February 28, 2019 at 12:23am

Love is Blue is a classic sentimental song that has captured my attention, since I first heard it in music lesson in Secondary 1. My music teacher Mr Sem Kai Peng played this out, and we students were supposed to play out the piece on the recorder.

Recently after receiving music lessons in 2018, I heard this piece again and attempted to deconstruct its elements. I will be deconstructing the Paul Mariat A minor version.
Its introduction chords is appregioic zigzag style, and my... See More

Love is Blue is a classic sentimental song that has captured my attention, since I first heard it in music lesson in Secondary 1. My music teacher Mr Sem Kai Peng played this out, and we students were supposed to play out the piece on the recorder.

Recently after receiving music lessons in 2018, I heard this piece again and attempted to deconstruct its elements. I will be deconstructing the Paul Mariat A minor version.
Its introduction chords is appregioic zigzag style, and my favourite element is the counter melody in the second verse.
In the middle of the piece, there is a parallel modulation from A minor to A major. I feel this is very apt as after the modulation to the major key, the lyrics turn from being depressed about lost love, to flashbacks about happier times "When we met, how the bright sun shone." before going back to being sad again "Then love died, now the rainbow is gone", and correspondingly the music changes back to the minor key.

Thanks for reading my analysis and perhaps I shall post again about my favourite piano pieces.

#PianoPieces

February 28, 2019 at 12:23am

Love is Blue is a classic sentimental song that has captured my attention, since I first heard it in music lesson in Secondary 1. My music teacher Mr Sem Kai Peng played this out, and we students were supposed to play out the piece on the recorder.

Recently after receiving music lessons in 2018, I heard this piece again and attempted to deconstruct its elements. I will be deconstructing the Paul Mariat A minor version.
Its introduction chords is appregioic zigzag style, and my... See More

Love is Blue is a classic sentimental song that has captured my attention, since I first heard it in music lesson in Secondary 1. My music teacher Mr Sem Kai Peng played this out, and we students were supposed to play out the piece on the recorder.

Recently after receiving music lessons in 2018, I heard this piece again and attempted to deconstruct its elements. I will be deconstructing the Paul Mariat A minor version.
Its introduction chords is appregioic zigzag style, and my favourite element is the counter melody in the second verse.
In the middle of the piece, there is a parallel modulation from A minor to A major. I feel this is very apt as after the modulation to the major key, the lyrics turn from being depressed about lost love, to flashbacks about happier times "When we met, how the bright sun shone." before going back to being sad again "Then love died, now the rainbow is gone", and correspondingly the music changes back to the minor key.

Thanks for reading my analysis and perhaps I shall post again about my favourite piano pieces.

#PianoPieces

September 26, 2018 at 3:36am

I originally joined Pianovers with intentions of chances for public performance and to make friends.
Never did I expect to fall in love with some classical music here which I originally thought was too dreary.
Here are a few favourites of mine and acknowledgements to friends who introduced these pieces to me:
1) Military March 1 in D major by Schubert, thanks to Jeremy Foo and Matthew Soh.
2)Prélude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor by Rachmaninoff, thanks to Jonathan Lam... See More

I originally joined Pianovers with intentions of chances for public performance and to make friends.
Never did I expect to fall in love with some classical music here which I originally thought was too dreary.
Here are a few favourites of mine and acknowledgements to friends who introduced these pieces to me:
1) Military March 1 in D major by Schubert, thanks to Jeremy Foo and Matthew Soh.
2)Prélude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor by Rachmaninoff, thanks to Jonathan Lam
3) Pictures of an Exhibition, Promenade 1 by Modestsky, courtesy of a mental health video I watched
4) Choral Symphony no 9, 2nd Movement by Beethoven, thanks to NUS Choir and the NUS Symphonic Orchestra!!

Next I might discuss the musicalities of these classical pieces to determine why I like them so much!

#PianoPieces

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Mabel Ong

It's good to explore different genres! I'm learning many songs from the many pieces played by you all each week. Kudos to you all!

January 9, 2019 at 11:42am
Janice Liew

Mabel, have you ever been to Pianovers? Pls come and make friends with us regulars! I go there about 3 times a month.

February 27, 2019 at 11:51pm
February 21, 2019 at 11:14pm

Here is my 6th nugget of knowledge - Music Map.
https://www.music-map.com

Discover similar new artists just by keying one that you like. You can key in classical composers, chinese artists (use their English names if possible), and of course, modern performers.

For eg., here is a map to Yiruma and a bunch of artists whose music is similar to his:
https... See More

Here is my 6th nugget of knowledge - Music Map.
https://www.music-map.com

Discover similar new artists just by keying one that you like. You can key in classical composers, chinese artists (use their English names if possible), and of course, modern performers.

For eg., here is a map to Yiruma and a bunch of artists whose music is similar to his:
https://www.music-map.com/yiruma.html

#general

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Gavin Koh

I guess their database has been populated more with American / British artists. You might want to propose your own list of artists then at http... See More

I guess their database has been populated more with American / British artists. You might want to propose your own list of artists then at http://www.gnoosic.com/vote

February 22, 2019 at 9:55pm
January 6, 2019 at 6:19pm

Hi, here is my video for my performance at Pianovers Recital 2018 held on 28th of December. Hope you enjoy watching it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kziAGT3whg

Just wanted to share my (what I hope are) value-added comments on my experience participating in this event:

a) Playing on a grand piano has a totally different feel; it was as if I'm on cloud nine. The touch for this Yamaha piano was... See More

Hi, here is my video for my performance at Pianovers Recital 2018 held on 28th of December. Hope you enjoy watching it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kziAGT3whg

Just wanted to share my (what I hope are) value-added comments on my experience participating in this event:

a) Playing on a grand piano has a totally different feel; it was as if I'm on cloud nine. The touch for this Yamaha piano was excellent; it was tuned on the spot prior to the Recital. Make full use of any rehearsal time you have so you can appreciate the feel of the piano, if at all possible. For me, I used the time to try out the sostenuto panel just for the last measure of my song.

b) Performing in formal wear has a different feel than playing in civvies in the comfort of your home. Make sure you feel comfortable in your getup and that you have space to maneuver your arms.

c) As this was a community driven event, I felt it was OK if you don't memorize your score; you probably wouldn't do this for a professional recital. I was sight reading straight from the sheet music since I am very comfortable doing that, but I will have you know, I did practice the piece probably at least 30 times already; not enough to memorize the song in its entirety, but enough for a great performance.

d) If you make a mistake during the performance, press on as best as you can. People might not even know you made a mistake, if you play on as if it's part of the show. Glaring errors are obvious, but try to recover as best as you can and move on. You can always tell Pianovers you want your video kept private if you feel embarrassed by your performance.

e) Pick a song you can manage. While, I noticed other performers on that night chose more difficult pieces that showed off their technical prowess, I felt very happy with my choice, a lovely song made famous by Josh Groban. Dont aim for something over the top unless you are very confident performing the piece. If it's an expressive piece, play your heart out. If it's a technical piece, play to impress.

f) Don't feel pressured by the audience or get distracted by the photographer. Focus on the performance and doing a great job. It helps if you have practiced a lot at home already. Definitely never come unprepared.

g) Bow once before your performance. Bow again after the performance. I felt I probably made a minor gaffe, I picked up my score and had wanted to fold it back before bowing right at the end. I felt I should have bowed first at the end, then picked up my score to exit the stage.

Well, that's it. Thanks for reading this far.

If you like to keep updated about what I am doing, you can follow me at https://www.facebook.com/gavinkoh1970

#events #concerts

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Mabel Ong

There are a few versions to The Prayer. I like the Celine Dion + Andrea Bocelli. That's actually the first version I got acquainted with.

January 12, 2019 at 10:57am
Gavin Koh

Yes, that is the best version. I heard that one right after Quest for Camelot's version sung in English only by Celine Dion. The lyrics are very meaningful, especially the Italian version, I have... See More

Yes, that is the best version. I heard that one right after Quest for Camelot's version sung in English only by Celine Dion. The lyrics are very meaningful, especially the Italian version, I have even memorized that version of the song sung by Andrea Bocelli. Bellissimo!

January 12, 2019 at 8:22pm
Linette Choo

Just watched the video. Nice, you got 100+ views!

February 8, 2019 at 4:51pm
Gavin Koh

That's a pleasant surprise! Thanks.

February 8, 2019 at 10:13pm
November 8, 2018 at 10:42am

The 2nd Singapore Raffles Arts and Cultural Festival – Piano Grand Finals will be held from 28th - 30 January 2019, at Singapore Raffles Music College and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

This festival is organized by Singapore Raffles Music College with the key purpose of providing like-minded musical talents a golden opportunity to hone their performance skills, learn from their fellow participants across the region as well as broaden the participants’ musical horizons and... See More

The 2nd Singapore Raffles Arts and Cultural Festival – Piano Grand Finals will be held from 28th - 30 January 2019, at Singapore Raffles Music College and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

This festival is organized by Singapore Raffles Music College with the key purpose of providing like-minded musical talents a golden opportunity to hone their performance skills, learn from their fellow participants across the region as well as broaden the participants’ musical horizons and networks!

Email us at event@ace99.com.sg or call us at (+65) 6368 5610 for more information.

Unleash your true potential today!

Should you have any queries please do feel free to contact our friendly staff directly for more information:

Senior Events Executive – Leanne Phay
Event Executive – Chan Siok Ting

Email: liyan@ace99.com.sg / siokting@ace99.com.sg
Tel: (65) 6368 5610
HP: (65) 9822 8496 (Do feel free to whatsapp us for a faster and more personal response!)

#events #concerts

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Linette Choo

Nice, we should have more piano competitions or piano activities in Singapore. Feel that we can still do more to promote arts and music in Singapore. Many parents still feel their kids can't... See More

Nice, we should have more piano competitions or piano activities in Singapore. Feel that we can still do more to promote arts and music in Singapore. Many parents still feel their kids can't survive with a job related to music, and must die die have a degree first.

February 8, 2019 at 4:53pm
January 11, 2019 at 8:56pm

I find that the world of pianists is very unforgiving towards adult learners. The moment they see an adult, they expect a certain level of playing.

What do you think?

#AdultBeginners

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Mabel Ong

Gavin, does the forum here allow us to do the same thing? Post our video, and get feedback on how to improve?

February 7, 2019 at 3:14pm
Gavin Koh

Sure it does... but who's going to reply. Myself, yourself, Yoke Ping, and just a small handful of other regulars. The Facebook Group I mentioned has way more people from around the world... See More

Sure it does... but who's going to reply. Myself, yourself, Yoke Ping, and just a small handful of other regulars. The Facebook Group I mentioned has way more people from around the world responding, especially if you request for feedback / critique.

February 7, 2019 at 4:38pm
Mabel Ong

I see, from the world, that will get enough numbers. Are there many sg people there?

February 7, 2019 at 4:58pm
Gavin Koh

Out of 5514 members, I counted about 15 Singaporeans, well that's for those who do update their country field.

February 7, 2019 at 5:04pm
January 28, 2019 at 4:13pm

There is no Pianovers Meetup on
- 3 Feb 2019,
- 10 Feb 2019, and
- 17 Feb 2019.

The next Pianovers Meetup #111 is on 24 Feb 2019.

#ThePianoSG #pianovers #PianoversMeetup #announcement... See More

There is no Pianovers Meetup on
- 3 Feb 2019,
- 10 Feb 2019, and
- 17 Feb 2019.

The next Pianovers Meetup #111 is on 24 Feb 2019.

#ThePianoSG #pianovers #PianoversMeetup #announcement

December 17, 2018 at 7:57pm

There is no Pianovers Meetup on
- 23 Dec 2018, and
- 30 Dec 2018.

The next Pianovers Meetup #107 is on 06 Jan 2019.

#ThePianoSG #pianovers #PianoversMeetup #announcement

July 19, 2018 at 10:07pm
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Adrian Huang

Strange, no Bb or Eb, I thought they should be quite popular.

September 12, 2018 at 10:03am
Gavin Koh

As for the chart, you should look for the enharmonic. A#/Bb and D#/Eb are slices of the pie.

If you go here, you can also see how popular is a key. It appears there are not as many songs in... See More

As for the chart, you should look for the enharmonic. A#/Bb and D#/Eb are slices of the pie.

If you go here, you can also see how popular is a key. It appears there are not as many songs in A#/Bb and D#/Eb.
http://www.songkeyfinder.com/learn/songs-in-key

September 12, 2018 at 1:52pm
Liew Soo Hin

I vaguely remember there are many pieces written in c# minor, but it's only 2.1%?

December 1, 2018 at 10:38am
Gavin Koh

If Spotify is biased towards modern music and not classical music, then it's missing out on a big part of history. And, hence, that may be why you think the data is skewed. Numbers are numbers... See More

If Spotify is biased towards modern music and not classical music, then it's missing out on a big part of history. And, hence, that may be why you think the data is skewed. Numbers are numbers after all, and their context is "All Music on Spotify". So take them with a pinch of salt.

December 1, 2018 at 11:14am
October 14, 2018 at 2:16pm

Time to share my 5th "nugget" of musical knowledge:
Chordify is a website that automatically transforms music from Youtube or Soundcloud into chords. Relying on deep neural networks to output chords for your song, they are geared to help pianists, guitarists, and ukulelists. So, if you rely on chords or play by ear, then save some time with Chordify. Paying members can transpose and even play around with the tempo. If you don't wish to create an account, you can use their search tool... See More

Time to share my 5th "nugget" of musical knowledge:
Chordify is a website that automatically transforms music from Youtube or Soundcloud into chords. Relying on deep neural networks to output chords for your song, they are geared to help pianists, guitarists, and ukulelists. So, if you rely on chords or play by ear, then save some time with Chordify. Paying members can transpose and even play around with the tempo. If you don't wish to create an account, you can use their search tool for free to check whether chords already exist for your favourite song.

For example, here are chords to Broken Vow, a lovely piece from Lara Fabian.
https://chordify.net/chords/lara-fabian-broken-vow-marcopantoja

#composing

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Liew Soo Hin

This sounds interesting. How accurate is this? Have you tried extensively?

November 15, 2018 at 4:05pm
Gavin Koh

Good enough... there was one week where I used it to quickly get the chords I needed for a Hari Raya performance. Accuracy seems reasonable. But if you want more features, like transposing and so... See More

Good enough... there was one week where I used it to quickly get the chords I needed for a Hari Raya performance. Accuracy seems reasonable. But if you want more features, like transposing and so on, you have to pay. Read here for a better idea: https://www.reddit.com/r/musictheory/comments/22e7dy/chordifynet_has_any...

November 15, 2018 at 5:07pm
Liew Soo Hin

Thanks! I've read the link you sent. On a technical note, I reckon the software analysed the frequencies?

I mean, there's nothing in the mp3 file, except frequencies, right?

November 16, 2018 at 11:45am
Gavin Koh

You can read about how Chordify works by looking at this answer in Quora.
https://www.quora.com/How-does-Chordify-work... See More

You can read about how Chordify works by looking at this answer in Quora.
https://www.quora.com/How-does-Chordify-work

And unless you know about Artificial Neural Networks and terms like neural weights, back propagation, and recurrent/recursive neural networks, it's going to be tough understanding what happens under it's hood.

November 16, 2018 at 11:55am
October 29, 2018 at 8:40am

Guess the Score #3 - This parchment of music looks like a work of art. It is part of a set, so do you know which number it is, the title, and composer?

#PianoPieces

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Gavin Koh

Correct! Well done!

October 29, 2018 at 10:32am
Michael LS

I won't be able to guess from the bunch of messy notes! Is Bach that untidy?

October 31, 2018 at 10:08am
Gavin Koh

If you compare Bach's score with the rest of the composers... See More

If you compare Bach's score with the rest of the composers here, I should think that Beethoven's work was probably most untidy of the lot. You can also see the untidiness in his Appassionata.

October 31, 2018 at 11:00am
Adrian Huang

This is considered very tidy already. Try reading Handel’s manuscripts.

November 5, 2018 at 9:48am
October 8, 2018 at 1:15pm

Piano Trivia Time #10 - Answer 10 TRUE/FALSE questions. Please provide your answer as a long string. For example: "FTFTTFTTFT"

TRUE OR FALSE
01. The Church Organ is a wind instrument while the Piano is a percussion instrument.
02. New pianos need fewer tunings than older pianos.
03. The world record for most number of people playing simultaneously on a piano is 16.
04. On a piano, the naturals have always been white, and the sharps/flats have always been black... See More

Piano Trivia Time #10 - Answer 10 TRUE/FALSE questions. Please provide your answer as a long string. For example: "FTFTTFTTFT"

TRUE OR FALSE
01. The Church Organ is a wind instrument while the Piano is a percussion instrument.
02. New pianos need fewer tunings than older pianos.
03. The world record for most number of people playing simultaneously on a piano is 16.
04. On a piano, the naturals have always been white, and the sharps/flats have always been black.
05. The piano has 88 keys and 88 strings.
06. There are 4 types of vertical pianos: spinet, console, studio, and upright.
07. Pythagoras the mathematician was credited as the person who discovered the perfect interval, which is a ratio of 2:1.
08. All pianos start on an A key, but there are pianos that go even lower than that.
09. Una corda means you must depress the soft pedal, which is usually the leftmost pedal.
10. ThePiano.SG website was officially launched on 8 Aug 2015.

#general

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Tan Chia Huee

FFFFFTFFFF

October 10, 2018 at 1:26pm
Gavin Koh

Just like the game of Mastermind - 3 wrong, 7 correct.

October 10, 2018 at 2:08pm
Gavin Koh

The answer (which can be discussed further) is TFFFFTFTTF.

1) TRUE. The Church Organ IS a wind instrument that produces sound because of the passage of air through pipes, and because the... See More

The answer (which can be discussed further) is TFFFFTFTTF.

1) TRUE. The Church Organ IS a wind instrument that produces sound because of the passage of air through pipes, and because the piano has its key struck by hammers, it IS a percussion instrument. http://www.innovateus.net/content/there-difference-between-piano-and-organ

2) FALSE. New pianos needs the same (or more) number of tunings as older pianos. Piano strings have very high tension on them, and they just plain stretch as time passes. Hence, the need for tuning. http://www.betterpianoservice.com/how_often.html

3) FALSE. As of this writing, the world record for most number of people playing simultaneously on a piano is 21. Take a look at this feat achieved earlier this year in March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR3e71OO1tY

4) FALSE. Pianos by the original inventor - Bartolomeo Cristofori, were based on harpsichords. Cristofori's earliest pianos carried this same colour scheme: black naturals, and white sharps. You can read about it here: https://www.quora.com/Why-were-the-colors-of-the-piano-keys-reversed-in-...

5) FALSE. The piano does have 88 keys, but it has more than 88 strings. The treble pitches of a piano have three unison strings, the tenor range uses two unison strings, and the bass strings use only one string. The end result is that for 88 notes, there can be as many as 236 strings. http://www.piano.christophersmit.com/strings.html

6) TRUE. This statement is true; there are four types of vertical pianos: spinet, console, studio, and upright. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-difference-between-types-vertical-p...

7) FALSE. This part is true - Pythagoras the mathematician was credited as the person who discovered the perfect interval. However, the ratio of the perfect interval is 3:2, not 2:1. http://www.phys.uconn.edu/~gibson/Notes/Section3_2/Sec3_2.htm

8) TRUE. Not all pianos start on a very low A key. Bösendorfer pioneered the extension of the typical 88-key keyboard, creating the Imperial Grand (Model 290), which has 97 keys (eight octaves); this piano starts on an ultra-low C. Listen to the "Imperial" bass keys here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIOQ2Fwto8k

9) TRUE. Una corda (or rarely due corda) is used to signify that the soft pedal should be depressed. The leftmost pedal in a piano is usually the soft pedal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_pedal

10) FALSE. ThePiano.SG website was officially launched on 8 Aug 2014. The answer to this can be found on this page: https://www.thepiano.sg/about-us

October 15, 2018 at 11:28am
September 25, 2018 at 1:40pm

Guess the Score #2 - What is this piece?
Hint - It's a piano sonata.

#PianoPieces

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Liew Soo Hin

This is quite confirmed to be Beethoven's Appassionata.

September 27, 2018 at 3:25pm
Gavin Koh

Well done! For those who might want to watch it (together with the proper engraved score), click below:
https://www.... See More

Well done! For those who might want to watch it (together with the proper engraved score), click below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QImFm4Y_QPM

September 27, 2018 at 4:44pm
Liew Soo Hin

I'm a fan of Beethoven's sonatas. Simply brilliant.

September 28, 2018 at 8:19am
September 11, 2018 at 4:17pm

Piano Trivia Time #9 - What is the significance of these 7 stacks of biscuits when we speak of piano music theory? (Other than that Oreo biscuits would probably make great snacks for pianists.)

#general

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Gavin Koh

Here are a few good starter lessons on music modes.
[BASIC] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zApJmWX_a9s
[... See More

Here are a few good starter lessons on music modes.
[BASIC] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zApJmWX_a9s
[ADVANCED] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF47dr8sVyE&t=32s

September 15, 2018 at 6:49pm
Gavin Koh

What if you were to play one song using different modes? Well, it would sound something like this video link as they replay "The Flintstones" in Dorian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian.... See More

What if you were to play one song using different modes? Well, it would sound something like this video link as they replay "The Flintstones" in Dorian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWaW2q1KM0Y

September 15, 2018 at 6:53pm
Gavin Koh

Here is another example with "Hey Jude" played in all 7 modes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXIF9mjHF9M

September 27, 2018 at 3:07pm
Gavin Koh

Possibly the least understood or used is the Locrian mode. I will compose a song employing Locrian mode and share it with you when done. Thanks.

September 27, 2018 at 4:46pm
September 18, 2018 at 4:36pm

Guess the Score #1 - Who is the composer of this piece?

#PianoPieces

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Gavin Koh

If you check out the Hungarian Dance No. 5 (see link below), you will know that the piece above is not composed by him. Did Brahms copy somebody else? Try again!
... See More

If you check out the Hungarian Dance No. 5 (see link below), you will know that the piece above is not composed by him. Did Brahms copy somebody else? Try again!
http://hz.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/1/17/IMSLP00961-Brahms_-_Hungar...

September 22, 2018 at 7:37pm
Gavin Koh

This is "Bártfai Emlék" (Memories of Bártfa) by Hungarian composer Béla Kéler. It is a csárdás - a Hungarian dance with a slow introduction and a fast, wild finish.

The story goes that... See More

This is "Bártfai Emlék" (Memories of Bártfa) by Hungarian composer Béla Kéler. It is a csárdás - a Hungarian dance with a slow introduction and a fast, wild finish.

The story goes that Brahms had mistakenly thought this was a traditional folksong and therefore used it in his Hungarian Dance #5. Unintentional plagiarism or not? You decide.

September 25, 2018 at 1:18pm
Gavin Koh

Here is a duet version of "Bártfai Emlék: Csárdás" - https://youtu.be/l5-6jfE-YcA?t=1m14s

September 25, 2018 at 1:19pm
Gavin Koh

Compare this with Brahm's version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGtbzfUq9rU

September 25, 2018 at 1:35pm
September 18, 2018 at 10:05pm

Hello Guys!
I got to learn some useful tips from this article- “10 tips from a good performer to a great performer”. I have never realized some of these tips until now. Still, better late than never! Hope you find it useful too! cheers :)

#performing

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Mabel Ong

Nice sharing! I think the weekly meetup already helps with point 5 and 8!

September 21, 2018 at 12:47pm
September 12, 2018 at 12:57pm

Just to share:
I completed a duet version of Brahms first waltz, it's available here for reference - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-hCYqEUFhU

For those who want to practice playing "virtually" with me as your duet partner at home, follow the links below.

I want to play Primo part - https://youtu.be/LzZi0fSUSTA
I want to play Secondo... See More

Just to share:
I completed a duet version of Brahms first waltz, it's available here for reference - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-hCYqEUFhU

For those who want to practice playing "virtually" with me as your duet partner at home, follow the links below.

I want to play Primo part - https://youtu.be/LzZi0fSUSTA
I want to play Secondo part - https://youtu.be/Q4oIbzqbrOc

The score is available for free at IMSLP at the following link: http://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/4/42/IMSLP147080-PMLP06507-Brahm...

#PianoPieces

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Gavin Koh

The advantages of using Youtube as a learning platform is that you can slow down the video to 75% or 50% speed and slowly learn the piece from there.

Would also like to hear any feedback... See More

The advantages of using Youtube as a learning platform is that you can slow down the video to 75% or 50% speed and slowly learn the piece from there.

Would also like to hear any feedback you may have on how this series of videos can be improved.

Thanks.

September 12, 2018 at 1:00pm
August 24, 2018 at 1:42am

Piano Trivia Time #8 - With no clef or key signature evident, can you guess which of the following sequence of notes is the odd one out, that is by a different composer? If you like a cerebral challenge - name the four pieces.

#general

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Gavin Koh

Correct for #1 and #2. But, wrong for #3.

August 25, 2018 at 12:22pm
Gavin Koh

#4 is the odd one out.

Songs #1, #2, and #3 are all by French composer Léo Delibes.
- The first piece is known as the Flower Duet or also from the words "Viens, Mallika, les lianes... See More

#4 is the odd one out.

Songs #1, #2, and #3 are all by French composer Léo Delibes.
- The first piece is known as the Flower Duet or also from the words "Viens, Mallika, les lianes en fleurs ... Dôme épais, le jasmin (Come Mallika, the lianas in bloom ... The jasmine forms a dense dome)", from his opera Lakmé, Act I.
- The second piece is known as "Divertissement - Variation dansée (Pizzicati)" from the ballet, Sylvia, Act III.
- The third piece is known as "Valse Lente" from the ballet, Coppélia, Act I.

Song #4 is from Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
- This is the leitmotif representing the "princess". It is taken from the symphonic suite Scheherazade. It is featured in all 4 movements.

August 30, 2018 at 9:12pm
Gavin Koh

You can watch all four pieces by following these links:
#1 - Flower Duet @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kWY8ruAZvA... See More

You can watch all four pieces by following these links:
#1 - Flower Duet @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kWY8ruAZvA
#2 - Divertissement - Pizzicati @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD9rCS4ewIA
#3 - Valse Lente @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b419tdIitcI
#4 - Scheherazade "princess" leitmotif @ https://youtu.be/v7U8gGl5IIk?t=37s

August 30, 2018 at 5:10pm
Adelynn Khoo

Flower Duet is very nice, even used in the old British Airways advertisement. Very lasting impression.

September 9, 2018 at 1:12pm
August 9, 2018 at 10:15pm

Piano Trivia Time #6 - Is there anything different about the piano pictured below; what is it?

#general

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Gavin Koh

I kind of think of this as a person getting used to both left-hand and right-hand drive, but the complexity involved would be tremendous. If you could play on both, you would truly be an... See More

I kind of think of this as a person getting used to both left-hand and right-hand drive, but the complexity involved would be tremendous. If you could play on both, you would truly be an ambidextrous god!

August 11, 2018 at 12:01pm
Liew Soo Hin

I think driving is completely different from this. The way you look at the scores, and how you move your fingers will be really more challenging. Just imagining playing the first 9 notes of Fur... See More

I think driving is completely different from this. The way you look at the scores, and how you move your fingers will be really more challenging. Just imagining playing the first 9 notes of Fur Elise's on my left hand is already taxing my brain and finger muscles!

August 11, 2018 at 1:34pm
Gavin Koh

Conversely, it must be tough forcing a left-handed person to play on a "right-handed" piano? Perhaps somebody who is left-handed should chip in and share their viewpoint.

August 11, 2018 at 2:18pm
Adelynn Khoo

I've even heard of people saying that left-handed pianists are better pianists!

September 8, 2018 at 1:09am
October 22, 2017 at 11:18am
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Gavin Koh

Here's one for the fans - The Piano Guys are coming to Singapore again on 25th Sep to the Star Theatre. You can get your tickets from Sistic.

July 21, 2018 at 1:25pm
Linette Choo

Nice! I love these guys!

July 29, 2018 at 12:44am
Mabel Ong

Btw, The Piano Guys is coming to sg on 25/9!! ??

September 6, 2018 at 9:28pm
Linette Choo

3 more weeks. Hehe. Countdown!

September 7, 2018 at 3:54pm
June 27, 2018 at 1:33pm

Piano Trivia Time #1 - Can you guess - in which city can we find this very interesting piano-shaped building, which comes complete with glass violin staircase?

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Mabel Ong

Wow.. designed by archi students!! Impressive.

Just realised it is mentioned also by thepiano.sg too!
... See More

Wow.. designed by archi students!! Impressive.

Just realised it is mentioned also by thepiano.sg too!
https://www.thepiano.sg/piano/read/bringing-piano-our-daily-lives

July 20, 2018 at 9:30pm
Gavin Koh

Heh heh...

July 20, 2018 at 10:20pm
Linette Choo

Thanks Gavin for sharing this! This is so cool! Wish sg can have one too!

July 29, 2018 at 12:45am
Mabel Ong

Actually, is it quite out of the way if you happen to be touring China? Seems nice to take a picture together with, but need a lot of effort to reach there? ?

September 6, 2018 at 9:27pm
August 27, 2018 at 8:53pm

Keep this date free to see how ten odd participants have made use of what they’ve learnt in improvising their songs of choice. This concert is FREE, though we only have limited seats. Yong Meng and Elyn will be gracing it too! There will be a debrief at each performed piece so that the audience will be cognisant of the musical elements being infused in their improvisations. And feel free to interact and jam with them at the end of the concert, since instruments of various types will be... See More

Keep this date free to see how ten odd participants have made use of what they’ve learnt in improvising their songs of choice. This concert is FREE, though we only have limited seats. Yong Meng and Elyn will be gracing it too! There will be a debrief at each performed piece so that the audience will be cognisant of the musical elements being infused in their improvisations. And feel free to interact and jam with them at the end of the concert, since instruments of various types will be available there! RSVP your attendance by either sending me a PM or email me at acosean@yahoo.com. Hope to see you there!

#events #concerts

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Adrian Huang

Nice.will be going.

August 28, 2018 at 3:17pm
Pek Siew Tin

Hope more ?luvers frens going ^+^??

September 3, 2018 at 3:01pm
August 27, 2018 at 8:32pm
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Mabel Ong

Woah! I feel so motivated after watching the video.

August 28, 2018 at 1:41pm
Mabel Ong

I saw the first page of the scores following the link in the youtube. Wanna cry...

August 28, 2018 at 1:42pm
Adrian Huang

Lol.... of cos it’s gonna be hard ?

August 28, 2018 at 3:12pm
Mabel Ong

That's sooo BAD!!! ?

August 28, 2018 at 3:43pm

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