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 :)

#performing

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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...

#PianoPieces

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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!

#events #concerts

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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?

#general

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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".
... See More

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
July 29, 2018 at 3:07pm

Piano Trivia Time #5 - Which piece was John Denver's "Annie's Song" first 5 notes based upon (see video below) - name the composer and the classical piece? Name a Frank Sinatra song that is also based off this exact same classical piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbAn3wWV7bM

#general

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Gavin Koh

To round up this Trivia solution. You can play the piano version of "Moon Love" from this IMSLP download (starting from page 23):... See More

To round up this Trivia solution. You can play the piano version of "Moon Love" from this IMSLP download (starting from page 23): http://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/d/d4/IMSLP08001-Tchaikovsky_-_...

July 31, 2018 at 5:40pm
Adrian Huang

thx Gavin for your very detailed answers! kudos to you for coming up with the piano trivia quizzes.

August 1, 2018 at 1:30am
Gavin Koh

No problem Adrian. Just glad that Pianover users will get to enjoy and learn something new from it.

August 1, 2018 at 2:15am
Carlyn Ng

Thanks Gavin! Although I didn't comment on all the posts, I read through most of them.

August 20, 2018 at 1:20pm
June 29, 2018 at 8:24am

Visited Museum of Music Making in San Diego. Lots of vintage pianos, organs, synths and other keyboard instruments like the celesta. Can only post limited photos owing to the forum's capacity. For full viewing (including all other instrumental types) please visit my Facebook album.

#general

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Goh Zensen

Haha of course! But my visit to the above museum in San Diego wasn't a deliberate one - since I had to go San Diego to visit my bro-in-law's family, I might as well look for interesting music-... See More

Haha of course! But my visit to the above museum in San Diego wasn't a deliberate one - since I had to go San Diego to visit my bro-in-law's family, I might as well look for interesting music-related venues in the vicinity.

July 17, 2018 at 1:35pm
Carlyn Ng

I'd think a trip to Europe to those famous classical piano composers' venues will be super ex!! ? Anyone got a rough estimate?

July 19, 2018 at 4:00pm
Gavin Koh

Well, there's a "14-Day Paris, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Bonn Tour from Paris in EnglishTour " that costs US$1272 (land cost only). If you go free and easy (driving from city to city), it should... See More

Well, there's a "14-Day Paris, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Bonn Tour from Paris in EnglishTour " that costs US$1272 (land cost only). If you go free and easy (driving from city to city), it should be somewhere there too, I suppose.
https://www.taketours.com/paris/14-day-paris-prague-budapest-vienna-bonn...

July 19, 2018 at 6:07pm
Carlyn Ng

It's the flight and accommodation costs that I'm worried abt. ?

August 20, 2018 at 7:54am
August 15, 2018 at 6:30pm

To sell your piano, list your piano at our Used Pianos page instead.

The forum here is for the general discussion of buying and selling used pianos. Example, what to look out for when buying a used piano.

July 19, 2018 at 9:50pm

Piano Trivia Time #4 - In which city can you find the oldest piano in existence on display today? How old is it and how many keys did it have?

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Gavin Koh

?... You can hear the oldest piano being played here too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XDJ2O4P97I

July 29, 2018 at 2:02pm
Liew Soo Hin

I think the pianist will have immense pressure on him! What if he accidentally break a string or something!! The oldest piano!

Btw, what about those other pianos by famous composers? Are... See More

I think the pianist will have immense pressure on him! What if he accidentally break a string or something!! The oldest piano!

Btw, what about those other pianos by famous composers? Are they preserved or something?

August 11, 2018 at 11:27am
Gavin Koh

The piano tuner would also feel stressed repairing a broken string on such a pristine piano.

The pianos of famous composers are well preserved in museums. Here are just a few of them:

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The piano tuner would also feel stressed repairing a broken string on such a pristine piano.

The pianos of famous composers are well preserved in museums. Here are just a few of them:

- Mozart's piano can be found at his home in Vienna.

- Chopin's only working piano can be found as part of the Cobbe collection of musical instruments displayed at Hatchlands, a country house run by Britain's National Trust in the southern English county of Surrey. Chopin's other pianos in Paris and Majorca do not work.

- At the Budapest museum dedicated to Liszt are two Chickering pianos and a Bösendorfer piano. There's also an Erard grand piano owned by Liszt during the last 15 years of his life at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

- You can find one of Beethoven's piano in Bonn at the museum dedicated to him.

August 12, 2018 at 2:33pm
Liew Soo Hin

Nice. Wonder how current pianists will feel playing on these preserved pianos. Ha.

August 11, 2018 at 1:32pm
August 6, 2018 at 1:36pm

There is no Pianovers Meetup on 12 Aug 2018.

The next Pianovers Meetup #89 is on 19 Aug 2018.

#ThePianoSG #pianovers #PianoversMeetup #announcement

April 14, 2018 at 10:04pm

Would we see piano-themed clothes on the E-Store? Frankly, would anyone be interested in these? (PS - Click on the camera icon to add an image. If you want to include more than 1 photo, they must be of the exact same dimensions. I think this website needs a manual somewhere.)

#OnlineStore

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Michael LS

Haven't seen a gal wearing a big piano dress! ?

May 18, 2018 at 12:22pm
Linette Choo

Think I saw the top right at Suntec recently, together with many other piano-themed clothes.

July 29, 2018 at 1:04pm
Sng Yong Meng

Oh! Haha, we had a Pop-stall @ Suntec 404 on 21 and 22 July 2018. You might have passed by our stall! =)

August 3, 2018 at 2:59pm
Gavin Koh

LOL! No wonder, I thought Linette was mentioning about some new shop at Suntec. Kept scratching my head there for a while - like wow, which new boutique? Thanks for connecting the dots.

August 3, 2018 at 3:04pm
August 1, 2018 at 4:07pm

Music Mickey spotted at Raffles City.

#general

July 31, 2018 at 6:02pm

Piano Piece Pick #15 - And so it goes that Billy Joel's 13th (and last) album would be entirely classical compositions, and not a single piece would be performed by him.

As you hear the Air (Dublinesque) from his Fantasies & Delusions album, played beautifully here by Richard Joo, you can't help but marvel at the talent of the incredible "Piano Man" born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Here's to many more years, Billy!

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Piano Piece Pick #15 - And so it goes that Billy Joel's 13th (and last) album would be entirely classical compositions, and not a single piece would be performed by him.

As you hear the Air (Dublinesque) from his Fantasies & Delusions album, played beautifully here by Richard Joo, you can't help but marvel at the talent of the incredible "Piano Man" born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Here's to many more years, Billy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70fiAUFniNQ

PS - Yes, the intro to "And So it Goes" (also from Billy Joel) does sound very similar to the Air (Dublinesque), that I shall add a link to it below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHO6a2H-pqY

Enjoy.

I know I did, playing the Air (it was excellent) and listening to Billy Joel. You can find Fantasies and Delusions at the Esplanade Library.

#PianoPieces

July 20, 2018 at 11:33am

Book Intro #1 - "Play it again: An amateur against the impossible" by Alan Rusbridger. This is an inspiring book by the Editor of the Guardian, one of the world's foremost newspaper. Alan, who gave up the piano at 16, gave himself a year to learn Chopin's Ballade No. 1 forty years later, and this book deals with his focus, discipline, and desire. It is, above all, about the sanctity of one's inner life in a world dominated by deadlines and distractions. A great read - available at NLB (... See More

Book Intro #1 - "Play it again: An amateur against the impossible" by Alan Rusbridger. This is an inspiring book by the Editor of the Guardian, one of the world's foremost newspaper. Alan, who gave up the piano at 16, gave himself a year to learn Chopin's Ballade No. 1 forty years later, and this book deals with his focus, discipline, and desire. It is, above all, about the sanctity of one's inner life in a world dominated by deadlines and distractions. A great read - available at NLB (Esplanade, Tampines, Woodlands, and Jurong).

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Gavin Koh

A short video about Alan's book by Alan himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwJKGEWarAk

July 20, 2018 at 11:34am
Gavin Koh

Currently going through this book and must say it's very well written and full of insights. The content is laid out in the style of a diary and I especially love the ending where Chopin's Ballade... See More

Currently going through this book and must say it's very well written and full of insights. The content is laid out in the style of a diary and I especially love the ending where Chopin's Ballade is analyzed thoroughly page by page, section by section - kind of like an amateur climber tackling the Matterhorn, one cramponed step at a time.

July 20, 2018 at 7:31pm
Adrian Huang

Very inspiring.

July 31, 2018 at 3:39pm
Gavin Koh

Absolutely!

Here is a single paragraph from the following entry "Friday, 25 March":

Lunch with Noriko Ogawa today. She's just flown from Japan and looks emotional and sombre. I... See More

Absolutely!

Here is a single paragraph from the following entry "Friday, 25 March":

Lunch with Noriko Ogawa today. She's just flown from Japan and looks emotional and sombre. I suggested a couple of weeks back that she might give a Kings Place concert in aid of the Japanese tsunami relief appeal. She immediately agreed - and promised to play the G minor Ballade. After a single course, we steal off for a very quick lesson in one of the rehearsal rooms in Kings Place. She begins by playing the piece to me. I realise that this is the first time since I started on this journey that I have heard the piece live and played by a 'proper' pianist. I've of course sampled numerous recordings on YouTube and iTunes, but nothing in the flesh. She plays it with incredible power and certainty - especially given the inner turbulence she must be feeling after such personal exposure to the tsunami, which has wrecked the concert hall where she most regularly plays. The piece today has an extra dimension - the sheer elemental feeling of some of the passages, that sense of being almost out of control, or rather in the control of wilder external forces. At the end, she seems shocked by what's happened. We both sit there in silence for a few moments. Noriko then asks me to play. I struggle - even though it's a new Steinway O - to make the piano sing, to tease a delicate sound out of it. On Saturday at Fish Cottage I was flying on my newly arrived Steinway. Further evidence that progress is not linear.

July 31, 2018 at 5:15pm
May 25, 2018 at 10:13pm
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Goh Zensen

Haha, cos many of Chopin's works (both his piano concertos, his Ballade No 1, Waltzes in Bm, Am, C#m and Nocturne in C#m) are in the minor key!

June 28, 2018 at 7:24am
Liew Soo Hin

Ah, nice improvisation there, Zensen. I don't have a flair for improv.

July 2, 2018 at 8:40pm
Mabel Ong

Sorry, what's improvisation? ?

July 20, 2018 at 9:33pm
Goh Zensen

Mabel, improvisation in music is a huge topic which I can conduct an hour-long talk on it. To summarise, it is to make variations to the original music (instead of adhering strictly to its... See More

Mabel, improvisation in music is a huge topic which I can conduct an hour-long talk on it. To summarise, it is to make variations to the original music (instead of adhering strictly to its original score) via a few means. For example, one way of improvisation is to substitute some of the chords used (or even adding new chords in between existing chords). Another way is to play out the chords differently (e.g. from broken chord style to rhythmic style). Adding or changing other textures/layers such as counter melodies and bass lines also constitute improvisation.

Some singers or solo instrumentalists improvise on the melody by changing some of the notes occasionally. Jazz improvisation, on the other hand, allows complete composition of melodic lines along the original music's chord progression.

More advanced improvisations can include addition of new sections (such as adding/replacing an original interlude), employing modulations and change in rhythm/time signature.

July 21, 2018 at 12:17am
July 10, 2018 at 1:19am

Piano Trivia Time #3 - [Click images to browse]: Which of the following four music instrument spare parts belong inside a piano?

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Gavin Koh

The answer to this is picture number 3 of 4. It is called an agraffe and this particular one can be found in a Steinway grand.

July 18, 2018 at 8:07am
Gavin Koh

The primary purpose of an agraffe is to hold down the strings near where the hammers strike up. They keep the strings from being lifted up by the hammer blow and pulling them out of tune. At the... See More

The primary purpose of an agraffe is to hold down the strings near where the hammers strike up. They keep the strings from being lifted up by the hammer blow and pulling them out of tune. At the top of the piano's range, the agraffe and the plate it screws into would get in the way of the hammer, hence other alternatives are employed..

Using agraffes is generally more expensive and it is generally considered "better" than not using them. It is however, but one small factor in the design and build quality of a piano.

Agraffes are also not necessary on uprights, although some do have them.

July 17, 2018 at 7:22pm
Gavin Koh

For completeness sake: Picture 1 of 4 is a point screw for a Yamaha flute. Picture 2 of 4 is a violin Bridge. Picture 3 of 4 is a grand piano Steinway agraffe 7/32". Picture 4 of 4 is an Octave... See More

For completeness sake: Picture 1 of 4 is a point screw for a Yamaha flute. Picture 2 of 4 is a violin Bridge. Picture 3 of 4 is a grand piano Steinway agraffe 7/32". Picture 4 of 4 is an Octave Rocker Key for Selmer saxophones.

July 19, 2018 at 10:41am
July 3, 2018 at 11:21am
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Gavin Koh

The answer to this question is Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu, Op. 66. The song "I'm Always Chasing Rainbow" is based off the captivating melody featured in the Largo section. You can compare the... See More

The answer to this question is Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu, Op. 66. The song "I'm Always Chasing Rainbow" is based off the captivating melody featured in the Largo section. You can compare the song by watching an excerpt of Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1qrz5h2QWs

July 10, 2018 at 1:32am
July 8, 2018 at 12:24pm

Some of the best piano pieces for a funeral are listed below. What would you add to or remove from the list?
1) Death of Åse, Peer Gynt Suite 1, No. 2, Op 46, by Edvard Grieg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEcZ22XVPus
2) Prelude, No. 20, Op. 28 by Frederic Chopin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeX4X_1_lo0
3) Enigma... See More

Some of the best piano pieces for a funeral are listed below. What would you add to or remove from the list?
1) Death of Åse, Peer Gynt Suite 1, No. 2, Op 46, by Edvard Grieg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEcZ22XVPus
2) Prelude, No. 20, Op. 28 by Frederic Chopin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeX4X_1_lo0
3) Enigma Variations, No. 9 (Nimrod) by Edward Elgar -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz8DVpcyLZM
4) Lacrymosa (from Requiem), S 550, by Mozart/Liszt -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKl4B75td70
5) Ave Maria, S 558, No. 12 by Schubert/Liszt -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCucnn-95nY
6) Symphony No 1, Mvmt 3 by Gustav Mahler -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3pu8migxZQ&t=28s
7) Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, No. 7 (Funérailles) by Franz Liszt - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EadS7DEHSKM
8) Piano Sonata No 2, Mvmt 3, by Frederic Chopin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL_HFnnywEU
9) Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPHSHZssOLs
10) La Cathédrale Engloutie by Claude Debussy -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-4qAxZ0F6s

#PianoPieces

July 1, 2018 at 12:39pm

Do you think there will be an impact on technique/playing/dynamics if most (70%) of the weekday practice is done with the muted pedal (middle pedal) on the upright? Reason for that is because the practices can only start from 9:30 pm or later.

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Liew Soo Hin

90% confident that it will have a negative impact. A lot of learning comes from the ability to feel the keys/hammer, and to control how much / fast to strike them. Your reactions / responses are... See More

90% confident that it will have a negative impact. A lot of learning comes from the ability to feel the keys/hammer, and to control how much / fast to strike them. Your reactions / responses are according to what you heard, and you train your muscles memory based on these. Unless the training is purely for getting notes right, at the stage where expression doesn't matter, and just accuracy matters.

July 2, 2018 at 8:39pm
Yoke Ping

Albert and Soo Hin, thanks for sharing your thoughts! I have the inkling that the current situation is not ideal but unfortunately, it is unlikely to change. I love my upright and would like to... See More

Albert and Soo Hin, thanks for sharing your thoughts! I have the inkling that the current situation is not ideal but unfortunately, it is unlikely to change. I love my upright and would like to keep it in its original form. :)

Will keep the muted practice for getting the notes right or for loud passages. I agree that the softer/more delicate passages should not be practiced with the muted pedal at the first instance. If the passages are meant to be soft, I think it is still ok to practice without the muted pedal even at 10+ pm or 11 pm. :p

July 4, 2018 at 8:44pm
Liew Soo Hin

Definitely a challenge for you, if you can only practice in the late night. Unless you fix your room to be sound-proof!

July 5, 2018 at 1:29pm
June 22, 2018 at 1:11am

Been seeing some Casio digital pianos popping up. Any recommendations?

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Mabel Ong

Not familiar with the various models. So, you're only looking to buy digital pianos?

June 23, 2018 at 2:02pm
Gavin Koh

Read review websites like these:
a) https://azpianonews.blogspot.com/2012/09/... See More

Read review websites like these:
a) https://azpianonews.blogspot.com/2012/09/review-20122013-digital-pianos-...
b) https://digitalpianoreviewer.com/

And why not try a shop that let's you try out on various digital pianos? Just google for "buy digital piano singapore" and look out for shop reviews.

June 23, 2018 at 9:16pm
Linette Choo

Ya, I'll go down to shops to try, but I'm just afraid to be swarmed by too many models, and I dunno how to choose between them.

June 27, 2018 at 11:42am
Goh Zensen

There is only 1 model to choose from. Please PM me.

June 28, 2018 at 8:01am

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