Hello! I hosted the first Artiden community hangout / Q&A and we had a blast! We chatted, played music, and I shared some of my favourite tips for memorizing and practicing technique.
Next month, I may try a different format so that we can get through everything we wanted to.
Send me your questions, or use #artiden on twitter or instagram or facebook if you want to send me a video of you asking the question!
Edit – Nov 1st 2018
The livestream video was deleted by accident. Next time, I’ll save a backup of the livestream. In any case, here are the topics that we covered during the September livestream:
How to use Hanon and play it correctly
Tips on learning a piece of music more quickly
How to get over fear of playing in front of others
Tricks for memorizing/fixing memory slips, Chunking – Piano Playing Hack
How to play fast runs – Blurring Technique
Memorizing hack – Closed Lid Technique
Played some music: a) Polanaise in C minor excerpt piano playing b) The First Noel piano playing c) Ronde de Jambes piano playing d) Joy to the World piano playing (just picked this up yesterday, played grand total of… twice before this)
Hi friends, I’ve returned to school for a few months this year.
We only need 60 days to pick up a new habit, so here’s to the process of learning something new. I’d rather not sit in a lecture, but if I have to, I might as well tell you stories about it. Shouldn’t we be constantly learning, anyways?
We are sitting in lecture, and the professor is explaining a software concept that’s not particularly interesting, speaking quickly in a soft voice.
“This section of the memory is shared—”
A male student sitting in front of me slaps himself in the face.
The professor proceeds with the lecture.
The student keeps slapping himself and making loud noises. Someone behind me is chomping on chips. I am trying not to laugh, but I could be jiggling the entire row of seats.
My laughter subsides but returns in waves when the guy slaps himself again. He is huffing loudly. I don’t know who’s more distracting to the class: the guy slapping himself, the girl giggling behind him, or the guy chomping away on chips behind us.
I used to think that if I went travelling for a few months, I’d get the travel bug out of my system, but I hate staying in one place. It’s like saying you can get music out of your system if only you played it 24/7 for a week straight.
So I started to feel stuck, like I wasn’t getting anywhere.
“Stop running from your problems,” my mom says.
“I’m not running,” I say.
We have had this conversation a million times, where my friends are too fake to tell me the truth about how much I suck.
“Stop complaining about things that people can’t change,” I say. “No one is perfect.”
Five hours into the drive to Oregon and I am cruising without a speed limit and my eyelids are fluttering closed. Okay, there is a speed limit, but I don’t know what it is in kilometres, so I just copy the other cars.
In between losing focus, I think about work. I worked at a big name company over the summer and I finally felt the weight of other people’s actions on my work, and how perhaps some people may not be as interested in seeing you succeed as you might hope. I have never experienced this before.
The only way I can write this is if I tell myself it won’t be published.
I have been hit before by an open palm, and now when someone raises their voice at me in an enclosed space, I feel as if I may be hit. Two angry people have raised their voices at me in an enclosed space at work.
Now that summer is quickly coming to a close, fall is right around the corner.
It’s hard to choose a favourite season, but where I’m from, this means that it’s almost time for big sweaters, crunchy leaves, and the smell of pumpkin spice wafting around every corner. And the best of all is that it’s the season of Halloween!
Here are 20 piano solos to help you get some of those festive fall feelings.
If you blindfold someone who can see, and give them a cane to walk to a new room, they always overreact when the cane brushes something.
It turns out, giving a sighted person a cane is asking them to use a muscle they haven’t developed yet. It takes practice and patience.
My dad had always given me guidance on how to deal with obstacles. He was a quiet kind of person who made people feel assured when they were next to him. Slow down, he always said. Do what you enjoy. Mind your own business and stop comparing to others.
He would peek his head into my piano practice room every once in a while to ask if the music was coming from me, so I felt like he was always listening to my playing.