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(ArtsJournal)   When subby was nine he was just discovering he had opposable thumbs. Then there's this girl   (artsjournal.com) divider line 49
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2014-02-28 12:36:45 PM
A 9yr old pianist

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2014-02-28 12:38:03 PM
Babies typically start using their hands around 12 weeks and have them fairly well mastered by 26 weeks.  The fact that subby got it at 450+ weeks puts him in the Fark 70th percentile.

/assuming subby is a hominid
 
2014-02-28 12:41:23 PM
And the child is Asian.  Color me shocked.
 
2014-02-28 12:44:08 PM
That little girl can play!
 
2014-02-28 12:44:18 PM

mistrmind: And the child is Asian.  Color me shocked.


Asia produces a lot of prodigies like this for the same reason Brasil produces a lot of Football prodigies.

They actually look for and develop them.
 
2014-02-28 12:45:15 PM

mistrmind: And the child is Asian.  Color me shocked.


They do seem to be good at recognizing talent in their children, and encouraging its development. Perhaps the Chinese are the real master race.
 
2014-02-28 12:47:27 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: mistrmind: And the child is Asian.  Color me shocked.

Asia produces a lot of prodigies like this for the same reason Brasil produces a lot of Football prodigies.

They actually look for and develop them.


I guess there's also a corollary between musical prodigy and math prodigy. If a child is one, they're oftentimes both. On the other hand, creative genius (As in composition, as opposed to performance) isn't far removed from schizophrenia and OCD.
 
2014-02-28 12:47:44 PM
I wonder if Anne Frank was that good.

/Sucker for the classics.
 
2014-02-28 12:49:24 PM

mistrmind: And the child is Asian.  Color me shocked.

yellow.

FTFY
 
2014-02-28 12:49:35 PM

Cheron: Babies typically start using their hands around 12 weeks and have them fairly well mastered by 26 weeks.  The fact that subby got it at 450+ weeks puts him in the Fark 70th percentile.

/assuming subby is a hominid


Grade school must have been difficult for subby, not being able to use human tools and all.
 
2014-02-28 12:53:15 PM

LectertheChef: mistrmind: And the child is Asian.  Color me shocked.

They do seem to be good at recognizing talent in their children, and encouraging its development. Perhaps the Chinese are the real master race.


Yeah, that Hitler really got it wrong.   Silly Hitler.
 
2014-02-28 12:53:20 PM

cgraves67: Cheron: Babies typically start using their hands around 12 weeks and have them fairly well mastered by 26 weeks.  The fact that subby got it at 450+ weeks puts him in the Fark 70th percentile.

/assuming subby is a hominid

Grade school must have been difficult for subby, not being able to use human tools and all.


there are a wide variety of non human tools at subbys disposal.

www.myths.com

/not subby
//took me reading the larsonology to get the joke
 
2014-02-28 12:53:26 PM
Stories like this make me sad. Behind every child "prodigy" is a parent pushing their kid so hard that all they do is eat, sleep, and breathe the piano. I'm certain she won't be well adjusted.
 
2014-02-28 12:56:57 PM
Shes playing with a lot of emotion.  Thats pretty impressive in a 9 year old.  Ive seen quite a few videos of "child prodigies" who had a lot of technical skill but it was almost like watching a robot play.
 
2014-02-28 12:59:22 PM
It would be interesting to hear her play Bach's "Goldberg Variations".
 
2014-02-28 01:04:29 PM
When she is older I really hope that she is able to escape living China's oppressive regime,  and come to America where she will be free to give business men hand jobs at a massage parlor for fifty bucks a pop.
 
2014-02-28 01:05:08 PM
I wonder if it would be beneficial to scale down a piano so that she can do the stretches that some chords require, so she's never limited in what she can play? When my younger brother was seven, I bought him a 3/4 size Les Paul replica, so that he'd both have a quality instrument, and have something his small hands could manipulate. He's an excellent guitarist now, at age 35, but not proficient like this young prodigy is and will be.
 
2014-02-28 01:06:02 PM
She's a prodigy at hitting the right keys at the right time, no question.  But emotional content = 0.

It's like watching a computer play through the notes flawlessly.  Fantastic technical accomplishment, but nothing behind the curtain of notes whatsoever.

At this point, she's just a human midi controller.  Bringing this kind of talent into adulthood is where it gets interesting.  Best of luck to her.
 
2014-02-28 01:06:21 PM

lasercannon: When she is older I really hope that she is able to escape living China's oppressive regime,  and come to America where she will be free to give business men hand jobs at a massage parlor for fifty bucks a pop.


You owe me a new keyboard.
 
2014-02-28 01:08:31 PM

fonebone77: Shes playing with a lot of emotion.  Thats pretty impressive in a 9 year old.  Ive seen quite a few videos of "child prodigies" who had a lot of technical skill but it was almost like watching a robot play.


Yes I was expecting another robotic performance like that one with the scary kids and the acoustic guitars but I tabbed out after hitting play and that was beautiful.
 
2014-02-28 01:19:29 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: I wonder if it would be beneficial to scale down a piano so that she can do the stretches that some chords require, so she's never limited in what she can play? When my younger brother was seven, I bought him a 3/4 size Les Paul replica, so that he'd both have a quality instrument, and have something his small hands could manipulate. He's an excellent guitarist now, at age 35, but not proficient like this young prodigy is and will be.


I've seen pianos at some universities that have been refitted with the smaller size keyboard.  They've been designed to allow someone with smaller hands to reach those bigger intervals.  There are a lot of great of great pianists out there who either can't play, or cause physical damage to themselves trying to play, some of the major piano works.  The pieces call for intervals over an octave and a smaller keyboard would help.  Unfortunately, there's a stigma about playing them.  Hard to win one of the big competitions when your competitors think you're cheating by using different equipment.

/Not a pianist, but that's what I've heard...
 
2014-02-28 01:28:20 PM

Rumo: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: I wonder if it would be beneficial to scale down a piano so that she can do the stretches that some chords require, so she's never limited in what she can play? When my younger brother was seven, I bought him a 3/4 size Les Paul replica, so that he'd both have a quality instrument, and have something his small hands could manipulate. He's an excellent guitarist now, at age 35, but not proficient like this young prodigy is and will be.

I've seen pianos at some universities that have been refitted with the smaller size keyboard.  They've been designed to allow someone with smaller hands to reach those bigger intervals.  There are a lot of great of great pianists out there who either can't play, or cause physical damage to themselves trying to play, some of the major piano works.  The pieces call for intervals over an octave and a smaller keyboard would help.  Unfortunately, there's a stigma about playing them.  Hard to win one of the big competitions when your competitors think you're cheating by using different equipment.

/Not a pianist, but that's what I've heard...


Thanks! That's some good information. I have a six-year-old niece who I gifted with a small Casio keyboard on her birthday. She also has access to our old family upright piano, but she loves the sounds she can get out of her keyboard more. I couldn't care less if she ever reached the level of proficiency demonstrated in the video, but I would love for her to attain a level of ability that gives her self-satisfaction.
 
2014-02-28 01:40:46 PM
There are rumors that she is actually 27 and has been given anti-growth hormones.
 
2014-02-28 01:47:15 PM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: I wonder if Anne Frank was that good.

/Sucker for the classics.


She was deaf and blind, so I doubt it.
 
2014-02-28 01:53:04 PM
I didn't wish for a 24" pianist...
 
2014-02-28 01:55:55 PM

Wellon Dowd: There are rumors that she is actually 27 and has been given anti-growth hormones.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-02-28 02:58:40 PM
That was absolutely sublime.
 
2014-02-28 03:06:11 PM
Good work Tiger Mom
 
2014-02-28 03:24:25 PM
These amazing kids with these skills must be like superheroes, just waiting to finally reveal themselves to the public.

Like last week this little girl could play this well, but they had to make a conscious decision to go "public"

Like Superman revealing himself for the first time.

Must be very exciting.

/and scary for a little kid
 
2014-02-28 03:32:59 PM

neilbradley: Stories like this make me sad. Behind every child "prodigy" is a parent pushing their kid so hard that all they do is eat, sleep, and breathe the piano. I'm certain she won't be well adjusted.


Know how I know you didn't read the article?
 
2014-02-28 03:35:50 PM

lasercannon: When she is older I really hope that she is able to escape living China's oppressive regime,  and come to America where she will be free to give business men hand jobs at a massage parlor for fifty bucks a pop.


For an extra 50, some will sit on your face.
 
2014-02-28 03:37:48 PM
Wait, hold on. Thumbs oppose!?
 
2014-02-28 03:57:41 PM

bikerbob59: mistrmind: And the child is Asian.  Color me shocked.yellow.

FTFY


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2014-02-28 04:04:28 PM
subby should have discovered girls and fapping with his thumbs at 9
 
2014-02-28 05:01:01 PM
I'm fairly certain Subby's retarded.
 
2014-02-28 05:19:21 PM
I could still kick her ass.
 
2014-02-28 06:49:52 PM
I played violin in elementary school. While I was struggling through "London Bridges" a Chinese kid a year behind me was playing Tchaikovsky on a 1/2 size instrument. I lost my will to continue playing. As a teen he played the piano, guitar and flute too. If he is not making money as a musician today, I would be amazed.
 
2014-02-28 07:04:30 PM
F, that is one sharp minor.
 
2014-02-28 07:13:56 PM
A bit pitchy for my tastes, but definitely good for her age.
 
2014-02-28 07:39:49 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: Asia produces a lot of prodigies like this for the same reason Brasil produces a lot of Football prodigies.

They actually look for and develop them.


Don't forget that exceptional people (at both ends of the spectrum) are to be expected.  With 1.3B citizens, I'm sure there's a 6-year-old who can out-play her.
 
2014-02-28 07:42:18 PM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: I wonder if Anne Frank was that good.

/Sucker for the classics.


No, but that blind, deaf, and dumb kid sure could play some mean pinball.
 
2014-02-28 09:39:19 PM
So is " discovering opposable thumbs" the new euphemism for masturbating?
 
2014-02-28 10:14:11 PM

LectertheChef: mistrmind: And the child is Asian.  Color me shocked.

They do seem to be good at recognizing talent in their children, and encouraging its development. Perhaps the Chinese are the real master race.


I'm not sure if the correct term is "prodigy" or "automaton"
 
2014-02-28 10:15:33 PM

lasercannon: When she is older I really hope that she is able to escape living China's oppressive regime,  and come to America where she will be free to give business men hand jobs at a massage parlor for fifty bucks a pop.


Like she couldn't do that in a Taiwan "barber shop?"
 
2014-02-28 10:47:19 PM

nytmare: F, that is one sharp minor.


I think she's a natural.
 
2014-03-01 04:47:17 AM

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: subby should have discovered girls and fapping with his thumbs at 9


Hell, that's why I never became a concert virtuoso.  I discovered my penis had an additional purpose.  The rest is history.
 
2014-03-01 05:20:10 AM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-03-01 05:44:01 AM
Oh, her name is Wang.  I would have guessed Chin....Chins?
 
2014-03-01 08:20:07 PM
Thanks, so farkING much, subby, for reminding me just how non-amazing I am.
 
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