May 31, 2018 at 3:02pm

Is there a min qualification in sg for teachers to start teaching piano? I hear different stories across. Some say gr 8, some say must have teacher cert. Is there such a thing called teacher cert?

#teacher

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Susan Teo

If no cert, how to prove the teacher is qualified?

June 2, 2018 at 9:57pm
Goh Zensen

The short answer to your question is to interview, audition and examine the portfolio of the teacher-to-be. The latter includes his experience in the music industry, his works, etc. For me (and... See More

The short answer to your question is to interview, audition and examine the portfolio of the teacher-to-be. The latter includes his experience in the music industry, his works, etc. For me (and several others in the music education industry) will also observe a demo lesson by him to gauge pedagogical suitability. Many a time, these supersede the paper qualifications he possesses (if any).

Disciplines like medicine and engineering would definitely need certified credentials because we can't risk doctors prescribing the wrong medication leading to deaths; and neither can we risk living in buildings that might collapse anytime. But what is music? What is its inherent risk?

But if we are talking about teaching FOR THE SAKE of letting students go through the graded EXAMS, then of course his credentials would ONLY matter then.

June 4, 2018 at 8:49am
Susan Teo

But for many parents like me, I dunno music. So I can't interview them the way you can. I need something easier to measure with. Paper qualifications will be one consideration, of cos. Just... See More

But for many parents like me, I dunno music. So I can't interview them the way you can. I need something easier to measure with. Paper qualifications will be one consideration, of cos. Just wondering can any person who knows how to play the piano, and take some exams b4, just suddenly one day decides to teach, and can teach straight away?

June 18, 2018 at 2:10pm
Goh Zensen

If you are thinking of finding a piano teacher for your child, then you'd need consider your objective. If you want him/her to take the graded exams (for whatever purpose later in life is yet... See More

If you are thinking of finding a piano teacher for your child, then you'd need consider your objective. If you want him/her to take the graded exams (for whatever purpose later in life is yet another big topic by itself, which I shall skip for now) then your question is valid, which I will illustrate below. But if the objective is to let him/her appreciate music, learn it with joy and motivation and to be empowered to play music in a carefree way (without the exam stress) by ear and improvisation for whatever music he likes/listens to, then the paper qualifications of the teacher become highly irrelevant.

Let's assume it is the former. Teachers with a teaching licence at a govt school have gone through proper certification and training in pedagogy - explaining why a PhD in Maths may not teach as well as an A Level holder in Maths for a primary school maths syllabus, especially if the latter possess a teaching license (and not the former). In the music ed industry - the phenomenon is similar - my counterparts and I have seen several top notch musicians with superior qualifications but are unable to teach - yet those with lower qualifications can teach better (though their own musicianship isn't that strong).

Thus if you are considering between two piano teachers - one with a Diploma in Piano Performance and the other a Diploma in Piano Teaching, and OTHER THINGS BEING EQUAL, the latter is a better choice for your child.

June 20, 2018 at 2:59pm
June 13, 2018 at 12:42am

Excellent Transcriptions #2 - Frank Dupree's transcription of Gershwin's An American in Paris is so well done that people have been asking for his version to replace the current simplistic rendition being sold today. It's that good!
PART 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBSXpKj_WSA
PART 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtSh6JfiSSA... See More

Excellent Transcriptions #2 - Frank Dupree's transcription of Gershwin's An American in Paris is so well done that people have been asking for his version to replace the current simplistic rendition being sold today. It's that good!
PART 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBSXpKj_WSA
PART 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtSh6JfiSSA

#PianoPieces

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Adelynn Khoo

I watched the film! But is this used in the film?

June 18, 2018 at 2:07pm
Gavin Koh

The 1951 movie An American in Paris (starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) only features the orchestral version of the piece. This transcription is a 2014 version for a pianist to indulge in and... See More

The 1951 movie An American in Paris (starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) only features the orchestral version of the piece. This transcription is a 2014 version for a pianist to indulge in and perform with. However, I haven't seen it on sale anywhere yet, possibly some copyright issues.

June 18, 2018 at 2:46pm
Adelynn Khoo

Haha. I like the turning effect of the video btw. Rarely seen.

June 18, 2018 at 3:01pm
Goh Zensen

IMHO, the trumpet solo blues tune (followed by the Big Band Broadway feature) is nicer than the Rhapsody in Blue. But in the piano community, fewer know of the former because of it being a non-... See More

IMHO, the trumpet solo blues tune (followed by the Big Band Broadway feature) is nicer than the Rhapsody in Blue. But in the piano community, fewer know of the former because of it being a non-piano piece. Thus I always play it via a hybrid of by-ear and improvisation.

June 20, 2018 at 2:48pm
November 1, 2017 at 1:16am

If you were composing piano pieces, what music notation software would you recommend - MuseScore, Finale, Sibelius, or something else?

#composing

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Liew Soo Hin

Ic.. I often mistake the DAW together with these!
And I also thought Logic Pro has some notation capabilities.

June 18, 2018 at 5:30pm
Gavin Koh

Logic Pro does have notation capabilities, but it's probably bare basics.

June 18, 2018 at 5:32pm
Gavin Koh

Read this... See More

Read this link to understand the difference between them.

June 18, 2018 at 5:36pm
June 19, 2018 at 11:25am
June 17, 2018 at 3:22pm

I'm told that I cannot turn off the power to my piano. Why? What is the power for?

#PianoCare

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Liew Soo Hin

Are you using normal or digital piano?

June 18, 2018 at 2:42am
Susan Teo

Normal

June 18, 2018 at 3:38pm
Liew Soo Hin

Then the power should be for the heater inside the piano. Recommended to leave it on, so that the moisture don't build up.

June 18, 2018 at 4:47pm
March 26, 2017 at 10:14am

This Schoenberg brand baby piano, unlike many other makes, is a real piano just like its regular counterparts (e.g. hammering onto strings), except it is smaller and having fewer octaves. Despite that, you can still play the full piece of Bach's Invention No. 13 in Am on it without the need to perform any transpositions! And it needs at 4 adults to carry it because of its heavy weight. Makes of other small pianos sound more like glockenspiels instead of regular pianos because they use the... See More

This Schoenberg brand baby piano, unlike many other makes, is a real piano just like its regular counterparts (e.g. hammering onto strings), except it is smaller and having fewer octaves. Despite that, you can still play the full piece of Bach's Invention No. 13 in Am on it without the need to perform any transpositions! And it needs at 4 adults to carry it because of its heavy weight. Makes of other small pianos sound more like glockenspiels instead of regular pianos because they use the mechanism of that of the toy piano's.

#PianoBrands #PianoModels

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Sng Yong Meng

This type of piano is a rare sight in Singapore! In fact, yours is the first such piano that I came across.

Thanks for hosting Pianovers Meetup #12 and giving so many of us a chance to... See More

This type of piano is a rare sight in Singapore! In fact, yours is the first such piano that I came across.

Thanks for hosting Pianovers Meetup #12 and giving so many of us a chance to actually play on it!

March 26, 2017 at 2:39pm
Goh Zensen

You are most welcome!

March 26, 2017 at 3:22pm
Liew Soo Hin

Very interesting piano!! Never seen one quite like it in sg

June 18, 2018 at 2:47am
May 29, 2018 at 11:33am
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Michael LS

Ya, I just learned in wiki. Ha. The Walking Stick in 1970. Never even heard of this movie.

May 30, 2018 at 11:06am
Susan Teo

Old movie!

June 3, 2018 at 12:04pm
Mabel Ong

Never watch the movie before. ? Think the song is more meaningful if you know the story behind?

June 5, 2018 at 11:55am
Susan Teo

Touching movie. Must watch!

June 17, 2018 at 1:57pm
May 31, 2018 at 3:00pm

I saw 2 pianos placed at tanjong pagar mrt there. So anyone can just play on them?

#PublicPiano

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Mabel Ong

Hehe. I'm too shy to play in public. Maybe never will.

June 5, 2018 at 11:56am
Michael LS

Mabel, there's always a first time. Try when there's no one around? Then, try again when there's one around?

June 8, 2018 at 3:50pm
Michael LS

Albert, your profile is impressive. You have played so many pieces!

June 17, 2018 at 1:06pm
Susan Teo

Sometimes, I see piano in hospital. Also public piano?

June 17, 2018 at 1:56pm
May 29, 2018 at 11:30am
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Michael LS

I heard the keys are heavier on a grand. Shouldn't it be more tiring instead?

June 8, 2018 at 3:49pm
Gavin Koh

Keys are indeed heavier on a grand but they have something called double escapement. Double escapement allows for quick play of repeated notes. If I remember correctly, the hammer does not fall... See More

Keys are indeed heavier on a grand but they have something called double escapement. Double escapement allows for quick play of repeated notes. If I remember correctly, the hammer does not fall completely, just partially.

June 8, 2018 at 7:20pm
Michael LS

Interesting. Double escapement. Gotta read up on that!

June 11, 2018 at 10:25am
Gavin Koh

Watching the double escapement action is way better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGxuD3lWaCs

June 11, 2018 at 10:48am
June 10, 2018 at 10:37pm

There is no Pianovers Meetup on 17 Jun 2018.

The next Pianovers Meetup #82 is on 24 Jun 2018.

#ThePianoSG #pianovers #PianoversMeetup #announcement

November 8, 2017 at 8:36am

Just viewed the performance of this lady - impressed !

Btw, I usually hear this on the guitar instead. Probably my first, or perhaps second, time hearing it on the piano.

#PianoPieces

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Mabel Ong

Thanks Gavin for sharing! Amazing pieces.

You can play these?

May 30, 2018 at 12:29am
Gavin Koh

Yes. But the Alhambra piece is very tiring on anything but a grand. And, the Villanesca can be quite tricky. The Cavatina is easiest of the lot. Refer to the individual threads that discusses them... See More

Yes. But the Alhambra piece is very tiring on anything but a grand. And, the Villanesca can be quite tricky. The Cavatina is easiest of the lot. Refer to the individual threads that discusses them separately in the forums. Thanks.

May 30, 2018 at 1:45pm
Mabel Ong

Gavin, you mean it's not tiring to play on grand piano?

June 5, 2018 at 11:59am
Gavin Koh

Pse see my reply in the Alhambra thread.

June 5, 2018 at 1:49pm
June 3, 2018 at 6:29am

Excellent Transcriptions #1 - Debussy's Prélude à l'aprés-midi d'un faune, or Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, is originally a symphonic poem for orchestra, but beautifully transcribed here for the piano.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbr7c2eRpUY

#PianoPieces

May 31, 2018 at 5:26pm

Time to share my fourth (I think) useful nugget of knowledge. Have you heard or seen arrangements by Mercuziopianist on Youtube?

Well, he actually has a full page of FREE scores arranged by him that is available for download at: https://mega.nz/#F!3BwFVQDT!KxeT8Wt426Y0XEKHHF8v2w

The 532 arrangements are quite... See More

Time to share my fourth (I think) useful nugget of knowledge. Have you heard or seen arrangements by Mercuziopianist on Youtube?

Well, he actually has a full page of FREE scores arranged by him that is available for download at: https://mega.nz/#F!3BwFVQDT!KxeT8Wt426Y0XEKHHF8v2w

The 532 arrangements are quite well done, so go and download what you need and play them at the next Pianover Meetup.

#PianoPieces

April 15, 2018 at 10:22pm

Should only technically-challenging pieces be deemed as being aesthetic? The following is a good read:

#MusicAesthetics

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Goh Zensen

I think I did post it here (via another thread). Once I've done the recording with our local soprano Karen Aw, I will post the entire video clip on Youtube (public domain).

May 30, 2018 at 8:30am
Gavin Koh

The Search function on the forums here is non-existent. You have to do it via Google. The link that Zensen mentions is this:... See More

The Search function on the forums here is non-existent. You have to do it via Google. The link that Zensen mentions is this: https://www.thepiano.sg/discussion/post/2017/11/29/1469-1511955896-275

May 30, 2018 at 9:05am
Michael LS

Thanks for link. Looking fwd to the recording Zensen mentioned.

May 30, 2018 at 11:01am
Goh Zensen

Thanks, Gavin!

May 31, 2018 at 8:59am
May 30, 2018 at 12:57pm

For Michael: Here's the third missing thread originally discussed under the Asturias video. Playing the Villanesca requires you to master the hand-crossing technique. Here is the piece being played by Pierre Morabia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqyOMz4pQ7Y

#PianoPieces

April 30, 2018 at 9:42am

I can't believe it that the movie "Space Odyssey 2001" is 50 years old this April. Here is Also Sprach Zarathustra (a tone poem from Richard Strauss) which was featured prominently in the movie and played on the piano here by David: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E3u4ABksco

Do you know of any other classical piece being used in movies? Share below.

... See More

I can't believe it that the movie "Space Odyssey 2001" is 50 years old this April. Here is Also Sprach Zarathustra (a tone poem from Richard Strauss) which was featured prominently in the movie and played on the piano here by David: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E3u4ABksco

Do you know of any other classical piece being used in movies? Share below.

#PianoPieces

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May 27, 2018 at 4:32pm
Michael LS

Yes!! That's the one, very impressive with the part. The playing of the Tempest, the sequence of the notes, is the code to unlock the message that is hidden in a black key. How awesome!

May 27, 2018 at 11:25pm
Gavin Koh

Here's another one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw05bErme6Q - Beethoven's Appassionata was featured in the van Damme... See More

Here's another one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw05bErme6Q - Beethoven's Appassionata was featured in the van Damme action flick "Hard Target" where Lance Henriksen (of Aliens fame) and Arnold Vosloo (of Mummy fame) act.

May 30, 2018 at 6:53pm
Michael LS

Ah nice! Anyway, that song is out of reach to me. Too difficult for me.

May 28, 2018 at 8:38pm
May 7, 2018 at 7:23pm

There is no Pianovers Meetup on 13 May 2018.

The next Pianovers Meetup #78 is on 20 May 2018.

#ThePianoSG #pianovers #PianoversMeetup #announcement

April 14, 2018 at 10:19pm

Would we see electronic gadgets that are useful for pianists? For example, I need one of these because URA Centre is a bit too dark for my poor eyesight.

#OnlineStore

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Carlyn Ng

Can this be found anywhere in any electronic store here in sg, or at some bazaar? Looks like the type that can be easily found.

April 25, 2018 at 1:00pm
Gavin Koh

Possibly. I haven't had a chance to see a bazaar near my neighborhood for months now.

April 25, 2018 at 2:26pm
April 14, 2018 at 11:17pm

Awkward situation for a pianist #1 - What would you do if you, the pianist, attended a recital all ready to play K.467 and was caught off guard by the starting bars of K.466? Luckily, it was only a lunchtime concert (a rehearsal for the evening concert) for Maria Joao Pires. But, more luckily for her, Maria had played K.466 before and she easily switched gears to play the required piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v... See More

Awkward situation for a pianist #1 - What would you do if you, the pianist, attended a recital all ready to play K.467 and was caught off guard by the starting bars of K.466? Luckily, it was only a lunchtime concert (a rehearsal for the evening concert) for Maria Joao Pires. But, more luckily for her, Maria had played K.466 before and she easily switched gears to play the required piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n89F9YKPNOg

#events #concerts

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Mabel Ong

Woah, that will be a lot to memorise! I'm still struggling with just one or two pages! Kudos to her!

April 18, 2018 at 1:18pm
Gavin Koh

Yes, memorizing is a pain for pianists everywhere. The best I have memorized is a single piece at a time. And nowadays, I just prefer sight reading on the spot, although you can't do that with... See More

Yes, memorizing is a pain for pianists everywhere. The best I have memorized is a single piece at a time. And nowadays, I just prefer sight reading on the spot, although you can't do that with very fast pieces.

April 18, 2018 at 1:25pm
Carlyn Ng

piano teachers should be able to sight read even faster pieces?

April 21, 2018 at 9:33pm
Gavin Koh

I should think so. If you get your hands on a piece that reads greater than Allegro (eg. Vivace, Presto, and Prestissimo, etc.), you're at least going to do some music speed reading - be aware of... See More

I should think so. If you get your hands on a piece that reads greater than Allegro (eg. Vivace, Presto, and Prestissimo, etc.), you're at least going to do some music speed reading - be aware of the key and signature, glance through the score to ferret out difficult passages, note all changes to key and signature, repeats, dynamics and other special ornamentation. After that, you could theoretically play the piece at a fast enough rate on the first go, and aim to pick up speed after acclimatizing yourself to the piece.

The pain is always memorizing the piece for a performance; well, rote learning helps.

April 21, 2018 at 11:54pm
April 15, 2018 at 12:12am

Awkward situation for a pianist #5 - When something breaks on the piano, will you panic? Perhaps a string snaps in the middle of your performance, perhaps your score flies off, or perhaps this happens to you... your chair breaks... Ouch! Has something similar ever happened to you? Did you keep your cool and continue?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb9NXU4yUYw

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Awkward situation for a pianist #5 - When something breaks on the piano, will you panic? Perhaps a string snaps in the middle of your performance, perhaps your score flies off, or perhaps this happens to you... your chair breaks... Ouch! Has something similar ever happened to you? Did you keep your cool and continue?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb9NXU4yUYw

#events #concerts

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Gavin Koh

Maybe, but unlikely. In an upright, the snapped string will whip around inside the wooden enclosure. But in a grand, this is likely to happen:... See More

Maybe, but unlikely. In an upright, the snapped string will whip around inside the wooden enclosure. But in a grand, this is likely to happen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCDxvLheZiY

Bottomline: Beware your eyes when a piano string snaps.

April 18, 2018 at 1:37pm
Mabel Ong

Won't have time to react if it really snaps. No?

April 18, 2018 at 5:42pm
Gavin Koh

Very unlikely that it could hurt someone though. Never heard such news before - "Man attacked by slashing piano wire". Sounds like something I would read in the tabloids.

April 18, 2018 at 7:31pm
Mabel Ong

Keke.. I also never heard of.. and certainly hope it won't happen to anyone.

April 21, 2018 at 9:33pm
April 14, 2018 at 11:47pm

Awkward situation for a pianist #4 - Cell phones! Bleeping and blooping in the middle of the concert hall? Oh no... please don't make it awkward for the pianist. Always remember to turn it to silent mode. Please. Listen to Christen Zacharias' views on disturbed concerts. Would it happen in Singapore too? Share any experiences you have. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAaU8yPXA1A

... See More

Awkward situation for a pianist #4 - Cell phones! Bleeping and blooping in the middle of the concert hall? Oh no... please don't make it awkward for the pianist. Always remember to turn it to silent mode. Please. Listen to Christen Zacharias' views on disturbed concerts. Would it happen in Singapore too? Share any experiences you have. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAaU8yPXA1A

#events #concerts

April 14, 2018 at 11:37pm

Awkward situation for a pianist #3 - Well, page turners better pay attention, because if you make a mistake, the pianist will create a blunder - big time! Maybe, it's time all pianists invest in a page-turning app.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If6SJWoAQKE

#events #concerts

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Gavin Koh

Here's a sample automatic page-turning app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qoshc9jlHJI

Do you use something similar... See More

Here's a sample automatic page-turning app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qoshc9jlHJI

Do you use something similar?

April 14, 2018 at 11:38pm
April 14, 2018 at 11:28pm

Awkward situation for a pianist #2 - What happens if you had a stuck pedal problem during your recital? Here's how Brazilian pianist Eliane Rodrigues handled the issue - injecting some "underground" humor into the major hiccup (puns intended).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBbRTRBY4D4

#events... See More

Awkward situation for a pianist #2 - What happens if you had a stuck pedal problem during your recital? Here's how Brazilian pianist Eliane Rodrigues handled the issue - injecting some "underground" humor into the major hiccup (puns intended).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBbRTRBY4D4

#events #concerts

April 10, 2018 at 12:45am

Besides Richard Clayderman, are there any other people whose light piano music playing is well known (if not as famous)? Here's my list of the pianists from yesteryear (please see comments below as I can't paste them here due to some technical reason). Some of these artistes are still around to serenade us; their music, and their playing style, shall however remain evergreen. Enjoy listening and getting ideas for a song you wish to perform.

... See More

Besides Richard Clayderman, are there any other people whose light piano music playing is well known (if not as famous)? Here's my list of the pianists from yesteryear (please see comments below as I can't paste them here due to some technical reason). Some of these artistes are still around to serenade us; their music, and their playing style, shall however remain evergreen. Enjoy listening and getting ideas for a song you wish to perform.

#general

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Goh Zensen

Have you heard Yanni's "Until the Last Moment"? When I first heard it, I thought it was another Richard Clayderman's piece:

... See More

Have you heard Yanni's "Until the Last Moment"? When I first heard it, I thought it was another Richard Clayderman's piece:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R4xEB-v_dE

April 12, 2018 at 3:17pm
Gavin Koh

I listen to a lot of Clayderman, so there is no way I can mistake Yanni's music as Clayderman's. One obvious giveaway to "Until the Last Moment" would be the missing Alberti bass variation you... See More

I listen to a lot of Clayderman, so there is no way I can mistake Yanni's music as Clayderman's. One obvious giveaway to "Until the Last Moment" would be the missing Alberti bass variation you would expect to hear in most of Clayderman's songs.

Most of Clayderman's pieces are arranged by Oliver Toussaint and Paul de Senneville. Their arrangements are very distinct and in the class of soft pop music. Mean people might call his music "elevator music", but whatever the case, it is because Clayderman's music is composed for the masses and not for the elitists (see article link).

April 14, 2018 at 4:26pm
Mabel Ong

Are Yiruma and Kevin Kern considered eligible in this list? ?

April 14, 2018 at 1:34pm
Gavin Koh

Not really, they are new age pianists. But then the term "new age" is kind of a misnomer and we could also argue that the term easily crosses over with easy listening and light piano music. So as... See More

Not really, they are new age pianists. But then the term "new age" is kind of a misnomer and we could also argue that the term easily crosses over with easy listening and light piano music. So as not to be too ambiguous, I wouldn't accept Yiruma and Kevin Kern. Consider my list the "old guards". Why don't you start yours featuring only new age pianists, like Jim Brickman, and others.

April 14, 2018 at 6:35pm
April 3, 2018 at 1:28pm
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Mabel Ong

Wow. Is this real? Hehehe.

April 14, 2018 at 4:01pm
Gavin Koh

Well, it's technically 2 days after April Fools' Day when I posted it. But, you could actually buy one of these off Amazon. Over here:... See More

Well, it's technically 2 days after April Fools' Day when I posted it. But, you could actually buy one of these off Amazon. Over here: https://www.amazon.com/Sega-Toys-Grand-Pianist/dp/B000H5UODQ. So, you see... they are VERY REAL. Maybe the Online Store ought to stock up on this product if there is demand for it. ?

April 14, 2018 at 6:33pm
Gavin Koh

And you could watch another video of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-5rii9LrjA. Although I won't recommend... See More

And you could watch another video of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-5rii9LrjA. Although I won't recommend anyone playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1 on it.

April 14, 2018 at 4:10pm
March 19, 2018 at 11:31pm

When composing a song, does the melody come first, or the lyrics?

#composing

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Adelynn Khoo

Is there a formula used by the many successful composers? You know, maybe writing the melody first is *easier*?

March 23, 2018 at 12:48pm
Goh Zensen

If you are talking about composer and lyricist being two different persons, then we have cases for both. However, by default, it is usually the composer penning the melody first, then the lyricist... See More

If you are talking about composer and lyricist being two different persons, then we have cases for both. However, by default, it is usually the composer penning the melody first, then the lyricist filling in the lyrics later.

March 26, 2018 at 8:03am
Gavin Koh

As Zensen said, "by default" the music comes first followed by lyrics. In the next Pianovers (#75 on 22nd Apr), I will be playing an exception, a song where the lyrics came first.

"When... See More

As Zensen said, "by default" the music comes first followed by lyrics. In the next Pianovers (#75 on 22nd Apr), I will be playing an exception, a song where the lyrics came first.

"When October Goes" had music composed by Barry Manilow only after the lyricist's widow sent Manilow the lyrics. Manilow set a lovely melancholy tune to what Johnny Mercer wrote (Mercer had died of a brain tumour diagnosed just months before) and the completed song was released as a single by Manilow (and it was quite a success).

Listen it on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Reiqwbo4b7Q or come to Pianovers #75 to listen!

April 14, 2018 at 6:55pm
Gavin Koh

In the case of "When October Goes":

"Setting the Mercer lyrics to music, Mr. Manilow discovered, was one of the easier tasks of his career. "The tunes came like that", he said snapping his... See More

In the case of "When October Goes":

"Setting the Mercer lyrics to music, Mr. Manilow discovered, was one of the easier tasks of his career. "The tunes came like that", he said snapping his fingers. "I struggle with the pop stuff till I bleed, but this stuff... like that." [Article ref link]

So, it could be easier to compose music around the lyrics after all. Maybe, you only need to connect with the lyrics, be inspired by them, and voilà!

April 14, 2018 at 3:18pm

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