London Contemporary School of Piano

London Contemporary School of Piano

Changing the way the world teaches and experiences music, based in London and worldwide. Age or ability is not a barrier to entry.

At the London Contemporary School of Piano, we are at the forefront of changing the way the world teaches and experiences music. We believe that making music and playing the piano should be a joy, not limited to outdated methods of teaching that no longer bare fruits. Why are so many people just so tense and fearful when they sit down at a musical instrument. We create a very different learning en

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25/12/2023

Merry Christmas from the London Contemporary School of Piano ๐ŸŽน
Wishing you a wonderful New Year filled with lots of wonderful chords.

04/12/2023

Unlock the world of 7th chords on the piano with this comprehensive beginner's guide! In this 7th chords lesson, we'll dive into understanding the 7th chords on the piano - major 7th chords, minor 7th chords, and dominant 7th chords - and how to play those chords on the piano.

7th chords: major, minor, and dominant produce different sounds and emotions and can dominate in various music genres:

- Major seventh chords, with their sweet and dreamy sound, add a touch of elegance to your piano playing. We'll teach you how to construct and play these lush chords effortlessly.

- minor seventh chords bring a soulful, melancholic quality to your music. We'll show you how to create that emotional depth with these chords.
dominant seventh chords are essential for jazz and blues enthusiasts. Discover the secret behind their bluesy, suspenseful sound.

We'll also explore 7th chord inversions and chord voicings on piano to add variety and richness to your piano compositions.

If you would like to expand on learning seventh chords, watch this tutorial next - itโ€™s about how to play diminished 7th chords on piano:


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02/12/2023

๐ŸŽถโœจ Experience the Enchantment of Bach's C Major Prelude with Us! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽน

Whether you're a beginner musician or a seasoned pianist, Bach's C Major Prelude is a timeless treasure waiting for you. This isn't just a piece of music; it's a historical masterpiece that contains chord progressions that are modern by even today's standards. You won't believe this piece was written in 1722. And the best part? It's perfectly crafted in its original form, needing no simplification or changing for a modern piano. (It was originally written for harspichord)

๐ŸŒ Want to dive deeper? Visit us at www.contemporaryschoolofpiano.co.uk to get your FREE Resources Pack! This exclusive pack includes a lead sheet and chord chart of Bach's iconic composition. It's everything you need to start your journey with this magnificent piece.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Get your Free Resources Pack now and join a community of music lovers who celebrate the enduring beauty of classical music. Let's make music together! ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ’ซ

15/11/2023

๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ”ฅ Master the Mystery of Diminished 7th Chords on Piano! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŽน

Ever been intrigued by the enigmatic sound of the diminished seventh chord? ๐Ÿค” It's not just any chord โ€“ it's the tritone chord, often known as the devilโ€™s chord, and it holds the secret to adding depth and complexity to your piano playing! ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‘น

๐ŸŒŸ In our latest guide, we dive deep into the world of diminished chords. Here's what you'll discover:
โœ… The fundamentals of diminished seventh chords
โœ… The history and theory behind the tritone, the "devilโ€™s chord"
โœ… Practical tips on incorporating these chords into your piano progressions
โœ… Exciting ways to use diminished chords to enhance your music

Whether you're a beginner eager to explore new sounds or an experienced pianist looking to refine your skills, this guide has something for everyone! ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽต



Feel free to share your experiences and tips in the comments below! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘‡

10/11/2023

๐ŸŽน๐ŸŒŸ Elevate Your Piano Improvisation Skills! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽน

Are you ready to take your piano improvisation to new heights? We've got just the tutorial for you! ๐ŸŽถ Dive into the mesmerizing world of piano modes and watch your improvisational abilities soar. ๐Ÿš€

๐Ÿ”‘ **Key Takeaways:**
- Discover the enchanting sounds of the Lydian, Mixolydian, and Dorian scales.
- Master the art of practicing modes to enhance your improvisation fluidity.
- Develop a profound understanding of modal improvisation.

Whether you're yearning to craft mesmerizing melodies, jazz up your compositions, or explore new realms in your piano journey, understanding modal improvisation is key. ๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽผ

In our comprehensive guide, we'll:
- Break down each scale for easy understanding.
- Offer practical tips and exercises for piano improvisation.
- Provide musical examples to make learning a breeze.

๐ŸŽถ Learn your modes on the piano to improvise and create beautiful soundscapes! ๐ŸŽถ

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Get your exclusive Resources Pack from the London Contemporary School of Piano. Let us help you overcome your challenges and accelerate your progress at the piano. Get in touch now! ๐Ÿ‘‡www.contemporaryschoolofpiano.com

07/04/2023

Happy Good Friday and wishing everyone a peaceful Easter Break. Here is a tune that is over 1500 years old and blends beautifully with piano!

How To Play Blues Hands Together 22/02/2023

๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽถ Attention all blues piano enthusiasts! Are you ready to take your playing to the next level? ๐Ÿš€

We've got just the thing for you: a new video teaching you how to build your hand independence with blues piano! ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ™Œ

Mastering hand coordination in blues piano is an essential skill to unlock your full potential as a musician. With our hands-together / coordination piano exercises and rhythm exercises for blues piano, you'll not only improve your skills, but you'll also have a ton of fun in the process! ๐ŸŽ‰

Don't miss out on the opportunity to liberate your playing and take your blues scale piano improvisation to new heights. Check out our video now and start building your hand independence! ๐Ÿ‘

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/rDOUVb629Bg

What are you waiting for? Let's get started! ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ’ช

How To Play Blues Hands Together Build your hand independence with blues by learning how to play blues hands together!Hand independence in blues piano is not an easy task to achieve but such...

How To Play Piano Chords By Ear 06/02/2023

You always wanted to play songs by ear on the piano but thought itโ€™s impossible? This beginner piano tutorial on how to play piano chords by ear is for you!

This effective ear training for beginners lesson will teach you how to identify musical chords by ear and enjoy playing your favourite songs straight away.

Play piano by ear as itโ€™s an amazing skill you can acquire from the start which will help you in so many ways to understand and appreciate the music no matter the genre.

How To Play Piano Chords By Ear You always wanted to play songs by ear on the piano but thought itโ€™s impossible? This beginner piano tutorial on how to play piano chords by ear is for you! ...

30/09/2022

We are very much looking forward to celebrating London Contemporary School of Piano student, Shivank Menon's debut London recital on the 11th of October, for an exciting program of Beethoven, Ravel, and much more.

We are delighted to welcome Mr Shivank Menon to The Lansdowne Club, for our recital at 7pm on 11th October! For more information, please visit our website, www.bluthner.co.uk or call our showroom on: 020 7753 0533 for tickets.



Tom Donald - In Memoriam (God Save The Queen) 19/09/2022

In Memoriam (God Save The Queen) now known as God Save the King, is a reflective meditation of the anthem in dedication to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II composed by Tom Donald.

The piece has now been signed to 80 Days Publishing and a donation will be made to the Prince's trust charity for all copies sold.

Suitable for pianists and organists in need of a memorial and meditative arrangement of the anthem for this occasion.

https://80dayspublishing.com/products/tom-donald-in-memoriam-god-save-the-queen

Tom Donald - In Memoriam (God Save The Queen) THIS IS A DOWNLOADABLE PRODUCT Composer and Pianist, Tom Donald is the founder of the London Contemporary School of Piano which is known worldwide for teaching piano students of all ages how to create, arrange and improvise their own music to build a deeper connection with the piano. A 15% donation....

12/09/2022

Take your piano playing to the next level with us.
We are now opening very limited places for new prospective students to come on a journey with us and join our creative world of musical adventures and real solutions. The rare opportunity to work with our team is open to any age or level.
๐ŸŽตAre you looking for a turning point in your piano playing and practice and trying to find the next thing to really help you break through?
๐ŸŽตAre you stuck in a musical rut?
๐ŸŽตAre you struggling with some difficult challenges and require some creative and out-of-the-box solutions, that an exam syllabus could not help you with?
๐ŸŽตDo you lack musical inspiration to fuel your motivation?
๐ŸŽตAre you looking to change the approach you play and learn music?
We're here to help! We've worked with beginners and struggling adult amateurs and facilitated them to staggering achievement in our lessons. Learn more about how to apply here:

06/09/2022

Chord Arrangement Tips from the LCSP Studios with Tom Donald
๐ŸŽนโšก๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Polyphony in the digital music age could be considered an "old-fashioned" musical term. But for songwriters and producers, some understanding of polyphony will go a very long way in creating smoother arrangements and connecting your chords and harmonies together.

Chords aren't just a random event, they are part of a larger phrase. Have a look at what happens to this chord progression when using some simple polyphonic writing skills. Treating the chords like a choir, rather than "clunky chords" you will immediately hear more musicality in your playing or arrangements.๐ŸŽน ๐ŸŽฉ

Need more help. Want expert world-class piano coaching? You can apply to work with the LCSP by visiting our enrolments page. There are no obligations to work with us, as we have limited places, but filling out our enrolments form will enable us to professionally diagnose where you are up to with your piano journey, at no cost. The link is here below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

https://freevideos.contemporaryschoolofpiano.com/application-form

04/09/2022

Power Jazz Piano Tip from Maestro Maker Tom Donald ๐ŸŽนโšก๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Students can trip themselves up "overthinking" the theory when trying to play jazz. But it's impossible to think theory in the heat of the moment when you need to improvise and create. ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ‘€

So you need a way around this, which is to instead focus on building muscle memory through the use of shapes and inversions. This is far more powerful than just theory in isolation which will only drive you to confusion with no musical results. ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ

This short one-minute exercise is a very good example of how you can build your jazz muscle memory.๐ŸŽฉ๐ŸŽน

Need more help. Want expert world-class piano coaching? You can apply to work with the LCSP by visiting our enrolments page. There are no obligations to work with us, as we have limited places, but filling out our enrolments form will enable us to professionally diagnose where you are up to with your piano journey, at no cost. The link is here below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

https://freevideos.contemporaryschoolofpiano.com/application-form/

11/06/2022

๐ŸŽนSome ๐Ÿ˜‹ sweet harmony for your weekend๐ŸŽน

30/05/2022

๐ŸŽนPop Music Grooves
๐ŸŽนA simple pattern they don't teach at school...
๐ŸŽนThe magic of the suspended 2nd

Get your fingers ready ๐ŸŽ

20/05/2022

Piano tip of the day.
Inversions
Two notes up or two notes down
Simplify approach = play more

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Our Story

The London Contemporary School of Piano is a world leading music academy that trains piano students of all ages in all styles of music. Many of our members at all ages have gone on to record their own albums, set national records in the piano exam system and have conquered their musical goals with our dedicated team of internationally renowned piano coaches and pianists.

For more than 10 Years, the team at the LCSP have been helping pianists and music lovers of all ages and levels implement outstanding methods of learning to play piano, giving them a lifelong satisfaction with music.

Why not try an exciting NEW piano program in Central London from Beatles, Bach, Chopin and Stevie Wonder, to just name a few composers on our 21st Century syllabus.

The best ways to learn piano starts with the right music. Why donโ€™t you check out our site www.contemporaryschoolofpiano.com where you can access our free piano tutorials to get a taster for what it is we do and how we do it.

Videos (show all)

Merry Christmas from the London Contemporary School of Piano ๐ŸŽน Wishing you a wonderful New Year filled with lots of wond...
Unlock the world of 7th chords on the piano with this comprehensive beginner's guide! In this 7th chords lesson, we'll d...
7th Chords: Major, Minor and Dominant
๐ŸŽถโœจ Experience the Enchantment of Bach's C Major Prelude with Us! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽนWhether you're a beginner musician or a seasoned pian...
How to Play Bach's C major Prelude
Mastering Diminished Chords on the Piano
Lydian Mode : the dream mode. #pianomodes #lydianmode #improvisationskills #musictutorial #creativity
How To improvise On Piano With Modes
The enjoyment of Improvisation on the #cmajorblues.  In this new London Contemporary School of Piano masterclass we will...
Chord Arrangement Tips from the LCSP Studios with Tom Donald๐ŸŽนโšก๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅPolyphony in the digital music age could be considered a...
Power Jazz Piano Tip from Maestro Maker Tom Donald ๐ŸŽนโšก๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅStudents can trip themselves up "overthinking" the theory when tr...
๐ŸŽนSome ๐Ÿ˜‹ sweet harmony for your weekend๐ŸŽน

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