Thursday, May 06, 2021

What are chords?


In the earlier videos, we learnt to identify all the notes of the keyboard. It is essentially fundamental to identify all the notes of the keyboard when learning to play the keyboard.

In this video, we shall find out more about chords.

A chord is an agreement about three or more notes played together.

While this video does NOT attempt to show anyone how to play chords at all, understanding the fundamentals of what a chord is will be critical.

In the context of Western music, many of the popular songs common use two types of chords, and these are:

i) Major chord

ii) Minor chord

Listen out for these two types of chords.


In the meantime, for more information on the Lorien Method as taught by Duncan Lorien, please refer to: https://www.understandingofmusic.com​​​


Wednesday, May 05, 2021

How to sing while playing the chords on the keyboard?

 


In this short one-minute video, gain access to a tip intended for the beginners and all musicians who are new to singing while playing chords on the keyboard.

In this video, you will learn:

1) How to search for a song that you like using a search engine
2) How to find the chords of this particular song

Alright, admittedly, to sing in tune and play with ease on the keyboard takes practice, confidence, and simply the wish to perform music.

May this kick-start your adventure in music-making.

For the people who wants to know and learn more, you could consider checking out for more informaiton put up by Duncan Lorien regarding the Lorien Method. Visit the Understanding of Music website: https://www.understandingofmusic.com

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Recapitulations: Identifying all the keys on the keyboard


When there is a recapitulation of a topic that was already discussed earlier, it would mean that this topic is critically essential to laying a strong foundation.

If I told you that it is more important to know the musical alphabets than to play scales regularly, would you believe that? 

This is from my experience. All it takes is to be familiar with the musical alphabets, both in forward and reverse order. Learning Western music becomes a lot more easier and faster with knowing the musical alphabets.

In the meantime, for more information on the Lorien Method as taught by Duncan Lorien, please refer to: https://www.understandingofmusic.com​​​

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Identifying all notes on the keyboard


Lesson 3: After the earlier two lessons, this video builds on the foundation to identify ALL the keys on the keyboard.

Here's recommending you to memorise the music alphabet (From left to right): A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A ... A Bb B C Db D Eb E F Gb G Ab A ...

Once you can identify all the keys on the keyboard, you will soon be ready to read many of the free chord-sheets of the songs available out there on the internet!

Allow yourself a quantum leap in learning music.

For more information on the Lorien Method, please visit the website of Duncan Lorien, who founded the Lorien Method: https://www.understandingofmusic.com


Monday, April 19, 2021

Identifying the Black Keys on the Keyboard

Have you have a phobia of playing the black keys on the keyboard?

It could be easier when using a systemactic method to identify the black keys on the keyboard.


In short: 

Left black key to a white key is "flat", 

Right black key to a white key is "sharp".

Not too clear yet, please simply watch the video: https://youtu.be/HZ-YchEhVpc 


Using the Lorien method, put together as a system by the founder, Duncan Lorien, there is a logical system to identifying all the black keys on any keyboard instruments. For more about the work of Duncan Lorien, please visit: https://www.understandingofmusic.com

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

How to identify the white keys on the keyboard


Our current version of the keyboard or the piano has gone through some evolutions in its design historically. Yet currently, the current colouring of the black and white keys and the design seemed to have been standardised.

Often a beginner to playing the keyboard would ask: How do I identify the white keys on the keyboard?

This could be simpler than most people think. 

Using the Lorien method, put together as a system by the founder, Duncan Lorien, there is a logical system to identifying all the white keys on any keyboard instruments. For more about the work of Duncan Lorien, please visit: https://www.understandingofmusic.com

Essentially, the whole process is to find the "D" note on the piano or keyboard. To do so, notice that the black keys are arranged in the patterns of a set of two-black-keys followed by a set of three-black-keys and so forth. Look for any set of two-black-keys and right in between the selected set of two-black-keys is a white key that will always be identified as "D" in Western music.

For a demonstration, check out this video: https://youtu.be/whE4liEla_w 

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Songwriting: Goodbye to what we knew

Perhaps it's time 

That we knew will never be back again

When no hope was left

To mend the broken ones back again

Maybe it's a sign 

To start anew and create something from zero again


Perhaps it's time

We bid farewell to each other forever

I am sorry I could not ever make sense

What could heal that crack between us

Maybe it's a sign

Of a deep space we could hold for one another


Goodbye to what we knew that's so familiar

Goodbye to the yesterday we used to know

Thank you for the memories that we share

Goodbye if we never come back square one again.

(x2)


When we meet once again in heavens again

Maybe the yesterday we knew was not a time-based reality

But an eternity we have created to heal

All of that rifts in this world we once knew


Goodbye to what we knew that's so familiar

Goodbye to the yesterday we used to know

Thank you for the memories that we share

Goodbye if we never come back square one again.



By Cheng Pei Yun

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Bass Line on 4 Apr 2020

Bass Line
4 Apr 2020 Sat, 6.00 p.m.  [CANCELLED]
Conservatory Orchestra Hall (Level 3),
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
National University of Singapore
3 Conservatory Drive
Singapore 117376
Free Admission

Students from the Conservatory's Bass studio, led by Artist Faculty, Guennadi Mouzyka, performs original music and transcriptions for Bass solo and Bass ensemble. For more information, please visit: https://www.ystmusic.nus.edu.sg/event/bass-line-040420/#


Monday, December 30, 2019

Brené Brown's Braving the Wilderness

Title: Braving the Wilderness
Author: Brené Brown
Publisher: Vermilion London (2017)

I was recommended to read this book when I shared that there were times when I felt I had not belonged.

Essentially, the message from the author is:

"True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of somethng and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn't require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are."

In this book, which gathered data from the author's research, she outlined that braving the wilderness is the hardest of all calls to courage. Th call was for us to show up and stand up for our beliefs, in civil and respectful ways. The book ends with a quote from Maya Angelou:

"You are only free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great."

Read: Beyond Willpower

Title: Beyond Willpower: The Secret Principle to Achieving Success in Life, Love and Happiness
Author: Alexander Loyd, Ph.D., N.D.
Published by: Harmony Books (2015)

When I was at the library, I was browsing for a book to borrow to read. I somehow picked up this book to read. The author shared his personal story and how he had been transformed by what he termed as 'the Greatest Principle". In a nutshell what is needed to be known is:

"Virtually every problem or lack of happiness and success comes from an internal state of fear in some form - even physical problems. And every internal state of fear results from a deficit of love in relation to that particular issue."

In this book, the author wrote about the 'stress response' mechanism which results from internal fear and causes the release of cortisol that could result in symptoms such as illnesses, pain and so forth.

On the other hand, the author also wrote about the concept of 'internal love which cause the natural release of oxytocin and can programme a person to succeed.

In this book, he outlined steps to lay the foundations of the Greatest Principle.

For a principle that requires regular practice to demonstrate its effectiveness, while I appreciate the author's generosity to share the principles in writing, I would appreciate more to have the support from him personally to practise the principles and test its effectiveness when it is applied to life. Nevertheless, I am thankful to be acquainted to this book.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Edith Sheffer's Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna

Title: Asperger's Children The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
Author: Edith Sheffer
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company (2018)

Edith Sheffer is a historian of Germany and central Europe, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Europen Studies at the University of California, Berkeley at the point of printing of this book. This book will be a must read for anyoen who wants a historical perspective and depth to what is known commonly as the Asperger Syndrome and that of what is commonly referred to as "Autism".

This book carries out a series of investigations of the historical and socio-political context particularly around the period of Nazi Vienna, which could have shaped what we now know as autism.

The author's beloved son wasdiagnosed with autism when he was seventeen months old. Yet he was aganist the idea of autism and the position is: "Autism is not real; we all have issues. However, some are more noticeable than others. Autism is not a diability or diagnosis. It is a stereotype for certain individuals. People with autism should be treated like everyone else, because if they are not, it will make them be even less social...."

Definitely a book that I would recommend all professionals who work with people diagnosed with any form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, for a glimpse of what could be a historical and socio-political context that could have shaped autism.

Personally, I will be curious to find out whether even earlier in history, how societies or cultures view people who could have presented descriptions of behaviours that appear similar to what has been identified today as typically behaviours presented by people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Read: Simone's Aspergirls

Author: Rudy Simone
Title: Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2010)

This is a very accessible book possibly written for females with Asperger Syndrome, their parents, family members, partners, and everyone else. It appears to distinct itself by highlighting that the symptoms and challenges presented by females with Asperger Syndrame are often different from those than males with the same diagnosis. This book is aimed to be a handbook written by "an Aspergirl for Aspergirls".

A very accessible read with a personal perspective for anyone who is curious to read more about this end of the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Read: Grandin's The Autistic Brain

Author: Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
Title: The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013)

An insightful read from Temple Grandin and Richard Panek on the Autistic Brain. The key narrative voice of this book seemed to be that of Temple Grandin who speaks from her personal experiences combined with her understanding of research on autism.

This book sheds light on how neuroimaging and the technology of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging sheds deeper light into the anatomical structures inside the brain, and the likely difference between a neural-typical brain and that of someone who could have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis.

I am left with the question, is ASD truly predetermined biologically or influenced by nurture. This remained open for further investigations.

This is one of the books I would recommend a read for an understanding in the topic of ASD.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Read: Singer's The Surrender Experiment

Author: Michael A. Singer
Title: The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection
Publisher: Yellow Kite Books

This book was recommended by a friend of mine, and I borrowed it from the library.

The book speaks of the author's personal experiences of his decision to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. A radical experience in some ways, and I wonder how much I could embrace a life of total surrender like he has done, to let go of himself.

Whatever it is, I am thankful for the read, and have caught a glimpse of what it could mean to fully surrender to the callings of life itself.