My music & hobbies

pianoplaying.jpgI am a self taught pianist. I started learning the piano at the ripe old age of 45 after seeing all my children playing very beautiful piano pieces. I used a computer program called “Teach yourself piano”. It was very rudimentary and teaches very basic  and simple things. It was very tough without a teacher. I have to remember which notes on the score correspond to which keys and have to try to coordinate my pair of old stiff and sticky hands,  at the same time, have to take care of the pedals. It was one of the toughest things. Glad to say, I can play quite well now, at least you wouldn’t cover your ears when I play. This proves that “when there is a will, there is a way”. I have taped a short recordings for your listening pleasure. I didn’t play well because I was quite nervous when someone is pointing a vidoe cam at me.

video link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvsYS4R_NQw

Posting another recordings of wish. Link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvuTtBEdolE

another video is below – playing Kirara, another Japanese piece. video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgaA4PPHIzI

replaying Kirara

playing nostalgy

playing “If”

24-10-06_1548.jpgPlaying a grand piano at a shopping complex.

19-10-06_07561.jpgMy leisure is some time spent in looking after my Koi and goldfish. I have a ponds in my garden and have beautiful koi ranging from Sanke, Kohaku to all golden and all white.

19-10-06_0754.jpgI play basketball and I have built a small court in my back compound, about one-third of a normal court. My son is very good and in fact captains his school team.

17-11-06_20591.jpgOne of my numerous hobbies is to keep up with advances in the digital world. This blog is a product of my IT interest and is done entirely by myself. The digital world has enabled all of us to be an author, a publisher, a commentator . The technology is going to change at an even faster rate so all of us have to keep up.

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key to sharing music:  abcde123

79 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julia Laurant
    Mar 22, 2007 @ 20:43:47

    Hi there Dr Hsu,
    I saw your video on youtube. com..and got interested in the chat lines mentioning you posted music score sheets to S.E.N.S Wish to Wish or what you mention as “Wish” on this blog..
    I got here but couldnt find it. =(
    Perhaps you can send it to me via my email? ^^

    I have been looking for the score sheet for years (yes, years! >

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  2. Julia Laurant
    Mar 22, 2007 @ 20:49:12

    Btw….your video was great! ^^

    Its not an easy job to be posting your video on youtube.com…and not to mention even recording it alone! =O

    Just a suggestion though 😉
    Now, that you have got your basic structure right (your structure is really good for a selftaught pianist =O) you might want to look into perfecting your rhythm pace and also in adding emotions into your playing, instead of the usual just playing keys, you are now learning to “sing” with the piano ^^
    One way to do that is to : just bang on the piano 😉 just try and play a song using chords and forming your own melody…Open your playing style up to free it…
    Once you free up playing, you realise you can play any emotion and song to the pro ^^

    The difference between a person who memorizes and who just plays the piano statically and those who free up themselves to the TRUE piano-playing is very very obvious. Wish you all the best in that aspect! ^^

    P.S someone once told me: “playing the piano is like having sex =X”
    Once you start and try, you will discover more and more and finally understand what TRUE piano-playing is about.

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  3. hsudarren
    Mar 23, 2007 @ 09:38:08

    I have sent you an email for the link for wish. Thanks for your comment and mostly importantly, your tips of free flow piano playing. one pianist that i really admired is Emile Pandofli , his style especailly his accompaniment is so good , i will send one of his songs to you via another email. TQ.
    .

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  4. Douglas
    Mar 31, 2007 @ 11:47:07

    Doctor Hsu…im oso looking for the wish by s.en.s score..can u kindly send it to me..i realli envy u… started learning at an age of 45..just when i thought that starting to learn at 16 was too late…hahas u did really good job…

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  5. hsudarren
    Mar 31, 2007 @ 14:53:00

    The music sheet for wish and some other pieces are in the page “Music Score”, just under the header of this blog. Just click open Music score page and you can get the link.

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  6. Ray
    Sep 15, 2007 @ 21:43:38

    hmm… you plays well

    有空我也去学

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  7. Mary Lee
    Sep 27, 2007 @ 18:07:32

    Hi Doctor Hsu,
    I accidentally found your website from google search while I was looking for the sheetmusic – Kirara. Right before that, I was just watching a few of your videos from youtube, and was really inspired by your “Self-taught” piano playing. How long have you being playing for?

    Your website is very very very interesting. I think I will spend time to check it out whenever I am free.

    By the way, thank you so much for all these sheet music. It’s so kind and nice of you to put so many of them up on your website.

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  8. hsudarren
    Sep 27, 2007 @ 22:28:59

    Hi Mary Lee, thanks for your compliments.

    I started learning piano on my own at the age of 45 a few years ago. Through a computer program and with a midi keyboard connected to a PC. I started with which notes corresponeded to which key, and from there, learn simple melody. I did it the hard way become I believe that when there is a will, there is a way.

    I also learned IT on my own and I am now among one of the most IT literate among my contemporaries.

    Learning is a life long process.Never stop learning as it keeps you young and gives you hope .
    I hope to hear from you more often, especially the feedback on how o improve this blog.
    🙂

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  9. A true Malaysian
    Sep 30, 2007 @ 15:04:41

    I count myself lucky that I bumped into your blog. I found that we have the same interests and thinking in many ways. That includes the fact that I also learned to play piano through a computer program minis the midi keyboard. Perhaps, you may wish to email me where to get one of the midi keyboard so that I can play as well like you.

    For years I was trying to have friends that share the same piano playing interest, but failed. So wonderful, isn’t it, computer and internet technology. I wish one day, I can meet you in person. Please email me. Thanks.

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  10. Mary
    Oct 01, 2007 @ 20:05:04

    Hi Dr Hsu, you are such an encouragement. Seeing that you are one of the most IT literate among your contemporaries & that you can play piano by (self-taught) have really convinced me that it’s possible to learn the piano myself with having expensive lessons which I used to take for about half a year.

    You are such a inspiration and you are so right about will power & life long learning, nothing is possible without it.

    By the way, I think your blog is awesome. It’s rare to have doctors to have the time (as they are very busy) and being so friendly and interested in offering/sharing what you have to others.

    I hope you will have a great week =)

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  11. hsudarren
    Oct 01, 2007 @ 20:14:08

    Hi Mary, thanks for your kind words. I am just an ordianry person and perhaps not worthy of the praise.

    Life is short and we have to make use of every moment of it . Learnig is fun. Perseverence and persistence is the key to learning.

    I just hope that this blog can be of a little use to someone, then I would have accomplished what I set out to do. To make this world a better place , even for just one person.

    thanks once again and hope you have a nice week too.

    🙂
    I

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  12. TiffanyFeng
    Oct 09, 2007 @ 05:13:22

    Hi Dr. Hsu,

    What an awesome blog you have! I found your link when I was googling for Horowitz and Traumerei, and discovered a treasure cove. Love your link on the music score.
    BTW, I’m picking playing piano again as well. I want to post my playing as well but I’m not as IT savvy, and not sure what kind of criticisim I would face. I often see people post comments such as making the pieces “singing”, right now I just wish I can stay ahead of my son and don’t make too many mistakes :).

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  13. hsudarren
    Oct 09, 2007 @ 10:48:12

    Hi Tiffany, welcome to this blog.

    I am sure you played well. Do not care what others say. The important thing is that you have tried and you dare to post your video.

    The easiest way to post a video is to save it in your computer as a file first. then you go to youtube and register as a member (free of charge) and there will be clear direction for you to upolad your video from your computer onto the web.

    If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    If really you still cannot post, I maybe able to post it under my youtube account.

    Thanks.

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  14. monsterball
    Oct 30, 2007 @ 08:28:18

    Doc….I admire your self taught achievement in playing the piano. I tried ….even with tutor…played few weeks and lay off..then try again after few years….fingers got crammed..give up.
    But I am self taught in playing the guitar.
    So I guess it is back to basic PASSION to succeed in doing things.
    I love fishes. I had one like yours…sold that big house and now have 5 tanks of fishes…but I love gold fishes..also not easy to keep them alive…but been doing that for more than 40 years.
    Looking at the fish swimming in my office…does release my stress instantly.
    And doc…have one in your clinic…a big tank with 9 goldfish swimming. A doc took my advice and got filthy rich….but he is really a good smart sincere doctor too.

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  15. hsudarren
    Oct 30, 2007 @ 14:23:57

    Monsterball, I dont believe fish can bring wealth. It is more of a hobby, and to see the koi swiming, it gives me a sense of calmness and a feeling of back to nature.

    If people want to earn big money, I always ask them not to take up medicine. Medicine is a calling, and you have to have that calling of helping people to make a good doctor.

    If a person wants to be rich, it is better for him to go into business or even hawking.

    Doctors earn a comfortable living, and many of doctors invested their money wisely and become quite comfortable.

    I admire those who can self learn guitar like you. It is really not easy./ I for one, do not know how to play guitar.

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  16. Phoenix81
    Nov 14, 2007 @ 13:41:42

    Dr. Hsu, i saw that you are able to upload the youtube on your blog. how do you do it? i have been trying to put the youtube video onto my blog but i don’t know how. by the way….tks for all the beautiful piano scores. you are indeed very talented that you learn the piano by yourself.

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  17. hsudarren
    Nov 14, 2007 @ 13:48:52

    Phoenix81,

    For wordpress blog, it is really easy.
    In your posting termplate, just type:

    After youtube= copy the url from the youtube video you want to post.

    eg. if the youtube video is http://www.youtube.com/video/abcde

    you write this

    the video will be on your blog.

    remember to put [ and ]

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  18. Edai He
    Nov 17, 2007 @ 13:02:34

    Hello Dr. Hsu, i have never thought that people can learn piano by themselves. But after watching my friend’s friend learn the piano, and now you, i am very impressed with you guys! It’s the greatest instrument in the world and i love to play it. I am glad that you watched the movie “secret” by Jay Chou, because it was a great movie and i watched it enough times. I learned all the piano songs in the movie haha, and Jay Chou is my idol. Anyways, keep up with the good work and don’t give up on piano! keep playing Dr. Hsu!

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  19. Hana
    Dec 16, 2007 @ 12:13:21

    where i can get the score music’s secret by jay chou..?

    so hard to get the score..

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  20. carlo canieso
    Jan 01, 2008 @ 21:19:55

    wow you are unbelievably generative.
    your site inspires a lot of people.
    being a doctor and a musician, you wow me, not because of the titles but because of the values you instill ib being such.
    i thought i was too old to start learning playing the piano, but your transparency and humbleness taught me a lot. that it’s never too late if it’s a good thing.
    im a nurse 22 y.o. i also play the piano bass and guitar. i am recently studying reason from endless love autumn’s tale. thanks fro inspiring me .

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  21. hsudarren
    Jan 01, 2008 @ 22:37:43

    Hi carlo, you are only 22 yr old, that is young! The main thing is to believe in yourself. Humans are capable of much greater heights that we realise.

    If we beleive in ourselves, there is no such thing as being difficult or easy. It is just a matter of time that you will succeed in whatever you set out to do.

    Thanks for your kind words. 🙂

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  22. suhaimi
    Jan 03, 2008 @ 17:48:42

    Dr Shu, you’re marvellous ! Actually I’ve been dreaming my whole life to play piano, but I don’t have the chance. I’ve retired from the govt service merely two years ago. My only daughter is taking up music as part of her teaching course at a local University. And I’ve noticed that she’s make a lot of advance in her music lesson, reading the notes and all that. As such the urge came back to me to learn piano or keyboard. But at times I felt age is cathing up with me very fast. I’ve got one piano lesson software and I,ve been trying it on my notebook. It’s interesting. But I don’t have the piano or keyboard in the house. I thought of visiting the music shop in my town, but I felt it’s rather odd for me to hang around there.
    I think I better get that cheap electronic keyboard which is aplenty at the supermarket.

    You know what, before the Lord catch up with me I hope to play at least a song on the piano. And I think He’ll give me that last chance.

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  23. Precious
    Jan 03, 2008 @ 20:48:19

    Very inspiring!! You are really generous using your knowledge to look for music sheets and even sharing them. Also, your determination really show us young ones that learning continues through life at no matter what age, with our own will, we can achieve our goals. I’m teaching my dad how to sms us kids in case we couldn’t pick up his call.

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  24. hsudarren
    Jan 03, 2008 @ 21:52:56

    suhaimi, i am sure you can do it. Buy a keyboard which can be plugged into your computer, because that way, you can probably follow your lesson from a computer. Practice makes perfect. there is really no substitute for pratice.

    Dont bother about other people. Age should not be a hindrance for learning.

    There are also many good youtube video teaching very elementary piano lessons.

    The key is you need to have a keyboard to practice.

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  25. Sophie
    Feb 01, 2008 @ 08:22:05

    You’re really good at it!
    Those are my favorite song from “Autumn Tale” can you give me those copys but easyer ones?
    Thank you

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  26. Bob
    Feb 12, 2008 @ 09:42:45

    those were beautiful peices that you played! =)
    your playing is amazing, being self taught and all 🙂
    may i have the sheet musics for wish and ‘if’ please and thank you. =)
    keep up the good work xD

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  27. evanrama
    Feb 14, 2008 @ 08:01:26

    you maestro brother 🙂

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  28. Diana Cheng
    Mar 21, 2008 @ 05:05:06

    Dear Dr Hsu,

    I really admire your determination in picking up piano.. its never too late to learn as long as you put your heart and soul into it =)

    Do you be any chance have the music sheet for “the way you look at me” by Christian Bautista? This is a very beautiful song. Would appreciate if you can send to me if you have. Thanks aloT!

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  29. Dr Hsu
    Mar 21, 2008 @ 09:45:24

    Hi Diana, I will try to look for u. U can also go to the page under “music score ” in my blog, (look at the bottom of the masthead of my blog) . you will find scores for many nice songs there. U can download for personal usage.

    thanks and cheers.

    …………
    Bob, u can find the score for wish under the music score page I just told Diana.

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  30. Inspired
    Apr 04, 2008 @ 21:06:56

    Dr. Hsu – I think you are multi talented with so many interests. I started the piano in my teens but only did it for a year as school workload was too heavy. Fast forward 23 years later, I have recently decided to take up the piano again after my son started learning 6 months ago and after reading about your self taught success. I hope to play as well as you one day although I don’t know how long it’s going to take me. I am only playing popular songs. Thanks for inspirating!

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  31. Dr Hsu
    Apr 05, 2008 @ 09:17:35

    Hi Inspired,
    If there is a will, there is a way.I am sure you will paly better than me since at least you have the foundation.

    Thanks for your kind comment!
    😀

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  32. Kevin Sinclair
    Apr 19, 2008 @ 19:16:16

    Learning to play the piano is a challenge for mature age students. It can be difficult to find the time to practice – let alone to be able to practice enough to achieve the level of skill that may be the goal. You are to be congratulated for what you have achieved – and may you be an inspiration to other mature age students of the piano.

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  33. Lumberjack
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 22:23:55

    Hi Dr Hsu,

    Thanks for sharing the pieces on your webpage.

    I am interested in writing music, and am having a problem looking for a software to key in my notes.

    Could you please advise where can I get the software or application to key in the notes for my music?

    Thank you.

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  34. su
    May 02, 2008 @ 18:15:04

    I always forget how beautiful the piano sounds.

    Your videos have reminded me about that long forgotten passion of mine. I used to play, but I don’t anymore, not much.

    Thank you. You have no idea how much this means to me.

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  35. alison
    May 05, 2008 @ 02:02:36

    Hi Dr Hsu,
    I came across your site, when I was looking for a free score sheet .

    Wow I’m amaze when I saw you play the piano. You could actually play quite well juz by learning your own. Me with a piano teacher, I can’t play as well as you. Keep it up and post more music scores. ; )

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  36. angel
    Jul 13, 2008 @ 15:14:14

    Dr. Hsu
    can u help in finding the score sheet of romantic princess. if u do find some could u please send it to me via email. i would really appreciate ur help. tnx

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  37. Marjan Sapphira
    Aug 26, 2008 @ 15:20:29

    Hi, Dr Hsu.

    I also started learning piano at the age of 23.
    I don’t know what made me do this, perhaps I’ve been longing to play beautiful pieces which I could only hear until today.

    I don’t find any dificulties in reading notes; but keeping the right tempo seems to be very hard (semibreve, crotchet, etc). I’ve tried to use metronome, but the device seems to chase me and in the end cause a total mess. Can you please advise on how to cope with this problem? Oh yes, my fingers cannot run smooth; everytime I gp to another bar I always bang my finger and it sounds terrible.

    I’m working now but I always try to practise at least one hour everyday. I have taken a course for one year and according to my teacher I have a good understanding since I always pass the lesson taught in previous week. The problem lays on my stiff hands (sigh).

    Thanks b4…

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  38. Dr Hsu
    Aug 26, 2008 @ 15:30:02

    Marjan, i started at age 46 and with the aid of one computer program and a midi keyboard. The program is from voyetra , and teaches basic fingering.

    fingering is important as piano tachnique depends a lot of your fingers and their positions. I find that those music scores with fingering a big help.

    But nothing is more imprtant than practice. I play at least half an hour a day. Those days without my piano i feel so lost. I am a much better player now than the few videos here show. I have also bought a grand piano because grand piano sounds so much better.

    i have also progressed to many classical music.

    as for tempo, try to count when you play.

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  39. melisa
    Dec 24, 2008 @ 06:54:41

    hi Dr Hsu

    nice blog! i’ve download some of the music score. thx alot!

    i have the same case as marjan. i just start to play piano.. but i hvn’t got yet any of those program helping me to do better in playing piano.

    please help me Dr Hsu.. where can i get those program for free..? since it will be a hard decision for me to spend money in any but primary needs.

    I play flute also, and i’m looking for the music sheet for “reason” (autumn in my heart ost).. if you have or find it by accidentally, please upload in your blog or send to me by email.

    thanx before

    the always cheerful,
    melisa

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  40. Marjan Sapphira
    Dec 30, 2008 @ 20:44:07

    Hi Dr Hsu, it’s been a long time since my first writing to you.

    I’m glad to inform you that I have progressed a lot recently. I quiited my music school and now I’m hiring a private piano teacher. She udrestands my problem and in only one month I’ve been able to play smoothly although only simple songs (including classicals also) from Burgmuller book.

    You know I have to reduce my spendings especially in the needs of a young woman like I am (no more pretty & fine dress, no more clubbing on weekends) because books & tutorial fee are quite costly. I’m only a junior staff at my office, I cannot afford all, I have to set my priority.

    Never mind that, I shall be able to go back to the normal activities in one or two years.

    Thanks for inspiring me to play beuatiful songs.

    Merry Christmas & prosperous, healthy New Year.

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  41. mandy
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 10:36:10

    Bravo dr. Hsu!

    I am a 50 year old Sister/high school principal and am also trying to learn to play the violin by myself. Some of my students and teachers are into it and it has been a childhood dream to be able to play any musical instrument. Well, I can now play twinkle, twinkle little star with ease, and more…

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent, joy, and time. I’ll visit your website more often. God bless you and your family with love, peace, joy and good health.

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  42. Leon
    Mar 16, 2009 @ 01:09:14

    Hi,Dr. Hsu.
    it was great to hear and watching you playing piano clips,it was so impressiv.I try to teach my childern playing piano,and they could play really nice pieces like Für Elise or the 5. Symphonie.I just find one musik sheet you posted in your web side,that ist endless of love/the Myth Ost.
    This music sheet ist for advanced level, and this is not so easy for 6 years old child , so I am looking for a 3. or 4. level of this titel. If you know where can I get it,It would be great for telling me .I didn´t learn or take lessons playing piano, so I hope you can tell me how and where to get this/ self teach piano Program/.So I can improve my playing skill for leading my child the way to play better !!I ´m a chinese living in Germany.
    Many thanks for advices

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  43. Xaph
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 12:39:34

    Hello! Nice playing! ^^
    Very gd for a self-taught pianist..
    I’m self-taught too.. But I play keyboard.
    I like your ‘Wish’ very much.
    Could you send the music sheet to my e-mail?
    I would like to learn that too. Thanks in advance!

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  44. Atila
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 16:03:57

    You are good.

    I started at age 12 with a Yamaha piano, had to give up piano for SPM, i cant cope studies & piano practices at Grade 7.

    Daddy sold the piano about 8years ago without telling me, one day i came home from work, then only the news was told to me and the space has no more piano. Gone!.

    This was de painful and devasting thing, i lost part of me. Infact relationship with dad wasnt good since then. How can he dont understand the attachment of the piano and me?

    I hope to play again like you, my own piano.

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  45. A true Malaysian
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 18:55:32

    Atila,

    Nice to learn you can play piano. Cheers.

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  46. Dr Hsu
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 19:24:31

    Atila,
    yes, nice to know that you play piano… I learned it when I was almost 50, a few years ago. when I was young, my parents sent my sister for piano, since it was thought to be good for girls to be musical.. I did not get the chance as piano lessons were expensive.. SO i have to wait till a few years back to learn.

    So do not be upset with your dad.. He might have misunderstood that you have no interest in music.

    Save up and buy a keyboard which is not that expensive now, even a second hand one can be good if there is budget restraint. You have the basic and with a little practice , i am sure you will be very good, much better than those of us who learned on our own..

    Music inspires me and I always feel relaxed after playing a few songs..So do go back to your piano.

    :).

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  47. Atila
    Apr 12, 2009 @ 23:54:53

    A True Malaysian,
    Thank you.

    Dr. Hsu,
    Thanks for your advice, will do so. I miss my Yamaha piano although some of the keys were yellowish, no longer white.

    I remember, the older it gets, the tune gets better. Unless the string breaks.

    Piano was my good-friend, where i expressed my feelings from the chair i sat to the keyboards, into the musical notes plus the pedals. I skipped grades, exams has always been merits & distinctions. Yup!! Hours of daily practices. Thanks to my piano teacher, Ms Yeoh, her name. One key missed, a ruler comes at my finger…Ouch!! no pain no gain!

    I admire your fast learning Dr Hsu. Your fingers are so piano-keys friendly just like any of us who had piano teachers. I m lucky to have started young, i can still play now but needs polishing.

    Thank you so much.

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  48. cheah
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 14:38:37

    Hi Hsu,
    I am 58 and I am a self taught clarinetist. I use the net to get all the info I want. I started playing 5years ago. Drove my wife and son crazy for years. I also play the piano(badly), the organ(long long time ago), the keyboard(still left unpacked after I came back from China in 08) and the saxophone(still fiddling with it). I like the clarinet best and you should hear me play Amapola, Fly me to the moon, Return to Surrento, roll up the barrel, I left my heart in S. Fris’co , La vie en rose. I play best when no one is watching me and I’ll fumble if I know someone is recording or listening to my playing. My wife is the best judge of my playing and I have yet to receive praises from her… yet. Best time of the life was when I played under the Highway bridges in Beijing. Me and my chinese friends were competing with the traffic noise, Ha ha. I wish I can do it here in Penang, somewhere….. I know of one penshioner in KL who plays th.e clarinet too. Self taught but I have yet to hear him play. Martin.. I hope you read this blog.

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  49. Mylife,Myway
    Sep 16, 2009 @ 22:24:13

    Hi Dr. Hsu,
    Your blog just made me decide to take up violin. I thought I am late at 38 but from your blog and all the replies, well, what the heck! I just know I feel empty without music in my life. Time to put some colour to it. Wish me luck.

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  50. Dr Hsu
    Sep 16, 2009 @ 22:34:20

    Mylife,Myway,

    38 is not old. In fact it is never too old to learn anything. Your age is what you feel inside your heart.

    I am very sure you will succeed in playing good violin in the not too distant future. If there is a will, there is a way.
    Bravo! Cheers!

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  51. Glee
    Oct 23, 2009 @ 00:38:28

    Dear Dr. Hsu,
    Thanks so much to give people the hope to believe – to believe that WILL power can help, not only the ability/skill to develop itself, but aslo the help through sharing and being honest to share. I had dreamt of playing piano when I was young. But I didn’t have a chance until the 20s to start self-learning. I believe that if you like it you can play it – somehow, i like the music piece, but I cannot play it!! I cannot afford to learn from a teacher but your experience encourages us, the late-learner – to be brave to embrace LIFE, full of possisbilities and beauty, despite…so and so.
    I wish I can enhance myself more in self-learning piano. I dream I can share the piano-playing with strangers in the street, when people are feeling down – like an idling piano in the streets, and some people around to play it for each other. thanks to give us the chance. I am just so lucky to browse by chance to meet your web page!! Thank you very much.

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  52. Dr Hsu
    Oct 23, 2009 @ 09:50:58

    glee

    Learning is a life long process. I started learning piano at the age of 46 without teachers.
    You can surely do it, but do not be disheartened if during the first few onths, you cannot play with 2 hands or coherently. Practice makes perfect. learn to play with one hand first, then the other hand, then very slowly, try both hands for a few notes at a time.

    I am sure you can do it.

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  53. Trophies and Medals
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 22:20:16

    well done 🙂

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  54. chi
    Jan 19, 2010 @ 11:57:24

    Hi

    May I know where to find other SENS music score pls?

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  55. Takuei Doreme123
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 23:18:39

    Hi Dr Hsu

    Such encouragement to many to see you handle the piano so impressively well in your video clips. Most inspiring to me is that you done all this self taught without a piano teacher.

    I started playing western flute (Yamaha) learning classical pieces a year ago after my coronary by pass operation. The passion for music and wanting to achieve more and to widen the range of music. This led me to start learning, self taught to play the chinese dizi, xiao and most recently shakuhaci (japanese flute) through books and internet. How comforting and true for dear Glee to mention that late learner must not to be disheartened but brave to embrace life which is full of possibilities and beauty

    Dear Dr, you have a awesome blog going with great humanity spirit and beautiful attitude in sharing music. if you have the flute music sheets for “autumn in my heart’ and “reason” please e-mail to me.
    Thank you very much.
    .

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  56. cansu
    Jan 28, 2010 @ 21:23:35

    Hi Dr. Hsu;

    I am playing piano for 2 years now. And I am a self taught pianist like you. Now I can play piano well but I need to find Nocturne from secret garden for my performance at school. I really need your help. Could you find and send it to me? If you help me I would be very grateful.
    Thank you very much…

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  57. Dr Hsu
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 09:10:24

    Dear music lovers
    sorry i have not answer you fro sometime. Some of the songs you requested, I have not heard of, and thus would be an handicap to surf the net for those. It would be easier if you can provide the singer or the composer, whether they are japanese, korean or western.

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  58. Phillip
    Feb 16, 2010 @ 12:19:19

    Dr Hsu,

    You are an inspiration. From the many postings before this, I figure we may be about the same age, though I may be a few years older.

    Like many of your readers, I too have always wanted to be able to play the piano, but never had the luxury to. I used to play the guitar with my brother in our teens (although not very well, just strumming chords). Recently a friend lent me his guitar, but I found it too time consuming and painful (too my stiff finger joints) to pick it up again.

    You sound like a well balanced, decent human being, (hard to come by these days) and would be honoured if we could satrt some sort of communication by email or other means, to share our thoughts and experiences, but mostly for me to learn from you, if that is ok with you.

    rgds,
    Phillip

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  59. Dr Hsu
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 16:06:44

    Philip
    Please do! We can chat through email or even msn/skype. You can send me an email through the blog email at the side of this blog.

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  60. Jenn co
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 13:28:00

    Hi Dr. Hsu Do you have Nocturne by Billy Joel pdf?? I really like that song but I don’t have the music sheets 😦 If you do, can you please email it to me or post it on your site. Thank you beforehand ..

    Regards,

    Jennifer

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  61. Jenn co
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 13:47:11

    Hi Dr. Hsu I found it the music sheets for that song (sigh*) 🙂

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  62. Dr Hsu
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 14:10:52

    music lovers,
    for those whose request I cannot entertain, pls excuse me for not replying since i am busy up to my neck.

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  63. Dr Hsu
    Apr 13, 2010 @ 14:12:05

    Jenn co, can u share with other readers where they can download the sheet?

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  64. jen
    May 10, 2010 @ 02:23:59

    hi dr Hsu,
    it’s very inspirational to see your fingers moving so swiftly on the keyboard, what more is that you are self-taught.

    I have a suggestion for u though, try playing some happy and and light pieces and put it here … Readers will love those..

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  65. Hisham
    May 12, 2010 @ 06:44:16

    hi dr hsu. im really grateful that i found ur site. its very motivating to see u enjoy life and of course piano!! i had the urge to learn years ago but only last two days that i could manage to buy myself a 61 keys keyboard. i have practice for two days but i couldnt grasp the concept to read the sheet music!! i only manage to play while watching other people play and now i can play two songs. should i continue playing and learning like this or should i continue to learn the music sheets? i have no teacher and no previoux knowledge of music whatsoever and it is very hard for me to play like this. please do drop me some lines of advice on what to do. thanks a lot dr. ur words always cherish my day. hope u have a wonderful day^^

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  66. Zashime
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 17:46:13

    I admire you for your perseverance and your eagerness, I’m also a selftaught pianist and no one will stop me from learning because music is my passion. Cheers!

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  67. Issa
    Jun 30, 2010 @ 14:24:24

    hi

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  68. AlexLeow
    Aug 04, 2010 @ 00:11:00

    Dr Hsu,

    I would like to give you a free gift named in my Subject Line: “Rock and Roll Video Ebook” Along with it I will also give you a series of videos on what music is about for the next 3 months.. No charge; no obligations! Just to help you heighten your music awareness.

    What you need to do is to log on into http://www.playbyear.com.my and on the left hand side you will see a form to register for it.

    I hope you enjoyed my offering and would tell your friends more about what I have to offer.

    Thank you.

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  69. sarah
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 11:20:07

    Dear Dr. Hsu,

    i have great respect and admiration for you for all the things that you are doing. first, you’re a doctor. secondly, you manage to find the time for your hobby! i thought doctors are really busy people..
    anyway, continue what you do best. i see that you are a very kind person.i absolutely love the music sheets.you make many people happy i believe.

    cheers!

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  70. CAPTAIN BEAR
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 01:36:46

    Dear Dr. Hsu,

    What others said is also what I want to say to you ‘THANK YOU’. I really love the music sheets and thanks to your posts, I can now play some nice pieces.

    So admire for what you have done for a better world.

    Please keep blogging and .. have a good day ^^

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  71. Fiona
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 16:03:09

    Hi Dr. Hsu,

    I’m glad to discover your blog. I’m actually looking out to sign up a leisure piano course but don’t know which to choose. May I know how and which website you had login to learn your piano during your initial stage?

    Have wonderful days ^^

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  72. Dr Hsu
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 13:01:37

    Fiona,

    I learned it thru the hard way, after I chance uopn a CD called “Teach yourself piano” in 1997, in IMbi Plaza. The CD teaches you which note correspond to which key in the keyborad, and they teach very rudimentary fingering and scale. So after learning those, I started using the simple piano lesson books (those learned by my children while they were in grade 1 and 2) and learn to play simple tunes.

    the Cds in those days were small in storage so the Cd teaches very simple and basic things.

    I think if you want to learn and if you have the determination, you can go to youtube (in my time, there was no youtube), type in simple piano lessons and there are many videos teaching you simple steps to play… Go through them and choose one that you are comfortable with.

    All in all, there is only one advice: practice makes perfect. You must practice and practice. And if there is a will, there is a way to do. Once you overcome the initial coordination problems( to coordinate the left and right hands), you can play anything…. Of course to play is one ting , to master is another matter.

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  73. AlexLeow
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 18:11:41

    Dr Hsu,

    Since you are into music, have you considered this? I think it will take you to another level: http://www.playbyear.com.my/PBEVideoEbook.htm

    Alex

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  74. glee
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 15:08:48

    Dear Dr. Thank you so much for your generous sharing. I always want to have a IT knowledge at least at your level ‘ to develop a self-containing site to share the views and the angel-heart advice to people via a blog etc. Your website inspires me that I can do it as your words always encourage people to try to advance one-self, to enrich oneself…would you mind giving me some hints on how to do this of IT-knowhow – the criticalsteps in developing and learning the IT application of a blog like yours? Once developed, I will share the experience with others, like you do…I’m a dummy consumer in IT application only, not at all knowing how to START a personal blog…in your view, which way is easier for the dummy so that a dummy will have the courage to move on? Thank you for your sharing in advance, and most of all, thank you for your time. Time is more precious and you do share part of it with others in the net. THANK YOU!

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  75. Gina
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 11:35:16

    Hi Dr Hsu, I came across your website and found some wonder piano sheets that you have posted. Thank you for doing that.

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  76. glee
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 23:53:37

    Dr. Hsu, thank you very much. Take this time to say Happy Lunar New Year to you. Cheers ‘ I believe all the viewers would agree ‘to thank you for sharing. THANKS!!

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  77. Muhammad
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 19:21:36

    Hi! I could have sworn I’ve visited this web site before but after going through a few of the posts I realized it’s new
    to me. Anyways, I’m certainly happy I discovered it and I’ll be
    book-marking it and checking back frequently!

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  78. Tan Wei Jun
    Jan 16, 2015 @ 20:23:08

    Hi, I’m really impressed by your determination to play piano. The piano piece wish by S.E.N.S is really good. Just wondering if you mind sharing the piano score with me. Thanks

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  79. Dr Hsu
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 13:01:40

    Hi tan, the score is in the page under the heading music score in this blog. Find the key and you can access it. The key is in the blog too

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