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Time to fire up the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space) again. We've materialized in Vienna in the year 1795. We find that we have been plopped down right in the middle of the parlor of
the home of the great composer, Franz Josef ("Papa") Haydn.
Let's listen in as Anke and her brother, Ernst, two Austrian piano students, talk with
Tip of the Month - Time for practice? Make it count!
Have you noticed lately just how much practise your
teacher is setting? And have you also noticed that by the time you practise
everything you need to THIS week, the pieces you have learned a month or two
ago are practically forgotten? What about scales and arpeggios and all that
other technical work—when are you supposed to practise that? Here’s a
schedule you can follow. It’s based on a thirty minute practise session.
Try it this month and see how you go!
Warm up (2minutes)
Technical Work: scales, arpeggios, sight reading (5 minutes)
Learn: this section is for your very latest pieces you’re working on (10
Polish: for the pieces you need to get up to performance standard (8
Review: pieces you already know and play well. (5 minutes)
Remember, it’s not the AMOUNT of time you practise, it’s what you DO with
the time! Use the time suggestions as a guide only.
are places with neat pictures and sounds or they might be just plain
weird! Check it out!
Got a report to write on the piano? Want to learn a little more about
it? Need to find out who Charles Tomlinson Griffes (or almost any other
composer) was? We have a whole shelf full of free articles that should
Lots of Piano Music and Cool Sounds
Like piano music? Want to hear some? Well,
The Audition Room has hundreds
and hundreds of files of famous (and not so famous) composers' piano
music. Jump over there and take a listen. You'll be glad you did!
Take Your Own Trip with Dr. Who
If you like the sounds of the TARDIS and the Doctor in our
Meet the Composer interviews, you can
download your own sounds for free and play them on your own computer.
These come from the
Doctor Who, and span many of the Doctor's regenerations.
Go get 'em for free!
The Taz Speaks! (Sort of)
the Warner Bros. cartoon series Taz-mania, Taz grunts it like
it is! If your browser doesn't let you play sound directly, you can
get the files by turning on your browser's Load to Disk or Save to Disk
function and then play them offline later in the Windows Media Player
or similar player program. These make fun Windows sounds, too. Just
download 'em, go to your Windows Control Panel, Click Sounds and then
set these to play. They're way cool!
Greetings from Taz (108K WAV)
Taz takes a piano lesson (37 K WAV)
Taz tells you what he thinks about piano lessons (41K
Taz does the classics (65K WAV)
Free collection of over 30 great Taz sounds, including all the ones
above! (993K self-extracting archive)