Pre-Conference Date: 10 November 2019 (Sun)

Time Workshop Topic
9.00am – 12.00pm The Ten Pillars of Technique for all levels
  • Presented by Dr. Murray McLachlan
12.00pm – 1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm – 4.00pm Jazz Improvisation
  • Presented by Dr. Denny Euprasert

Pre-Conference Workshop Details

Speaker Dr. Murray McLachlan
Topic The Ten Pillars of Technique for all levels
  • Posture and Co-ordination
  • Finger independence and dexterity
  • Movements
  • Touches
  • Sound
  • Shape and rhythm
  • Speed
  • Strength
  • Stamina
  • Security
Brief Description Following on from the success of Murray McLachlan's first three books for Faber Music on Piano Technique, he is currently researching further books which will apply his new concept of structuring all of piano technique into ten categories. This talk begins by showing how this works, continues with an illustration of what basic exercises and principles pianists at all levels from beginners to concert pianist should consider regularly, then shows how teachers can systematically apply principles, games, exercises, studies and repertoire to build technique from each of the ten pillars. This approach can work from the first lesson with a beginner to the final session before a Carnegie Hall recital debut.

Speaker Dr. Denny Euprasert
Topic Jazz Improvisation
Subtopics Essential Techniques for Jazz Pianists
Brief Description Rhythmic, melodic and harmonic foundations of jazz improvisation; forms and chord changes in jazz; styles of jazz piano masters; improvisation techniques over jazz standards and blues.

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