I have been composing since age 13. With this experience I started writing my own teaching pieces after years of using various tutors.
A young student recently won her festival class playing a piece which I wrote especially to show off her fascination with the sustain pedal.
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A selection of my scores for different styles and playing abilities is available below to play and download as PDFs. Filter as required by playing level.
On a Mid-May MorningClassical Intermediate
I’ve always loved the music of the English Pastoral School. One cold, February evening in my rented room in Walthamstow, East London back in 1992, I sat down at my piano. I don’t where it came from, but out came the opening phrase. It seemed as though the piece had already been written, and I just needed to find the notes.
My Favourite ArmchairClassical Beginner
A short piece about Grade 1 standard.
A short easy piece for piano in rock style. Works really well with a rock-style drum backing at 120 bpm. But start slower at first. 80 or 90 bpm will be fine to start with.
First DanceJazzy Intermediate/Advanced
From ‘A Wedding Album’, a commissioned set of pieces for piano.
Blues for RogerJazzy Beginner/Intermediate
A piece in Blues style, approx. ABRSM Grade 3 standard. The left hand part utilises both walking and barrelhouse bass lines.
The Coolest CatJazzy Intermediate
Based on 2 chords, (Cm7 and F7), a pianist lays down the groove quietly while a horn (maybe a trumpet) improvises one and 2-bar phrases. The two instruments play as one, occasionally (bars 21-22 and 37 to the end), but otherwise their sound is different. The contrast between ‘f’ and ‘p’ is therefore important.
Three Little DogsJazzy Beginner/Intermediate
Herbie Hancock uses the same bass-line in his song ‘Chameleon’. I would recommend learning to play the song with the simpler of the 2 left hand parts first. Find a Reggae drum backing at 70 or 80 bpm on YouTube to play along with. Once you’ve nailed that, try the alternative left hand part. It’s quite a bit harder but a lot of fun!
Waltz in D minorClassical Intermediate
Back in 2013 I was talking with a student about the importance of the awareness of dissonance in music, and how treating it with care can make our playing more musical and expressive. Later, I wondered if I could write a piece that included either a suspension or an accented dissonance in every bar. This was the result…
An Evening at the RestaurantClassical Beginner
A short suite of easy pieces for beginners. Thinking about the different aspects of going out for a meal was a lot of fun. I remembered many entertaining trips to different restaurants with various friends throughout my life and attempted to translate them into music.