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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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12月28日那天,很榮幸有機會參與羅乃新老師的《弦外之音》
《弦外之音》是香港電台第四台的音樂節目
大清早,帶著一大堆CD整個人很興奮的來到香港電台

由於我們談的是世界音樂
所以介紹了很多世界各地的音樂
除了充當DJ打碟之外
我們還即席彈琴jam歌
將「古典」樂曲變成「古巴」樂曲
玩得很開心

在鋼琴大師面前現場錄音還是有壓力的
不過羅老師提醒我:不需要太完美主義……放下身段吧……
是的,收到。
音樂人、藝術家們,共勉之

滿桌的CD,認真聽的話,可以聽上好一陣子
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很懷念簽紀念冊的日子
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討論問題:
每天我們所見所聞的事情很多
但在表面之下,這些事情的發生其實要告訴我們甚麼?
弦外之音…怎樣才聽得見?

(推出討論問題,只是想發揮一下我的老師本色吧,哈哈,新年快樂。)

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