricted though you be by your defective sense, this is still the only existence for you.’

Please email your answers to info@piano-yoga.com. We will accept submissions up-to midnight on Wed 7th Nov. The winner will be selected randomly and notified on Thurs 8th Nov.

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Piano-Yoga® Featured in Igraem c Nachala!

October 22nd, 2012 — 11:49am

Piano-Yoga® Featued in Igraem c nachala Piano-Yoga® continues to impress the educational world, on a global scale, with a large feature in Russia’s leading music arts newspaper, Igraem c Nachala. This is an important milestone for Piano-Yoga® as Igraem c Nachala is the major current resource that helps shape the Russian piano methods and schools and the reputation Russia has for piano excellence.

The article examines the creation and development of the Piano-Yoga® technique and how it has helped its creator, GéNIA, and the students of her London based piano school, Piano-Yoga® Music School.

Click HERE to find out more and read the article!

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Piano-Yoga® at the OM Yoga Show 2012!

October 22nd, 2012 — 11:43am
Piano Yoga at Om Yoga Show

Yogini pianist, GéNIA, demonstrates exercises for strengthening the hands and fingers from her ground-breaking book Transform Your Hands at a free workshop at the OM Yoga Show, London Olympia.

The workshop will explore a series of piano exercises and unique hand/finger workouts that will do more for your piano technique than hours of practicing. With these exercises the muscles of your hands can become much stronger and, in turn, your finger flexibility and control should increase. By the end of the workshop participants will have gained a greater understanding and awareness of their hands and how to effectively use the Piano-Yoga® exercises to aid their practice and performance.

Click on the image or HERE to find out more!

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Piano-Yoga® Retreat at Kings Place, 23rd Sep 2012

September 14th, 2012 — 9:27am

Piano Yoga Retreat at Kings Place
Click the image above or HERE to get more information!
Click HERE to books tickets while they last!

 

 

 

 

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Piano-Yoga® Retreat at Kings Place Competition!

September 13th, 2012 — 9:13am

Piano-Yoga® Classical Chillout Night at The Red Hedgehog

Win a free place on our forthcoming Piano-Yoga® Retreat at Kings Place by answering the following question:

Q: Which famous composer ruined his hands by trying to stretch his fingers with weights? (Obviously he hadn’t heard of Piano-Yoga®!)

Please email your answers to info@piano-yoga.com. The winner will be selected randomly and notified on Wednesday 19th of September 2012.

To find out more, click HERE.
To watch videos of previous events, click HERE.
For the Kings Place website click HERE.
For more events, click HERE.

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Want to work for Piano-Yoga®?

August 23rd, 2012 — 10:55am

Piano-Yoga PR JobWe have a new PR position available! Click the image or HERE for more information and to apply.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

The Piano-Yoga® Team.

 

 

 

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