Learn to play Bach in six weeks

Learn to play Bach in six weeks

The start of the year is a great time to take on a new challenge. The pianist James Rhodes tells Clemency Burton-Hill how anyone can learn to play Bach in six weeks.

Is it ever too late to learn a musical instrument? According to the leading British concert pianist James Rhodes, the answer is an emphatic ‘no’ – and he has just written the book to prove it. The delightfully straight-talking How To Play the Piano is an elegant little volume that promises – with just 45 minutes’ practice a day, six days a week, for six weeks – to enable anyone with access to a keyboard to play one of JS Bach’s most beloved works, the Prelude no 1 in C major from Book One of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Continue reading

How Being a Cellist Molded My Interior Design Career

How Being a Cellist Molded My Interior Design Career

When I was young, I played the cello.

I started in about the 5th grade and played all the way through my high school years and I was good.  I had natural talent that not many people have…it had to be that because I HATED practicing.  With. A. Passion. So I relied upon some practice (because my mother made me) and my God given talent to win competitions, play in the adult symphony orchestra my high school years and acquire ‘first chair’ my senior year (that is after the more amazing cellist, Joni Greenwood graduated) then along came…Annie. Continue reading

Free Online Course on Medieval Music Begins today

Free Online Course on Medieval Music Begins today

The University of Basel and Future Learn have teamed up to offer a seven week free online course that will teach the history of musical notation in the Middle Ages, and show you how to decode medieval music manuscripts.

The course, From Ink to Sound: Decoding Musical Manuscripts, is being taught by Matteo Nanni and Angelika Moths, and will take about 3 hours per week. The only requirement is that you should know how to read modern musical notation. Continue reading