April 15, 2017 at 6:25pm

Did you know that Happy Birthday had been arranged in different genre-versions? Give the following a listen and you won't stop laughing. While my first student loves the New Orleans version the most, my favourite is the final Hungarian Version! What about you?

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Sng Yong Meng

This is awesome! What makes you like the Hungarian version most?

April 19, 2017 at 1:44pm
Goh Zensen

Maybe lately I've been listening to lots of Hungarian traditional tunes and have identified some common styles among them; and the way the Hungarian version is arranged has captured that exact... See More

Maybe lately I've been listening to lots of Hungarian traditional tunes and have identified some common styles among them; and the way the Hungarian version is arranged has captured that exact style so aptly!

April 19, 2017 at 8:20pm
Sng Yong Meng

In yesterday's Adam Gyorgy concert, he played Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" in one of his encores - and we know Liszt was very heavily influenced by Hungarian Folk music!

April 22, 2017 at 1:11pm
Goh Zensen

Yes, exactly, and so is Brahms!

April 22, 2017 at 2:21pm
April 13, 2017 at 10:44pm

Musical Instruments Museum is the largest instrumental museum in the world (in Arizona, USA) whereby instruments are displayed geographically by continents and sub-continents. Its size is as big as Suntec City.

I've recently discovered that we can in fact perform a COMPREHENSIVE virtual tour of its entire museum (try it, can be addictive for several hours) simply via Google Maps!

And it is deadly accurate because we do see the Banjo and Sousaphone in USA, the Musette accordion... See More

Musical Instruments Museum is the largest instrumental museum in the world (in Arizona, USA) whereby instruments are displayed geographically by continents and sub-continents. Its size is as big as Suntec City.

I've recently discovered that we can in fact perform a COMPREHENSIVE virtual tour of its entire museum (try it, can be addictive for several hours) simply via Google Maps!

And it is deadly accurate because we do see the Banjo and Sousaphone in USA, the Musette accordion in France, Highland Bagpipes in Scotland, Mandolins in Italy, Tárogató and Cimbalom in Hungary, and the Shakuhachi and Shamisen in Japan and many more!

Remember to use your desktop PC (so that we can use the scroll button at the centre of our mouse to navigate) instead of your smartphone to best enjoy the tour!

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Sng Yong Meng

Wow, didn't know Google Maps can take you on a virtual tour of a place like that!! =)!!

The words on the wall, and those in front of the exhibits to explain them, are too small to see,... See More

Wow, didn't know Google Maps can take you on a virtual tour of a place like that!! =)!!

The words on the wall, and those in front of the exhibits to explain them, are too small to see, though.

April 15, 2017 at 10:11pm
Goh Zensen

That's why. How I wished in the near future, the resolutions are higher!

April 15, 2017 at 10:56pm
Corrine Ying

That's interesting, great for an ethnomusicology lesson.

April 17, 2017 at 10:39pm
Goh Zensen

Yes, or a music lesson infusing ICT in commemorating International Friendship Day!

April 19, 2017 at 8:21pm
April 5, 2017 at 12:53pm

Above is a link to a short film that depicts what goes on in some parts of our society.
Yong Meng, this is relevant to our discussion regarding why parents stop music learning for academics.

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Sng Yong Meng

Wow, that's a nice short animation film!

It was sad when the dad finally realises something, and it was too late - the violinist was no longer there.

How many times in life have we... See More

Wow, that's a nice short animation film!

It was sad when the dad finally realises something, and it was too late - the violinist was no longer there.

How many times in life have we let chances slip by us in this way - how familiar.

April 7, 2017 at 11:12am
Goh Zensen

This is indeed a touching movie! It unearths a crucial topic in Music & Society - what does our society hold the value/worth/esteem/respect towards the music discipline (as a course of study)... See More

This is indeed a touching movie! It unearths a crucial topic in Music & Society - what does our society hold the value/worth/esteem/respect towards the music discipline (as a course of study) and the career of a musician? Why are these not as highly regarded as compared to other areas of study and professions such as medicine, law, banking and engineering?

April 5, 2017 at 7:29pm
Chris Khoo

This video portrays the Singapore situation so well !

April 5, 2017 at 8:01pm
March 25, 2017 at 8:50pm

Dear pianists, I'd like to ask you all to share about your journey in learning the piano. How and when did you start? What was your highest and lowest point in the journey?

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Goh Zensen

For me, music was completely self-taught and self-researched. In other words, I don't have any music teacher to date. Like Max, from age 7, I started self-learning music first "by eye" - meaning... See More

For me, music was completely self-taught and self-researched. In other words, I don't have any music teacher to date. Like Max, from age 7, I started self-learning music first "by eye" - meaning when my 4th brother had his first Yamaha organ (and he was the one attending lessons at Yamaha), I tried remembering when and where he exactly played which keys/notes and duplicated his playing thereafter. Later, as I self-explored and read more about music theories, I began to develop methodologies for playing-by-ear, and devised my own music theory at age 17. Sad to say, I only had my piano from age 17!

March 25, 2017 at 10:01pm
Corrine Ying

I'd say my lowest point was after getting my piano diploma, and the highest point would be when I found Pianover Meetups. Now I'll go into more detail (be prepared for grandmother story)...

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I'd say my lowest point was after getting my piano diploma, and the highest point would be when I found Pianover Meetups. Now I'll go into more detail (be prepared for grandmother story)...

I started showing interest in piano from 6 years old, by playing out the tunes I heard on TV. Parents enrolled me in piano lessons and I went on the conventional ABRSM route. Was pretty motivated until diploma level, where my playing was deemed unmusical. All along my repertoire had been limited to exam pieces, but thankfully the Music Elective Programme in JC offered more opportunities to play duets, 2-piano works, and perform in public. My JC teacher, who was really passionate about music, inspired me to further my music studies at a tertiary level.

However, I hit another low point as I started to struggle with the more technically demanding music. I lost confidence as I felt my small hands could not handle the virtuosic Romantic music that sounded so beautiful and impressive. I chose to do a dissertation and gave up practising the piano. It was ironic because as a music grad, I was losing interest in music. And at that time, I was unaware that my piano world was limited to classical music.

One day, I chanced upon the piano arrangement of Super Mario Bros (the most popular video game in the 80s) and found I really enjoyed playing it. I began searching for more of such arrangements of video game and movie music, and progressed to doing my own transcriptions. It was at that point (in my mid 20s) that something clicked and I understood musicality! Even my playing of classical works became more musical.

But while I was playing those songs I truly enjoyed, I felt something was missing. I wished I could connect with other people instead of just playing them for myself. My wish was granted when I found Pianover Meetups! Participating in the meetups expanded my world. I met people who were self-taught musicians, people who improvised, played by ear and seniors who were still persevering despite their age. I discovered new perspectives and interesting, new repertoire. A big "thank you" to Yong Meng for his vision and dedication!

March 26, 2017 at 10:33am

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