Friday, August 10, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fun is an internal experience.

Fun is not a quality of anything in this universe.

Therefore a piano lesson cannot be fun. It cannot be boring either.

A person, however may have an internal experience – labelled as fun or boring – when attending a piano lesson.

So the correct way to express oneself is not: “This is boring/fun”, but rather, “I am experiencing boredom/fun as I face this”.

This is not just being precious about language. The consequences are staggering.

If you believe your internal reactions to things are actually qualities of these things, you will soon start hating things to which you react with unpleasant internal experiences. And you will become obsessed with things to which you react with pleasure. So in the end, all is suffering.

On the other hand, if you perceive the truth, than you will also know that it is up to you to decide and choose with which internal experience you will respond when faced with whatever the universe throws at you.

If you decide that you will be bored there is no amount of teacher’s effort that will make you experience fun. (Try making a depressive have fun).

Likewise it would be wrong to say: “So and so post made me angry”. In fact there is no power in the whole universe that can force you to have a internal experience you do not wish to have. The correct verbalisation has to be: “As I read so and so post, I decided to experience anger.”

This is hard to digest because it throws back right at us the responsibility for our inner states. We can no more blame the teacher for the lesson being boring. And the teacher cannot bask anymore in the pride of having caused fun in his/her students.

Which is why ultimately fun cannot be defined in terms of things and processes in the Universe. There is nothing in the whole universe that would guarantee universal fun – this could only be possible if fun was a quality of things. But since fun is an internal response different people will respond differently to the same thing, and even the same people will respond differently to the same thing at different times in their lives.

So unless a student at some point in his/her musical career decides to respond to practice and lessons with “fun”, there will be little hope for progress.

One last point: As a piano teacher my main aim and goal is that my students learn to play the piano. It is not to make them have the internal experience called fun. In fact I do not believe that I or anyone else has the power to induce such experience on anyone. At the same time no one is ever going to learn the piano unless they start responding to it with “fun” (or pleasure, or fulfilment, or whatever terminology you may want to use).

Nothing is interesting if you are not interested. (Helen MacInnes)

Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies ongoing activity (Paul Goodman).

A 9 year old female student with a vivid and creative imagination was playing Fur Elise very intensely, and I wondered what he was thinking about or feeling about the piece. The following dialogue ensued, as best as I can recall...

TEACHER: That's really good, very expressive. What are you thinking about, what do you see happening in this piece?

STUDENT: I dunno... some blonde Swiss or Swedish girl. Well she's blonde anyway, from one of those rich countries where everyone's blonde.

TEACHER: I see. What's she like? Is she a nice girl? What's she doing?

STUDENT: She acts nice and all that, but she really isn't. She's stuck up because her Dad's rich. She looks down on everyone. She plays the piano and thinks about how much better she is than everyone else.

TEACHER: (intrigued) Is that in the whole piece?

STUDENT: No, just the first part.

TEACHER: What happens in the rest of the piece?

STUDENT: In this part (F major) she's on a horse, she has a whole stable full of them, and she's happier than when she plays piano, her mom makes her take the lessons. But she's never really happy anyway, she's so rich and spoiled she doesn't appreciate anything.

TEACHER: (very intrigued) How is this scale passage (it ends the F major section) like a horse ride? Doesn't seem like one to me...

STUDENT: The horse hates her and starts running really fast in small circles, trying to make her sick. She gets off the horse, and goes back to the piano. She hates everything. So she thinks about how rich she is, and feels a little better.

TEACHER: How do you feel about her?

STUDENT: She's really pretty (his eyes widened here Kiss Grin ) and she has lots of cool stuff but she's so stuck-up that she's annoying to be around.

TEACHER: Is there anything nice about her except her prettiness and cool stuff?

STUDENT: I guess she's nice deep down, but she's a product of her upbinging. They taught her to be stuck-up so she is. You know, like Pavlov's drooling dogs.

TEACHER: Okay. (needs to get back to the music, but caught up in this little drama) What happens in the rest of the piece.

STUDENT: Here (d minor section) her father comes home. He's been brought to trial on corruption charges.

TEACHER: What does he do?

STUDENT: He owns chemical manufacturing plants that pollute, and he's going to lose everything. He's found guilty, and they have to move and she loses her horses and pianos and friends.

TEACHER: Where do they go?

STUDENT: (hadn't thought about this....) Uh... France.

TEACHER: What do they do there?

STUDENT: He's a janitor. She's all lonely now and has nothing to do but play piano and in this part (a minor arpeggio and chromatic scale) she decides to be really good at piano and is. But they can't afford heat or food. She get's really sick from the unhealthy living conditions, and they have to cut the piano up for firewood. She ends up as a hotel maid for the rest of her life.

TEACHER: Don't you feel sorry for her?


Monday, June 22, 2009

1 Litre of Tears - Konayuki, alternative link
98 Degrees - Because Of You
200 Pound Beauty OST - Byul (youme)
200 Pound Beauty OST - Maria (Kim Ah Joong)


Ashily - Lucky (BOF OST)
Ashily - Saranga Naege Ogiman Hae (Witch Yoohee OST)
After School - AH
After School - Diva
A'ST1 - Yearning of the heart (BOF OST)
A Millionaire's First Love OST 1l, 2, 3, 4
Aladdin - A Whole New World, alternative link, alternative link 2, alternative link 3, version 2
Alicia Keys - Fallin
Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You, alternative link
AnyBand - Promise You
AnyBand - TPL
As One - Wonhahgoh Wonmanghajyo
Autumn in my heart OST
Avril Lavigne - When You're Gone

Backstreet Boys - Incomplete
Beauty & The Beast
Bernice Liu - Into Thin Air, advanced version
Big Bang - Fool (Babo)
Big Bang - Last Farewell
Big Bang - Lies, alternative link
BoA - Everlasting
BoA - Moon & Sunrise
BoA - My Name
BoA - My Prayer
BoA - Neul (Waiting)
BoA - Winter Love, alternative link
Brian Joo - One Year in Winter
Britney Spears - Everytime, alternative link

Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On 1, version 2
Changin' My Life - Eternal Snow
Clazziquai - She Is
Chopin Valse Op. 64 No. 2
Chopin Valse Op. 69 No. 2
Chris Brown - Say Goodbye
Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
Christina Aguilera - Hurt
Christina Aguilera - I Turn To You
Christina Aguilera - The Voice Within
Coffee Prince OST - Track 15
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
Coldplay - The Scientist

DBSK - Balloons
DBSK - Beautiful Thing
DBSK - Evergreen
DBSK - Heart Mind & Soul
DBSK - Holding Back The Tears
DBSK - Hug
DBSK - Insa, alternative link, alternative link 2
DBSK - Love in the Ice, alternative link
DBSK - Magic Castle
DBSK - Miduhyo
DBSK - My Destiny, alternative link
DBSK - My Little Princess
DBSK - Proud
DBSK - Travel Log
DBSK - White Lies, alternative link
DBSK + Super Junior - Show Me Your Love
DHT - Listen To Your Heart
DJ Sammy - Heaven

Eru - Black Glasses
Eru - White Snow

Fahrenheit - Ai Dao
Fahrenheit - Xia Xue
Fahrenheit - Yi Ge Ren Liu Lang
Five For Fighting - 100 Years
Fly to the Sky - Blood
Fly to the Sky - Condition of my Heart
Fly to the Sky - Day by Day
Fly to the Sky - Goodbye
Fly to the Sky - Gravity
Fly to the Sky - Kaseumapado
Fly to the Sky - Like A Man
Fly to the Sky - My Angel
Fly to the Sky - Sarangeul Morueda
Fly to the Sky - Seub gwan
FT Island - Cheondong
FT Island - Love Sick
FT Island - Majoong, alternative link
FT Island - Sarangahlee
FT Island - Saranghanuen buhbuel molrasuh
FT Island - Until You Come Back (Nuh Ool tae ka ji)
Full House OST
Full House OST - Geu Dae Ji Geum

George Winston version - Pachebel Canon
Go Younha - Houki Boshi
Guang Liang - First Time
Guang Liang - Tong Hua 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; alternative link, alternative link 2
Guang Liang - Yue Ding
Gumy - Memory Loss

Han Dong Jun - Noreul Saranghae

Jang Ri In - Timeless
Jang Ri In - Y (Why...)
Jay Chou - Bu Neng Shuo De Mi Mi
JJ Lin - Cao Cao
Joey Yung - My Pride
Johann Pachelbel/George Winston - Variations on Canon
Joo - Because of a Man

K - Only Human, alternative link
Kangta - Last Summer
Kat Tun - Gloria (Piano)
Kat Tun - Gloria (Piano & Vocal)
Kat Tun - Real Face (Piano)
Kat Tun - Real Face (Piano & Vocal)
Kat Tun - Will be Alright (Piano)
Kat Tun - Will be Alright (Piano & Vocal)
KC & Jojo - All My Life
Kim Ah Joong - Byul, alternative link
Kim Bum Soo - Bogoshipda
Kiss - Because I'm a girl, alternative link, alternative link 2

Le Couple - Hidamari no Uta, alternative link
Lee Ji Hoon + Shin Hye Sung - In Hyung (Doll)
Lee Seung Gi - You Are My Woman
Lion King - Circle of Life
Loveholic - A Doll's Dream

Mandy Moore - Only Hope
Mariah Carey - Hero, alternative link
Mariah Carey - Through The Rain
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Maroon 5 - Secret
Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane
Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning
Michael Wong - First Time
Mika Nakashima - Snowflower, alternative link
Monica - Angel Of Mine
Mulan - Reflection
Music & Lyrics OST - Way Back Into Love
My Name is Kim Sam-Soon OST - She Is
My Sassy Girl OST - Pachebel Canon
My Sassy Girl OST - Love & Longing

Norah Jones - Don't Know Why

O Town - All or Nothing
One Republic - Apologise

Park Hyo Shin - Noon Eh Ggot (Snowflower)

Rainie Yang - Ai Mei
Rainie Yang - Que Yang
Raymond Lam - The Last Breakthrough theme
Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives Of Henry VIII
Rhianna - Unfaithful, alternative link
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Ryan Cabrera - True?

S Club 7 - Never Had A Dream Come True
Savage Garden - Truly, Madly, Deeply, alternative link
Se7en - I will do well
Seasons of Love
See Ya - Scent of a Woman
Selena - Dreaming of You
SG Wannabe - Cheotnun
SG Wannabe - Nae Saram
SG Wannabe - Timeless
SM Town - Only Love
SNSD - Into the New World
SNSD - Girls Generation
Spring Waltz OST - A Sad Motive, alternate link
Spring Waltz OST - Clementine
Spring Waltz OST - Flying Petals duet, solo
Stephen Schwartz - Wicked
Steven Cravis - Through the Kaleidoscope
Stevie Wonder - Isn't she lovely
Sung Si Kyung - After that day
Super Junior - Chaguen Chaguen
Super Junior - Dont Don, alternative link, alternative link 2
Super Junior - Endless Moment
Super Junior - Haengbok
Super Junior - Hansaram maneum
Super Junior - Lovely Day
Super Junior - Marry U, alternative link
Super Junior - Miracle
Super Junior - Rokkugo
Super Junior - So I
Super Junior - U
Super Junior - Wonder Boy
Super Junior - You Are The One

Taebin - Naega nooneul gameun iyoo
Taebin - Without You
Tae Yeon - If
The Beatles: 1962-1974
The Fray - How to save a life, alternative link
Tim - Morning Star
Tohoshinki - Kiss mini coopera, mama sayounara

Utada Hikaru - Deep River
Utada Hikaru - First Love, alternative link
Utada Hikaru - Flavour of Life

Vibe - Looking at the Photograph

Wang Leehom - Kiss Goodbye
Whitney Houston - The Greatest Love Of All
Winter Sonata
Winter Sonata - My Memory
Wonder Girls - A Sorry Heart
Wonder Girls - Ee Babo, alternative link
Wonder Girls - Tell Me, alternative link

Xiah Junsu - Beautiful Thing

Yiruma - Destiny of Love
Yiruma - Kiss the Rain
Yiruma - River flows in you, alternative link, alternative link 2
Yiruma - Shining Smile
Yiruma - The After Day
Yiruma - The Scenery Begins
Yiruma - The Sunbeams... They Scatter
Yiruma - What Beautiful Stars
Yiruma - When the Love Falls
Younha - Audition (Melody), Audition (Piano)
Younha - Houki Boshi
Younha - I Cry (꼬마)
Younha - Kidarida
Younha - Password 486
Yuna Ito - Endless Story

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I have been all these while bombarded by requests from friends all over the world looking for sheet music especially for Korean( pop and Ost) songs. To save all the hassle having to email a couple of dozen times a day, I decided to set up this blog specifically for all my friends and the whole global community in general, so that everyone could come into this blog and get their sheet music instead of harassing me all the time requesting for sheet music. Enjoy!

1 Litre of Tears OST
- Only Human (K) >>

200 Pound Beauty OST
- Byul (Kim Ah Joong’s version) >>
- Byul (youme’s version) >>

- A Whole New World (Version 2) >>

- Promise You >>
-TPL (Talk Play Love) >>

As One
- Mianhaeya Haneungeoni >>

Autumn Story OST
- Reason >>

Bernice Liu
- Into Thin Air (Advanced) >>
- Into Thin Air (Simple) >>

Big Bang
- Fool (Babo) >>
- Haru Haru >>
- How Gee >>
- Last Farewell >>
- Lies >>
- Ootsuhbonda (Try to smile) >>

- Everlasting >>
- Moon and Sunrise >>
- Neul (Waiting) >>
- Winter Love >>

Brian Joo
- One Year in Winter >>

Changin' My Life
- Eternal Snow >>

- She Is >>

- Balloons >>
- Beautiful Thing >>
- Evergreen >>
- Forever Love [simplified version] >>
- Forever Love [advanced version] >>
- Heart Mind and Soul >>
- HUG >>
- Insa >>
- Love in the Ice >>
- Love in the Ice [Backup Link] >>
- Magic Castle >>
- Magic Castle [Backup Link] >>
- Miduhyo >>
- My Destiny >>
- My Little Princess >>
- Proud >>
- Travel Log >>
- White Lies >>

DBSK + Super Junior
- Show Me Your Love >>

- Black Glasses >>
- Snow White >>

- Ai Dao >>
- Xia Xue >>
- Yi Ge Ren Liu Lang >>

FT Island
- Cheondong >>
- Sarangahlee >>
- Saranghanuen buhbuel molrasuh >>
- Until You Come Back (Nuh Ool Ttae Ka Ji) >>

- Blood >>
- Condition of My Heart >>
- Gasuem Apadoh >>
- Goodbye >>
- Gravity >>
- Like a Man (Namja Dabge) >>
- My Angel >>

Guang Liang
- Tong Hua >>

Han Dong Jun
- Noreul Saranghae >>

Jang Ri In
- Timeless >>
- Y (Why...) >>

Jay Chou
- Chrysanthemum Flower Bed (Ju Hua Tai)(version 1) >>
- Chrysanthemum Flower Bed (Ju Hua Tai)(version 2) >>
- Chrysanthemum Flower Bed (Ju Hua Tai)(version 3) >>
- Chrysanthemum Flower Bed (Ju Hua Tai)(version 4) >>
- Chrysanthemum Flower Bed (Ju Hua Tai)(version 5) >>
- Shan Hu Hai >>

Joey Yung
- My Pride >>

Johann Pachelbel/George Winston
- Variations on Canon >>

- Because of a Man >>

- Only Human >>
- Only Human [backup link] >>
- Gloria (Piano Only) >>
- Gloria (Piano+Vocal) >>
- Real Face (Piano Only) >>
- Real Face (Piano+Vocal) >>
- Will Be Alright (Piano Only) >>
- Will Be Alright (Piano+Vocal) >>

Kim Bum Soo
- Bogoshipda >>

Le Couple
- Hidamari no Uta >>

Lee Ji Hoon + Shin Hye Sung
- In Hyung (Doll) >>

Lee Seung Gi
- Chakan geojitmal (White Lie) >>

Music and Lyrics OST
- Way Back Into Love >>

Nakashima Mika
- Yuki no Hana >>

O Town
- All or Nothing >>

Park Hyo Shin
- Noon Eh Ggot (Snowflower) >>

- I Will Do Well >>

SG Wannabe
- Chut Noon >>
- Nae Saram >>

SM Town
- Only Love >>

- If (TaeYeon's Solo) >>
- Into the New World >>
- So Nyuh Shi Dae >>

- Jioolsu Ohbnuen Sarang >>

Sung Si Kyung
- After That Day >>

Super Junior
- Chaguen Chaguen >>
- Endless Moment >>
- Endless Moment [backup link] >>
- First Snow (Chutnooneewah) >>
- Haengbok >>
- Hansaram maneun >>
- Lovely Day >>
- Miracle >>
- Rokkugo >>
- So I >>
- U >>
- Wonder Boy >>
- You Are The One >>

Surgeon Bong Dal Hee OST
- Jioolsu Ohbnuen Sarang (SS501) >>

Utada Hikaru
- Deep River >>
- First Love >>
- Flavour of Life >>

Winter Sonata
- My Memory >>

Wonder Girls
- A Sorry Heart >>

- Sheet Music Collection (60) >>
- Destiny of Love >>
- Kiss The Rain >>
- Love Hurts >>
- River Flows In You >>
- The Day After >>
- The Sunbeams They Scatter >>
- When the Love Falls >>

Yiruma - 27 May
Yiruma - OST Piano
Yiruma - Beloved
Yiruma - Chaconne
Yiruma - Destiny Of Love
Yiruma - Do You
Yiruma - Dream A Little Of Me
Yiruma - Falling
Yiruma - Gabriel
Yiruma - He Knows Me Name
Yiruma - I
Yiruma - If I Could See You Again
Yiruma - Indigo
Yiruma - Poemusic
Yiruma - The Scenery Begins
Yiruma - The Moment
Yiruma - Wait There
Yiruma - When The Love Falls
Yiruma - When The Love Falls 2
Yiruma - White Shadow
Yiruma - Lost In Island
Yiruma - Spring Rain
Yiruma - Ahpeuge Hweemong Hagi
Yiruma - Dream
Yiruma - Hidden Track
Yiruma - Hoo Ae
Yiruma - Its Your Day
Yiruma - Kiss The Rain
Yiruma - Love Me
Yiruma - Maybe
Yiruma - Nul Geu Ri Dah
Yiruma - Oasis And Yiruma
Yiruma - One Day I will
Yiruma - Our Same Word
Yiruma - River Flows In You
Yiruma - Shining Smile
Yiruma - Taeyangi Bihaneun Bangbob
Yiruma - Tears On Love
Yiruma - Time Forget
Yiruma - Unknown

- Byul >>

- Audition (Melody) >>
- Audition (Piano) >>
- Houki Boshi >>
- Kidarida >>
- Password 486 >>