November 9, 2017 at 11:27am

Too bad we have no polls like those on Facebook. What do you think about the following ideas for Pianovers? Should we have them? What does our organizer, Yong Meng, himself say to these?

a) Allow for that rare diversity in pianovers performances. Maybe piano + vocals, piano duos, trios, quartets, etc. Would be great to collaborate with like-minded musicians
b) Poll the Pianovers community and pick the best youtube performance so that they can be invited back to play again. Or... See More

Too bad we have no polls like those on Facebook. What do you think about the following ideas for Pianovers? Should we have them? What does our organizer, Yong Meng, himself say to these?

a) Allow for that rare diversity in pianovers performances. Maybe piano + vocals, piano duos, trios, quartets, etc. Would be great to collaborate with like-minded musicians
b) Poll the Pianovers community and pick the best youtube performance so that they can be invited back to play again. Or maybe they could be given a Pianover Reward card? Or something like that.
c) Allow the pianist to contribute some write-up that can then be presented to the audience too.
d) Create a Facebook group for Pianovers.
e) Attain 50 performances and get a free Pianover Reward card?
d) Opening to the floor: Anyone have any other proposals?

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Sng Yong Meng

Thank you for your valuable suggestions, Gavin! We welcome feedback from the community, and will include them as part of our decision making process! Cheers!

November 11, 2017 at 2:03pm
November 6, 2017 at 5:21pm

A question: What comes to mind when a foreigner asks you to tell them more about "Singaporean Music"? Do we label ourselves as a culture that churns out patriotic songs only during National Day? Or is there truly a Singaporean identity - elusive though it may be?

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Gavin Koh

For sharing: Our very first patriotric songs, Stand Up for Singapore, Count on me Singapore, We are Singapore, were outsourced and composed by a Canadian jazz pianist, Hugh Harrison, who was... See More

For sharing: Our very first patriotric songs, Stand Up for Singapore, Count on me Singapore, We are Singapore, were outsourced and composed by a Canadian jazz pianist, Hugh Harrison, who was working for McCann-Erickson, a global advertising company then. It was only later on that we got Singaporeans contributing. With people like Dick Lee and Jeremy Monteiro composing Home and One People, One Nation, One Singapore respectively. So, are our National Songs representative of Singaporean music?
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/INFOPEDIA/articles/SIP_2015-03-11_165927.html

November 8, 2017 at 9:19am
Goh Zensen

Viewpoints are subjective, and are thus never about whether it is valid. Meaning while it can be valid for me, it isn't valid to you.

November 8, 2017 at 4:10pm
Mabel Ong

But still worth sharing? ?

November 9, 2017 at 10:56am
Goh Zensen

Maybe I'll just touch on the tip of the ice-berg: Some mention that Xinyao (新遥) is one pivotal genre that represents "Singaporean Music". On the premise that even if we agree with this, what... See More

Maybe I'll just touch on the tip of the ice-berg: Some mention that Xinyao (新遥) is one pivotal genre that represents "Singaporean Music". On the premise that even if we agree with this, what defines Xinyao? Translated literally into English, it means "Singaporean Folk Music". Eric Moo is supposedly one of the most "central figures" in Xinyao. But he is a Malaysian. So does that count? But about English songs composed by Singaporeans (another can of worms)? In fact there are deeper sociopolitical forces at play that can be traced back to the saga of Nanyang University (not NTU).

More importantly (and musically), how should the style of Xinyao be like? If we look at the most stereotypical Xinyao piece 邂逅 (see following link):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3tG-1yONdU

It has a very "pure" and "simple" melody line, very "campus-like" and accompaniment is on solo guitar. And indeed many other pieces in the Xinyao genre that came later are also possessing these similar features / characteristics.

But some have "evolved" or "expanded" to possessing the style of Hard Rock, Hip-Hop and Dance. Do we still call this Xinyao?

So if one really would like to explore the "Singaporean Identity in Music" - it is worth not just a journal article, but perhaps an entire book.

November 10, 2017 at 8:44am
November 2, 2017 at 2:48pm

Time to share another useful nugget of knowledge. Third off my list:

Need to refresh yourself on a musical concept (eg. recalling the Circle of Fifths) or are you starting out in learning a musical piece and need some basic lessons?

Well, try this free online course that already has 300+ videos: http://www.daveconservatoire.org/

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Gavin Koh

Yes. Glad you found that useful! For those who are interested, I can share with you a MuseScore of what I played in Meetup Session #57. That would be the Theme from Cocoon by James Horner.

November 7, 2017 at 11:22am
Mabel Ong

Never heard of this piece before. Gonna check it out now.

November 7, 2017 at 11:00pm
Gavin Koh

After James Horner died in an aeroplane crash in 2015, his death evoked memories of the many pieces he composed. The Soundtrack for Cocoon is one of my all-time favorites. You can watch the... See More

After James Horner died in an aeroplane crash in 2015, his death evoked memories of the many pieces he composed. The Soundtrack for Cocoon is one of my all-time favorites. You can watch the orchestral version here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moDD8ee_4CQ

November 8, 2017 at 12:55am
Mabel Ong

omg.. I just wiki James Horner, and read about the plane crash.. so sad. Listening to the Soundtrack for Cocoon while reading is a bad combo.. ?

On a side note, he's so charming!! ?

November 8, 2017 at 8:02am
May 1, 2017 at 12:45am

Final "Full Dressed" Rehearsal for our duet Mini-Recital on Classical Music (32 pieces in total) on music synthesizers/keyboards with audience Sng Yong Meng, Elyn Goh, Flyer Walker, Gteo Teo and Fi Ga Ro.

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Mabel Ong

Where was this recital held at?

November 7, 2017 at 11:20am
Goh Zensen

My Home Studio at Ripple Bay, Pasir Ris.

November 7, 2017 at 12:13pm
Mabel Ong

Waa.. your home studio looks very well equipped!

November 7, 2017 at 12:16pm
Goh Zensen

Just moved in slightly more than a year ago. A regular venue for hosting informal jamming sessions for fellow pianovers!

November 8, 2017 at 7:16am
March 25, 2017 at 9:57pm

What's the difference between playing a piece in the privacy of your living room versus performing the same piece for an audience? After all, it's the same piece right (no?) Any thoughts or comments on this? :)

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Michael LS

Is there any well-known method then?

November 3, 2017 at 7:29pm
Goh Zensen

The Acosean Method of Music Education (AMME), though it isn't well-known yet.

November 4, 2017 at 2:36pm
Michael LS

I googled up AMME, and it points back to you! So you're the founder of AMME!

November 7, 2017 at 11:04pm
Goh Zensen

Haha, long story!

November 8, 2017 at 7:14am
October 13, 2017 at 1:05am

My son is in P2 this year. He takes piano lessons at home, now Grade 1. Is it advisable to take piano exam every year?

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Mabel Ong

Susan, exams shouldn't be the primary goal his lessons should revolve around. Building passion/interest should take priority. Exams kinda by-the-way. And I'm not advocating totally no exams either... See More

Susan, exams shouldn't be the primary goal his lessons should revolve around. Building passion/interest should take priority. Exams kinda by-the-way. And I'm not advocating totally no exams either - definitely got plus points to take exams. ?

November 7, 2017 at 11:16am
Susan Teo

Thanks Mabel. I'm the typical parent who sees other kids seemingly learning so fast, and I'm worried my son is "losing out". Hard to shake this kiasu-ism. So, I'm struggling within.

November 7, 2017 at 12:18pm
Gavin Koh

I agree fully that what counts most is to develop passion. With a capital P.

In fact, most of the best pianists are self-taught! So this website says:... See More

I agree fully that what counts most is to develop passion. With a capital P.

In fact, most of the best pianists are self-taught! So this website says: https://pianologist.com/our-thoughts/self-taught/

And there are examples of pianists with little to no formal training who play professionally. Take for example: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2015/07/the-self-taught-french-pianist-who...

November 7, 2017 at 2:46pm
Susan Teo

Gavin, I visited the 1st link you wrote. Thought it was a bold statement by just one person. While there are examples of good pianists who are self taught, I would be interested to know the % of... See More

Gavin, I visited the 1st link you wrote. Thought it was a bold statement by just one person. While there are examples of good pianists who are self taught, I would be interested to know the % of good pianists from the group who are self taught.

That said, I don't expect my son to be the best pianist (although it's a bonus if he can), but I would want him to enjoy and progress positively. ?

November 7, 2017 at 8:53pm
March 26, 2017 at 1:53pm

Playing on Zensen's baby piano . This is how small it is!

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Mabel Ong

Really?! Got tuning course here in SG?? ?

November 7, 2017 at 11:09am
Goh Zensen

Yes, one of whom is our fellow Pianover here!

November 7, 2017 at 12:14pm
Mabel Ong

Waa... he/she should advertise the tuning course on this website. I'm sure many are interested! ?

November 7, 2017 at 12:20pm
Gavin Koh

A tuning course does sound interesting indeed. You will of course have to invest in a good set of piano tuning hammers, mutes, and forks. Practical experience is of the essence, and you need a... See More

A tuning course does sound interesting indeed. You will of course have to invest in a good set of piano tuning hammers, mutes, and forks. Practical experience is of the essence, and you need a real piano for that.

November 7, 2017 at 3:31pm
April 17, 2017 at 8:10pm

What is your take on this? If a person is feeling very sad, should he be listening to a melancholic piece such as Tchaikvosky's Pathetique symphony? Or should he be listening to a cheerful and joyful piece like Mozart's Paris Symphony?

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Goh Zensen

Hmm, so you feel it depends on the individual.....

April 19, 2017 at 8:17pm
April 20, 2017 at 9:05am
Goh Zensen

Interesting, thanks for sharing!

April 20, 2017 at 11:33pm
Mabel Ong

I will listen to sad ones, to connect with my inner self. ?

November 7, 2017 at 11:22am
April 21, 2017 at 4:03pm
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Gavin Koh

Nope. I got rid of mine about a year back because one of the strings busted - too much Liszt. I think the Roland was worth it though, for my composing needs. But I do miss the weight of the... See More

Nope. I got rid of mine about a year back because one of the strings busted - too much Liszt. I think the Roland was worth it though, for my composing needs. But I do miss the weight of the acoustic keys. Anyway, my new job brought me to MND Annexe and the pianos outside URA Centre are available to me everyday now.

November 3, 2017 at 2:00pm
Mabel Ong

Wah.. you write songs?

November 3, 2017 at 7:06pm
Gavin Koh

Trying to write something now.

November 4, 2017 at 5:22pm
Mabel Ong

That's cool! Share with us when you're done!

November 7, 2017 at 10:58am
November 6, 2017 at 5:43pm

Unique Piano Pieces Thread #1 - For those looking to play a piece that allows you to perform a glissando on black keys only, here's one really cool piece: Cyril Scott's Lotus Land. You get to do it 3 times, on bars 35, 36, and 62.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoqDR5Zvu_M
Score: http://... See More

Unique Piano Pieces Thread #1 - For those looking to play a piece that allows you to perform a glissando on black keys only, here's one really cool piece: Cyril Scott's Lotus Land. You get to do it 3 times, on bars 35, 36, and 62.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoqDR5Zvu_M
Score: http://petruccilibrary.us/scores/Scott_Cyril_1970/Scott_-_LotusLand_Op.4...

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