Marianne: It can be, but if your aim is to learn a specific skill, you can’t do it with a piano as it’s too small. The sound of a small piano is very, very distorted and you need a big amp. Even when I play a solo piano, my head has to be in my hands and I keep hitting it and it’s hard to play it. But because of my career, the last two years or so I’ve been living with a really small piano at home – my sister was having her own piano a few years back. The noise was too disturbing for her son and my family so she took the piano away from us.
So we’re not used to playing in small spaces. But I’m really not. And if I play and I’m playing on the piano that’s the way I play my heart out. I was in a tiny space on the other side of the country with a little electric guitar in my back yard and had to go up to my parents’ place to do a solo recording, so I’ve been using that over and over again. The best stuff is going to be when you find a tiny room space that’s comfortable, and you’re able to use it.
I’ve been doing that for the last 18 years, and I still can’t do a solo on a small piano.
Q: Do you have a favourite tune?
Marianne: I think the song that changed a lot to me was ‘Waltzing Matilda’. That song always gets me, even though it may not be the easiest to play. I play it in my sleep, but also I play it at work too.
Q: Are you a musician by profession?
Marianne: Yes. My first violin was in class at the age of 15 with a classmate called Max. He was a violinist in his own way, and at night would do piano or violin in his room. He was a great teacher and we all took lots of violin lessons. I really enjoyed that, and when I went to Paris as a 19 year old my mother persuaded me to study music, so in 1981 I studied violin at a private school in Grenoble. I was the first violinist in my class, and when I started studying there I was so surprised by how easy it was to do it because there was so much playing there – for 20 or 30 students there was nothing like it. One teacher played piano for an hour
basic piano lessons for beginners, learn to play piano app, learn piano app, how to play piano pdf, read sheet music online