Practice Studio Rental, White Grand Piano, Nigel Lee, 92289555
June 19, 2018 at 1:16pm

Should I buy digital or normal piano to start learning piano? Should I get one or just play at school or teacher's place? Any advice? Thanks.

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?

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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
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 - 11:25
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?

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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
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

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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
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?

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Goh Zensen

Susan, I have a full "thesis" on the topic you're mentioning! But to cut to the chase, the answer is "it depends". Did you know, for example, on how enlightened and forward-moving are music... See More

Susan, I have a full "thesis" on the topic you're mentioning! But to cut to the chase, the answer is "it depends". Did you know, for example, on how enlightened and forward-moving are music organisations like SOTA, YSTCM, NIE Music Unit, MOE's MEP, etc. whereby they no longer look for graded exam qualifications (e.g. ABRSM) for their students' entrance criteria? Also, I'm now helping my friend's newly established music school to scout for piano teachers - and their credentials are the LEAST we look out for!

June 1, 2018 at 10:36am
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
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.

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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 25, 2018 at 10:13pm
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Michael LS

Mine's 4 years old. Haven't started any music lessons. You send her for any classes?

May 30, 2018 at 6:02pm
Gavin Koh

No. I am teaching her myself for now; to see if she has passion for the piano.

May 30, 2018 at 10:16pm
Goh Zensen

Michael - yes, it is Op 69 No 2. Would you be keen to listen to a more generic Chopin style for Happy Birthday?

May 31, 2018 at 9:58am
Liew Soo Hin

What's a more generic Chopin style?

June 18, 2018 at 2:44am
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?

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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
Albert

Mabel, the weekly Pianovers Meetup platform is an excellent place to start. I never thought it was possible for me too, until I discovered this. There're a few regular beginners both adults (incl... See More

Mabel, the weekly Pianovers Meetup platform is an excellent place to start. I never thought it was possible for me too, until I discovered this. There're a few regular beginners both adults (incl myself) and kids, all having fun in this supportive community of passionate pianists. A "must see to believe". Next meetup June 24 2018.

June 11, 2018 at 8:27am
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

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