his is the perfect time of year for a spring clean! For many of us, piano playing has become quite a different experience from what we were accustomed to just a year ago. While for some the daunting reality of a virtual world merely confirms the indispensability of face-to-face interactions, for others it has been an eye-opener to more innovative ways of thinking and remaining creative online. The whole business of learning the piano, teaching it, communicating and exchanging views about it – on all levels from the novice to the more seasoned player – has undergone a shakeup that could well reverberate for a long time, post-pandemic. Piano clubs are no longer geographically bound, as we imagined they – we need to feel we are moving forwards in our piano playing, setting ourselves realistic challenges and bonding ever more closely with our beloved instrument.

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