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#2035189 - 02/18/13 10:06 AM Hellow! First post and would like to present an idea...
ShaneLu Offline
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Registered: 02/17/13
Posts: 7
Hi Everyone-first of all I'm excited to join the forum, hoping to learn a lot here!

Little bit of information about myself - I was born into a musical family where my dad is a DMA out of UMichigan and my mom a concerto pianist out of China. Needless to say I was brought up in a very musically competitive environment. I grew up to win multiple awards and have played at places such as Carnegie Hall while I was in High School.

Here's some of my previous performances (all of which done sophomore year in high school)

[2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VJpciouQdg

[3] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWHNtNtm8h0

[4] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1rxcvO_1l4

I have since gone out of the serious piano scene after college, but was wondering the other night - I should start up a video blog aimed at the beginner or intermediate crowd. This is the crowd that is maybe OK at reading music but needs help interpreting it, or needs that extra little exercise to bring their finger dexterity to play that Prokofiev they've always wanted to play.

My videos would probably be 5-10 minutes long each, updated biweekly or weeky. Areas of interest would be:


Form - how to start to play the piano correctly, so injury doesn't occur. Also a lot of people overlook the fact that without correct form the piano skillset is drastically diminished.

Basic music theory - major/minor scales, how to read staff, basic chord progressions, etc

Finger exercises - Hanon, scales, arpeggios, etc

Simple song transcriptions - would probably be popular among the folks that "just wanna play that Beyonce tune".


Finger dexterity - I didn't put this in finger exercises because it focuses more on the type of sound you get with different ways to press the keys

Interpreting musical passages - taking standard repertoire and dissecting certain parts. This part I'm flexible on because I can take suggestions from viewers. I will probably include pieces like certain Chopin Etudes, Mozart sonatas, Bach preludes/fugues, maybe even some modern pieces such as Prokofiev sonatas or Liszt Transcendental Etudes (more advanced). New age stuff like Phillip Glass and Steven Cravis would also work but less challenging..

Composers, musical eras and how that relates to interpretation of their pieces.

Memorization tips - different theories into how to memorize music & when to do it.

Other general tips that I think up as I go along.

So, here's the question: Most pianists would rather learn to play popular songs instead of classical. Would this blog really benefit a large audience? I'm excited but I'm on a high horse right now and possibly I need to be brought down to reality and reminded that maybe this idea goes outside of the general population's motives. My goal for this project is to have a supplement to formal piano instruction.


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#2035198 - 02/18/13 10:45 AM Re: Hellow! First post and would like to present an idea... [Re: ShaneLu]
pianoloverus Offline
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Even though it may be true that more people want to play popular songs than classical, I think there are still enough people who want to play classical to make any good website a valuable resource for people. There are some good ones already out there and more would be appreciated.

The name of your trio made me laugh.

You might also want to post your question on the Pianist Corner forum because this forum is mostly geared towards the instrument.

Edited by pianoloverus (02/18/13 10:53 AM)

#2035200 - 02/18/13 10:49 AM Re: Hellow! First post and would like to present an idea... [Re: ShaneLu]
ShaneLu Offline
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Registered: 02/17/13
Posts: 7
I wasn't aware these already exist- can you share them with me? I want to do something different, set myself apart. Thanks!

#2035206 - 02/18/13 11:01 AM Re: Hellow! First post and would like to present an idea... [Re: ShaneLu]
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Here are a few:




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#2035218 - 02/18/13 11:15 AM Re: Hellow! First post and would like to present an idea... [Re: ShaneLu]
ShaneLu Offline
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Registered: 02/17/13
Posts: 7

#2035237 - 02/18/13 11:45 AM Re: Hellow! First post and would like to present an idea... [Re: ShaneLu]
4evrBeginR Offline
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Registered: 06/27/09
Posts: 1607
Loc: California
Please re-post this at the Adult Beginner's Forum, and hang out there as well. Your insights and knowledge would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
Art is never finished, only abandoned. - da Vinci


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