Piano Teaching Tips: YouTube tutorials from Paul Barton

By Tim Topham | Piano Teaching

Apr 28

Paul Barton is a pianist and teacher I’ve been following for some time on YouTube. He is an Englishman who now lives and teaches with his wife in Thailand of all places and I found out the following about him from his studio website:

Paul Barton has a post-graduate diploma from the Royal Academy of Arts, London.  He graduated with the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Award for Figurative Art. He’s interested in classical and contemporary piano and studied part-time at the Guildhall School of Music, London. Paul taught piano at Ayton School, England, and privately in France.  He’s given recitals as soloist, including St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London.

None of the above is at all surprising given the effortless ease he has performing Chopin’s hugely challenging Winter Wind etude, or for that matter, a lightning fast Flight of the Bumblebee! Interestingly, I have noticed that he has recently upgraded to a Feurich grand piano having conducted most of his earlier tutorials on a tiny Yamaha upright.

Not only is Paul a great performer, he makes fantastic YouTube piano lessons, often responding to viewers’ emails with yet more tutorials specially produced for them! More than that, the quality of the production of his videos is brilliant. His content is full of piano teaching tips for both teachers and students alike.

Here are my favourite Paul Barton clips – make sure you spend some time watching them as I’m sure you’ll get a lot out of them, even if he is teaching pieces you’ve played and taught a million times. His videos are also a great resource for advanced-level students.

On playing fortissimo/pianissimo:

Practice techniques for the “hard bars” of Etude Op 10 No 1:

Winter Wind tutorial:

Great summary and intro to Chopin and tutorial and his Fantasie-Impromptu:

There are HEAPS more available from his YouTube channel.


About the Author

Best-known for his blogging and teaching, Tim is also a well-respected presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne, Australia. You can check him out on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Paul Bazalgette

    It was good to read your appreciation of Paul Barton. I first saw Paul on a British News program called “Nationwide”. He was only about twelve years old but he being celebrated accross the nation’s airways because he was clearly a prodigy at painting and drawing. As a 14 year old budding artist myself, I was mesmerized by his abilities. Five years later, when I was a student at The Royal Academy of Art in London, a 17year old guy came to the school who soon showed so much talent that I flippantly suggested to him that “they aught to do a whole segment on you on the program Nationwide.” it was then that I found out that he had already been featured on the program and was, indeed, the same Paul Barton that I had seen and admired those years before. We became dear friends and, in fact, he was actually sketching with me outdoors in Leicester square in London when I met the woman who was to become my wife and mother of my three children. We went our seperate ways but, all these years later, for me to discover online that he is also a genius on the piano, has left me permenantly in awe of him. He is truly a genius in his spare time! We have happilyreconnected. Sincerely, Paul Bazalgette

  • Paul Bazalgette

    Please notify me! Paul Bazalgette of any follow up comments on what I said re Paul Barton

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  • Richardre Rossi

    I have seen in you tube he is not worst than the elite of pianists. But why he don’t give concerts. Why is not famous? On you tube are exibitions non lessons! Can explain someone why he didn’t became famous?

    • I don’t think he’s chosen to be a performer, Richardre. He lives in Thailand and enjoys that life obviously!

      • Richardre Rossi

        yes I know that from the web. But about his choose you can’t know that. I found incredible there are a lot of modest pianist that are perfomer and some excellent reduced to post his videos on you tube!!!

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