Jukebox Piano Class: Stand By Me for Easy Piano

I should call my piano classes “Jukebox Piano Class” because I take requests. Nothing motivates a new musician more than being able to play something he or she likes.

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Elegant but easy to play music from “Still Alice”

I listened to the soundtrack to the film “Still Alice” on Youtube because I missed its premiere at the Maui Film Festival last December. I became mesmerized by the simplicity and beauty of the various short pieces played on piano, violin, viola, and cello.

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How to write music people want to play

Times have changed. Perhaps it’s instant gratification of search engines and the availability of free online videos. To write sheet music that people want to play, it has to be readable, printable, and recognizable.

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Maui Wordcamp: a WordPress conference in paradise

The subtitle is hard to resist. Paradise. Conference. WordPress.

For $35, you get a T-shirt, lunch and refreshments for two consecutive days. I registered when it was half-full and eagerly looked forward to it.

Part of me feared that it would be dominated by developers and WordPress pros. I would learn how much WordPress and its “affiliates” had grown, and how far behind I fell.

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Learn Piano

You can learn to read music, play all 88 keys of the piano, and get started on a piece you’ve always wanted to learn in just three lessons.

I’ve seen it happen.

For just $99, you get 3 x 2 hour workshops = 6 hours. That’s better than the going rate of $100 per hour for individual lessons. Besides, you’ll learn from your peers, too.

Register online for this non-credit course at UHMC Edventure.

Learn to play piano in three 2-hour sessions April 10, 17, 24, 2015

Learn piano on Fridays April 10, 17, 24, 2015

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Mandarin course on Maui 顧恩以教中文

I have been telling the same story for years. Chinese is much easier than English. Or rather, Chinese grammar is much easier than English. Or better, Chinese grammar is nearly non-existent.

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The two Cs

My dad warned me about the two Cs when I was leaving home for college.

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Shock via social media

News travels fast on social media, particularly shocking news about death.  Initially it goes like this:

“Have you heard?”

“Did you know?”

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The making of a fan

As a musician, I was not aware of how to turn my audience into my fans until I became a fan myself.

As a fan, I want to support the musician or musicians I’m a fan of. I want to tell others about them. I want to see them perform. I want to “fan” the musicians. That’s what a fan means literally. Continue reading

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Biggest Fan

When she suddenly realizes that she has lost her biggest fan, she feels lost.

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