Synthesia is a piano game which helps the aspirant pianists to learn piano playing by using the falling notes. It is particularly beneficial for beginner level pianists. A person can easily get started with piano playing with the help of Synthesia who even doesn’t know even how to read sheet music. This music game is designed and developed in such a way that it helps the beginners to play songs correctly and hence motivates them to continue piano learning. The fresh piano players can also learn traditional sheet music notes provided they continue with Synthesia.
Synthesia is equally beneficial for seasoned piano players. It is an apt place for them for rapidly sight-reading a fresh piece of music. You can find almost all songs in the MIDI format which are comprehensible by Synthesia. Apart from this, Synthesia also acts as a great accompanying instrument as far as regular practice over piano is concerned. It helps practitioners to harmonize piano lessons. Also the pianists can keep a record of their growth in piano practice with the help of scoring and progression systems.
As far as working of Synthesia is concerned, the pianists have to observe the falling notes and follow the same on their piano. The MIDI files are read by Synthesia which produces the falling notes and shows the same. You can also record your own scores of piano playing by connecting your music keyboard with the help of USB or MIDI adaptor to it. Synthesia works well with a Windows PC or Mac which has been created in the past five years. It also works with all types and models of iPad.
Have you ever thought of paying attention to your nails for playing piano? If your answer is no, then you need to check them just now and trim the same if they are too long. Yes, it is absolutely true that you must keep your nails short if you have to play piano regularly. It may seem somewhat awkward but it is quite important for the pianists. Since hands and fingers are the most important body parts which are used in playing piano, these must be well-taken care of.
Long nails cause disruptions while playing a piece of music over piano by producing some unwanted sounds which are quite noisy. Playing piano requires the smooth movement of fingers over the piano keys but long nails prove to be an obstacle in doing so. When you have short nails, you can easily play on piano keyboard with the help of your fingertips. It helps in avoiding any strain on muscles of wrists as well as some other constrictions related to hands, fingers and wrists.
If loud passages are to be played on the piano, then you need to apply extra force on piano keys with the help of your fingertips. And it is possible only be keeping your nails short; otherwise, it will lead to pain in fingers during piano playing.
Playing piano is a very good experience for anyone. But it is equally true that a person who has to play piano constantly may suffer from injuries in hand, wrists, arms and fingers. As a result, some people think of giving up playing their favorite instrument and some people even do so in reality. However, only a few people know that by opting for some specific methods of playing piano, one can continue with his passion for this musical instrument. These methods help in avoidance of injuries or even let a person play the piano if they are suffering from the injuries.
Bowman method is one such technique which may be employed by pianists. This method includes strengthening of the fingers and a wholesome outlook to muscle coordination. This method also demands from a person that he must sit in right place in correspondence with the notes being played. The pianist must keep on adjusting the posture of his body according to the changing notes on the keyboard so that the fingers, hands, wrists and arms are always in a comfortable position. The comfortable posture of the body will let a pianist play the music in a relaxed manner and hence reduce the injuries. If the pianist is already suffering from some injury, it will stop further increase in the injuries.
If you are looking forward for some fantastic piano music from musicals, probably, if you could get into a popular music store it would be easy for you to find some with the assistance of the shop keeper. But still, this blog could be of great assistance in getting some too! The song ‘Somewhere’ from an American musical ‘West Side Story’ needs a special mention. No wonder this song was so much admired and honored by the pianists and other musicians that many versions sprung up since this song was released on 1961.
The song ‘Phantom of the Opera’ from the musical ‘Phantom of the Opera’ is yet another choice for you to enjoy great piano music. In this musical film, there are still eight more superb collection of piano solos, each one unique in its way of being melodious and heart throbbing. Yet another piano music that rose from a fantastic musical which could be your favorite is the song ‘Where is Love?’ from musical as well as award winning British film ‘Oliver’. Based on the novel ‘Oliver Twist’ this song became very popular as it was truly heart touching, speaking about the love an orphan yearns for via piano mellow music.
These three are just a few samples among the exhaustive list of musicals. The song ‘Memory’ from musical ‘Cats’, ‘Seasons of Love’ from ‘Rent’, ‘The circle of life’ from musical ‘The Lion King’ are some of the other songs that are completely based on piano music. After all, piano is the very basic for all music forms! Is it not?
Great pianists have existed from time to time who have created memorable compositions by the magic of their fingers on the most elegant musical instrument i.e. piano. We have heard about traditional pianists often. Let’s talk about some great contemporary pianists.
One of the leading artistic pianists of modern times is Alister Spencer from Australia. He specializes in jazz piano and has performed with wide ranging musicians and bands such as The Laughing Clowns, Ed Kuepper, The Australian Art Orchestra and Paul Capsis. He has formed a group of three with Toby Hall (Mike Nock Trio) drums, Lloyd Swanton (the Necks) on double bass and glockenspiel. Alister has recorded many CDs successfully in association with this group. These include Flux, Three is a Circle, fit and Mercury.
Lang Lang from China is another great contemporary pianist who has the credit of giving performances with the best orchestras in China, Europe and United States. He was born on June 14, 1982 and is a concert pianist. At present, he lives in New York City. He was motivated towards Western music and learning piano when he was just two years old. He started learning piano at the age of three and won first prize in music at the Shenyang Piano Competition when he was five years old. He came out victorious in various competitions such as Xing Hai Cup Piano Competition in Beijing, International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Japan and many more.