I was lucky enough to be given piano lessons when I was a child.
My dad was keen for me and my two sisters to learn because when he
was young in the 1930's Dundee there was no money for a piano or music lessons.
So I'm grateful to my dad for giving me the chance to learn to
read music. I passed a few graded exams and then my teacher
left the village. My next teacher was an elderly lady and although I liked
doing scales and classic music I did become interested in other types of music too
but when I asked one day if she could teach me the theme tune to the Pink Panther
I remember she said to me.' If you want to learn that - I can't teach you!' I had to
learn it myself. In my late teens and onwards I learned about jazz and other genres from
friends who were musicians and took some lessons from pianists whose livelihoods were
playing in restaurants; bars and hotels. When I went to see these guys play I would
always think,If only I could play like that - one day!'.
I am now a full time musician and until recently was resident pianist at the Dunkleld Hilton,
I play at weddings,anniversaries, birthday parties and restaurants, solo piano or with my jazz quartet.
I play a good mixture of classical, show tunes, Scottish music, and up to date popular music.
In between gigs I teach piano to all age groups. I find teaching people to play the piano
an extremely rewarding experience.
Confucius said: 'Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without'.
Dundee Royal Arch film (music composed and performed by Neil Malcolm)
To contact Neil call 07984 826 744 or email him at