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comment Are Tersun Piano Technique books any good?
To me Hanon sounds awful and I think it murders musicality and taste. I would recommend Czerny etudes for finger dexterity and Microkosmos for sight reading, they are quite musical and sound nice when played well.
Mar
12
comment Why are so many Eurovision song contest songs sung in English?
I have another possible explanation: since computers are programmed in English (see any programming language, all keywords are English) and most of the music for Eurovision is composed on a computer, the lyrics are naturally also in English, because this way they are easier to program
Mar
10
comment Why are so many Eurovision song contest songs sung in English?
For the same reason why most contestants sung in Latin during Eurovisionum of 1580
Dec
13
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Dec
13
comment Learning Piano without a teacher
Learning piano without a competent teacher results in bad habits, and having bad habits is worse than having no habits. There are probably a few people who are self-taught and who can play medium-level compositions without making other people cringe, but I'm yet to meet one, or see one on youtube. I would just wait to save up money to get a teacher.
Dec
13
comment Learning Piano without a teacher
Wow. I think playing piano (even at the «semi-competent hobbyist» level) is 1% hitting the right keys and 99% everything else.
Sep
18
comment Is it bad for a piano player to work out?
If this was the case, other occupations that require fine and precise hand motor skills (like surgery) would have recommendations against working out. I cannot google any advice to surgeons to avoid gym, and, if this was the case and/or had some evidence, there would be at least some discussion on this topic on surgery forums and in articles describing technique, because precise and error-free surgery is much more important than precise musical performance.
Feb
21
answered What is the history of considering Rock 'n' Roll to be “the Devil's music”?
Dec
22
comment Completely computer music: good or bad?
This is my personal opinion. Naïve computer programs (that is, all or almost all programs) that play MIDI or MIDI-like score do it with mechanical perfection, which may sound nice at first, but is rather boring, at least to me. Since my definition of being a good musician includes not only being able to play notes correctly, but to be able do it in a pleasant and/or interesting way, computer programs I have listened to are (by my definition) not good musicians.
Nov
9
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Nov
9
revised Baroque Performance Tips
Removed introduction and the link.
Nov
9
suggested suggested edit on Baroque Performance Tips
Oct
23
comment Chopin op. 28 no. 2 - bar 16 symbols
Looks like a gruppetto with an (x) (no idea what the (x) means)
Oct
17
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Sep
27
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Sep
27
comment Why are we worse in the second half and how might we fix that?
Looks like a fatigue+attention issue — after a brief period of firm focus it only gets harder to keep concentration, and more and more unrelated thoughts leak into the head, especially if you are used to playing the piece. You can try to drink coffee and eat some glucose during the break and see if it helps.
Sep
14
comment Are modes and scales the same?
Wikipedia: Scale (music), Mode (music)
Aug
20
comment How to play repeating notes quickly in the left hand on the piano
My teacher suggested alternating three fingers (3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1…). The hand will then move slightly «deeper» into the keyboard and then back. No tilting is required, the palm is always parallel to the keyboard.
Jul
6
comment What are some interesting ways notes and chords are spelled in cultures outside of the U.S.?
Indrek: this is not true, C and Do are exactly the same. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_note
May
21
comment Using keyboard/MIDI controller to learn piano
Look for features like weighted keys should you go with a MIDI-keyboard. Simple on-off buttons that look somewhat like piano keys are useless for the purpose of teaching.