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

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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

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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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

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

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