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. :)

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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
Pauline Yong

Mabel, I'm taking private piano lessons.

February 26, 2018 at 11:26pm
February 12, 2018 at 1:04pm

Happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财!

What's your favourite CNY song?

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Gavin Koh

Thanks for asking! It surely must be one of these: Top 10 list from... See More

Thanks for asking! It surely must be one of these: Top 10 list from Spotify. Here is a complete Youtube playlist for those who want to listen -
#01: 大地回春
#02: 恭喜恭喜
#03: 財神到
#04: 迎春花
#05: 賀新年
#06: 恭喜发财
#07: 春天来了
#08: 祝福你
#09: 小拜年
#10: 新年喜洋洋

February 12, 2018 at 11:26pm
Liew Soo Hin

Haha. Certainly a list of very popular CNY pieces.

I think 新年歌儿唱 should be in the list too!

February 20, 2018 at 9:54am
Mabel Ong

Mine would be 大地回春! But didn't hear this piece played very often this CNY period leh. Anyone went to River Hongbao?

February 24, 2018 at 7:07pm
January 19, 2018 at 4:39pm

I've always known this piece by Emil Chau. Didn't know it has a Japanese origin!!

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Carlyn Ng

Btw, my favourite has been 风雨无阻! Hahaha!

February 3, 2018 at 4:52pm
Adelynn Khoo

Siew Tin, are you taking formal lessons now? I noticed you have played so many pieces, when I looked at your profile.

February 21, 2018 at 12:37pm
Pek Siew Tin

Yes. Mi try no play repeat pc during ?meetup^+^

February 21, 2018 at 6:08pm
Mabel Ong

That's really an impressive "personal rule" you have. No wonder you've a long list of pieces!! ?

February 24, 2018 at 7:06pm
January 3, 2018 at 10:37pm

Thank you, Tea Zhi Yuan, for your contribution of this article.

"One instrumental development in Beethoven’s reign was the development of piano music and hence, the development of his piano sonatas. It is in my opinion that it is in these 32 that we see a beautiful series, each sonata carrying a crucial role in the evolution of music. And if we ever compare the 1st and 32nd sonata he wrote, it would seem that 2 different people have composed them."

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Liew Soo Hin

My personal favourite is Sonata No. 17 in D minor, the 3rd movement. Simple motif but engaging.

February 12, 2018 at 1:13pm
Tea Zhi Yuan

Hi Soo Hin. Thank you for your reply. Yes, it is a simple and engaging motif and i believe that would be the tempest sonata. Ah, but unfortunately, I do have some prejudice or I guess "some beef"... See More

Hi Soo Hin. Thank you for your reply. Yes, it is a simple and engaging motif and i believe that would be the tempest sonata. Ah, but unfortunately, I do have some prejudice or I guess "some beef" with that particular sonata (which explains why I didnt include it in any of the articles). But we have own preferences and the right to preference (some say that my personal favourite sonata, the Appasionata and particularly the 3rd movement sounds like a mouthful of notes that is not constructive, and I thought this should be applied to Liszt).

February 13, 2018 at 7:29pm
Liew Soo Hin

Zhi Yuan, we are all open to discussions. ? Would you like to share why you have "some beef" with Tempest?

February 18, 2018 at 12:21pm
Tea Zhi Yuan

Hi Soo Hin. I think it for that sonata, i feel it is just a mouthful of notes especially so for the development of the 3rd movement, a style that is evident in most of his middle sonatas. All of a... See More

Hi Soo Hin. I think it for that sonata, i feel it is just a mouthful of notes especially so for the development of the 3rd movement, a style that is evident in most of his middle sonatas. All of a sudden everything sounds unconstructive. Yeah... i dont think its the best thing he has written and i dont particularly enjoy pieces with the same characteristic (Hint Hint Liszt Sonata)

February 22, 2018 at 12:42pm
February 6, 2018 at 10:45am

Thank you, Tea Zhi Yuan, for your contribution of this article.

"Since Beethoven’s time, the face of music changed forever. Beethoven made it possible for one to break the traditions of music. And by casting away the dogmatic conventional approaches of music from the past, great composers after Beethoven (many of whom modeled their own compositions after Beethoven) carried on his legacy of musical innovation. Other composers too inspired others to push the boundaries of music and the... See More

Thank you, Tea Zhi Yuan, for your contribution of this article.

"Since Beethoven’s time, the face of music changed forever. Beethoven made it possible for one to break the traditions of music. And by casting away the dogmatic conventional approaches of music from the past, great composers after Beethoven (many of whom modeled their own compositions after Beethoven) carried on his legacy of musical innovation. Other composers too inspired others to push the boundaries of music and the cycle of inspiration goes on and on till present times. And true enough, the cycle will still continue; the music of today: Pop, Rap etc. will irrevocably inspire a new music movement."

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Mabel Ong

Wa.. Mr Tea, thanks! Enjoyed reading both of your articles. Btw, what's "Tea" in Chinese? Hehe.

February 10, 2018 at 3:36pm
Tea Zhi Yuan

Hi Mabel. Glad that you enjoyed the articles. haha. you have to be the millionth person to ask me for my chinese surname! Care to take a guess? hint its not 茶

February 13, 2018 at 12:41pm
Mabel Ong

Closest I can think of is "Tay", so I guess it's Zheng?

February 18, 2018 at 12:25pm
Tea Zhi Yuan

Bingo:))) yeah my chinese surname is zheng.

February 22, 2018 at 12:33pm
February 2, 2018 at 10:21pm
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Liew Soo Hin

Listening Live with a group of concert goers definitely feel different altogether. That said, I only attend concerts selectively.

If you're a fan of Yiruma and haven't been to one, I guess... See More

Listening Live with a group of concert goers definitely feel different altogether. That said, I only attend concerts selectively.

If you're a fan of Yiruma and haven't been to one, I guess you could take the chance.

February 12, 2018 at 1:02pm
Michael LS

Been seeing a lot of this concert's advertisement on the TV recently.

February 20, 2018 at 9:55am
Adelynn Khoo

Yup, I noticed too. What's the cheapest ticket?

February 21, 2018 at 12:36pm
Mabel Ong

Think it's $98.

February 21, 2018 at 7:43pm
January 23, 2018 at 1:46pm

The Chinese New Year (农历新年) is a very important festival that is celebrated by the Chinese populations in many Asian countries, like Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mauritius, and Philippines. During the celebrations, many popular Chinese New Year songs are sung, including "Gong Xi Gong Xi" (恭喜恭喜). The fact that it uses the minor key is the oddity, because minor key songs typically project sadness and loneliness. Why is Gong Xi Gong Xi written in... See More

The Chinese New Year (农历新年) is a very important festival that is celebrated by the Chinese populations in many Asian countries, like Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mauritius, and Philippines. During the celebrations, many popular Chinese New Year songs are sung, including "Gong Xi Gong Xi" (恭喜恭喜). The fact that it uses the minor key is the oddity, because minor key songs typically project sadness and loneliness. Why is Gong Xi Gong Xi written in the minor key then?

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Carlyn Ng

wa, this is wow! I've taken this song for granted, did not know it has a dark past.

February 3, 2018 at 4:46pm
Gavin Koh

This 1946 audio of 恭喜恭喜 sure doesn't sound happy at all - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2oXuzvbGuA

February 5, 2018 at 11:47pm
Mabel Ong

Gavin, oh my.. it sounds really unlike the happy CNY song we always know. ?

February 10, 2018 at 3:38pm
Gavin Koh

What if 恭喜恭喜 was in a major key? What would it sound like? It would probably sound like this or... See More

What if 恭喜恭喜 was in a major key? What would it sound like? It would probably sound like this or this

February 12, 2018 at 11:24pm
February 8, 2018 at 11:37am

Can this be done - 3 months to train a person (with a little play by ear knowledge) to play jazz on a piano professionally? Yes. Ryan Gosling in La La Land. "And his performance was impeccable... 2nd day of shooting."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7szilgmvaeQ

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Mabel Ong

Omg!! Is this possible!?!? ?
How long have I taken?!! *ashamed*

February 10, 2018 at 3:35pm
Liew Soo Hin

But this will be a rote learning process, no?

February 12, 2018 at 1:06pm
Gavin Koh

Precisely. Ryan memorized a couple of pieces, then he put in some showmanship and pizzazz for the camera. So, would you rather memorize just a few pieces or learn everything about music theory? It... See More

Precisely. Ryan memorized a couple of pieces, then he put in some showmanship and pizzazz for the camera. So, would you rather memorize just a few pieces or learn everything about music theory? It depends on your ultimate goal. Both works just as well, but you just have to have the right aptitude and attitude.

February 12, 2018 at 1:35pm
January 23, 2018 at 10:30am

Looking for a FREE 550+ page book of classical masterpieces? Try this link at IMSLP.

Alternatively, you could go to the Esplanade Library, borrow this truly heavy book and heft it to a Pianover Meetup.

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Gavin Koh

Here are another few IMSLP gems:
* 100 Folksongs of All Nations (217 pages compiled by... See More

Here are another few IMSLP gems:
* 100 Folksongs of All Nations (217 pages compiled by Granville Bantock)
* 100 English Folksongs (285 pages compiled by Cecil Sharp)
* Album of Russian Piano Music (266 pages compiled by Louis Osterle)
* Anthology of French Piano Music (395 pages in 2 volumes compiled by Philipp, Isidor)
* Anthology of German Piano Music (434 pages in 2 volumes compiled by Moritz Moszkowski)
* Chopin's Klavierwerke, Instructive Ausgabe (883 pages compiled in 13 volumes)
* Sonata Album (388 pages compiled by G Schirmer)
* Songs the Children Love to Sing (256 pages compiled by Albert Ernest Weir)
* The Book of a Thousand Songs (535 pages compiled by Albert Ernest Weir

January 29, 2018 at 4:43pm
Mabel Ong

I'm amazed! How did you find all these?

January 25, 2018 at 7:57pm
Gavin Koh

I got tired of downloading individual pieces and started looking for collections or anthologies on IMSLP. Plus I actually carried a 550 page book from the Esplanade to URA Centre, so I am NOT... See More

I got tired of downloading individual pieces and started looking for collections or anthologies on IMSLP. Plus I actually carried a 550 page book from the Esplanade to URA Centre, so I am NOT doing that again. And while I'm at it, why not share.

January 26, 2018 at 4:56pm
November 16, 2017 at 8:49pm

The pianos at URA are slowly deteriorating week by week. Will we ever be going to another place for our meetups? Like maybe with the all important milestones - session 60 and Xmas coming, we need some place else special.

Here's an article with all the pianos for play in Singapore.

http://www.buro247.sg/culture/art-and-design/play-me-im-yours-singapore-...

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Mabel Ong

Nice! Any idea when the pianos are open to public?

January 24, 2018 at 1:02am
Gavin Koh

At Pianover Meetup #68. If I understand correctly, we are officially "opening" them to the public. Join us! Check the details here:... See More

At Pianover Meetup #68. If I understand correctly, we are officially "opening" them to the public. Join us! Check the details here: https://www.meetup.com/singapore-piano-lovers/events/247023769/?_cookie-...

January 25, 2018 at 2:00pm
Gavin Koh

Haha... Didn't notice the voucher. Am here because I got a chance to share music and to establish a portfolio regardless of mistakes or not.

January 25, 2018 at 9:06pm

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