January 15, 2018 at 6:08pm

I might be asking a silly question. But how do you polish your piano? And how often? What about the white and black keys?

March 31, 2017 at 10:15pm

Something I've noticed : pianists who are good at sight reading are generally not so good at playing by ear or improvising, and vice versa. I wonder why. (Because two different parts of the brain are utilized?)

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Liew Soo Hin

Haha, can see that this can be a "war" between sight-reading and play-by-ear. But I think we can discuss with educational benefits.

One simple example that sight-reading will survive is... See More

Haha, can see that this can be a "war" between sight-reading and play-by-ear. But I think we can discuss with educational benefits.

One simple example that sight-reading will survive is because composers want their works to be reproduced correctly.

Maybe a piece played by a single instrument can be reproduced by a person with great ears, but a film music typically comprising many instruments would be better reproduced with scores.

I've always looked at scores with thick chords, maybe both hands playing about 8 notes together, and wonder how someone can pick these 8 individual notes out easily by ear. It's quite obvious which side I'm on.

November 23, 2017 at 11:57am
Goh Zensen

Not really a "war" but more a "divide". In fact I was invited to delivery a talk on this topic at one of Pianovers's special meetup at the Bliss House some months ago. In the talk I mentioned each... See More

Not really a "war" but more a "divide". In fact I was invited to delivery a talk on this topic at one of Pianovers's special meetup at the Bliss House some months ago. In the talk I mentioned each serves a different set of purposes, and the merits and shortcomings of each. If you are keen I can email you the slides.

November 24, 2017 at 9:24am
Goh Zensen

Another vital insight to share with regard to play-by-ear is as follows. If we treat classical/art music as THE genre, then of course sight-reading carries heavy weight. Don't get me wrong, I'm a... See More

Another vital insight to share with regard to play-by-ear is as follows. If we treat classical/art music as THE genre, then of course sight-reading carries heavy weight. Don't get me wrong, I'm a classical music specialist (among all genres) and I advocate all music learners go through at least the main classical repertoire.

However, the world of music is more than the classical genre. We have several other genres of music whereby "scores aren't available" for such pieces because of the nature/context of things. For example, traditional folk music of several countries/regions such as Greensleeves (England) and Sakura (Japan) - we can't really traced their original composer. And even if we are able to, most of them did not pen their works via the 5-lined stave. Many could be played/sung throughout the generations/eras. And if we need to rely on scores to play such pieces, we can only find specific score versions done by specific ARRANGERS. So we are playing someone's arrangement, instead of its original version (which has no score). Play-by-ear and improvising/arrangement skills of us (as pianists) are thus coming in handy for such purposes.

Even in the mege-genre of pop music, and also other genres like New Age music and Soundtrack music, many composers don't create the stave notations - they only produce the final product (the audio track). As such, music score transcribers start to earn some market share by notating these to various degrees (which again is subject to their own "arrangement"). So in this context, wouldn't it be better that we play by ear?

November 24, 2017 at 9:52am
Michael LS

Black cat or white car, as long as it can catch the mouse, it's a good cat.

Using this philosophy, it doesn't matter the method to learn, as in the end, you achieve your aim. Of course,... See More

Black cat or white car, as long as it can catch the mouse, it's a good cat.

Using this philosophy, it doesn't matter the method to learn, as in the end, you achieve your aim. Of course, your aim might be different from me.

January 15, 2018 at 5:59pm
November 21, 2017 at 9:49pm

Music as art? Will Synthesia redefine music for the modern era?

Imagine a piano piece embellished with more than 100,000 notes for art's sake. Can we play it? No. But a computer sure can!

Here is a Christmas Black MIDI piece for you. BLACK because if you were to print out the score, you'd smear the whole paper black with the "thousands of" (or sometimes "millions of") notes.

Is this visual artistry perhaps just a passing phase?

... See More

Music as art? Will Synthesia redefine music for the modern era?

Imagine a piano piece embellished with more than 100,000 notes for art's sake. Can we play it? No. But a computer sure can!

Here is a Christmas Black MIDI piece for you. BLACK because if you were to print out the score, you'd smear the whole paper black with the "thousands of" (or sometimes "millions of") notes.

Is this visual artistry perhaps just a passing phase?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5l3557hyp4

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Gavin Koh

To achieve the snowflakes effect you see in the video, you only need to copy and paste a group of notes resembling a single snowflake. To displace the snowflakes across the horizontal axis, you... See More

To achieve the snowflakes effect you see in the video, you only need to copy and paste a group of notes resembling a single snowflake. To displace the snowflakes across the horizontal axis, you only need to transpose these groups.

November 23, 2017 at 11:44pm
Mabel Ong

I can't keep up with the everything flying here and there. Lol! Who in the world has the time to make this kind of song?! ?

November 29, 2017 at 9:42pm
Gavin Koh

I am hoping it will be Generation Z, Alpha Generation and beyond, who will take any form of music and make it into a visual spectacle.

November 29, 2017 at 9:56pm
Michael LS

What did I just see!? ?

January 15, 2018 at 5:56pm
November 7, 2017 at 9:28pm

The use of classical music in classic cartoons started in the 1930s and spawned a whole new learning process for children and adults alike. For example, an episode of Tom and Jerry, the popular cartoon depicting the cat and mouse in a perpetual chase, titled The Cat Concerto, features one of Liszt’s works - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

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Gavin Koh

The Rhapsody Rabbit (Warner Bros) was released a few months before The Cat Concerto (MGM). Both studios accused each other of plagiarism. But today, both studios have merged. Talk about irony!... See More

The Rhapsody Rabbit (Warner Bros) was released a few months before The Cat Concerto (MGM). Both studios accused each other of plagiarism. But today, both studios have merged. Talk about irony!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QukNmiOC5P0

December 9, 2017 at 1:30am
Gavin Koh

In truth, Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 was featured in way too many cartoons. Take a look here: https://www.youtube.com/... See More

In truth, Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 was featured in way too many cartoons. Take a look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1laz-7C2KM

December 9, 2017 at 1:35am
Carlyn Ng

Mabel, I didn't know there is a bugs bunny version! Hehehe, nice!

December 16, 2017 at 11:00am
Susan Teo

Wow, I watched this before! Nice!

January 15, 2018 at 5:38pm
January 9, 2018 at 12:16am

Anyone into Tim Burton's Corpse Bride?

This piece is short but amazing! Love it!

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Gavin Koh

That would be music by Danny Elfman. If I can dig music from The Simpsons, then I must say I will love this piece too. If you google the right words, you can even... See More

That would be music by Danny Elfman. If I can dig music from The Simpsons, then I must say I will love this piece too. If you google the right words, you can even download it.

January 10, 2018 at 3:41pm
Jia hui

❤music expresses what words cannot say

January 10, 2018 at 5:01pm
Mabel Ong

Hahaha, I'm still not competent enough to play it. Will work hard towards it! Meanwhile, Gavin and Jia hui, you both can play during the pianovers meetup! ?

January 12, 2018 at 4:17pm
December 25, 2017 at 10:09am

Merry Christmas, piano lovers here! ?? ⭐️?

Have a blessed Christmas!

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Jia hui

Merry Christmas! Are u going to the countdown party for pianovers?

December 25, 2017 at 7:45pm
Mabel Ong

Unfortunately, I cannot, because I was overseas. Hehehe. I saw your video performance on that day. Great performance!

January 5, 2018 at 8:59pm
Jia hui

Thank you for your encouragement! Lots of area for improvement unfortunately.....hope to see you in a meet up soon, maybe we can discuss more on performance tips?

January 7, 2018 at 2:15pm
November 27, 2017 at 10:13am

One of my favourite piano pieces - Eyes On Me, from Final Fantasy 8. ?

Loves Faye Wong's voice for this piece too.

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Gavin Koh

I have played some FF7 a long time back and just a bit of FF8 (as a preview). Can't wait to finish playing them once again.

December 2, 2017 at 1:03am
Mabel Ong

I see. Haha. I don't play Final Fantasy. Only know of this game because of Eyes On Me.

December 2, 2017 at 6:14pm
Carlyn Ng

Same, Mabel, I also don't play this game. Didn't even know it was from final fantasy. hehehe.

December 16, 2017 at 11:04am
Adelynn Khoo

I went to check out some songs from the Final Fantasy series after I read this post. I think To Zanarkand is great too! Suteki da ne from FF10 as well. Great to share pieces here. I get to know... See More

I went to check out some songs from the Final Fantasy series after I read this post. I think To Zanarkand is great too! Suteki da ne from FF10 as well. Great to share pieces here. I get to know some interesting pieces from the sharing. Keep it up!! =)

January 5, 2018 at 4:25pm
January 2, 2018 at 8:28am

Happy 2018, every one!! ?

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Carlyn Ng

Thank you, Mabel! And I also wish everyone has a great year ahead!

January 3, 2018 at 12:19am
Adelynn Khoo

Hey Mabel, nice to hear from you! Hope you have a great start so far!

January 5, 2018 at 4:21pm
December 22, 2017 at 2:23pm

The book Absolutely on Music
was purchased this year . For the price
I paid, I thought more people can benefit from reading it besides my family. Anyone who is interested in it can borrow from me. Will gladly bring it out in the next meet up.

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Goh Zensen

Great to find another fellow piano concertos lover, Jia Hui! Hope you are able to attend my talk on Analysis of Chopin's Piano Concertos - The Formalism Way, The Expressionism Way and the... See More

Great to find another fellow piano concertos lover, Jia Hui! Hope you are able to attend my talk on Analysis of Chopin's Piano Concertos - The Formalism Way, The Expressionism Way and the Referentialism Way.

December 27, 2017 at 10:23pm
Gavin Koh

I was planning to write an article on Piano Concertos. Might be able to glean something from this here book.

December 27, 2017 at 10:38pm
Jia hui

Ok! Am bringing the book tonight. Let's talk more over food tonight. I am indeed very interested in piano concertos. Let's talk more on violin concertos too......especially Izhak Perlman who is... See More

Ok! Am bringing the book tonight. Let's talk more over food tonight. I am indeed very interested in piano concertos. Let's talk more on violin concertos too......especially Izhak Perlman who is playing the violin.?

December 30, 2017 at 5:05pm
Carlyn Ng

I saw the pictures from the chalet. Food, wine, friends, and music!! So happening! Great community! *Thumbs up!!

Hope you all had a good discussion about the concertos at the chalet. Hehe... See More

I saw the pictures from the chalet. Food, wine, friends, and music!! So happening! Great community! *Thumbs up!!

Hope you all had a good discussion about the concertos at the chalet. Hehe. So nice to share and support each other.

January 3, 2018 at 12:22am
November 3, 2017 at 10:55pm

It is amazing that four decades after the movie’s release, people are still finding new ways of interpreting Halloween’s theme song. The original theme was created with simple piano music, however, sometimes it is simple things that really capture people’s imagination and withstand the test of time. As John Carpenter said, “Horror movies will live forever.”

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Adelynn Khoo

You watched the movie? Quite an old show.

November 13, 2017 at 1:11pm
Carlyn Ng

Nay.. I didn't watch. I avoid horror shows. I run away! I guess you did?

November 30, 2017 at 2:36pm
Adelynn Khoo

I didn't as well. But I'm familiar with this famous title. Just like how I know the existence of Lord of the Rings, but I have never watched them.

December 20, 2017 at 8:53am
Mabel Ong

My first time with this piece! ?

December 20, 2017 at 10:50am

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