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
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
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.

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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?

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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!

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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
August 21, 2018 at 12:37am
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Mabel Ong

Pianos look very nice! We should have a piano refurbishing service that changes a normal piano into something else like this here in sg. Will be interesting to know what other people wanna change... See More

Pianos look very nice! We should have a piano refurbishing service that changes a normal piano into something else like this here in sg. Will be interesting to know what other people wanna change it into.

For me, minion theme! You?

August 28, 2018 at 1:43pm
August 13, 2018 at 1:22pm

Piano Trivia Time #7 - Identify the piano composer who is associated with these two images. On a harder note, why and how do the images represent him?

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Gavin Koh

In case you didn't know, the letters "B-A-C-H" in german nomenclature also refers to the Bach motif, a sequence of 4 notes that you may have heard in his music. Learn more about it in this fun... See More

In case you didn't know, the letters "B-A-C-H" in german nomenclature also refers to the Bach motif, a sequence of 4 notes that you may have heard in his music. Learn more about it in this fun video that tells us about the motif as well as hiding messages in music. Anyone up for musical espionage?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiS8gbkDISY

August 22, 2018 at 2:05am
Gavin Koh

Finally, to end this little puzzle entry, here is one of quite a few songs that actually features the B-A-C-H motif. It's Liszt's "Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H".
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Finally, to end this little puzzle entry, here is one of quite a few songs that actually features the B-A-C-H motif. It's Liszt's "Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO1ZfJSOCvQ

August 22, 2018 at 2:15am
Carlyn Ng

Mind-blown!! Waaa..

Definitely won't be able to guess this right. Lolx.
So much knowledge to acquire. Thanks Gavin for sharing this, and many other interesting things.

August 23, 2018 at 12:56pm
Gavin Koh

Np.

August 23, 2018 at 1:31pm

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