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Everyone Can(not) Sing

“Everyone can sing.” Said my piano teacher when I expressed concern over the singing part of my Grade 4 exam. Over the next five minutes, I presented some fairly convincing evidence to the contrary and we both agreed that the only worthwhile singing preparation was to prepare myself to get no marks for singing. In […]

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What Does ‘Learning the Piano’ Mean?

This is what the vague objective of ‘learning the piano’ means to me. First of all, what it’s not: the ten-a-penny morons on the piano at the train station, dribbling out an Einaudi piece they learnt on YouTube, have not learned the piano. I started to learn I Giorni once, for a friend, but it […]

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The Origin Story

I’m now over two years into my third attempt at ‘learning to play the piano’ (my interpretation of that incredibly vague objective is something to be addressed on another day). I don’t remember much of my first attempt, other than my fingers being forcefully moved from wherever they were happy to wherever my piano teacher […]