Mulgrew Miller

A very talented jazz piano player; not so well known by his solo work but by his live and recording performances with Art Blakey, Stefon Harris, Kenny Garrett and Tony Williams, just to name a few.

Mulgrew Miller is an american jazz pianist born in 1955 in Greenwood, Mississippi. Miller’s first experiences with music were more orientated towards gospel, R&B and blues. He was constantly meddling with Jazz, without really knowing it and freely admits he and his band were merely “approaching Jazz”.

Miller has said to have set his mind definitely on becoming a jazz pianist after seeing Oscar Peterson on television. “It was a life changing event. I knew right then that I would be a jazz pianist”.

So here it is, The Mulgrew Miller trio… something that definitely sounds like a good class of jazz to me!

Luis Tovar

Luis Tovar

Three costly mistakes when learning piano

Learning piano is one of the most satisfying things you will ever do, but a few easy mistakes could cost you hundreds of dollars for no gain in your playing.

Below we show you three of these mistakes and give you our best advice on how to avoid them.

1. Paying for piano lessons that promise the earth but only disappoint

“Master piano in 30 days!”, “Become a piano god in 90 days”, “Learn piano in a weekend” – These are the catch cries of those who promise the earth, but rarely deliver. If you’ve been searching the web for piano lessons you’ll know what I mean. They are everywhere.

The truth is, no one learns piano in a matter of days. It’s a lifetime’s pursuit. Hopefully you haven’t been taken in by any of these ‘snake oil’ piano products, but if you have, our advice is to request a refund and find a course of instruction that is based on the principle of structured learning.

The rule of thumb when spotting a lemon piano course – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

2. Buying the best piano, but scrimping on the lessons

This is a common problem among beginner pianists. It’s easy to go for the big spend on your piano or keyboard, but then neglect your learning. You have to remember it’s no good having all of that expensive gear if you can’t play it.

Our advice is to spend well on your equipment and get the best gear you can afford, but leave some money for your piano education – it will serve you better in the long run.

3. Paying for a tutor who isn’t cutting it.

This is perhaps the most dangerous trap for new pianists because it can be hard to spot and can cost you thousands of dollars. A piano lesson can cost anywhere from $30 – $50 per session.

Over the course of a year you could be spending up to two thousand dollars for piano lessons, so you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth from your tutor.

Major warning signs that your tutor isn’t cutting it:

Tutor shows a lack of understanding about piano. This is from inexperience. If you feel your tutor is only just managing to stay a step ahead of you you’ll know they aren’t right for you.

Tutor displays a lack of passion for teaching piano. This will normally come across as impatience. If your tutor is impatient and unconcerned with nurturing your development it’s time to go.

Tutors lessons lack focus. This is an easy one to spot. Are your lessons organized? Do they run smoothly? If not, your tutor isn’t planning enough and the result will be a lack of focus. Time to exit.

Personality mismatch. Sometimes you’ll find a perfectly capable tutor but you just won’t get on with them. This is normal. Everyone is different and some types just work better together. And it is quite acceptable to admit it when the relationship dynamic isn’t working and move on – you’re not married to your instructor.

We offer a guarantee to every student – we’ll teach you how to play the piano and save you money, because our lessons do it right first time. If you’re not happy you get your money back.

Posted by Jon Coursey