April 14, 2018 at 11:17pm

Awkward situation for a pianist #1 - What would you do if you, the pianist, attended a recital all ready to play K.467 and was caught off guard by the starting bars of K.466? Luckily, it was only a lunchtime concert (a rehearsal for the evening concert) for Maria Joao Pires. But, more luckily for her, Maria had played K.466 before and she easily switched gears to play the required piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v... See More

Awkward situation for a pianist #1 - What would you do if you, the pianist, attended a recital all ready to play K.467 and was caught off guard by the starting bars of K.466? Luckily, it was only a lunchtime concert (a rehearsal for the evening concert) for Maria Joao Pires. But, more luckily for her, Maria had played K.466 before and she easily switched gears to play the required piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n89F9YKPNOg

#events #concerts

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Mabel Ong

Woah, that will be a lot to memorise! I'm still struggling with just one or two pages! Kudos to her!

April 18, 2018 at 1:18pm
Gavin Koh

Yes, memorizing is a pain for pianists everywhere. The best I have memorized is a single piece at a time. And nowadays, I just prefer sight reading on the spot, although you can't do that with... See More

Yes, memorizing is a pain for pianists everywhere. The best I have memorized is a single piece at a time. And nowadays, I just prefer sight reading on the spot, although you can't do that with very fast pieces.

April 18, 2018 at 1:25pm
Carlyn Ng

piano teachers should be able to sight read even faster pieces?

April 21, 2018 at 9:33pm
Gavin Koh

I should think so. If you get your hands on a piece that reads greater than Allegro (eg. Vivace, Presto, and Prestissimo, etc.), you're at least going to do some music speed reading - be aware of... See More

I should think so. If you get your hands on a piece that reads greater than Allegro (eg. Vivace, Presto, and Prestissimo, etc.), you're at least going to do some music speed reading - be aware of the key and signature, glance through the score to ferret out difficult passages, note all changes to key and signature, repeats, dynamics and other special ornamentation. After that, you could theoretically play the piece at a fast enough rate on the first go, and aim to pick up speed after acclimatizing yourself to the piece.

The pain is always memorizing the piece for a performance; well, rote learning helps.

April 21, 2018 at 11:54pm
April 15, 2018 at 12:12am

Awkward situation for a pianist #5 - When something breaks on the piano, will you panic? Perhaps a string snaps in the middle of your performance, perhaps your score flies off, or perhaps this happens to you... your chair breaks... Ouch! Has something similar ever happened to you? Did you keep your cool and continue?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb9NXU4yUYw

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Awkward situation for a pianist #5 - When something breaks on the piano, will you panic? Perhaps a string snaps in the middle of your performance, perhaps your score flies off, or perhaps this happens to you... your chair breaks... Ouch! Has something similar ever happened to you? Did you keep your cool and continue?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb9NXU4yUYw

#events #concerts

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Gavin Koh

Maybe, but unlikely. In an upright, the snapped string will whip around inside the wooden enclosure. But in a grand, this is likely to happen:... See More

Maybe, but unlikely. In an upright, the snapped string will whip around inside the wooden enclosure. But in a grand, this is likely to happen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCDxvLheZiY

Bottomline: Beware your eyes when a piano string snaps.

April 18, 2018 at 1:37pm
Mabel Ong

Won't have time to react if it really snaps. No?

April 18, 2018 at 5:42pm
Gavin Koh

Very unlikely that it could hurt someone though. Never heard such news before - "Man attacked by slashing piano wire". Sounds like something I would read in the tabloids.

April 18, 2018 at 7:31pm
Mabel Ong

Keke.. I also never heard of.. and certainly hope it won't happen to anyone.

April 21, 2018 at 9:33pm
April 14, 2018 at 11:47pm

Awkward situation for a pianist #4 - Cell phones! Bleeping and blooping in the middle of the concert hall? Oh no... please don't make it awkward for the pianist. Always remember to turn it to silent mode. Please. Listen to Christen Zacharias' views on disturbed concerts. Would it happen in Singapore too? Share any experiences you have. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAaU8yPXA1A

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Awkward situation for a pianist #4 - Cell phones! Bleeping and blooping in the middle of the concert hall? Oh no... please don't make it awkward for the pianist. Always remember to turn it to silent mode. Please. Listen to Christen Zacharias' views on disturbed concerts. Would it happen in Singapore too? Share any experiences you have. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAaU8yPXA1A

#events #concerts

April 14, 2018 at 11:37pm

Awkward situation for a pianist #3 - Well, page turners better pay attention, because if you make a mistake, the pianist will create a blunder - big time! Maybe, it's time all pianists invest in a page-turning app.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If6SJWoAQKE

#events #concerts

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Gavin Koh

Here's a sample automatic page-turning app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qoshc9jlHJI

Do you use something similar... See More

Here's a sample automatic page-turning app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qoshc9jlHJI

Do you use something similar?

April 14, 2018 at 11:38pm
April 14, 2018 at 11:28pm

Awkward situation for a pianist #2 - What happens if you had a stuck pedal problem during your recital? Here's how Brazilian pianist Eliane Rodrigues handled the issue - injecting some "underground" humor into the major hiccup (puns intended).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBbRTRBY4D4

#events... See More

Awkward situation for a pianist #2 - What happens if you had a stuck pedal problem during your recital? Here's how Brazilian pianist Eliane Rodrigues handled the issue - injecting some "underground" humor into the major hiccup (puns intended).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBbRTRBY4D4

#events #concerts

April 10, 2018 at 12:45am

Besides Richard Clayderman, are there any other people whose light piano music playing is well known (if not as famous)? Here's my list of the pianists from yesteryear (please see comments below as I can't paste them here due to some technical reason). Some of these artistes are still around to serenade us; their music, and their playing style, shall however remain evergreen. Enjoy listening and getting ideas for a song you wish to perform.

... See More

Besides Richard Clayderman, are there any other people whose light piano music playing is well known (if not as famous)? Here's my list of the pianists from yesteryear (please see comments below as I can't paste them here due to some technical reason). Some of these artistes are still around to serenade us; their music, and their playing style, shall however remain evergreen. Enjoy listening and getting ideas for a song you wish to perform.

#general

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Goh Zensen

Have you heard Yanni's "Until the Last Moment"? When I first heard it, I thought it was another Richard Clayderman's piece:

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Have you heard Yanni's "Until the Last Moment"? When I first heard it, I thought it was another Richard Clayderman's piece:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R4xEB-v_dE

April 12, 2018 at 3:17pm
Gavin Koh

I listen to a lot of Clayderman, so there is no way I can mistake Yanni's music as Clayderman's. One obvious giveaway to "Until the Last Moment" would be the missing Alberti bass variation you... See More

I listen to a lot of Clayderman, so there is no way I can mistake Yanni's music as Clayderman's. One obvious giveaway to "Until the Last Moment" would be the missing Alberti bass variation you would expect to hear in most of Clayderman's songs.

Most of Clayderman's pieces are arranged by Oliver Toussaint and Paul de Senneville. Their arrangements are very distinct and in the class of soft pop music. Mean people might call his music "elevator music", but whatever the case, it is because Clayderman's music is composed for the masses and not for the elitists (see article link).

April 14, 2018 at 4:26pm
Mabel Ong

Are Yiruma and Kevin Kern considered eligible in this list? ?

April 14, 2018 at 1:34pm
Gavin Koh

Not really, they are new age pianists. But then the term "new age" is kind of a misnomer and we could also argue that the term easily crosses over with easy listening and light piano music. So as... See More

Not really, they are new age pianists. But then the term "new age" is kind of a misnomer and we could also argue that the term easily crosses over with easy listening and light piano music. So as not to be too ambiguous, I wouldn't accept Yiruma and Kevin Kern. Consider my list the "old guards". Why don't you start yours featuring only new age pianists, like Jim Brickman, and others.

April 14, 2018 at 6:35pm
April 3, 2018 at 1:28pm
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Mabel Ong

Wow. Is this real? Hehehe.

April 14, 2018 at 4:01pm
Gavin Koh

Well, it's technically 2 days after April Fools' Day when I posted it. But, you could actually buy one of these off Amazon. Over here:... See More

Well, it's technically 2 days after April Fools' Day when I posted it. But, you could actually buy one of these off Amazon. Over here: https://www.amazon.com/Sega-Toys-Grand-Pianist/dp/B000H5UODQ. So, you see... they are VERY REAL. Maybe the Online Store ought to stock up on this product if there is demand for it. ?

April 14, 2018 at 6:33pm
Gavin Koh

And you could watch another video of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-5rii9LrjA. Although I won't recommend... See More

And you could watch another video of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-5rii9LrjA. Although I won't recommend anyone playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1 on it.

April 14, 2018 at 4:10pm
March 19, 2018 at 11:31pm

When composing a song, does the melody come first, or the lyrics?

#composing

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Adelynn Khoo

Is there a formula used by the many successful composers? You know, maybe writing the melody first is *easier*?

March 23, 2018 at 12:48pm
Goh Zensen

If you are talking about composer and lyricist being two different persons, then we have cases for both. However, by default, it is usually the composer penning the melody first, then the lyricist... See More

If you are talking about composer and lyricist being two different persons, then we have cases for both. However, by default, it is usually the composer penning the melody first, then the lyricist filling in the lyrics later.

March 26, 2018 at 8:03am
Gavin Koh

As Zensen said, "by default" the music comes first followed by lyrics. In the next Pianovers (#75 on 22nd Apr), I will be playing an exception, a song where the lyrics came first.

"When... See More

As Zensen said, "by default" the music comes first followed by lyrics. In the next Pianovers (#75 on 22nd Apr), I will be playing an exception, a song where the lyrics came first.

"When October Goes" had music composed by Barry Manilow only after the lyricist's widow sent Manilow the lyrics. Manilow set a lovely melancholy tune to what Johnny Mercer wrote (Mercer had died of a brain tumour diagnosed just months before) and the completed song was released as a single by Manilow (and it was quite a success).

Listen it on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Reiqwbo4b7Q or come to Pianovers #75 to listen!

April 14, 2018 at 6:55pm
Gavin Koh

In the case of "When October Goes":

"Setting the Mercer lyrics to music, Mr. Manilow discovered, was one of the easier tasks of his career. "The tunes came like that", he said snapping his... See More

In the case of "When October Goes":

"Setting the Mercer lyrics to music, Mr. Manilow discovered, was one of the easier tasks of his career. "The tunes came like that", he said snapping his fingers. "I struggle with the pop stuff till I bleed, but this stuff... like that." [Article ref link]

So, it could be easier to compose music around the lyrics after all. Maybe, you only need to connect with the lyrics, be inspired by them, and voilà!

April 14, 2018 at 3:18pm
April 6, 2018 at 1:24pm

This video shows the different genres of music in the world. The pianist tried to put the most famous songs of each country to demonstrate the name of each style, playing a song for each region of the world from A to Z.

#PianoPieces

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Goh Zensen

Wow, I suppose ethnomusicologists would disdain this because while some countries are represented by their folk music (which is most rightful), others are by either the nationality of their... See More

Wow, I suppose ethnomusicologists would disdain this because while some countries are represented by their folk music (which is most rightful), others are by either the nationality of their classical composers or the country's pop music! So far Brazil is represented most accurately by its Samba classic Tico-Tico.

Japan should be Sakura (if folk), if not Sukiyaki (if pop). USA is most debatable - though Ragtime could be one, what about Gershwin's Broadway/Blues, Sousa's Marches, John Williams's Oscar Soundtracks, Rock & Roll and Hip-Hop, just to name a few? Maybe I would choose Home of the Range (American Folk Song & the Unofficial Anthem of the Amercian West)!

April 7, 2018 at 12:43am
Gavin Koh

Fabricio Andre Bernard Di Paolo, or Lord Vinheteiro, is first and foremost an Youtube Star who wanted to teach other Brazilians about classical music. He has been putting out great piano videos... See More

Fabricio Andre Bernard Di Paolo, or Lord Vinheteiro, is first and foremost an Youtube Star who wanted to teach other Brazilians about classical music. He has been putting out great piano videos since 2008, and I would consider taking his opinions with a pinch of salt. Because, it's all for entertainment sake and after all Youtube Stars are here to get more clicks (which translates to cash for people like Lord Vinheteiro).

April 9, 2018 at 1:09pm
Goh Zensen

Exactly!

April 12, 2018 at 3:18pm
April 12, 2018 at 11:22am

Suggestion: Would this work - a Request line from spectators at the recital (or online on this page)?

Those who can play a requested piece the next week get to play first. Those who can play the requested piece by ear can come up to say so and play the piece after the main recital is done.

The first point would encourage people to come back next week. The second point would encourage people to stay, listen, and socialize after the recital is done.

Would this idea see... See More

Suggestion: Would this work - a Request line from spectators at the recital (or online on this page)?

Those who can play a requested piece the next week get to play first. Those who can play the requested piece by ear can come up to say so and play the piece after the main recital is done.

The first point would encourage people to come back next week. The second point would encourage people to stay, listen, and socialize after the recital is done.

Would this idea see some traction or not?

#general

April 12, 2018 at 10:50am

Extremely difficult piano pieces #5 - You are bound to gasp in awe if you take a journey on Charles-Valentin Alkan's Le Chemin de Fer, or "The Railroad". The pace for this piece is relentless and is sure to pose a difficult task for any pianist attempting to learn it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_TvrwcX5tk

#PianoPieces

April 11, 2018 at 6:31pm

Extremely difficult piano pieces #4 - Villa-Lobos' Rudepoema is sure to give any pianist a rude surprise for its very high level of difficulty. Could you endure playing this twenty minute long tonal portrait? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUA5EJKxY5o

#PianoPieces

April 10, 2018 at 9:50am

There is no Pianovers Meetup on 15 Apr 2018.

The next Pianovers Meetup #75 is on 22 Apr 2018.

#ThePianoSG #pianovers #PianoversMeetup #announcement

April 6, 2018 at 6:17pm
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Gavin Koh

The killer difficulty really comes after 29 seconds.

April 7, 2018 at 10:03pm
April 6, 2018 at 1:25pm
April 6, 2018 at 12:13pm

Lord Vinheteiro accompanied a gameplay of Sonic The Hedgehog, playing the Sonic songs and making their sound effects!!

#PianoPieces

March 27, 2018 at 1:28pm

One problem this website has is that it does not list the composer of pieces played in the Statistics > Pieces performed section (@YM - Bummer, leh). So a quick way to search this particular website is to do something like this on Google Search (or you can also type this straight into the Address Bar on Google Chrome):

Type in - site:thepiano.sg digest zimmer

The... See More

One problem this website has is that it does not list the composer of pieces played in the Statistics > Pieces performed section (@YM - Bummer, leh). So a quick way to search this particular website is to do something like this on Google Search (or you can also type this straight into the Address Bar on Google Chrome):

Type in - site:thepiano.sg digest zimmer

The above example will search for all instances of Hans Zimmer pieces mentioned in the digests of thepiano.sg. You can check out the search results for the above example over here.

#general

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Gavin Koh

OMG! I typed in "Bach" and it coughed out JS Bach, JC Bach, Offenbach, and Leybach. Hooray, now I can easily research to play a new piece that's not been heard by Pianovers before. Thanks a... See More

OMG! I typed in "Bach" and it coughed out JS Bach, JC Bach, Offenbach, and Leybach. Hooray, now I can easily research to play a new piece that's not been heard by Pianovers before. Thanks a million!

March 28, 2018 at 7:33pm
Mabel Ong

I just tried the feature! Useful!! Thumbs up! I tend to search sometimes by composer too.

April 3, 2018 at 1:12pm
Corrine Ying

Thanks! The new feature is indeed very helpful.

April 4, 2018 at 7:48pm
Gavin Koh

And even though it reads "Frédéric Chopin", you can just type "Frederic" ignoring all the diacritical marks, and the search engine will still give you a proper search result.

I guess, the... See More

And even though it reads "Frédéric Chopin", you can just type "Frederic" ignoring all the diacritical marks, and the search engine will still give you a proper search result.

I guess, the only minor problem is that the search engine can't parse hanyu pinyin (not that I'm asking for that feature).

April 4, 2018 at 10:51pm
March 30, 2018 at 11:18pm

Come support us! SUTD is next to a Downtown Line MRT Station!

#events #concerts

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Mabel Ong

Wow wow wow! How did it go? How's the crowd on a Sat afternoon? ?

April 1, 2018 at 12:31am
Goh Zensen

It was a success! We were hoping to see you there!

April 1, 2018 at 8:47pm
Mabel Ong

I'd love to support you guys! I'm now based overseas, however. Keep it up! ?

April 3, 2018 at 1:11pm
March 1, 2018 at 12:39am

What if you are handicapped; can you learn to play the piano? Or if you become handicapped; can you continue to play the piano?
Check the comments below to learn more about these inspirational pianists in short documentary-like segments. Add anyone else that you might know below too. Thanks.

#SpecialNeeds

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Mabel Ong

I think in Singapore, there's this Purple movement or something.

March 16, 2018 at 1:41pm
Carlyn Ng

There's a event called True Colours Festival now. Is it related to this topic? https://truecolours.sg

March 20, 2018 at 10:54am
Gavin Koh

Sure, it is. Thanks for informing!

March 20, 2018 at 11:06am
Gavin Koh

I attended the inaugural True Colors Concert and was humbled by the performances; the participants are all handicapped in some way.

There was a pianist from Singapore - Azariah Tan - he's... See More

I attended the inaugural True Colors Concert and was humbled by the performances; the participants are all handicapped in some way.

There was a pianist from Singapore - Azariah Tan - he's almost deaf - but he played Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu very well. Other performances hailed from across the globe; with one other pianist (Seong Il Kim), violinists, excellent singers, talented dancers, a digital orchestra, and even an enthusiastic Children's Choir.

It was an excellent night that I will not soon forget!

March 28, 2018 at 4:53pm
March 16, 2018 at 1:43pm
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Carlyn Ng

Saw the pianist smiled at 1:18 mark there. Nice!!

March 20, 2018 at 10:53am
November 27, 2017 at 4:34pm

Just wondering how many in the group are adult learners (regardless of the level) who either (i) start playing piano or (ii) start taking piano lessons, as an adult?

I am one. :)

#AdultBeginners

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Gavin Koh

Most Overdrive ebooks are just that - books, as in novels. At least I got one epub with a number of music pieces within. However, the NLB e-resources is great if you want to find national songs or... See More

Most Overdrive ebooks are just that - books, as in novels. At least I got one epub with a number of music pieces within. However, the NLB e-resources is great if you want to find national songs or say you miss the score for Rangoon primary school's school song, or something like that.

In summary, e-resources are still pretty weak when it comes to music scores IMHO. But not too shabby in the theory department. Better to just go to the Esplanade Library to browse through and borrow from a wide range there.

December 21, 2017 at 8:24pm
Mabel Ong

Looks like I should make a trip there soon. Never thought I would go there. Haha.

December 23, 2017 at 6:37pm
Mabel Ong

Pauline, are you taking private piano lessons, or you go to music school?

February 24, 2018 at 7:12pm
Yoke Ping

Mabel, I'm taking private piano lessons.

February 26, 2018 at 11:26pm

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