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(BBC)   Piano craze hits China where 30 million children are taking lessons. If only there was an easy piano piece that could help Asian children relate to the instrument. Pianist   (news.bbc.co.uk) divider line 98
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2008-06-07 03:30:17 AM
I see what you did there, good job Subby + eleventy
 
2008-06-07 03:34:55 AM
I concur...excellent headline.
 
2008-06-07 03:38:31 AM
China has always been The Middle Kingdom. Which, when equated to a piano, is Middle C.
 
2008-06-07 04:17:19 AM
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approves of the headline
 
2008-06-07 04:20:44 AM
I bet it's too obscure for some.
 
2008-06-07 04:24:43 AM
Suicidal Writer: I bet it's too obscure for some.

Yeah, because no one has ever taken piano lessons or heard that song.
 
2008-06-07 06:01:04 AM
omg...too funny,,,,

+1
 
2008-06-07 06:02:35 AM
monty666: Suicidal Writer: I bet it's too obscure for some.

Yeah, because no one has ever taken piano lessons or heard that song.


It was too obscure for me. Thanks for the link!
 
2008-06-07 06:02:57 AM
monty666

Yeah, because no one has ever taken piano lessons or heard that song.


I've never taken piano lessons nor heard that whole song. But I got the joke, FTW.
 
2008-06-07 06:09:11 AM
Oh man, I've never heard of that song!

Guess whats going on my ipod!
 
2008-06-07 06:11:48 AM
Wait I know this...It's Flight of the Bumblebee. Am I right Subby?
 
2008-06-07 06:13:41 AM
No, wait. I want to change my answer to Smoke on the Water.
 
2008-06-07 06:16:27 AM
Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand beg to differ.
 
2008-06-07 06:16:45 AM
I bet it's "Noctourne". You know, Frederic Farkin' Chopin?
 
2008-06-07 06:17:47 AM
 
2008-06-07 06:22:42 AM
play only the black keys and it sounds chinese enough
 
2008-06-07 06:26:45 AM
"Lick My Love Pump" by Nigel Tufnel?
 
2008-06-07 06:27:38 AM
Nice, submitter.
 
2008-06-07 06:29:17 AM
I don't get it.

What?
 
2008-06-07 06:32:11 AM
Skwidd: I bet it's "Noctourne". You know, Frederic Farkin' Chopin?

It's the drunken piano player!

/I approve
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//Willow Approves
 
2008-06-07 06:32:32 AM
Piano is considered classier and more culturally acceptable there than say, bass, or the drums.
 
2008-06-07 06:32:47 AM
12inpianist: I don't get it.

What?


Chinese and Japanese music tends to be dissonant to Westerners. I don't know why.
 
2008-06-07 06:34:46 AM
Oh Great! The burgeoning middle class in China now wants pianos. This will, of course, cause a spike in demand for pianos, create a worldwide shortage and make painos too expensive for middle class Americans. Won't somebody think of the children?

/DNRTFA
 
2008-06-07 06:39:37 AM
monty666: Suicidal Writer: I bet it's too obscure for some.

Yeah, because no one has ever taken piano lessons or heard that song.


I've never taken piano lessons and I know what the subby was talking about, go figure.
 
2008-06-07 06:40:12 AM
LOL

+5
 
2008-06-07 06:43:00 AM
Sun God

Hard to spot sarcasm: Look at my username.
 
2008-06-07 06:43:00 AM
JurassFinishFirst: "Lick My Love Pump" by Nigel Tufnel?

I have never laughed so hard at any other movie. My personal favorite is Smalls' "Sort of like lukewarm water."
 
2008-06-07 06:43:45 AM
With piano's the Chinese can shake, rattle and roll.
 
2008-06-07 06:50:06 AM
12inpianist: un God

Hard to spot sarcasm: Look at my username.


Indeed.
 
2008-06-07 06:50:15 AM
+10!!
 
2008-06-07 06:53:03 AM
The demand for pianos will cause the stock market to fall and oil reach 150$ bl.
 
2008-06-07 06:58:46 AM
Actually I am an American currently living in China. I see alot of people carrying electrics around but I see precious few uprights and no grands. It is possible this hasn't caught on where I am
 
2008-06-07 07:08:21 AM
Actually I am an American currently living in China. I see alot of people carrying electrics around but I see precious few uprights and no grands. It is possible this hasn't caught on where I am

China is building pianos faster than you can blink. In Europe, there are only a handful of manufacturers (and Bosendorfer was just bought out by Yamaha because of their bankruptcy). A few more in Eastern EU / former Soviet Union, and a smattering in Japan (Yamaha/Kawai), Korea (Young Chang and SMC), and some operations in Indonesia.

There are THREE in the US (NY Steinway, Mason & Hamlin and Charles Walter).

There are THREE HUNDRED piano factories in China. Some are turning out junk, but there are some that have improved dramatically - (e.g., Pearl River for example). When prepped properly, they're not bad pianos. In any piano dealer in the US, if you see a new grand piano under $12,000, it was almost certainly built in China.

/Piano nerd
/Has three pianos
/Including an Estonia 190 grand, #6098
 
2008-06-07 07:09:00 AM
Suicidal Writer: I bet it's too obscure for some.

monty666: Yeah, because no one has ever taken piano lessons or heard that song.

"Some", "no one"
"Some", "no one"
"Some", "no one"

See the difference there Monty?
 
2008-06-07 07:20:14 AM
Tell me again Harry how you nuked those goooks.

www.charmaineyoest.com
 
2008-06-07 07:34:47 AM
subby : Thats Wasis
 
2008-06-07 07:35:07 AM
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2008-06-07 07:48:41 AM
Nom-nom-nomminate that headline! If it's good enough for spewed coffee, it's good enough for the finals!
 
2008-06-07 08:07:36 AM
SubTASTIC headline!
 
kab
2008-06-07 08:13:15 AM
kokomo61: and Bosendorfer was just bought out by Yamaha because of their bankruptcy

Really? There goes the prestige of that name, I'd bet...

I'd taken a tour of the Steinway factory in Queens 2 years ago... it was impressive to see how relatively labor-intensive the build process is, but I find it difficult to believe that there is enough demand for grands that start at around $80k - 90k to keep a factory like that running for most of the year.

Especially when you factor in how many they rebuild / resell, etc.
 
2008-06-07 08:24:59 AM
I guess I'm the only one who doesn't get it. Anyone care to help me?
 
2008-06-07 08:35:55 AM
Maybe we'll finally get some pianos that get great mileage!
 
2008-06-07 08:38:46 AM
That's what in American Kids? 10, 30 thousand?
 
2008-06-07 08:41:05 AM
Haoie: Piano is considered classier and more culturally acceptable there than say, bass, or the drums.

THIS. It's totally a ststus thing (as is a lot of the classical music scene, to be honest.) Violin, piano, maybe cello = high status, because of the prominence of the solo repertory.

Next (a very distant next) comes the (double) bass, then the woodwinds, then brass, and finally "the drums."

/An Asian kid who plays the saxophone is considered a FAIL.
/If s/he plays classical saxophone, EPIC FAIL.
 
2008-06-07 09:04:08 AM
Know what's amusing? Watching someone trained on an actual piano playing a keyboard. Their feet are always looking for pedals and they pound on the keys heavily like it makes a difference (although many modern keyboards do play louder if you hit the keys harder)

/Rock musician
//Bass player
///Could care less about the status, "class", and usual snobbery of classically trained musicians ...
////If reading music is the only way you can play your instrument, FAIL. Develop your ear.
 
2008-06-07 09:29:16 AM
My parents sold my piano for $200 when I was 16 because it was taking up too much space in our house. It's ok that they forced me to take lessons for years and years and years and just waited until I was getting to enjoy playing before they ripped it away. I'm still bitter about it. Thanks subby for reminding me.
 
2008-06-07 09:51:55 AM
i remember high school piano class....

it was a small long corridor with both sides lined with old standup pianos.

each one had a southeast asian kid trying to play this one synthesizer track by herbie hancock.

i dropped right out of that class.
 
2008-06-07 09:52:49 AM
CmdrRat: I guess I'm the only one who doesn't get it. Anyone care to help me?

And I'd guess you eat Chinese food with a fork.
 
2008-06-07 10:06:48 AM
JubalHarshaw: ////If reading music is the only way you can play your instrument, FAIL. Develop your ear.

If 'playing by ear' is the only way you can play your instrument, DOUBLE FAIL. Reading music is essential, and will lead to a developed ear. Learning by random experimentation and 'oh, I just play by ear' leads to boring, played-out riffs and makes you impossible to play with.

Learn tabulator, learn notes, learn theory. THEN start to play by ear.
 
kab
2008-06-07 10:23:41 AM
Gregory Harbin: If 'playing by ear' is the only way you can play your instrument, DOUBLE FAIL. Reading music is essential, and will lead to a developed ear. Learning by random experimentation and 'oh, I just play by ear' leads to boring, played-out riffs and makes you impossible to play with.

Learn tabulator, learn notes, learn theory. THEN start to play by ear.


Gotta say.... this.

Also, completely off topic, but my experience tells me that no other instrument helps your ear and overall musical ability quite as much as piano does. I wish I had picked it up years ago...YMMV.
 
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