New review just in (of the most recent edition of How to Play Indian Sitar Rāgas on a Piano) - by John Carpenter, WAIF Radio, and Administrator of the Advanced Piano Performer's Forum: Many of us have heard raga music played on the sitar, but how can we play it on the piano? John Pitts,… Continue reading Five stars review from John Carpenter, WAIF Radio
https://youtu.be/fz-hzmLQHLg A short look through the newly published 2nd edition of my book "How to play Indian Sitar Rāgas on a Piano".
I'm delighted to announce that the 2nd edition of How to Play Indian Sitar Rāgas on a Piano (July 2020) is now available. It is available as a coil-bound paperback (268 pages, 21x1.5x29.7cm) from Lulu, or as a digital download from SheetMusicPlus , or as a digital download with studio licence from pianoraag.wordpress.com/shop or as a perfect-bound… Continue reading 2nd edition now published! July 2020
https://pianoraag.wordpress.com/piano-triets-resources - information originally published on the Severnside Composers Alliance website.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1650187777 Published Christmas 2019 The word rāga literally means ‘to colour’, and from that also ‘to induce passion’ or ‘emotion’. The musical term rāga refers to a performance, within the melodic and structural conventions of Indian classical music, that evokes a particular emotion. Rāga Jogiya Kalingra “Aroma of Saffron” evokes a mood of wonder: It… Continue reading New book! Rāga Jogiya Kalingra “Aroma of Saffron” (Christmas 2019)
I am asked every so often if I have any Indian pop music for piano. I usually say no. But finally I thought I'd do one, through SMP's arrangement scheme, and it's been fun. So, here is my new piano arrangement of hit Bollywood song https://youtu.be/C7DGBbc5Hhg Kisi Se Pyar Ho Jaye - available to buy exclusively… Continue reading Bollywood piano music
[Spring 2020 Update - these two ragas/raags are now included in the second edition of Indian Ragas for Piano Made Easy] After requests for some specific raags, I've done two more easy piano adaptations - Raag Malhar and Raag Chayanat - done in the format of the ‘easy’ book (“Indian Raags for Piano Made Easy”), ie:… Continue reading Raags on demand…
New, nice review - by Fiona Lau (in Music Teacher Magazine - available to buy from https://pocketmags.com/music-teacher-magazine/july-2018) - of my "Indian Raags for Piano Made Easy" book. "I can see this book being extremely useful to: those who teach world music and would value a keyboard approach to it; classical pianists wanting a wonderfully approachable… Continue reading Review (July 2018) by Fiona Lau – Music Teacher Magazine
New - Pipa Dreams in Imperial Garden (April 2018) for solo piano, is an attempt to capture something of the essence of the Chinese lute. The pipa is a strummed and plucked, pear-shaped instrument, with four strings (typically tuned A D E A), characteristically using frequent fast tremolo with all of the right fingers repeatedly plucking… Continue reading Piano music inspired by the Chinese pipa
https://serenademagazine.com/series/music-education/how-to-play-indian-sitar-raags-on-a-piano/ Published 10 April 2018 Composer John Pitts explains the creative process behind the Indian raag compositions for piano solo in his new book “How to Play Indian Sitar Raags on a Piano” So, please indulge me with this imaginary scenario:1) A sitar player in India who also happens to love European classical music. He… Continue reading The creative process behind the Indian raag compositions for piano