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? :)

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Chris Khoo

Yes indeed!

March 26, 2017 at 3:50pm
Gan Theng Beng

I agree with all the comments above and would like to adds on. As a newbie and piano novice i got some kind of 'stage fright' to play in front of seasoned pianist, piano teachers, play by ear guru... See More

I agree with all the comments above and would like to adds on. As a newbie and piano novice i got some kind of 'stage fright' to play in front of seasoned pianist, piano teachers, play by ear guru etc. And you can't take two as well when play on stage. It is also about to convey a story via your music ( the emotions and feelings) to the audiences.

March 27, 2017 at 9:11pm
Goh Zensen

Theng Beng, looks like you are more an Expressionist and a Representationalist/Referentialist!

April 20, 2017 at 7:59am
Carlyn Ng

I'm late to the discussion. Keke. I'm probably more concerned with how people judge me when I'm performing for an audience.

October 18, 2017 at 7:58pm
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?

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Carlyn Ng

I only started learning piano in my early 20s, and I only took one graded exam so far. Hehehe. And why not let the kid enjoy playing the piano instead? Kinda stressful when I was preparing for... See More

I only started learning piano in my early 20s, and I only took one graded exam so far. Hehehe. And why not let the kid enjoy playing the piano instead? Kinda stressful when I was preparing for that exam. If I'm ready, the exam would be just a breeze, or btw kinda thing.

October 16, 2017 at 3:20pm
Susan Teo

Ya, I'm also worried his interest might be killed. Do you take your lessons in a music school, or private piano lessons?

October 16, 2017 at 7:33pm
Carlyn Ng

Private. And I think in music schools, the piano teachers might be pressured by the school to send the kids for exams to show results.

October 18, 2017 at 7:53pm
October 16, 2017 at 7:41pm

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

March 26, 2017 at 1:53pm

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

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Goh Zensen

Vanessa, I thought you came to my house before?

March 27, 2017 at 11:48am
Sng Yong Meng

Zensen, I don't think Vanessa was present at Meetup #12. She first participated in the Sailaway, and subsequent Meetups from #20 onwards.

March 28, 2017 at 9:11am
Goh Zensen

Wow, you do have a superb form of documentation!

March 28, 2017 at 12:28pm
Mabel Ong

Wah! So interesting! Didn't know there's such a piano in SG!

October 16, 2017 at 7:37pm
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.

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Goh Zensen

Lovely piece!

July 4, 2017 at 8:51am
Gan Theng Beng

The first time i hear this song i dont think much about it. The 2nd time i hear it, got some feelings, after 3rd hearing the tune keep lingering in my minds and now i am hooked.

July 12, 2017 at 9:46pm
Carlyn Ng

Wow! Didn't know abt this piece. Nice to know!!

October 16, 2017 at 3:20pm
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 :)

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Adelynn Khoo

I think it's important to work on having both hands equally strong. Corrine did point out the boring aspect of it, which often discourages the student. Hahaha, not easy being a piano teacher. I... See More

I think it's important to work on having both hands equally strong. Corrine did point out the boring aspect of it, which often discourages the student. Hahaha, not easy being a piano teacher. I wonder how a piano teacher can add it to the lesson plans without the kids screaming. 😂

October 13, 2017 at 5:26pm
Carlyn Ng

How abt Czerny?

October 14, 2017 at 12:41pm
Chris Khoo

Oh absolutely . The school of velocity :)

October 14, 2017 at 12:53pm
Carlyn Ng

Haha.. yes.. 😊 and I'm guessing his Art of Finger Dexterity isn't popularly explored by many.

October 14, 2017 at 3:01pm
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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Goh Zensen

A side track to this is: It is easier to get the computer (organ/keyboard) to harmonise for your melody than to teach someone to do so. Likewise, it is easier for the computer to identify your... See More

A side track to this is: It is easier to get the computer (organ/keyboard) to harmonise for your melody than to teach someone to do so. Likewise, it is easier for the computer to identify your chord (based on your notes played) than to teach someone to do it. Thank goodness the computer is unable to identify the key of a piece of music yet. If it is able to (in time to come), it will indeed be a scary era.

June 9, 2017 at 12:17am
Carlyn Ng

If the computer harmonises the melody, is it creative enuff to figure out which chord progression is better?

October 14, 2017 at 12:44pm
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 😬

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Sng Yong Meng

This is really great sharing!! I enjoyed the documentary so much! Hope they don't really take it off after 29 May 2017! That would be a pity.

May 19, 2017 at 2:24pm
Wenqing

probably can download and reupload it to youtube to share here permanently but might be illegal :x

May 20, 2017 at 1:18am
Adelynn Khoo

Oh no.. it's no longer available! 😢

October 13, 2017 at 1:00pm

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