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The seventh must fall !
August 2, 2008, 1:00 pm
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Anyone that has taken at least one music harmony class, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I’m finally making progress in piano theory as I’m taking Grade 4 (Intermediate) Harmony and History this summer. Yes, everyone drones on about having to go to school everyday and the fact that we spend about 4 hours doing homework (for those who actually do it), but I rather like it. I’ve made big improvements in basic harmony progressions, which makes me wonder why I didn’t pay more attention to it back in Grade 3. How I dreaded those dominants sevenths and now there’s the leading note seventh chord and secondary dominants. All the effort spent on doing homework at Robarts have really made me get a better grasp of these basic resolutions. I find Grade 4 history more concentrated on analzying the actual pieces rather than learning the biography of the composers. Definitely much more exciting since I get to really listen to different aspects of the piece. When I stepped foot into those classrooms, the thing that immediately that caught my attention was how the teachers had a starking similarity to other teachers I know. Continue reading

Sunday Mornings
April 27, 2008, 11:43 pm
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One of my favourite ways to spend my mornings, playing the piano after waking up. Been practicing only the First Movement of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata and quite happy how it is slowly turning out. My tremolos are ten times better then when I first started out. My hands have grown accustomed to it and the fact that I am able to control my wrist movement a lot better and not get tired is definitely helping me increase my speed. I think I need to whip more discipline on myself in practicing piano especially since I’m not seeing my teacher for two months. Either she’ll do it, or I’ll do it. I think I’ll choose the latter. Continue reading

From 01.28.2007
December 28, 2007, 12:11 pm
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Lang Lang Virtuoso Piano Performance


  My first piano concert and completely amazed at his performance. His programme consisted of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K.333, Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major Op. 17, six traditional chinese works, Granados’ Goyescas, H.64, and two works from Liszt, Isoldens Liebestod: SchuluBszene aus Tristan und Isolde (not even going to try and pronounce that), and the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat Major, S.244/6. The first two songs were long and didn’t really captivate me until the six traditional works. My mom was overly excited and was cheering. haha. She enjoyed that part a lot since those are the only songs she know’s of. His Hungarian Rhapsody left me speechless especially when Ted told me to pay attention to his octaves near the end. DAMN, he’s so…..good. So fast…so precise. T^T It is then when I was reminded of that documentary Ted sent me about concert pianists and when Rubenstein says, “One must have talent. One must be born with talent.” And that is the part where I go, “Damn, I’ll never make it”. ^^;; But anyways, it was an amazing performance. Thanks Ted! (:

November 26, 2007, 1:32 am
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Ever since I looked up “Those who fight” on youtube, I just can’t get enough of that song. Now I completely want to neglect the other songs that I’m practicing on the piano and just work at this one. Thanks a lot Ryan, now I feel addicted. I haven’t dwelled into that gamer side of me for a long time.

Gaming song + piano = an “uber” excited Yi-Min who will plough through learning the song. Continue reading

November 24, 2007, 3:31 am
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One of my favourite songs from Jay Chou, 不能说的秘密(a secret cannot be told). Personally, I liked the movie, I blame all the piano playing in it since I’m really into it myself. Without further rambling…click more for the lyrics.

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