I'm an 18 year old Music student from South Wales who loves Songwriting.
I'm primarily a pianist but I'm a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, flute, bass guitar, saxophone, harmonica, ukulele, recorder and trumpet to varying degrees of ability.

Pippa Mac Biography

I'm Pippa Mac (my name is Philippa MacFarlane but both my first and second names are spelt wrongly so often that I decided my artist name would be Pippa Mac to avoid confusion!) and I'm an 18 year old aspiring musician from the UK.

I started piano lessons in 1998 when I was 7 but it wasn't until 2003 that I "fell in love" with music. In August of 2003, my brother got his first guitar and out of interest, I picked it up and learnt a few chords. From there, there was no looking back. Learning to play the guitar meant that I could play and sing songs that I liked, at the same time helping me to understand how chords, melody and words were brought together to create a song. This is probably what sparked my interest in songwriting. It took me a few years to find the confidence and inspiration to start properly writing songs but during this time I "studied" popular music and songwriting. By that, I mean that I carried on playing other peoples' songs on piano and guitar which helped me to learn about chord sequences, melody writing, song structure and generally what makes music appealing to people! I also learnt music academically, studying it in school, doing practical music exams and music theory exams. Eventually, in the summer of 2008 when I was 17, songwriting seemed to become easier and I completed my first few songs. In November 2008, after I'd just turned 18, I started recording demos of my songs.

I have now completed Grade 8 on piano and have learnt to play other instruments since. I had 2 years of violin lessons when I was in primary school but I changed to flute in high school and I am now working on Grade 5. I have taught myself to play guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, saxophone and recorder.

I started singing lessons in early 2007 and I recently passed Grade 8 singing with Merit. I'm a soprano which is why I can't sing my own songs brilliantly because some notes are too low for me and my soprano voice probably sounds a bit out of place in the context of pop music!

I am lucky enough to be pitch-perfect and it influences the way I write music a lot.

I am currently studying for a degree in Music in University.

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