Piano Improvisation Contest Winner - Brian

Posted by Yoke Wong on 8/2/2013 to Harmony & Melody Studio News

Meet Brian, the third place winner of the 2013 Piano Improvisation Contest.

You’ll learn about his musical journey in this blog video post.

Location: Ireland

Song/music: A Celtic Winter Dawn

Here is what he said:

“My father was a brilliant piano player, and was completely self-taught and could not read a note of music. I too from a very early age also taught myself to play piano, and it was not until I was in my late teens that I began to explore and learn to play in other keys other than C major. I never attempted to learn to read music or have any formal lessons as I had what most people would describe as “a very good ear” : if I could hum or whistle a tune, I could play it in C major and figure out a suitable base to play along with it. It was not until many years later that I became interested in the theory of music and the structure behind it that led me to start looking at Internet music sites and learning from the large number of sites that provided free piano lessons.

When I came across the Harmony and Melody site and read the write up on the Definitive Piano Improvisation program that was available on DVD, its content really interested me, so I purchased it. I found that course brilliant, and since then I have expanded my skill in the range of keys I play in normally and my ability to play and improvise in various styles.

I have also purchased Yokes tuition products to learn to read music, but I really am not disciplined enough to stick with it. I just want to play rather than go through the process of doing exercises. So although I can now read the melody line (or at least work it out), I don’t really “read” music. However, I have also purchased Yoke’s Fake Book courses and found them a very good way of getting up-to-date with some music I don’t know the melody of, very quickly.

Yoke’s free lessons and demonstrations available on the site have increased significantly over the years, and I think that is very good for aspiring piano players and also for promoting the paid courses that are available. The quality and quantity of these free lessons are excellent and give potential clients a very good idea what to expect in terms of quality and tuition from the paid lessons.

For aspiring pianists I would encourage them to really make use of the free lessons and demonstrations available on the Piano Mother site and then decide on the paid courses they need after they have decided on the skill area they need to advance further.”

The piano courses recommended by Brian

Definitive Piano Improvisation course, the award winner of "Best Tool for Improvisation".

Definitive Piano Improvisation Course

Play Piano with Fake Book

Play Piano with Fake Book Lessons

Play Piano with Fake Book Series 2

Play Piano with Fake Book Series 2



Joyce McPherson
Date: 8/6/2013
Enjoy listening to Brian's playing and hope After I receive the fake book I can play as well
Date: 8/6/2013
I really, really liked this piece and was hoping that it would win the competition. I'm saving up for the improvisation course and looking forward to becoming as good as Brian.
Date: 8/6/2013
I really enjoyed listened to Brian. What a nice play. I still didn't figure out what course would fit me. When I started learning music I had no musical hear. After a while it came. Anyway, thank for this internet site, it's an encouragement to me.
Date: 8/6/2013
Talent is God given on His part and on our part...we must perfect and enjoy it no matter of what AGE we may be! :-) Lovely video and an inspiration to all muicians! Well done, Brian!
Date: 8/6/2013
This was truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing part of your soul.
Barbara Hansen
Date: 8/6/2013
An inspiring interview, and a wonderful performance. I voted for Brian!
Date: 8/6/2013
Well he already knew how to play the piano since he was a young lad. I started when I was 61. I think my next concert will be under the gorund or whatever.
Date: 8/6/2013
Quite interesting, Brian, you are an inspiration to us all. Amazingly, if you have done so well in playing the piano, what heights await one as musically gifted as you. Yet, the best is in sight as you reach towards perfecting such beautiful musical skill. Really, I do admire one like you with such an 'ear' for figuring out pieces on the piano. You can trust Yoke, she inspires her students with her teaching musical ability. Hearty congratulations for having done so well in the 'Piano Impr
Dr elvis barozi
Date: 8/7/2013
I hope this letter finds you having a safe and fun summer! Brian from Ireland won third place in our Piano Improvisation Contest in March 2013. He played “A Celtic Winter Dawn.” We interviewed him after the contest, and he said “ I never attempted to learn to read music or have any formal lessons as I had what most people would describe as a very good ear. If I could hum or whistle a tune, I could play it in C major and figure out a suitable base to play along with it.” He also gave some v
TRAN van- thanh
Date: 8/8/2013
This was truly beautiful . I hope one day i can play like that . Good job Brian .
Steve Bhowanee
Date: 8/14/2013
So nice, so peaceful and so beautiful.
Date: 8/15/2013
I listened to Brian playing and it was beautiful! However I try I cannot improvise, perhaps if I had a one-one tutor I may catch-on but as for now I find it very difficult. I have always been a book person, perhaps because I started at classical I don't know. Still I will continue to try.

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