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Piano Lessons this Semester

By on September 23, 2012

 

I’ve spent precious time browsing online musical scores today, been looking for easy piano pieces that my little boy  (Daniel) could practice on. Yep, for my little boy.

I heard the piano being played the other day while my daughter (Alexie) was showing me her homework. She’s the only one among the three who learned to play so I was baffled at who could be at it then. I went to the living room to check and saw my little boy happily tapping on the keys. He was  playing the simplified version of Ode an die Freude (Ode to Joy). It wasn’t as polished as his sister would play but still, I was impressed that he learned the piece without proper piano lessons….Well, turns out Alexie has been teaching him bit by bit and kept it a secret to surprise me….and I was. ^_^

My daughter told me she has shown Daniel almost every piece on her beginner’s piano book. Daniel would follow her lead without really considering the notes, sometimes singing along too (he’s always been a singer). I had planned to enroll the boys this semester to Karate or Taekwondo but I’m now having second thoughts; perhaps a piano lesson would benefit Daniel too.

My daughter’s piano teacher from last semester would be a good choice since he knows the boys as well, they tag along during Alexie’s Thursday piano sessions. She learned a great deal from those half-hour a week lessons. She can play a lot of pieces now and can easily read notes. It has also helped her a lot when it comes to being confident. I bet it’s because of the dedication and willingness to learn and because her teacher has only kind words to say. It has also helped Alexie concentrate. Imagine reading the notes and rhythm,  translating it into hand movements on the keyboard and going on to the next note doing the same, it needs a lot of focus. Focus – What Daniel needs to have now that he has started schooling.

Now that Daniel knows the basic, I’m thinking of getting him some Elton John sheet music with his favorite songs from The Lion King or perhaps Phil Collin’s with songs from Brother Bear. I haven’t told Daniel yet about the lessons because he was busy listening and singing to a tune with his earphones plugged. I wouldn’t want to bother my little musician.

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Merry-Go-Round of Life – Joe Hisaishi

By on December 25, 2011

One of our favorite director is Hayao Miyazaki and along his works we truly learned to love Joe Hisaishi who worked with him in most of his films.

This is the main theme of Howl’s Moving Castle titled Merry-Go-Round of Life. As his other compositions, this is very moving, I could go on listening for hours to this. I also credit Joe for giving me the urge to learn how to play the piano even now that I may be older for it. I’ve often mentioned that my older sister plays the piano because she learned it while I was too shy back then…I regret it now. 🙁 Soon, someday soon I will play this, for now I’m happy listening.

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Only Hope (Piano played by ear)

By on October 16, 2011

“Respect!” I often read that as a comment on Youtube videos – those of really talented musicians and this video is one that I’d really comment that on.

I have a deep appreciation for those who can play the piano but deeper for those who can learn a music piece and can play it by ear.

According to wiki, “play by ear” can mean any of these: One, improvisation, the act of inventing all or part of a process as it is performed. Play by ear may also refer to an attempt in re-playing a song using a specific instrument without using any guidelines but the original song itself.

Two, learning music by ear, a term used to describe learning how to play a musical piece purely by listening to a rendition of the piece alone, without the aid of printed material.

I personally know one who can play by ear but haven’t heard of him for the longest time. I was always in awe hearing the guy play the guitar…he has a good voice to boot too! For a frustrated musician like me, I can only admire such talents from a distance.

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Another Piano Session Post ;)

By on August 9, 2011

You’ve seen her here during the early launch of  Wednesday Whites. 😉 Looking for something to post today, I realized that most of her piano photos are actually in white. This is one of her earlier sessions, she was 8-years-old then. I posted a video of her playing Ode to Joy on this blog too — here it is (please click).

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Piano keys

By on June 14, 2011
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They say when you play piano your fingers get longer and slender. 🙂 Can’t prove that but I do know that playing the piano makes my daughter happy. 😀

This is her in one of her piano sessions last semester. Surprisingly (or not), she was able to learn some pieces in a short period of time. Thanks to the patience of her teacher (he always says anyway that she is easy to teach) and also her willingness to learn, we can listen at home to what she usually would.

I truly need to take photos and videos of her again as she plays.

She’s wearing a white chiffon top over white longsleeved shirt as it was still cold then.

 

 

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Ode an die Freude (Ode to Joy)

By on June 6, 2011

 


 

If there’s one decision I regret in life, it would be when I said no to my parents when they asked me if I want to learn playing the piano. My older sister was the only one who learned and up until now she plays…I would still want to, given the time but for now I’m satisfied bringing my daughter to her lessons every Thursday.

I seriously need to record more of my daughter’s playing. This was when she was still learning Ode to Joy (ode written in 1785 by Friedrich Schiller, musical setting by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony). – A year ago.

She can now play this better along with other Beethoven’s easy pieces and some of Carl Czerny’s.

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