November 22, 2017 at 1:34pm

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #2 - Tchaikovsky wrote all kinds of music in his time. But, one of his most melanchology songs would have to be "None, But the Lonely Heart".

Coming from his set of Six Romances (Op 6), the last piece wraps around your heart and embraces you in sadness. There is even a movie of the same name that came out in 1944, staring Cary Grant and Ethel Barrymore. A sad movie of the time, it featured Tchaikovsky's song as the background music.

Listen to this... See More

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #2 - Tchaikovsky wrote all kinds of music in his time. But, one of his most melanchology songs would have to be "None, But the Lonely Heart".

Coming from his set of Six Romances (Op 6), the last piece wraps around your heart and embraces you in sadness. There is even a movie of the same name that came out in 1944, staring Cary Grant and Ethel Barrymore. A sad movie of the time, it featured Tchaikovsky's song as the background music.

Listen to this piece below and follow the link to the voice/piano score.
Video: https://www.youtube.com.sg/watch?v=uE6kbNuSOEY
Score: https://imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/03988/ft01

#PianoPieces

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Gavin Koh

I haven't watched "The Bear" (L'Ours in French) before - will grab it from The Esplanade library this weekend. You see, I love playing June; it's one of the earliest works from Tchaikovsky I... See More

I haven't watched "The Bear" (L'Ours in French) before - will grab it from The Esplanade library this weekend. You see, I love playing June; it's one of the earliest works from Tchaikovsky I learnt. Can't wait to hear the soundtrack in its entirety.

November 22, 2017 at 5:43pm
Gavin Koh

Not surprisingly, I found the full movie of The Bear on Youtube. Interesting to hear the familiar strains of June throughout.

November 22, 2017 at 10:56pm
Goh Zensen

I"m very glad you've managed to watch The Bear and finding its orchestral soundtrack superb!

November 24, 2017 at 9:39am
Gavin Koh

Hey Yong Meng, there's no thumbs up in your forums. Guess I got to give this thread a Heart!

November 24, 2017 at 2:03pm
November 10, 2017 at 5:13pm

How would one start off as a piano teacher? I am guessing the hardest bit would be to find yourself students who are willing to give you a try. How should one go about that? Or it would it better to join a school and work for them to get experience?

#teacher

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Goh Zensen

Exactly. It thus takes a fundamental shift in societal values and perceptions, just like our government is taking pains to change parents' mindset on what defines "success" - it is no longer good... See More

Exactly. It thus takes a fundamental shift in societal values and perceptions, just like our government is taking pains to change parents' mindset on what defines "success" - it is no longer good grades entering top schools, then top universities, then becoming doctors or lawyers earning big bucks.

In some of my articles, I wrote about certifications being essential for doctors and engineers because we can't afford being prescribed wrong medication, or living in houses that might collapse anytime. But what is the inherent risk in music, which is largely about appreciation and enjoyment?

November 24, 2017 at 9:05am
Goh Zensen

I think I mentioned somewhere else that ABRSM is also applauded for having "moved with the times". Recognising that several seasoned practicing pop musicians would look absurd in making them go... See More

I think I mentioned somewhere else that ABRSM is also applauded for having "moved with the times". Recognising that several seasoned practicing pop musicians would look absurd in making them go through their graded exams, they now confer them with their credentials (bearing the ABRMS logo) in the form of open-ended certificates. That is, instead of showing Grade 8 or something, they pen a paragraph on their musicianship and mastery after witnessing their demonstration of skills.

November 24, 2017 at 9:10am
Goh Zensen

Soh Hin, did you know that in the past (just a few years ago), teachers who were graduates were placed on a higher salary scale (almost doubles that of non-graduates') but of late, even non-... See More

Soh Hin, did you know that in the past (just a few years ago), teachers who were graduates were placed on a higher salary scale (almost doubles that of non-graduates') but of late, even non-graduates can be placed on the graduate's scale directly?

There have also been several case studies whereby employers chose Polytechnic graduands over University graduates with straight As (over the same job position) because they found the former more creative, resilient and industrial-based while the latter was only exam-smart and theoretical?

Explaining now why govt schools in Singapore is taking a different slant - they no longer over-emphasize academic achievements but holistic development (many facets not measurable by tests).

November 24, 2017 at 9:17am
Goh Zensen

ABRSM certs thus are not stated as 'basic requirements'. In many cases, criteria mentioned are: "ABRSM Grade XXX OR equivalent credentials or field experiences, etc......" This is because they... See More

ABRSM certs thus are not stated as 'basic requirements'. In many cases, criteria mentioned are: "ABRSM Grade XXX OR equivalent credentials or field experiences, etc......" This is because they know that a large proportion of candidates with ABRSM graded certifications have been gotten because of drills and theoretical understanding of music. Many don't understand music per se, and neither can they apply music principles flexibly via improvisations, re-arrangements, etc.

November 24, 2017 at 9:21am
November 12, 2017 at 10:14pm

Would you play the piano like that? Please discuss below. Hope it cheers up your Monday Blues!

1) Crazily fast [Flight of the Bumble Bee by Rimsky-Korsakov] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daVftrhHyTM
2) Outrageously destructive [Orage (which means "Storm") by Liszt] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EAv9qENcH4
3) With amusing... See More

Would you play the piano like that? Please discuss below. Hope it cheers up your Monday Blues!

1) Crazily fast [Flight of the Bumble Bee by Rimsky-Korsakov] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daVftrhHyTM
2) Outrageously destructive [Orage (which means "Storm") by Liszt] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EAv9qENcH4
3) With amusing antics [The Scarlet Cape by Federer] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGChZFWnzus
4) Monumentally sad [Elegy for the Victims of the Tsunami of March 11, 2011 in Japan by Tsujii] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqoV4ZW7xTA
5) With 2 fingers taped up on each hand - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyK_o_tRtuM
6.1) Defying gravity in outer space, part 1 - [Beethoven Piano Sonata #8, 1st movmt] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBAPps64uds
6.2) Defying gravity on Earth, part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d1nENCol1Q
7) Playing the piano backwards and upside down [Rondo Alla Turca by Mozart] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0iH5iNSDMY
8) "Breed" a different kind of pianist [America the Beautiful by Ward] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfPBfMGLf9Q
9) In full costume [Maple Leaf Rag by Joplin] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItA-pPKBP8Y
10) Creatively improvising with different music styles [Happy Birthday by Mildred J Hill] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S75gYhODS0M
11) Playing a large piano with your feet, I kid you not! [The Pink Panther Song by Mancini] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PMhkemeQRg
12) Handicapped, but yet playing the piano and singing with such dignity! [A Million Stars by Luminița Anghel] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwTpbRPT4HU

#general

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Gavin Koh

Yes, Yuja Wang was insanely fast! But, the Guinness world record for hitting a single piano key in one minute is 824. Sounds pointless, but I guess it's fair as playing a piano piece subjects the... See More

Yes, Yuja Wang was insanely fast! But, the Guinness world record for hitting a single piano key in one minute is 824. Sounds pointless, but I guess it's fair as playing a piano piece subjects the effort to an evaluation of accuracy and correctness.

November 18, 2017 at 12:16pm
Mabel Ong

824 in a minute? That means... 13 times in a second??!!! OMG!

November 21, 2017 at 10:40am
Gavin Koh

Yes. Fingers will be totally numb after a few seconds. See here:
... See More

Yes. Fingers will be totally numb after a few seconds. See here:
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2017/6/portuguese-musician-brea...

November 21, 2017 at 10:45am
Mabel Ong

Ya, I just read about him. And the record is so recent, just this year!

November 21, 2017 at 12:15pm
November 1, 2017 at 1:44am

Which performing pianist do you like best and why?

#performing

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Gavin Koh

Yes, some of Clayderman's pieces are still appealing. But I got tired of the boring left-hand accompaniment styles from Olivier Toussaint and Paul de Seneville. See image for what I mean.... See More

Yes, some of Clayderman's pieces are still appealing. But I got tired of the boring left-hand accompaniment styles from Olivier Toussaint and Paul de Seneville. See image for what I mean. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/5e/54/f9/5e54f979f8f89c9a111a41e082b60be7...

November 21, 2017 at 11:08am
Mabel Ong

Which piece are you learning now?

November 21, 2017 at 10:57am
Gavin Koh

I was just learning Harmonies du soir (Liszt). I have other pieces I am interested in, but will shelf them because of the stuff that I hear from our Meetups. For example, Asturias led me to... See More

I was just learning Harmonies du soir (Liszt). I have other pieces I am interested in, but will shelf them because of the stuff that I hear from our Meetups. For example, Asturias led me to Villanesca (Granados).

November 21, 2017 at 11:51am
Mabel Ong

Har... I just saw the scores for the Harmonies piece. So many chords. ? ? Definitely beyond me.

November 21, 2017 at 12:11pm
April 2, 2017 at 10:07pm

At my recent talk on composing and arranging at Anglican High, I highlighted to the O-Level music students on the importance to deepen one's understanding of music theory in order to be a superior music arranger. Then one of the them asked me this question, "Would ABRSM Grade 8 theory suffice?"

#composing

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Goh Zensen

Haha!

April 3, 2017 at 5:01pm
Goh Zensen

Best part is: America doesn't seem to have the ABRSM/Trinity equivalent kind of graded exams for music. Correct me if I'm wrong?

April 3, 2017 at 5:02pm
Liew Soo Hin

What topics in music theory are important then, to be a superior music arranger?

November 15, 2017 at 6:41pm
Goh Zensen

Almost all topics are important; though the more apparent ones are Parts of Music/Textures/Layers, chord identity and chord structures, types of bass playing, principles of counter melodies... See More

Almost all topics are important; though the more apparent ones are Parts of Music/Textures/Layers, chord identity and chord structures, types of bass playing, principles of counter melodies formations, sub-harmonies and super-harmonies, types of modulations, types of rhythms, syncopation, etc.

November 16, 2017 at 8:49am
April 9, 2017 at 12:58am

This thread is meant not just for adults, but also for children. To what extent do you find taking piano exams a stressful experience? Or do you feel motivated to go for it as the outcome is rewarding?

#exam

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Liew Soo Hin

Maybe I progress at the right pace, so I didn't find it that stressful. Exams are definitely useful, and still has its place in the education system. Some of us don't progress if there isn't any... See More

Maybe I progress at the right pace, so I didn't find it that stressful. Exams are definitely useful, and still has its place in the education system. Some of us don't progress if there isn't any exam at all.

November 15, 2017 at 8:59pm
November 8, 2017 at 11:16am

If you could only liszt* one, what would be your personal favorite piano (or music-related) quote? Can you find it on this liszt* (https://takelessons.com/blog/quotes-about-piano)?

*pun intended

#general

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Mabel Ong

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman - Beethoven.

Haha.. different quote, but from the same composer! ?

November 9, 2017 at 10:58am
Adelynn Khoo

There's one quote I came across, can't remember from where or who.

Life without music is a mistake.

November 13, 2017 at 1:12pm
Gavin Koh

That would be Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher and cultural critic. He said, "Ohne Musik wäre das Leben ein Irrtum", or translated as "Without music, life would be a mistake."

November 13, 2017 at 10:09pm
Adelynn Khoo

I see! Really love that quote.

November 14, 2017 at 1:47pm
October 31, 2017 at 5:59pm

Joke riddles for pianists (with cringeworthy answers):
a) What do you get when you drop a piano down a mine shaft?
b) Why was the stupid pianist banging his head against the keys?
c) What is the difference between a piano and a fish?
d) Why did Mozart kill his chickens?
e) Why is crossing the street like playing the piano?
f) What do you call a laughing piano?

#general

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Gavin Koh

Just got back from a Pianovers meetup... Haha... I was correct, but my reasons were very different. The oboe player would say to the conductor - "Ho bo?" (Hokkien / Singlish as in "Are you okay... See More

Just got back from a Pianovers meetup... Haha... I was correct, but my reasons were very different. The oboe player would say to the conductor - "Ho bo?" (Hokkien / Singlish as in "Are you okay?"), which is a homophonic play on the word "oboe".

November 13, 2017 at 6:30pm
Adelynn Khoo

Omg.. Lolz! So imaginative, Gavin! I couldn't have guessed "Ho Bo"!!

November 13, 2017 at 1:09pm
Gavin Koh

[Headslap] Or, perhaps the conductor says "Oboe," and the oboeist gives a thumbs-up in reply to what he thinks is the conductor asking "Ho bo?" The conductor therefore thinks he is the most... See More

[Headslap] Or, perhaps the conductor says "Oboe," and the oboeist gives a thumbs-up in reply to what he thinks is the conductor asking "Ho bo?" The conductor therefore thinks he is the most obedient.

November 13, 2017 at 10:16pm
Goh Zensen

Haha, hilarious!

November 13, 2017 at 10:44pm
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?

#general

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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?

#general

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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/

#PianoPieces... See More

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/

#PianoPieces

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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.

#events #concerts

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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? :)

#performing

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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?

#exam

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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!

#PianoBrands #PianoModels

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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?

#general

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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...

#PianoPieces

November 2, 2017 at 11:27am

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

#composing

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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.

#performing

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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.?

#SpecialNeeds

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

#PianoPieces

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