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How exciting it is to take piano lessons again from Dr. Mary Wu! She was my piano teacher when I was an undergraduate music student at CUHK. Like most of piano students, I was nervous and practiced hard right before the lesson.

It went quite well on Tuesday, not as bad as I thought of. I’ve come to realize that I am no longer stressed out playing in front of her. I am encouraged to ask her things that I didn’t know what to ask/do in the past:

  1. I propose some pieces that I like, and ask her to demonstrate them to me
  2. We discuss the possible fingerings and fix the chord progressions/inversions together
  3. I propose her a different interpretation of a song and ask her for advice
  4. I play a contemporary style of a hymn with my version and see what she thinks.

Two-way study is always efficient and rewarding! If you’re a piano learner, I encourage you to try out the following things:

  1. dare to ask
  2. dare to propose the songs you like to your teacher, even pop songs
  3. listen to different versions of a piece, that would give you surprise.

Dr. Wu proposes me a Spanish dance piano piece called “Asturias” written by Issac Albeniz. I go back to my CD collections and I’ve figured out that it is also presented by a classical guitarist. This gives me a better understanding of playing this kind of ethnic music. Let’s see if I get to chance to play in the near future. 🙂

 We did filming on TVB’s “Sunday Report” in AUG 07

p.s. She is going to have a piano recital in JUL 13 at City Hall. Please check it out!

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