Raags on demand…

After requests for some specific raags, I've done two more easy piano adaptations - Raag Malhar and Raag Chanayat - done in the format of the ‘easy’ book (“Indian Raags for Piano Made Easy”), ie: with a very simplified structure (alaap, gat, improvisation using phrases from the alaap, gat, ending gestures including tihai) to fit… Continue reading Raags on demand…

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Review (July 2018) by Fiona Lau – Music Teacher Magazine

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

The creative process behind the Indian raag compositions for piano

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

The intense pleasure of improvising Indian raags on a piano

http://www.delacreatividadalpiano.com/2017/11/the-intense-pleasure-of-improvising.html An article first appearing on Agustín Manuel Martinez's blog 1 November 2017. Many of the readers of Agustin’s blog will have first-hand experience of the great joy of playing the piano. Those who improvise, or who play around with little musical ideas of their own, or who compose, or who play around with blues or… Continue reading The intense pleasure of improvising Indian raags on a piano

Revelling in the moment

An article first published here: https://pianodao.com/2017/08/17/revelling-in-the-moment As a pianist, I’ve always loved the actual sound of the piano. It is a very personal instrument. I’m not knocking the usefulness of an electric keyboard, but for me nothing beats the responsiveness and the intimate resonance of a real piano, with the unstruck strings reverberating in sympathy with the played keys. Intimate, because the physical sound is at its most absorbing up close and personal.