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.

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Jia hui

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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
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

September 25, 2018 at 1:40pm

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

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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.)

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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 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!

September 18, 2018 at 4:36pm

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

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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 :)

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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
July 19, 2018 at 10:07pm
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Mabel Ong

Mine's E major. Very bright, and nice.

September 11, 2018 at 3:59pm
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
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...

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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

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