Ken Ross

Ken Ross

I am passionate about musical expression, and teach a relaxed technique that allows the pupil to access his or her inbuilt musical sense.

My teaching is based around the principles of the teacher and pedagogue Tobias Mattay, who advocated use of the weight of the arm to get the best possible tones; controlled and economical finger movement; and a flowing wrist for the management of gravity.

I teach for ABRSM and Trinity grade and diploma exams if the pupil asks for them. The approaches I use can be applied to Classical or general styles, and because they are so musically effective I have had a high proportion of merits and distinctions from pupils in exams. But the creation and enjoyment of music are the most important thing.

I also teach theory of music for the ABRSM exam syllabus.

I have the Disclosure Scotland (enhanced) certificate.




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  • 9 St Fillan's Terrace
    City of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH10 5NH
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Qualification: BA, ATCL, LTCL

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Tuning Temperaments

How many piano tuning temperaments are there? There are countless variations, but most fall within three major categories;

1. Meantone, which generally concentrated the dissonance into a few unusable intervals (often called "wolf" intervals), so that the others could be Just. These are often called "restrictive" tunings, since there are certain intervals that are not usable. Good intervals are really good, bad ones are really bad. The Meantone era was approx. 1400-1700

2. Well-Temperament, which gives more consonance to the most often used keys, and more dissonance to the lesser used ones. Though not equal, these tunings are "non-restrictive" because all intervals can be used. The intervals range from Just to barely acceptable. Well-temperament refers to a genre, not a specific tuning. The Well-Tempered era is approx. 1700-1880.

3. Equal Temperament, which spreads the dissonance equally among all intervals. There is no difference in consonance or dissonance between any keys, thus, there are no good ones or bad ones. Equal temperament represents a complete average. Dates of its acceptance are debated, but there is ample evidence that it was widely available by 1900 and is the predominate tuning on keyboards, today. r.