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Archive for March, 2013

Looking for Anime Sheets?

26March
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Having a hard time finding the sheets for an anime song?! Did you happen to check this guy’s youtube? He has written a lot of arrangments for anime songs and they can all be found in the description box for each of his videos. You might just find what you want!

Here’s a link to a website dedicated specifically for Anime and Games. Some of you may already know it! Browse at your leisure.
http://ichigos.com/

 

The Difference Between Those who are Piano Players and Actual Pianists

20March
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Many of us play the piano. In fact if you’re reading this you most likely play the piano. All of us possess this certain skill and it connects us in a peculiar fashion.  You’d soon notice that your friends here aren’t quite like ones you have in school, if you’ve managed to get along with those around you here.  I don’t know about yours, but in my experience they are generally livelier, more expressive, and gregarious (sociable). Whatever the case may be, I think that there is one question where we differ.

Why do we play the piano?

Many of us would like to say it is because we love to play the piano, and for some of this it is true. I haven’t stopped practicing for a month in the last six years, and I think if I do, I will have horrendous withdrawals. But for some of us, we play because we are forced to play. Because our parents make us play. Because it looks good. If you genuinely don’t like the piano, why are you playing it?

Why spend time devoting yourself to something that you don’t even want?

Anyway, I’m not saying you should all pack your bags and leave, or go find something else to do. Nothing like that. You see, I was initially forced to play too, and I think I even hated it at one point. Slowly it became tolerable…and then as something to relieve stress with. Then…well, now, I can’t see my life without it.

I don’t know if this is a love that develops over time or how it came to such that I went from having no desire to improving into something that I now strive harder and harder to become better and better. When looking for songs to play for the recital, I get the urge to jump at incredibly hard songs so I can take this opportunity to sound amazing AND I can train my technique my mastery of dynamics. I know there are some of you out there who choose an easy song. Maybe it’s to have a better chance of winning the trophy (I don’t mean to offend any of you, I love winning too). Maybe because just because it sounds exceptionally pretty. I myself used to be attracted to slow and elegant pieces. But why not challenge yourself, push yourself further, take the risk to play a hard song in front of an audience, improve in performance, persistence, skill. I started to choose harder songs when I decided to play a piece that I’ve always listened to but could never play. I had listened to it four years, with awe and trepidation, but I was finally going to take the risk and take it on. After that recital, my appetite became insatiable. I can’t see myself choosing a slow piece anymore. It has to be fast, exciting, con brio, con fuoco! It has to be a piece that makes me even more passionate than I already am about playing the piano.

But maybe that’s just me. I know that there are some of you who are afraid to take the leap, to push the bounds of your limits. Hard songs are daunting, to be sure. Or maybe you are just content with your level of playing; you think that you’re good enough to be happy. But as for me I can’t be content. Not yet. Not ever. Maybe this is because I play because love to play. Not because someone makes me play. But because I love to.

And I think, this is what love does. It takes you as far as you can go. It makes you want to be better and better. Perfection isn’t an option, but persistence is…

And then there are some of us who are still learning, bit by bit. Taking our time. So I encourage you to take your time. If you don’t love to play yet, maybe you will later. I can’t guarantee this…

But it is a possibility.

A Few Minutes

14March
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Aside all the time we spend on facebook, tumblr, twitter, instgram, pinterest…I’m sure we can all set aside twenty minutes to watch this very enlightening video! What he says can be of great value to anyone, students and teachers alike. You’d be surprised about how much you learn.

 

 

Media Update for March 2013

14March
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We’ve added 46 new videos to the 2013 Videos album. Keep up the good work everyone!

Ensemble Concert….!

12March
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A student of ours said it a few days ago when he wrote this:

“I’ve never seen such a collection of near perfect performances from our own students in our recital today. I guess it’s because almost everyone who played, competed at a ensemble festival two weeks prior and needed to be perfect if they wanted any chance of placing. And tonight showed how much those standards exceed those at our recitals.”

Yes! This was the recital of recitals. No one paused awkwardly and repeated from wherever (which is something you can’t do in an ensemble, because it is very difficult!) and it seemed almost flawless! A lot more people showed up than expected and we ran out of playlists and food!

And this is what the trophy looks like.

If you were good enough....

If you were good enough…. pretty isn’t it?

Schedule for Piano Ensemble Concert posted

8March
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Hi everyone! We’ve posted the schedule for our Piano Ensemble concert. As a reminder, students will need to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled performance time to check-in. Thanks everybody!

Duo/Duet Concert! Saturday!

5March
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Did you guys hear of what took place on the 23rd of February, just two Saturdays ago? Many of our duet teams trekked to Fullerton College and played their duo/duet pieces. For some it was their 3rd time, and for some even it was their first! But no matter what…

…we came. We saw. And we kicked butt!

Our duet/duo partners have been working hard for months, but many of you had not the opportunity to witness their prowess and determination…

UNTIL NOW!

Come to Little Chopin’s Performing Arts Center this Saturday (March 9th) from 4-5:00 PM to witness our very first recital containing ONLY duo/duet teams from Little Chopin!

Here are the names of the winners that have placed/won at Fullerton College Piano Ensemble Festival. Good job to all of them!

Our teams dominated the Early Intermediate Categories—taking all the places! Congratulations to Team Kacie Ta and Giang Nguyen, Team Michelle Hoang and Jessie Nguyen, and Team Andrew and Travis Luu, who by the way won the grand prize!!!

In the Intermediate Category we placed with  Team Kevin L Nguyen and Darius Lam!

In the Late Intermediate Category, we have Team Megan Pham and Susan Le, and Team Karen Vuong and Lynda Bui, who won the grand prize!!!

Lastly we a team that  placed in the Multiple Category (3 or more pianists). They did not only win, but won the grand prize as well! Here goes to Team Jade Hoang, Jessica K Nguyen, and Nicole Ho!

At the recital, you’ll be able to hear from these teams, and more!!! See you there!

Get Ready!

1March
in Events, Music, Video  •   Comments Off on Get Ready!

I don’t know about you guys but I know what I’m looking forward to next!! That Video-game Anime recital! It’s in 2 months but you guys need start preparing!

Why am I excited? Well, there is just so much good music that comes from the gaming industry that you are bound to be filled with creative and eccentric songs. The genres of music that they cover is so vast in nature—some simplistic, some very virtuosic, but either way, sound different from game to game. And to have a collection of all of them in one recital, who can ask for more?

I myself have never played this game, but the music is absolutely spell-binding and enchanting. This is one of them.