Play it again: Piano – The perfect way to rediscover the piano
Aimed at ‘returning’ players who have spent some time away from the keyboard, Play it again: Piano gives you the confidence to revisit this fulfilling pastime and go beyond what you previously thought you could achieve. Each of the pieces in this three-book course is accompanied by at least two full pages of easy-to-understand practice tips, all designed to get your fingers speeding comfortably across the keys once again! There are more comprehensive Piano Technique and Theory sections at the front and back of each book, so you can also delve deeper to regain a fuller understanding of music and technique.
A refresher course for all abilities
Each book is arranged in 4 progressive sections, with Book 1 moving from ‘Elementary’ to ‘Intermediate’, and Book 2 taking you from ‘Late Intermediate’ to ‘Late Advanced’. Dip in and out wherever your level of playing suits: this two-book course starts with simple and elegant miniatures and concludes with the famously showy Prelude in C-sharp minor by Rachmaninoff! Confident pianists could start with Book 2, but there is a wealth of delightful repertoire and valuable practice tips in Book 1 – it’s always useful to go ‘back to basics’.
From Schumann to shuffles
Baroque, Classical and Romantic works sit alongside Jazz, Ragtime, contemporary or traditional pieces at every level, so each lesson brings something different and you’ll learn to play in a range of styles, some of which may be new to your fingers.
If you often find yourself saying “I used to play the piano…” but wish you still did, then Play it again: Piano is the resource for you!
In the videos below, Melanie takes you through some techniques used in the books.
Use the playlist symbol in the top left corner to select different tutorials.
Melanie Spanswick is a pianist, author, teacher, and composer. She graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Master’s degree in Performance Studies. As an educator, Melanie has examined and adjudicated widely, and she frequently gives master classes, workshops and presentations throughout the UK and abroad (most recently in Germany, the USA and the Far East). As a pianist, she has performed and broadcast worldwide, and has given recitals as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at music festivals and major concert halls.
Melanie has written and edited piano books for the international market, to critical acclaim.
She is a regular contributor to Pianist magazine and Piano Professional (EPTA), and her piano compositions have been featured in various publications and included on many music festival syllabuses.
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