Play Piano Fluently

PlayPianoFluently (https://playpianofluently.com/) is where students & teachers of music explore a new approach to musical training. Its focus is to unlock the natural musicality that human beings are designed to possess and to express.

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Let go of self-consciousness and experience GROOVE! 15/09/2022

Let go of self-consciousness and experience GROOVE!

Let go of self-consciousness and experience GROOVE! How you must find the courage to allow your natural rhythmic sense to channel your energies to make your body move with grace, freedom and expressiveness.

Let go of self-consciousness and experience GROOVE! http://philbestmusic.com/ How you must find the courage to allow your natural rhythmic sense to channel your energies to make your body move with grace, free...

Why do we succumb to 18th/19th century classical tonality? 20/06/2022

Why do we succumb to 18th/19th century classical tonality?

We can give up slavish adherence to western classical tonality to discover and explore the full richness of tonal colour.

Why do we succumb to 18th/19th century classical tonality? http://philbestmusic.com/ We can give up slavish adherence to western classical tonality to discover and explore the full richness of tonal colour.

Overthinking is a common problem when training musical fluency. 04/04/2022

Overthinking is a common problem when training musical fluency.

Thinking critically, working things out and analysing are great mental skills but in the context of musical fluency training, they can block our ability to focus and let go.

Overthinking is a common problem when training musical fluency. https://playpianofluently.com/ Thinking critically, working things out and analysing are great mental skills but in the context of musical fluency training, ...

Unlocking our innate sense of tonal tension and resolution 10/02/2022

Unlocking our innate sense of tonal tension and resolution

The basis of becoming tonally fluent is not ear-training. You already have an inner sense of tonal relationships. This video explains that we need to awaken our sense of tension and resolution (or home and away) as a first principle of fluent tonal sense.

Unlocking our innate sense of tonal tension and resolution https://philbestmusic.com/ The basis of becoming tonally fluent is not ear-training. You already have an inner sense of tonal relationships. This video expla...

Playing rhythm from the body and soul 14/01/2022

Playing rhythm from the body and soul

The ability to play rhythmically comes from a natural inner feeling in our body and soul. It feels good and we know when we're engaged with it. Letting go to play and express ourselves from that place of rhythmic freedom takes practice.

Playing rhythm from the body and soul https://playpianofluently.com/ The ability to play rhythmically comes from a natural inner feeling in our body and soul. It feels good and we know when we're...

At its source, rhythm is a MARRIAGE of two parts... 07/12/2021

At its source, rhythm is a MARRIAGE of two parts...

When we strip away all the techniques and analyses about what rhythm is and how it works, what do we find at the very source?

At its source, rhythm is a MARRIAGE of two parts... http://philbestmusic.com/ When we strip away all the techniques and analyses about what rhythm is and how it works, what do we find at the very source?

2 non-boring improvisation drills for developing comprehensive fluent tonal sense. 20/11/2021

2 non-boring improvisation drills for developing comprehensive fluent tonal sense.

When we practise scales and learn the theory of chords and voicing, the process is laborious and often dull. So Phil Best, creator of Play Piano Fluently, found a way to bypass this boring work by practising drills that get around the keys using lots of intricate harmonies.

2 non-boring improvisation drills for developing comprehensive fluent tonal sense. https://playpianofluently.com/ When we practise scales and learn the theory of chords and voicing, the process is laborious and often dull. So I found a way ...

Musical fluency is natural...so why is it uncommon? 21/10/2021

Musical fluency is natural...so why is it uncommon?

In this talk, Phil Best explains the surprising reasons why real fluency in the language of music has become an uncommon skill. We are told that we need to have special gifts like perfect pitch or huge intellectual capacity for processing theory... These disempowering myths need busting! In reality, human beings have an innate sense of rhythm and tonality. So fluency in the language of music is as natural for us to develop as fluency with words. But we need to uncover and surmount some significant psychological and emotional blockages. Once we face these deep repressed fears, all we need is a simple, common sense model to focus on as we let go and play freely from the body and soul.

Musical fluency is natural...so why is it uncommon? http://philbestmusic.com/ In this talk, Phil Best explains the surprising reasons why real fluency in the language of music has become an uncommon skill. We ...

Learn to hear harmony 23/08/2021

Learn to hear harmony

To be fluent tonally, to handle harmony and melody with effortless ease, you need to know all your harmonic blocks as unified structures plugged into the whole keyboard map. We tend to focus on the musical surface, often simply the melody, using our "karaoke" sense. Or we try to grasp theoretical objects like chords and intervals. But if we train our innate ability to tune into the wash of harmonic colour that underpins music at every moment, and learn how these harmonic blocks plug into the structure of the keyboard map, we then find it easy to grasp all the possible tonal shapes (melodies and chords) that are woven into this harmonic fabric.

Learn to hear harmony http://philbestmusic.com/ https://playpianofluently.com/ To be fluent tonally, to handle harmony and melody with effortless ease, you need to know all your h...

09/08/2021

What is fluent musicianship? And what is the difference between fluency training and conventional piano lessons? Check out the Play Piano Fluently website at https://playpianofluently.com/-this-course-for-me for the answers.

How to do crossed rhythms in Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu 🎹 02/03/2021

How to do crossed rhythms in Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu 🎹

How to do crossed rhythms in Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu 🎹 http://philbestmusic.com/ The crossed rhythms (4s against 3s) in Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu are notoriously awkward. In this video, I describe some simple ...

How to get a free technique 🎹 13/02/2021

How to get a free technique 🎹

How to get a free technique 🎹 http://philbestmusic.com/ In this video, I introduce the first and most important step to having a free technique, which is to feel the natural, flowing rhyt...

Playing from your inner musician 28/12/2020

Playing from your inner musician

In order to play fluently, we must connect our minds and our fingers to our inner musician. Rhythm and particularly the underlying groove of music are the main skills to practise in order to make this connection.

Playing from your inner musician https://playpianofluently.com/ In order to play fluently, we must connect our minds and our fingers to our inner musician. Rhythm and particularly the underl...

08/11/2020

When you look at a musical score for the first time, do you hear it playing in your mind? A fluent musician does because they recognise familiar elements and structures of tonality and rhythm. Learn what it takes to be a fluent musician at https://playpianofluently.com/ 🎹

What to expect in PlayPianoFluently course - the radical, common-sense approach to learning piano 🎹 07/10/2020

What to expect in PlayPianoFluently course - the radical, common-sense approach to learning piano 🎹

What to expect in the Play Piano Fluently course - the radical, common-sense and empowering approach to learning piano 🎹

What to expect in PlayPianoFluently course - the radical, common-sense approach to learning piano 🎹 https://playpianofluently.com/ PlayPianoFluently is a radical, common-sense and empowering approach to learning piano. Acquire powerful fluent musicianship s...

How to play fast on the piano 🎹 06/09/2020

How to play fast on the piano 🎹

PlayPianoFluently creator Phil Best on how to play fast on the piano...

How to play fast on the piano 🎹 https://philbestmusic.com/ As a fluent musician, to learn to play fast notes on the piano, you first need mental dexterity and then you need to be able to le...

19/07/2020

How do you know whether you are playing a piece of music well? Because it sounds sufficiently like someone else’s performance or because you understand the musical language? Explore the answer to this question with Play Piano Fluently at https://playpianofluently.com/ 🎹

01/06/2020

Rhythm is the key to musical meaning. The groove must be flexible to whatever degree that is needed to generate musical syntax, rise and fall, cadence and a sense of story. Find out how you can develop this ability to play rhythmically on the keys at https://playpianofluently.com/ 🎹

Improvisation in F-sharp minor 08/05/2020

Improvisation in F-sharp minor

Creator of Play Piano Fluently, Phil Best, plays an unplanned improvisation. Listen out for the mention of Play Piano Fluently in the intro. 🎹

Improvisation in F-sharp minor https://philbestmusic.com/ In this little film, I say a few words about my process as an improviser, then perform a melodic and accessible unplanned improvis...

20/04/2020

The structure of the piano keyboard is a wonder of symmetry and beauty. It is just rational enough to be perfect for training melodic and harmonic fluency but quirky enough to feel magical. Find out more at https://playpianofluently.com/. 🎹

Teaching musical fluency - dogma or discovery? 15/03/2020

Teaching musical fluency - dogma or discovery?

It can feel quite strange for students of fluent musicianship to be forced to think of nothing but a simple model of how music works: I won’t allow students’ focus to drift towards anything other than intending musical shapes made from rhythm cells and tonal blocks plugged into the rhythmic matrix and keyboard map. At the slightest sign of critical thinking, ruminating or analysing, I pounce!

Teaching musical fluency - dogma or discovery? It can feel quite strange for students of fluent musicianship to be forced to think

12/03/2020

You should never play a musical sound without intending it from inside your imagination. Passive execution is hollow. Fluent playing can be full of authentic meaning. Find out more at https://playpianofluently.com/ 🎹

14/02/2020

Music carries meaning. Not the literal meaning of words but a deeper, more obscure truth that words cannot even grasp at. Fluency in the language of music gives you access to that truth. Find out how at https://playpianofluently.com/ 🎹

06/02/2020

Our minds have been conditioned to think predominantly in a linear way. The patterns of music work like fractals: to understand them, you must train the mind to think in nonlinear ways. Find out how at https://playpianofluently.com/ 🎹

04/01/2020

When you hear a song playing in your imagination, did you know you hear it in the right key? You might think, “Well, of course I do!” But does this mean you have perfect pitch? When you know all the tonal blocks in the keyboard like favourite songs, you do! Find out how at https://playpianofluently.com/ 🎹

09/12/2019

Music goes by too quickly for the brain to recognise chords or intervals; and notes or time values are as inaudible as molecules are invisible. But there are rhythmic and tonal elements you can recognise in real time just as you do words in speech. Find out how at https://playpianofluently.com/ 🎹

31/10/2019

Even the simplest music can sound incredibly beautiful when the expressive intention is present. Every sound you play must come from YOUR imagination, your truth. Discover how you can develop this skill at https://playpianofluently.com/.

07/10/2019

Music theory is fun. Like anagrams or crosswords or complex grammatical analysis, it is fascinating and intellectually stretching but it is not the basis of fluency. Find out about the ground-breaking Play Piano Fluently approach to training keyboard fluency at https://playpianofluently.com/ 🎹

25/09/2019

Our intuitive, inner sense of music is a powerful force that is hard to access consciously. A few people with blind confidence find access to the dark side - a dangerous and limited path. But with enough humility and discipline, we can all unlock its power. Find out how at https://playpianofluently.com/ 🎹

18/09/2019

Music is not something to get right, to learn by muscle memory or blind karaoke. It’s not a code of dots on a page to execute. Music is a language with syntax and vocabulary that we all grasp intuitively. A fluent musician grasps it consciously. Learn more about how you can develop this fluency at https://playpianofluently.com/ 🎹

Play Piano Fluently online course | Play piano by ear, sight-read, improvise 10/09/2019

Play Piano Fluently online course | Play piano by ear, sight-read, improvise

When you are musically fluent, you improvise without any theoretical consideration. The melodies, harmonies and rhythms appear as effortlessly as words would if you were pouring out your heart to a true friend. Find out more about the ground-breaking Play Piano Fluently approach to learning piano at https://playpianofluently.com.

Play Piano Fluently online course | Play piano by ear, sight-read, improvise Learn to play piano by ear, improvise, sight-read and gain aural skills, with the empowering & ground-breaking Play Piano Fluently, approach to learning.

Why people want to play music they know 06/09/2019

Why people want to play music they know

When you know the language of music fluently, you love to discover new music. Whilst it is natural, up to a point, to want to play music we know and love, there can be rather a delusional element to this, if what you are playing sounds less intelligible than you might think...

Why people want to play music they know https://playpianofluently.com When you know the language of music fluently, you love to discover new music. Whilst it is natural, up to a point, to want to p...

06/09/2019

When you look at a musical score for the first time, do you hear it playing in your mind? A fluent musician does because they recognise familiar elements and structures of tonality and rhythm. Check out https://playpianofluently.com/ to discover how the Play Piano Fluently approach develops this fluency. 🎹

Play piano by ear | improvise | online piano course | piano lessons 02/09/2019

Play piano by ear | improvise | online piano course | piano lessons

Rhythm is the key to musical meaning. The groove must be flexible to whatever degree that is needed to generate musical syntax, rise and fall, cadence and a sense of story. https://playpianofluently.com/

Play piano by ear | improvise | online piano course | piano lessons Online piano course for you to play by ear, finding chords easily, in jazz, classical, blues & pop styles, without practising scales or learning theory.

16/08/2019

Play Piano Fluently is a radical, alternative approach to conventional theory, practical musicianship and aural training. Visit https://playpianofluently.com for an introduction, free videos and course materials on how to develop powerful fluent musicianship skills that flow naturally. 🎹

Playing by pinning fingers to set keys destroys natural musical fluency - you can use any fingers. 08/08/2019

Playing by pinning fingers to set keys destroys natural musical fluency - you can use any fingers.

If we can only play music using the same fingers every time, it means that muscle memory has such a critical role in how we play the piano that our musicianship is stunted. On the other hand. If we can play the same passage using different fingering each time, this means that we know how patterns of the music are formed within the structure of the keyboard.

This is fluency - the ability to effortlessly understand how patterns of tonality and rhythm are formed. It is the ability to intend every sound as we make it, to know where it lives in the tonal structure of the keyboard. True improvising - or composing in real time - becomes impossible if we rely on executing muscle-memorised finger patterns. We need to see that we can learn to improvise music as naturally as we speak, then we will play with ease and flow. Playing by pinning fingers to set keys destroys this natural musical fluency.

Playing by pinning fingers to set keys destroys natural musical fluency - you can use any fingers. https://playpianofluently.com If we can only play music using the same fingers every time, it means that muscle memory has such a critical role in how we pla...

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