November 2, 2017 at 11:27am

Has anyone here composed and sold pieces of their own? Would love if you could share your experiences.

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Goh Zensen

Yes, I've composed both pop and classical pieces. But I didn't sell any of them to any publishers. One pop piece was launched together with my stage band group's CD album, which was subsequently... See More

Yes, I've composed both pop and classical pieces. But I didn't sell any of them to any publishers. One pop piece was launched together with my stage band group's CD album, which was subsequently sold in the Asia-Pac market. Now planning to thread carefully the way to launch my Piano Concerto, which took me 23 years to complete.

November 2, 2017 at 1:31pm
Gavin Koh

Additionally: Has anyone used Soundcloud, Bandcamp, or similar websites to share and sell their composed pieces? Has anyone set up a composer portfolio?

November 3, 2017 at 9:07am
April 1, 2017 at 9:42am

Can playing by ear actually be learnt or is it something innate, i.e. either you have it or you don't. I've always thought that all pianists could play by ear (at least simple tunes on the simpler keys) but was amazed to find out that it wasn't so in my JC days.

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Goh Zensen

Bing Shao, I think I'd missed your posts! Anyway it was great meeting you in person and we had a good chat on the play-by-ear methodology in greater depth!

November 2, 2017 at 8:36am
Gavin Koh

One thing that has helped greatly in improving my play by ear ability is to listen on Youtube hundreds of pieces that follow the score as a video. Now, when pieces are played, I start visualizing... See More

One thing that has helped greatly in improving my play by ear ability is to listen on Youtube hundreds of pieces that follow the score as a video. Now, when pieces are played, I start visualizing staves and notes and can more intuitively figure out how to play a piece just through listening.

November 2, 2017 at 11:18am
Gavin Koh

Oh yes, to answer your question. I don't think this is an innate ability unless your parents have been exposing you to music ever since you are in the womb. Then maybe you would be more accepting... See More

Oh yes, to answer your question. I don't think this is an innate ability unless your parents have been exposing you to music ever since you are in the womb. Then maybe you would be more accepting of music in life.

November 2, 2017 at 11:20am
Gavin Koh

Before I forget. There are quite a number of Ear Training software on the Android Play Store that may be of some use. I have used 'The Ear Gym', 'Functional Ear Trainer', and 'Perfect Ear' before... See More

Before I forget. There are quite a number of Ear Training software on the Android Play Store that may be of some use. I have used 'The Ear Gym', 'Functional Ear Trainer', and 'Perfect Ear' before. Quite simple but useful apps for training yourself to play by ear. I am pretty sure there are equivalent apps on iTunes too - like 'Play by Ear' and 'Ear for Life, Ear Training'

November 2, 2017 at 3:11pm
October 16, 2017 at 7:41pm

I'm looking around for a new piano. Anyone heard of Hailun? Is it good?

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Mabel Ong

Oh. Hehe, I thought it's ok to discuss here, like how people discuss openly about Telco plans, or how they give product reviews.

October 27, 2017 at 4:03pm
Goh Zensen

Comparing and contrasting among Telco plans, their service standards etc are still fine because of the "mega" or "macro" nature of things. But here, some of the forum members could either be... See More

Comparing and contrasting among Telco plans, their service standards etc are still fine because of the "mega" or "macro" nature of things. But here, some of the forum members could either be exclusive dealers of certain piano brands or owners/affiliated partners of certain piano retail shops. Thus unless I want to be public enemy #1 in the piano industry, I would talk about this privately.

November 1, 2017 at 8:09am
Gavin Koh

I personally feel it is not sensitive to talk about brands and qualities/reliabilities; the web revolution is breaking down all these barriers and we have to realize that companies will either... See More

I personally feel it is not sensitive to talk about brands and qualities/reliabilities; the web revolution is breaking down all these barriers and we have to realize that companies will either have to evolve or die out. Mabel, what you need to do is to just google "Hailun Piano Reviews". Read about the reviews and watch the video reviews on Youtube; listen to piano comparisons. Be objective and not too hasty in your decision. After you have done your homework, perhaps come back here and share about the Hailun piano; a targeted question or two may even get answered. Although I think forums with Hailun piano owners will be able to fill you in even more.

November 1, 2017 at 9:27am
Mabel Ong

Nice game plan, Gavin! Let me do my homework 1st. ?

November 1, 2017 at 7:04pm
October 31, 2017 at 5:01pm

Has anyone ever taught dyslexic students? What is your experience teaching them; like will they have problems reading music notes or understanding concepts of rhythm and/or note/rest values? And how would you help them overcome their problem - for eg. would you use large staves/notes, marking on the piano keys, etc.?

November 1, 2017 at 12:47am
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Mabel Ong

Haha! I love IMSLP too!!

November 1, 2017 at 1:06am
November 1, 2017 at 12:38am

Time to share some nuggets of usefulness. First off my list: Where do I get a list of piano music listed by difficulty?

Well, here's a handy reference: http://www.classicalmusicdb.com/levels

May 14, 2017 at 8:44pm

Dutch pianist and composer Jeroen van Veen built a life-sized Lego Piano over a period of more than two years. Consisting of almost 30,000 second-hand Lego bricks, the idea of building the Lego Piano came about over a debate at the coffee table between Jeroen and his two sons. He gave his first public performance on the Lego Piano in his concert in Almere, Netherlands on Friday, 12 November 2016.

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Carlyn Ng

Waa... Big Lego Piano!!! *drools.. ?

October 29, 2017 at 1:11am
August 14, 2017 at 3:05pm

Have you been seriously pondering over the following question? Many pianists avoid this question, perhaps because of sociopolitical sensitivity (instead of musical sensitivity)?

Take for example the entire China with a population of 1.3 billion. Most would agree that the most celebrated (classical) pianists are Lang Lang and Li Yundi.

So my question is: Are there other pianists (non-celebrities) in China whose piano playing is on par with theirs? If the answer is yes (e.g. if... See More

Have you been seriously pondering over the following question? Many pianists avoid this question, perhaps because of sociopolitical sensitivity (instead of musical sensitivity)?

Take for example the entire China with a population of 1.3 billion. Most would agree that the most celebrated (classical) pianists are Lang Lang and Li Yundi.

So my question is: Are there other pianists (non-celebrities) in China whose piano playing is on par with theirs? If the answer is yes (e.g. if you say at least thousands of them), then why aren't they famous? In other words, does it mean that only when you reach this level of piano playing superiority will you definitely be "discovered" and made eminent?

Note that I'm confining my topic to pure playing-by-score instead of playing-by-ear or improvisations, since that would have opened a bigger can of worms.

For those who feel that within China, very few pianists would match or beat the level manifested by Lang Lang or Li Yundi, then my next question for you will then be: What is it that they can do (or do well) which other pianists in China can't? Is it the speed or tempo of playing? Or is it their sheer playing techniques? Or is it their interpretations?

I would like to hear your viewpoints before I elaborate on this further.

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Goh Zensen

Wayne, very well said! I'm in agreement with every statement you've made; and thank you so much for making explicit what I've been wanting to say (but haven't said it) for years!

September 4, 2017 at 7:06pm
Mabel Ong

Actually a lot depends on luck too. You can be super talented and hardworking, but you still need luck to get noticed, appreciated, groomed. ?

October 13, 2017 at 9:22am
Goh Zensen

Totally agree!

October 25, 2017 at 9:37pm
Mabel Ong

Pity not many pianists in SG are recognised.

October 26, 2017 at 1:01am

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