Piano and Music Production students enjoy immensely discovering new music through composers of Classical, Baroque and Romantic period as this is music that they mostly haven’t had any prior contact. Still, at the same time, there is lots of current music they like, and sometimes this takes them to enquiry about it, about “how is made”, about the musical aspect of it.
As music tutors, we are not qualified to bring any answers to them as our training is through music from a bygone era.
Even though the expression of this music is very distant from a Mozart Sonata or a Beethoven’s rondeau, the connection that can provide with music is useful for our students.
To fulfil our student’s expectations regarding the making and the “behind the scenes” of new music, nobody is better than our Music Production teacher and Sound Engineer at Piano Recording Studios London: Tom Rickerby.
In his article he goes step by step, explaining every single layer of the song, explaining in detail the effects applied either to the vocals and the instruments as well, showing a great craft from the part of the producers of this song.
Another important aspect is to detect the form of this music, as we tend to enjoy the rhythm or the lyrics, but unveiling the structure also helps to develop an acute musical ear that can be applied to any music we like.
To penetrate the inner layers of the music gives us a deeper understanding of the whole meaning of the song, not only focusing our attention to the catchy chorus or the rhythmic bassline, there much more things to pay attention to in one single track as in a Symphony. After all, is all music!
Read the full analysis. This is specially designed for those interested in how music works, from music production perspective. Do not miss this series of articles with WKMT.
This year 2020 is being, by far, the most difficult year for the musicians community. Covid-19 hit Europe, and with it, hit us as well quite hard.
Musicians along Europe are trying to get on doing online lessons, which is quite fine. There is always a way to go on, while we do what we like.
However, for piano recording sessions and music production services, online way is not possible. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide our services, and keep on going with our scheduled activities any longer. At least until this situation gets sorted.
Piano Recording sessions need, indeed, to be in site. So we are now working on promotion, advertisement as well as organizing new activities for when this is over. Hopefully, this should be back to normal by the end of May, so we are very looking forward to it.
In the meantime, we have breaking news!
WKMT is now preparing their first classical concert of the year 2020 for their musicians and students. And we will be in charge of the recording session.
Maestro Juan Rezzuto and the group of musicians at WKMT (LAO) will be the ones making us enjoy this beautiful music ever written by the genius Haydn.
Hopefully, by then, October 3rd, we are all back to normal again, and we can, indeed, go ahead with the concert. This concert is a signal of hope, and ray of light at the end of the tunel for us all.
So, that is what we are into now. Preparing the ultimate equipment and some new stuff to make the best out of this recording concert.
Do not hesitate to book your tickets and tell the team at WKMT you come from us and they will do a special discount.
This URL above is the new website launched by WKMT for its studios in the Scottish land.
WKMT London Piano Studios has now landed in Glasgow with one intention: Recruiting piano tutors and make them part of our team. Being able to be accredited piano tutors by WKMT and all what that means.
A huge offer to performing activities to improve their portfolio, musical events to attend to as part of the team in London and Glasgow, organising musical events in the Scottish capital, being the main leaders in the town as well as the image of WKMT over there.
Also they will be invited to the piano masterclasses organised, and our Scaramuzza piano technique meetups in which they will learn the proper technique we always teach our students.
For this and more, this website will be the main platform to which all piano tutors could subscribe and join from now on.
In case you would like to get access to more students in your area, while belonging to a team of professionals and experienced team in London for more than ten years, with all they have to offer to you, do not hesitate to contact them and start your adventure with WKMT.
On our side, as a leader piano recording studio in London, we will be in charge of recording performances of these new subscribers and members of the team, as well as being in Glasgow once the festivals and concerts are finally organised and we can record them all.
On another note, during this Covid-19, in case you are under lockdown looking for something to spend your precious time on, do not hesitate to start learning piano online.
Piano Recording Studio London brings a new post which has been recently published on WKMT Blog. In which you will learn the top tips for your next grand piano recording session.
Thomas Rickerby, our Sound Engineer and Music Producer…
The person in charge of the main events in which we take part, and also the ones organised by WKMT London piano studios. The person in charge of the audio recording and set-up of the recording sessions, either in the studios and in the venues where we record.
He has written from his own perspective for all those students of advanced level and professional who are planning to record themselves on a grand piano.
People who never had the chance to be recorded for them to better understand how it works and what they should do and know beforehand.
Written for all those new on this matter
When you book a recording session in London you book for the venue or studio, as well as the professionals who are in charge.
It is not usually very easy to afford in terms of prices and budget, so it would be better for you to have it all ready beforehand and go to the recording knowing how it works and what to do.
That way, you would get the best out of your performance for your recording. Obviously you will have time to repeat sections and passages until you get them the way you like, but being confident with the process and the way you should work on it, it would help you to go through in a successful and easier way.
Focusing on playing the piece (s) properly, and not being distracted with other tasks.
This way you can organize yourself before the session, with the right procedures and practice, and play the piece or pieces the best way possible.
Clicking on the link aforementioned…
With the real title of the full article, you will access to it that way you could understand his ideas and the tips listed from one to ten. You will also be able to watch some videos recorded by ourselves at WKMT Studios.
Overall, try to relax and enjoy the moment!
Dear followers, this is a note to let you know that this concert has been cancelled. As we are going through crowd-avoidance due to the coronavirus, we decided to cancel this concert until further notice.
We will let you know as soon as we organize the next date.
Thanks, and sorry for the inconvenience.
Piano Recording Studio London has been called to record a new concert in March 2020. The first project in the new year 2020.
From 6.30 pm, in the usual WKMT concert venue, St. Cuthbert’s church, Earls Court, London.
We are still recovering from the Music Festival that happened on 23rd November 2019 by WKMT. In which all the students will be performing their best pieces in front of the audience. It was such a success since it was only for selected students, and they managed to fit fifty performers in the programme.
It was indeed a great experience as always. In case you haven’t been in any before, it is the busiest event for the studio. This is part of the famous piano programme proposed by the famous studio for their students taking piano lessons for beginners and advanced level too. It is such a great opportunity for all those willing to play in front of an audience, and experience what it really means, what you can really feel when playing for someone or in an event such as this. It is an experience that you will never forget.
But we are here to talk about a different matter. About a great music event happening in London on March 28th. So well, there we will be. We will be in the same place thanks to the piano studio which allows us to do what we love.
What is the concert?
Well, this time, they have designed such an interesting programme in which Haydn and Mozart will be “gathered”.
- W.A. Mozart – Violin concerto Number 1
Paola Delucchi + WKMT Ensemble
- J. Haydn – Piano concerto Number 7 from Hoboken XVIII
It looks like a very interesting programme since two of the most famous concerts by these two Maestros will be played for the audience. Also, these two professional musicians won’t disappoint us at all. We are sure of it.
We are now working in the mixing and edition of the last concert of Juan Rezzuto and Paola Delucchi, the famous double piano and violin concerto of Joseph Haydn too.
Such a beautiful concert played by a first violin, the piano, plus three more violins, one cello, one viola and one double bass. It sounded absolutely pretty. Can’t wait to post it to make you all witness of it.
In case you are looking for a classical concert beginning of 2020, do not hesitate and join us on the 28th. You will fall in love with this concert.
London Recording Studio has a new project this Autumn edition.
WKMT, the famous studio for piano lessons in London, has just released the next edition of their bi-annual music festivals. For all those who usually read our posts, must be already aware of them. For the new ones, well, WKMT organises music recitals only performed by students. Students from all levels and ages are gathered together to show on the stage of St Cuthbert’s what they learned so far. Presenting their skills in piano performance.
These editions are part of a complete music learning programme cautiously elaborated by Maestro Juan Rezzuto, founder and director of the studio.
For him, there is no full learning process if it doesn’t include a performance in front of the audience. Because at the end of the day we can just memorise a piece and play it for ourselves and teachers. But how does it feel performing it in front of an audience? Are they able to manage the stress and nerves while playing the piece flawlessly?
The below should be part of the learning process of any musical instrument, as there some essential skills within that experience that are only developed when performing in public. Indeed, it sounds terrific, but you should do it in order to progress properly on your musical instrument. In Argentina and Spain, as well as Italy, there is no other option than just performing at least once in a year in order to submit a completed study plan.
So, if this is your case, that you are learning but you are still missing that part of the process, do not hesitate and contact WKMT using the link aforementioned. They will have an allowance for non-members of the studio to make them part of it too. So go for it!
It will be an event that you won’t forget. You could bring family and friends too to bring them to your experience. We will also be there to record the whole event and performances professionally, so get dressed properly and start putting the piece together!
The famous piano studio has provided to WKMT Musicians and Juan Rezzuto with new dates this Autumn edition to perform in London Haydn piano concertos from the repertoirse Hob XVIII by the great Maestro.
Juan Rezzuto, in his adventure of performing all Haydn piano concertos, has happily proposed himself to occupy these dates for new beautiful piano concertos. In this Spring edition, Juan Rezzuto with WKMT Ensemble has performed the number IV and number XI. First one in London, and the second one in Sintra, Portugal with the Portuguese Orchestra formed by musicians from the National Theatre and the Symphony orchestra. Both of us recorded by us. We are still working in the video of the number 11, so as soon as we have, we will share it with you all.
This new edition comes with the concertos by the Maestro Haydn from the same Hobokken. The numbers will be: VI, III and VIII.
- Hob XVIII:6 Double violin and piano concerto by Haydn. On the 28th of September from 6.30 pm. Played by Juan Rezzuto, Paola Delucchi violin and WKMT Ensemble.
- Hob XVIII:3 Piano concerto by Haydn. On the 26th of October from 6.30 pm. Played by Juan Rezzuto and WKMT Ensemble.
- Hob XVIII:8 Piano concerto by Haydn. On the 7th of December from 6.30 pm. Juan Rezzuto with WKMT Ensemble. On this date, we also will be recording another concert: Mozart Violin Concerto No 1, played by Paola Delucchi and WKMT Ensemble.
If you are looking for some beautiful classical concerts in London by professional musicians, do not hesitate to join WKMT ones. We definitely recommend them to anyone fan of classical music.
All the dates will be in St Cuthbert’s church, Earls Court, London.
Piano Recording Studio London proudly releases the new date of a fantastic performing and recording opportunity in London this June.
As you might be aware of, we are happy sponsors of WKMT Music Festivals. Editions happening twice a year in which we give the opportunity to several piano students to show what they are able to play. Professional performances on a stunning Yamaha Grand piano CFX, in a listed venue, for a fabulous audience. Drinks and food catering is also always provided along with the festival to all the guests and performers.
A truly joyful date in which music and passion gather together to make a beautiful event-day. Piano students of all levels and ages will have their chance to shine on stage for a day. For their colleagues, friends, parents and the rest of the audience.
We truly love these editions organised the famous London Piano Studio WKMT, as it means a lot for all the students and their relatives for being able to participate and attend to this show in which education and love are the main engines.
Here below you could watch the trailer we made from the previous festival VIII Edition last November. Thanks to the enormous success we all got in that Festival, we had to chose a different location. Bigger venue, more spaces and muuuuuch better piano. Sorry for the lack of grammar in the latter, but we must confess that the new piano in the new venue is such a powerful machine. We are sure everyone will love to perform on it.
We are now arranging all needed for this edition. June 15th the entire day in St Cuthbert’s church, Earls Court London. We all have a date. So do not hesitate to join us, either as a performer or guest. You can find more details by clicking on the link aforementioned.
Remember that every year, WKMT organises such events. Join themto fully understand what perform means in front of the audience. Our sound engineer, Tom Rickerby, has recently written an article for the studio in order to make all the students aware of some great and helpful tips on how to perform live if it is your first time.
Piano Recording Studio London invites you all to a new special experience in London. WKMT Piano lessons London has just organised a new Baroque programme for this 27th of April as part of its monthly classical concert editions.
Obviously, and thankful for this, we are in charge of the recording of the whole concert, and indeed, it is such a special occasion. Why? Well, it is the first time for us in which we will be entirely in charge of a professional recording of mainly Baroque pieces. Particularly, this concert means such a great challenge as the Baroque music is played on a harpsichord, rather on a piano as usual we do.
This little and cute Italian harpsichord available in St Cuthbert’s church, owned by the harpsichordist Avelino Vazquez, has a lower and softer sound compared to the piano, and the set up it is different than on the piano. Basically, we should use other mics and place them in a different position, out of the instrument. Remember on the piano, the mics are attached to the inner structure, close to the strings. In this case, there is no place to attach the mics, so we should place it on a tripod facing the centre of the instrument, where the “roseton” is.
We also need to make the set up for the strings trio: two violins and a cello, as well as a Soprano who will be singing beautiful Arias accompanied by the full ensemble.
Indeed, such a beautiful repertoire and performance, we are sure of it. So if you are looking for an event such as this in London, do not hesitate to join us on the 27th from 7.00 pm. For all the details, click on the link aforementioned. You will fall in love with Baroque music, in case you haven’t yet.
One of the delicate topics for piano teachers, commonly, is the challenge to explain the intricacies of the mechanics of the different piano techniques to their students, especially in passages that contain staccato notes (detached notes) or staccato scales, something that is included, for example, in the ABRSM syllabus from Grade 6 and higher grades as well.
Staccato or detached notes can be quite complex in any piano tuition session, as demands from the student accuracy but at the same time, complete relaxation. A task that can become truly unworkable without the proper technique. The approach of this technique must be taken from the very beginning in a very clear-cut and precise way, otherwise, this will produce lots of setbacks in the student’s progress.
It is of utmost importance to know where this movement truly begins, as Maestro Juan Rezzuto explains in his article:
“Even though the wrist movement is “seen” to be happening at a “wrist level,” the muscles responsible for moving the wrist are not located on the wrist. The muscle which is eminently in charge of the activation of the wrist movement -shaking- is the brachialis. The latter happens indirectly. The brachialis produces flexion of the elbow; it is this flexion of the elbow which moves the forearm which, at the same time, amplifies the movement as a lever compelling the wrist to move or shake”
The movement itself
Setting up the right position of the hand and wrist is fundamental. As the wrist needs to be “lifted.”
In that sense, we will structure the movement in two different and smaller elements. Firstly, a “negative” movement which involves flexing the wrist, so the fingers are set further from the surface of the keys.
All these steps should be carefully done and thanks one more time to the Scaramuzza technique, the piano progress will be guaranteed!
Make sure you use this and more movements from a special and famous piano technique for your future piano recording sessions in London.