- Some musicians play by the ear.
- They may know musical notation, but they often want to improvise.
- Examples include the Saing Waing and the Jazz troupes.
- Bands and orchestras use Music Sheets.
- Conductors add comments and instructions as guide lines for the musicians in the team.
- I studied some fundamentals of music, and I can play some musical instruments.
- Clefs (Treble & Bass)
Mnemonics such as F-A-C-E, Every Good Boy Does Fine
- Keys (Major, Minor)
- Terms & symbols (e.g. quaver, semi-quaver, semi-demi-quaver)
- Timing (e.g. /4, waltz)
- My cousin uncle U Than Lwin (GBNF) bought me a booklet which had the Relative Notation (1 for DO, 2 for RE, …, and dots to denote the octave).
- I learned to play using that notation some of Mar Mar Aye’s song (e.g. “Thet Tant Baw Hmar Kasar Mei“).
- Until musical software came along, it was not trivial to transpose music from a sheet into a different key.
- The Book on BASIC had an example for transposition of musical keys.
- MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and versatile Keyboards come along.
- The innovation & information/knowledge explosion are difficult to keep up.
One simply has to selectively learn new things without getting burned out.
- Piano means “soft”. Forte means “strong”. Pianoforte is a musical instrument that can play soft and hard notes. It is more commonly known as Piano.
- Many composers (e.g. Chopin, Bach, Beethoven) created masterful pieces for the piano.
- Pianos come in various sizes and flavors. There are Baby Pianos, Regular/Standard Pianos, and Grand Pianos.
- The traditional piano comes with Black & White Keys, Pedals, Hammers to strike Strings.
- “Piano Tuner” is the name of a hit movie.
- U Bo Gyi (A59) and U Kyaw Oo (M67, GBNF) tuned their pianos.
- My cousin uncle U Than Lwin owned two pianos.
He used to play Classical music for the BBS English program — at the request of BBS U Hla Bu (Uncle Percy), Aunty Olive and Allison Gaudoin — at the old BBS station in Windermere Crescent.
- Composer U Hla Moe (a distant cousin) would visit U Than Lwin and displayed some of his new compositions.
- U Than Lwin bought a new piano.
He allowed me to play.
- Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS) used to have a program called “Keyboard Constellation”.
- Horowitz, a renowned pianist, said, “If I don’t practice for a day, only I will know. If I don’t practice for three days, my mum will know. If I don’t practice for seven days [or more], my audience will know.”