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...and the place must have received a LOT of bitching from people taking piano exams or something, 'cause they actually put up a sign.

It says stuff like "A good carpenter never blames his tools" blahblah "Every student takes the exam on the same piano..." blahblah "Some of them score distinctions and some of them don't pass at all..." blahblahblah "Thus it is not the piano which is the cause of your grade..."

and I was like "Yeah well your piano still sucks."

Still sucks. Every single exam center's exam pianos are always utter crap, and so are their studios, every single year. I'd know, I bitch about this every time I take a piano exam. My accompanists for my violin exams have complained about crappy exam pianos, too.

The sound is terribly boomy, and the nearest D below the middle C always goes BOOM and sounds unreasonably loud when you press it with a minusucle amount of force, for no reason at all. The piano is placed in the most bizarre location ever - facing a corner formed by a huge window and a wall without any sound-absorbing holes thingy, with a random pot of fake flowers stuffed into the corner.

Talk about weird.

And of course due to the terrible location, the sound bounces everywhere. The piano kinda sucks - and it's out of tune - so it BOOMS really loudly even when you try to play softly. And hitting the note F creates strange buzzy vibrations.

THE PIANO EATS DYNAMICS. AND ARTICULATION. AND TONE. IT EATS EVERYTHING YOU SPENT A HELL OF A LOT OF TIME DEVELOPING AND FINE-TUNING. And after gorging on all these extremely important things, it spews out this:
BOOM BOOM OOM.

...charming.

I bet they never wiped the piano before, because THE KEYS ARE STICKY. S-T-I-C-K-Y. IDK who ate something with a lot of sugar and then played on that piano, but it's really disgusting.


...I'm sorry, I always bitch about pianos in exam centers. XD They are just so... bitchable-about, it can't be helped.

on a sidenote, MY PIANO TEACHER'S PIANOS (ONE UPRIGHT AND ONE GRAND) ARE PERFECT. *_* I adore them so so so very much. They are totally squee-worthy, I tell you. *_______*

my piano's okay, nothing spectacular but okay. a bit of strength is required to press down the keys, though... x_x

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thebeautybleeds
19th Jun, 2011 01:14 (UTC)
LOL. If people can pass on those pianos, they're probably cheating. lol jk. I don't know anything about pianos, or how you'd even cheat... But yeah. I can see how that would be frustrating.
uzumaki_rakku
19th Jun, 2011 01:17 (UTC)
HAHA YEAH XD

Maa, let's just hope the examiner will be so sick of the BOOM!piano he complains about it too. :3
thebeautybleeds
19th Jun, 2011 01:18 (UTC)
They ought to be! I mean they're the ones who have to listen to it all the time. THey should know it sucks.
uzumaki_rakku
19th Jun, 2011 01:27 (UTC)
unfortunately they only fly over from Britain a few times each year to assess the exam candidates, so ah well...

XD
erimies
20th Jun, 2011 14:47 (UTC)
I got an image of a piano eating your fingers, instead of dynamics and articulation. XD

Couldn't they at least tune it properly? O___o Or, you know, wipe they keys? Doesn't seem like too much effort. LAZY PEOPLE.
uzumaki_rakku
21st Jun, 2011 11:12 (UTC)
XDDDDDDDDD THE KEYS WOULD SO LOOK LIKE TEETH. XDXDXD

Ah well. The level of UNprofessionalism in some places always disgusts me... And anyone with a serious Classical upbringing would agree.

(in my music AU) Kakashi would be one of those who had a serious Classical upbringing, y'know, he's totally the type. XD And Naruto'd be eager to learn as much as possible and totally dive right into the *real* Classical music world, so to speak. Even though there was no one to teach him, he was very... focused, observant, and was a quick learner, whenever it came to stuf related to Classical music.

In Singapore, it... varies. Classical music isn't very strongly established in some circles, but amongst some people - like a good number of people I know / get to know - it's what we're used to, and it's become a way of life.

I believe that music is not just learnt, it is lived. There is no way someone can really go into music without music making a huge, positive impact on his/her life, forever. *__*


In Singapore and many other countries who aren't that big on music and the arts, people still don't know stuff like if they attend a concert, they shouldn't clap in between the movements of a work. Stuff like cheering and whistling isn't supposed to be done in a real concert hall, during a real concert. For Classical music, at least. It's a whole different matter and a whole different culture for rock/pop/etc.

Some woefully ignorant people don't like music from the Baroque period because they think it's boring. Or easy. DEAD WRONG. Every single Baroque composer is a freaking genius. And the music is just... *_*

I learnt violin via the Suzuki Method of teaching music, and of course I started with the Suzuki repertoire which consists of... 99.999999999999% Baroque music. There's no better way to build a rock-solid foundation in terms of technique AND musical expression. Most people abandon the Suzuki repertoire pretty soon, but I've been learning more of it WHILE AT THE SAME TIME also learning a lot of music from all the other periods. I have a strange affinity for 20th Century / contemporary music, because even though it's "odd" and often really hard to understand, there's just something about how the music is written and how different ideas/emotions are conveyed/expressed which really fascinates me. What can I say? I have a taste for the traditional, AND a taste for the odd. :3

...yeah. rambled. XD

I think... Naruto's taste for music might be kind of like mine. Somehow I feel very convinced of the fact. XD
erimies
22nd Jun, 2011 10:10 (UTC)
Wow... O___O I always felt like Classical music was everywhere. In school we were taught about many pieces and the composers, I have been to five or so concerts just through the school and once or twice in opera even. And don't let me get started on all the assignments... I still remember stuff about this guy called "Smetana". XD

I guess it's a European thing, since Classical music has kinda been a big thing in our history. ^^' And we were taught not to clap between movements and such. O___o It really does depend on the place, huh?

That was all WAY interesting tho. *__* I don't mind any rambling! XD And, well, it's not like I never listen to classical music, even though I only own one CD (hey, expensive!) XD

Oo, good luck tomorrow! <3333333 At what time is the exam?
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