gavin-koh-6941's picture
November 2, 2017 at 2:48pm

Time to share another useful nugget of knowledge. Third off my list:

Need to refresh yourself on a musical concept (eg. recalling the Circle of Fifths) or are you starting out in learning a musical piece and need some basic lessons?

Well, try this free online course that already has 300+ videos: http://www.daveconservatoire.org/

#PianoPieces... See More

Time to share another useful nugget of knowledge. Third off my list:

Need to refresh yourself on a musical concept (eg. recalling the Circle of Fifths) or are you starting out in learning a musical piece and need some basic lessons?

Well, try this free online course that already has 300+ videos: http://www.daveconservatoire.org/

#PianoPieces

goh-zensen-1469's picture
May 1, 2017 at 12:45am

Final "Full Dressed" Rehearsal for our duet Mini-Recital on Classical Music (32 pieces in total) on music synthesizers/keyboards with audience Sng Yong Meng, Elyn Goh, Flyer Walker, Gteo Teo and Fi Ga Ro.

#events #concerts

chris-khoo-911's picture
March 25, 2017 at 9:57pm

What's the difference between playing a piece in the privacy of your living room versus performing the same piece for an audience? After all, it's the same piece right (no?) Any thoughts or comments on this? :)

#performing

susan-teo-6366's picture
October 13, 2017 at 1:05am

My son is in P2 this year. He takes piano lessons at home, now Grade 1. Is it advisable to take piano exam every year?

#exam

chris-khoo-911's picture
March 26, 2017 at 1:53pm

Playing on Zensen's baby piano . This is how small it is!

#PianoBrands #PianoModels

goh-zensen-1469's picture
April 17, 2017 at 8:10pm

What is your take on this? If a person is feeling very sad, should he be listening to a melancholic piece such as Tchaikvosky's Pathetique symphony? Or should he be listening to a cheerful and joyful piece like Mozart's Paris Symphony?

#general

gavin-koh-6941's picture
November 6, 2017 at 5:43pm

Unique Piano Pieces Thread #1 - For those looking to play a piece that allows you to perform a glissando on black keys only, here's one really cool piece: Cyril Scott's Lotus Land. You get to do it 3 times, on bars 35, 36, and 62.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoqDR5Zvu_M
Score: http://... See More

Unique Piano Pieces Thread #1 - For those looking to play a piece that allows you to perform a glissando on black keys only, here's one really cool piece: Cyril Scott's Lotus Land. You get to do it 3 times, on bars 35, 36, and 62.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoqDR5Zvu_M
Score: http://petruccilibrary.us/scores/Scott_Cyril_1970/Scott_-_LotusLand_Op.4...

#PianoPieces

gavin-koh-6941's picture
November 2, 2017 at 11:27am

Has anyone here composed and sold pieces of their own? Would love if you could share your experiences.

#composing

chris-khoo-911's picture
April 1, 2017 at 9:42am

Can playing by ear actually be learnt or is it something innate, i.e. either you have it or you don't. I've always thought that all pianists could play by ear (at least simple tunes on the simpler keys) but was amazed to find out that it wasn't so in my JC days.

#performing

mabel-ong-6441's picture
October 16, 2017 at 7:41pm

I'm looking around for a new piano. Anyone heard of Hailun? Is it good?

gavin-koh-6941's picture
October 31, 2017 at 5:01pm

Has anyone ever taught dyslexic students? What is your experience teaching them; like will they have problems reading music notes or understanding concepts of rhythm and/or note/rest values? And how would you help them overcome their problem - for eg. would you use large staves/notes, marking on the piano keys, etc.?

#SpecialNeeds

gavin-koh-6941's picture
November 1, 2017 at 12:38am

Time to share some nuggets of usefulness. First off my list: Where do I get a list of piano music listed by difficulty?

Well, here's a handy reference: http://www.classicalmusicdb.com/levels

#PianoPieces

sng-yong-meng-85's picture
May 14, 2017 at 8:44pm

Dutch pianist and composer Jeroen van Veen built a life-sized Lego Piano over a period of more than two years. Consisting of almost 30,000 second-hand Lego bricks, the idea of building the Lego Piano came about over a debate at the coffee table between Jeroen and his two sons. He gave his first public performance on the Lego Piano in his concert in Almere, Netherlands on Friday, 12 November 2016.

#general

goh-zensen-1469's picture
August 14, 2017 at 3:05pm

Have you been seriously pondering over the following question? Many pianists avoid this question, perhaps because of sociopolitical sensitivity (instead of musical sensitivity)?

Take for example the entire China with a population of 1.3 billion. Most would agree that the most celebrated (classical) pianists are Lang Lang and Li Yundi.

So my question is: Are there other pianists (non-celebrities) in China whose piano playing is on par with theirs? If the answer is yes (e.g. if... See More

Have you been seriously pondering over the following question? Many pianists avoid this question, perhaps because of sociopolitical sensitivity (instead of musical sensitivity)?

Take for example the entire China with a population of 1.3 billion. Most would agree that the most celebrated (classical) pianists are Lang Lang and Li Yundi.

So my question is: Are there other pianists (non-celebrities) in China whose piano playing is on par with theirs? If the answer is yes (e.g. if you say at least thousands of them), then why aren't they famous? In other words, does it mean that only when you reach this level of piano playing superiority will you definitely be "discovered" and made eminent?

Note that I'm confining my topic to pure playing-by-score instead of playing-by-ear or improvisations, since that would have opened a bigger can of worms.

For those who feel that within China, very few pianists would match or beat the level manifested by Lang Lang or Li Yundi, then my next question for you will then be: What is it that they can do (or do well) which other pianists in China can't? Is it the speed or tempo of playing? Or is it their sheer playing techniques? Or is it their interpretations?

I would like to hear your viewpoints before I elaborate on this further.

#performing

sng-yong-meng-85's picture
June 9, 2017 at 12:05am

Just as people ask if driverless cars will replace the joy of driving and if sending email kills the warm personal touch of writing a traditional letter, people too, are asking if it is really possible for computers to make music. Music, after all, has been an essential part of human existence for as long as civilisations have existed. Now then, to what extent can humans accept music that is artificially-created as part of their lives?

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Just as people ask if driverless cars will replace the joy of driving and if sending email kills the warm personal touch of writing a traditional letter, people too, are asking if it is really possible for computers to make music. Music, after all, has been an essential part of human existence for as long as civilisations have existed. Now then, to what extent can humans accept music that is artificially-created as part of their lives?

#general

sng-yong-meng-85's picture
June 29, 2017 at 10:19pm

Richard Clayderman's Coup de Coeur.
Feeling nostalgic indeed.

Saw a discussion among some Pianovers about Richard Clayderman, and suddenly thought of this piece - one of my all-time favourites.

#PianoPieces

chris-khoo-911's picture
March 30, 2017 at 1:09pm

If only my piano teachers had explained to me the purpose of scales and arpeggios all those years when I was learning the piano, I believe I would have taken to them with greater enthusiasm. But somehow none ever did ! It was only after I stopped learning the piano that I realized how important they were as finger exercises . So a message for all piano teachers: Explain to your students what these exercises are for and I'm sure you'll have an easier time getting them to practise them :)... See More

If only my piano teachers had explained to me the purpose of scales and arpeggios all those years when I was learning the piano, I believe I would have taken to them with greater enthusiasm. But somehow none ever did ! It was only after I stopped learning the piano that I realized how important they were as finger exercises . So a message for all piano teachers: Explain to your students what these exercises are for and I'm sure you'll have an easier time getting them to practise them :)

#teacher

wenqing-970's picture
May 18, 2017 at 12:54am

Was watching this VOD about the side of piano competitions usually unknown to most people - piano tuners' work

ps: video is only available for streaming till 29th May so do watch soon if you are interested to know ?

#PianoCare #tuning

ngoh-wen-jun-1181's picture
September 10, 2017 at 6:40pm

A question here regarding choice of rhythm for improvised arrangements:

Choosing between two rhythms to play a set of three notes as follows - playing them as a triplet, or as 2 dotted notes back-to-back.
ie: 2 dotted quavers followed by 1 quaver (or the quaver then 2 dotted quavers) vs playing them as a triplet.

What is the difference between them as such (rhythm apart)? To my understanding, playing the sequence as a triplet inspires a sort of 'equality' to the melody... See More

A question here regarding choice of rhythm for improvised arrangements:

Choosing between two rhythms to play a set of three notes as follows - playing them as a triplet, or as 2 dotted notes back-to-back.
ie: 2 dotted quavers followed by 1 quaver (or the quaver then 2 dotted quavers) vs playing them as a triplet.

What is the difference between them as such (rhythm apart)? To my understanding, playing the sequence as a triplet inspires a sort of 'equality' to the melody they produce; that is to say they are given equal emphasis. Whereas in comparison, by using the dotted rhythms one can choose to give emphasis to the dotted quavers. Apart from this, i cant discern any other notable difference in applying either rhythm.

Anyone have other insights with regards to this?

#scores #arrangements

thepianosg-1's picture
August 14, 2017 at 8:06am

There is no Pianovers Meetup this coming Sunday, 20 Aug 2017.

We will be celebrating our first anniversary of Pianovers Meetup at 10 Square @ Orchard Central - Pianovers Recital!

#ThePianoSG #pianovers #PianoversMeetup... See More

There is no Pianovers Meetup this coming Sunday, 20 Aug 2017.

We will be celebrating our first anniversary of Pianovers Meetup at 10 Square @ Orchard Central - Pianovers Recital!

#ThePianoSG #pianovers #PianoversMeetup #PianoversRecital #announcement

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