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 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!
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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
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!
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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

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