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George Russell

Guitar/Bass

Bio

Ally Forsyth is a musician based in Glasgow. Having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he is now working with some of the most talented and in-demand musicians in the country.

Originally from a classical background, he started blurring the lines into a unique folk, blues and rock style. This led to Ally spending a his final year of school at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton.

He’s also forged a career playing at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Steinway Hall, London as well as gaining a nomination at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Ally’s career expands to teaching young children and adults piano in Newton Mearns, coordinating the Fèis Fhoirt Ceilidh Trail and teaching at Gaitherin and Fèisean across the country.

He continues to write, record and produce his own music, and in 2022 he has embarked on a project of releasing four EPs, each based on a season and the way music and time reflect each other

How did you come to start playing piano, and were there any musicians/bands that inspired you?

I’m from a musical family and I always remember there being a piano in the house so I naturally gravitated towards it. Although going down the classical piano route of grades and competitions, I always loved the rock and blues side to piano playing, especially Freddie Mercury and Ray Charles.

How did you come to start playing piano, and were there any musicians/bands that inspired you?

I’m from a musical family and I always remember there being a piano in the house so I naturally gravitated towards it. Although going down the classical piano route of grades and competitions, I always loved the rock and blues side to piano playing, especially Freddie Mercury and Ray Charles.

What advice would you have for someone learning piano for the first time?

As long as you’re having fun with it, the rest will come. There’s absolutely no point to learning piano if you’re not playing the music you like to play and not enjoying it. If you’re looking to work on technique/hand position/dexterity etc, this can all be done using music you enjoy.

What do you usually cover in your lessons?

A typical lesson will start with a catch-up from the week before and any new developments, then on to scales, structures and technique. Repertoire will form the main bulk of a standard lesson, then I always like to finish by finding out what music my lessons are listening to so that I know what inspires them and what they’re enjoying.

How have you found your experience of teaching at the Riverside Academy?

Every lesson is brilliantly different. Last week I was preparing one lesson for ABRSM Grade 8, one lesson for a high school talent show and teaching one their first Disney song. All totally different and so much fun!

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