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The TARDIS has
rematerialized in 1835 in Warsaw, Poland. We have with us a group of young piano
students who are talking with a 15 year-old
Tip of the Month - Would you like that
Beethoven with a side of Chopin?
Have you ever been asked to play the piano for someone and
are completely stumped to think of what, even though you’ve been going to
lessons for over a year now? You need to make a ‘Repertoire List’. Go
through all your piano books and write down the pieces you really like to
play, even if it’s really simple stuff. You can make simple pieces much more
interesting by repeating them either an octave lower or higher, picking out
an ending phrase and using this as an introduction. Now they’re good enough
to play for people. Keep your list somewhere handy so you can add to it. And
remember to play those pieces on your repertoire list often! As you learn
new pieces you like, you can add them to your list, too. Think of your list
as a menu in a really expensive restaurant. Next time someone asks you to
play, you can even give them a choice on what they’d like to hear, just as
they would get a choice of what they would like to eat!
are places with neat pictures and sounds or they might be just plain weird! Check it out!
Got a report to write on the piano? Want to learn a little more about it? Need to find
out who Charles Tomlinson Griffes (or almost any other composer) was? We have a whole
shelf full of free articles that should help:
Lots of Piano Music and Cool Sounds
Like piano music? Want to hear some? Well,
The Audition Room has
hundreds and hundreds of files of famous (and not so famous)
composers' piano music. Jump over there and take a listen. You'll be
glad you did!
Take Your Own Trip with Dr. Who
If you like the sounds of the TARDIS and the Doctor in our
Meet the Composer interviews, you
can download your own sounds for free and play them on your own
computer. These come from the
BBC series, Doctor Who, and span many
of the Doctor's regenerations.
Go get 'em for free!
The Taz Speaks! (Sort of)
From the Warner Bros. cartoon series
Taz grunts it like it is! If your browser doesn't let you play sound
directly, you can get the files by turning on your browser's Load to Disk or Save to Disk
function and then play them offline later in the Windows Media Player or similar player
program. These make fun Windows sounds, too. Just download 'em, go to
your Windows Control Panel, Click Sounds and then set these
to play. They're way cool!
Greetings from Taz (108K WAV)
Taz takes a piano lesson (37 K WAV)
Taz tells you what he thinks about piano lessons (41K WAV)
Taz does the classics (65K WAV)
Free collection of over 30 great Taz sounds, including all the ones above! (993K self-extracting archive)