• Sheet Music Department

    January 17, 2019

    A much-needed piano method for intermediate and advanced players

    Ahead of our free workshop with acclaimed pianist, composer, author and educator Melanie Spanswick on Saturday 26 January, we take a closer look at her new series of books, Play it again: PIANO. While it is primarily aimed at those who are returning to the piano after a break, it is also a perfect course for intermediate and advanced pianists, who have had to make do without modern, structured method books until now…

    FORSYTH RECOMMENDS… Play it again: PIANO by Melanie Spanswick

    Book 1: Grade 1 – Grade 4 (£14.99) | Book 2: Grade 5 – Grade 8 (£14.99)

    Not just “the perfect way to rediscover the piano”, but also a much-needed, structured course for the intermediate and advanced pianist, for use either with or without a teacher.

    With so much modern piano tuition material available at the elementary levels, teachers and learners have often been surprised at the lack of similar publications for more developed pianists. Although an experienced teacher can guide a student through a suitable selection of repertoire and studies gathered from various publications, many would still prefer to work through a single curated course – and for the self-learner the need for such method books has gone unfulfilled until now.

    Melanie Spanswick’s new Play it again: PIANO offers a careful selection of 49 pieces, printed in progressive order from Grade 1 to Grade 8, each making different technical and musical demands, which the author discusses in her detailed accompanying texts. For each piece, she offers guidance on suitable warm-ups and the most effective practice techniques, including tailor-made exercises, as well as advice on interpretation.

    Those returning to the piano after a break may wish to refresh their technique by working through Book 1, while players who are already in practice could choose to begin with either Book 1 or Book 2. A third book, due for release in March, will offer continuing support for players from Grade 8 up to Diploma level.

    You can see sample pages from Books 1 and 2 on our website!

    And teachers, parents and learners who would like to work on their technique with the author in person can sign up for the Piano Workshop with Melanie Spanswick at Forsyth on Saturday 26 January! Book now via events@forsyths.co.uk or 0161 834 3281, ext. 204.