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Old 2009-04-07, 02:07   Link #161
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I never remembered any of my auditions or concerts, most probably I was in a subconscious bubble whenever I play long pieces.

How Bach invented music theory is just like how Shakespeare invented modern English. Beethoven's pieces often contain heavy overtures and are supposedly played as he held a metal rod in his mouth and used it to "listen" to the pieces. He tried alot of medical treatments, including bathing in murky river water (people at his time bathe without soap, and often once every 2 days), wearing bark strips over his ears and pouring vinegar into his ears (interestingly Hamlet's father died from hensbane poured in the same way, but that is another story).

It seems that you pianists here talk alot about the CLASSICAL aspect of music. What about modern piano players like Jay Chou, Maksim, etc? Do they have to wait 200-300 years to be properly verified as musical geniuses? George Gershwin is probably one of the more well known musicians of the 20th century, with his pieces of modernisation like Rhapsody in Blue, Porgy and Bess, West Side Story (Romeo and Juliet of the Industrial Revolution), etc.

IMO music is music. I am fine with any piece, including hip-hop/rap/techno. Music is a "subtly direct" way of conveying emotions. What you hear is what you get.

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Old 2009-04-07, 02:15   Link #162
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Old 2009-04-07, 06:45   Link #163
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Actually Bach did invent music theory, he created a system and basically the principle of what "sounded good." In other words classical chord progression, so say I-II-IV-V chord progression, or the I-III-IV-V, or the I-II-V. Don't get me wrong, I love jazz piano, I love all sorts of music, but when you look at composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Hanz, Lizt, and many many other classical composers, they really paved the way for music. Doesn't mean other types of music is less important, it just means for a piano player, not knowing this kind of music is basically selective hearing, on what is "good."

So what if Beethoven used a metal rod to help him "hear" doesn't diminish the fact that his music is still considered some of the best orchestrations that haven't been matched in nearly 200 years. His music is good not just popular with pianists, its popular because its well written.
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Old 2009-04-07, 06:57   Link #164
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Playing the piano with asian parents didn't help either. My parents were the typical "Korean" stereotyped asians. Yes indeed they perfectly fit the image, all they ever did was complain about me getting Bs or As on a report card, and whenever per say I wanted to go out and have some fun at weekends, they would always restrain me at home practicing repetoires of scales on the piano or making me focus on academics. Nonetheless, I think my childhood years were wasted studying, I hardly got to knew anyone by the time I hit my freshman year in highschool. That was just simply terrible.
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Old 2009-04-17, 23:22   Link #165
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I play the guitar; electric/acoustic.
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I study guitar using those tutorial eBooks and some other stuffs on the net.

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Old 2009-04-17, 23:28   Link #166
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and trombone if it has valves

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Old 2009-04-17, 23:34   Link #167
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Been playing guitar, but I think I can't do anisongs with only one instrument, so I'm planning to buy myself a keyboard I just don't know what model is good
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Old 2009-04-17, 23:42   Link #168
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Asides from knowing how to play the violin and piano, I'm starting on the cello.

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Old 2009-04-18, 14:24   Link #169
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Old 2009-04-18, 14:54   Link #170
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@The used, anything Yamaha or Roland is good for a nice keyboard.

Depending on your place of residence (small = keyboard, big and permanent = a small piano) if you're just starting I wouldn't recommend getting anything expensive, a hundred or so USD/equiv should be your budget.

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Old 2009-04-18, 15:24   Link #171
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Old 2009-08-26, 08:42   Link #172
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Old 2009-08-26, 12:24   Link #173
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seems like most people here play more than one instrument---especially the guitar. I wouldn't really call it an instrument but does "whistling" count?
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Old 2009-08-26, 12:39   Link #174
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What about modern piano players like Jay Chou, Maksim, etc? Do they have to wait 200-300 years to be properly verified as musical geniuses?
I don't think they will ever be considered geniuses in the way that the classical composers Bach, Beethoven, or Debussy were. Those composers advanced the language of music. The music of Debussy is revolutionary compared to that of Bach, and the music of Bach was revolutionary compared to that before him. When Debussy started composing, people thought his music was strange, unpleasant and worthless, after he died people thought his music was beautiful and important. Now that is the effect of true genius.

In comparison, the music of Jay Chou, Eunadi, Yiruma, and etc, is nothing new. The harmonic language they use has existed for a long, long time, and their use of it is quite simplistic. The public at this time in history also seems to prefer the simpler music - most people I know would rather hear a nice gentle Eunadi piano tune then sit through the long, complex drama of a Beethoven symphony. Even if we look at just the circus act of performing, the famous fiery virtuosity of a pianist like Liszt hasn't really seemed to have been exceeded in modern times, though that's obviously not known for sure.

That's not meant to offend anyone. I like plenty of modern artists and I wouldn't pass up a good Yiruma piece. But I don't know if they will be considered "geniuses". I wonder if we have exhausted the possibilities of music. The only real innovations in musical language is the dreaded serial twelve tone music which sounds awful. Maybe we've already explored what is both "innovative" as well as "pleasant to human ears" and can only just repeat.

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Old 2009-08-26, 20:33   Link #175
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Old 2009-08-26, 20:50   Link #176
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Bass (guitar, not the double bass). Electric and Acoustic. Why? Because there aren't enough bassets in the world -_-
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Old 2009-08-26, 22:38   Link #177
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Electric guitar, then moved to bass guitar.

I wish my parents were more asian when I was a toddler in that they would introduce me to the "piano." After I moved to the "big" city, my mom started caring and wanted me to play piano. Gah.

I'd have to say piano is one of those instruments that you have to learn when you're not conscious of what's going on... After 15+ years of age, piano is torture...
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Old 2009-08-27, 21:24   Link #178
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Guitar - Strictly acoustic, I can't play any other type without it sounding weird. >.<
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