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

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
Pauline Yong

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
June 19, 2018 at 1:16pm

Should I buy digital or normal piano to start learning piano? Should I get one or just play at school or teacher's place? Any advice? Thanks.

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Linette Choo

Wow, thanks Zensen! That's very comprehensive. ?? I have mixed feelings la. For me, it's good to start playing casually. But if I can progress well (god knows), might as well take some exams to... See More

Wow, thanks Zensen! That's very comprehensive. ?? I have mixed feelings la. For me, it's good to start playing casually. But if I can progress well (god knows), might as well take some exams to prove something? Definitely not to become concert pianist like you mentioned. I'm working, so, being able to play at night is a big deal to me, cos that's the time I probably can practise (I hope so!) ?

June 23, 2018 at 2:09am
Goh Zensen

That being the case, I'd recommend that you start small by buying a digital piano. If space or mobility isn't a constraint for you, I'd recommend a full-fledged one with 88 keys. Depending on your... See More

That being the case, I'd recommend that you start small by buying a digital piano. If space or mobility isn't a constraint for you, I'd recommend a full-fledged one with 88 keys. Depending on your budget, a high-end one costs S$2,699 while an entry-level one costs S$700. Mid-range will be around S$1,699. But if you are space-conscious and prefer it to be more mobile (so that it can be moved around easily), then I have a 76-key version ($400+) and a 61-version (also $400+) to recommend for you. If you are ultra-budget conscious, it will be $269.

June 23, 2018 at 8:19pm
Linette Choo

Ya, I think I'd go with a really cheap one at the start. Just gonna start learning, don't think I'll need that many keys. 61 keys sounds a lot to me already. Lol.

June 27, 2018 at 11:46am
Goh Zensen

61 keys (5 octaves) is really the minimum you should start with. This is because any shorter (e.g. 49 keys, 4 octaves) won't allow you to play it with both hands (meaning right hand on melody and... See More

61 keys (5 octaves) is really the minimum you should start with. This is because any shorter (e.g. 49 keys, 4 octaves) won't allow you to play it with both hands (meaning right hand on melody and left hand on bass and chords). Also, you'd need to look for a model that has touch response/touch sensitivity. This is because some very cheap ones don't come with this, thus no matter how soft or hard you strike the keys, the volume/loudness is the same, which makes the music you play sound monotonous/robotic/expressionless!

June 28, 2018 at 7:26am
June 22, 2018 at 12:00pm
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Mabel Ong

What's Usai? Looks like piano keyboard.

June 23, 2018 at 1:58pm
Gavin Koh

Definitely not! A typical piano octave has 12 keys - 7 white keys jutting forward and 5 black shorter keys. Ignoring the colors, we can say a typical piano has a 7-5 configuration. The Usai... See More

Definitely not! A typical piano octave has 12 keys - 7 white keys jutting forward and 5 black shorter keys. Ignoring the colors, we can say a typical piano has a 7-5 configuration. The Usai keyboard however has a 6-6 configuration - a "balanced" combination. If you color the keys on the Usai, you will find that F#, G# and A# wind up as three keys jutting forward, hence they are painted black up front.

June 23, 2018 at 8:49pm
Gavin Koh

Read more about it here: http://www.balanced-keyboard.com/

June 23, 2018 at 8:50pm
June 22, 2018 at 11:48am

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