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  • Coffee Chat Ep.9 - Dissing Our Own Instruments

    14 JUN. 2024 · In this light-hearted episode, join us for a fun-filled conversation with Sung Wah, Anson, and Biyu, three talented musicians who play the Erhu, Yangqin, and Pipa respectively. Ever wondered what musicians dislike about their own instruments? Tune in as they humorously dish out their biggest annoyances and frustrations with their instruments. Whether you're a seasoned player or just curious about these traditional Chinese instruments, you'll enjoy the laughs and insights. Discover the quirks that come with mastering the Erhu, Yangqin, Pipa, and more, and find out why, despite all the annoyances, Sung Wah, Anson, and Biyu still have a deep love for their music. Perfect for both musicians and non-musicians alike, this episode promises to entertain and enlighten. Don't miss it! Check us out on our platforms too: a. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/EasonMusic b. Instagram: EasonMusicStore c. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasonMusic d. TikTok: EasonMusicSG e. Webstore: https://www.EasonMusicStore.com/ f. Music Lessons: https://www.EasonMusicSchool.com/
    Escuchado 45m 16s
  • Coffee Chat Ep. 8b - From Auditions to Admissions: The Ultimate DSA Guide for Parents

    31 MAY. 2024 · ☕🎶 Welcome back to part 2 of our in-depth "Coffee Chat" on mastering the DSA process! In this episode, Mr. Wilson Neo pulls back the curtain on a little-known ranking system some schools use for DSA selection. Anson and Biyu dive deeper with Mr. Wilson, uncovering more about the audition and selection process.We also explore the reality of CCA life for instructors and students who enter through DSA, shedding light on what it takes to thrive. Mr. Wilson wraps up with crucial advice: avoid last-minute DSA prep and prioritize academics, as they best reflect a student's ability to adapt to a new school's culture and demands. Join us for this essential guide, perfect for Singaporean parents aiming to navigate the dos and don'ts of DSA preparation. ☕🎵 Check us out on our platforms too: a. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/EasonMusic b. Instagram: EasonMusicStore c. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasonMusic d. TikTok: EasonMusicSG e. Webstore: https://www.EasonMusicStore.com/ f. Music Lessons: https://www.EasonMusicSchool.com/
    Escuchado 40m 34s
  • Coffee Chat Ep. 8a - From Auditions to Admissions: The Ultimate DSA Guide for Parents

    24 MAY. 2024 · ☕🎶 Ready for an exclusive insider scoop? In this two-part episode of "Coffee Chat," we welcome the esteemed Mr. Wilson Neo, Zhonghu musician with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and seasoned instructor and conductor in Singapore schools. Dive deep with us into the intricacies of the Direct School Admission (DSA) process. Mr. Wilson Neo unveils his expert methods for selecting top-tier DSA candidates, sharing invaluable tips on what to watch out for. Whether you're a parent preparing your child for DSA or a student aiming for success, this episode is packed with essential insights. But that's not all! Joining the conversation is Biyu, who opens up about her personal journey through the DSA process into junior college. Her story is filled with surprising twists and uplifting moments that you won't want to miss. So, grab your coffee and tune in for a rich discussion that's sure to elevate your understanding of the DSA process. Perfect for Singaporean parents looking to navigate the dos and don'ts of DSA preparation. Stay tuned for part two! ☕🎵 - [00:00] Podcast intro. - [01:35] Discussion on DSA. - [06:13] DSA preparation process. - [11:46] Increasing DSA applications. - [16:42] Importance of academic performance. - [21:01] Personal experience with DSA and academic challenges. - [25:31] Grades for auditions. - [26:36] Grades not crucial. - [28:43] Grades aid selection. - [31:01] Sight reading process. Check us out on our platforms too: a. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/EasonMusic b. Instagram: EasonMusicStore c. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasonMusic d. TikTok: EasonMusicSG e. Webstore: https://www.EasonMusicStore.com/ f. Music Lessons: https://www.EasonMusicSchool.com/
    Escuchado 33m 33s
  • Coffee Chat Ep. 7 - Striking the Right Note: Challenges of Teaching in CCA

    27 ABR. 2024 · Get ready to spill the tea with Eason Music's latest episode of "Coffee Chat"! Hosted by the dynamic duo, Anson and Sung Wah, this week's episode dives deep into the drama surrounding music education in Chinese orchestras. Joining the discussion is none other than the yangqin virtuoso himself, Mr. Patrick, adding his two cents to the heated debate. From helicopter parents to strict instructors, no stone is left unturned as our hosts and guest dish out their juiciest anecdotes and opinions. But wait, it's not all shade and drama! Amidst the chaos, our trio of musical mavens find common ground, emphasizing the need for mutual respect and open communication between all parties involved. It's a rollercoaster ride of emotions, revelations and laughter! So grab your headphones and get ready to tune in as "Coffee Chat" serves up piping hot takes on music education like never before. Don't miss out on the scandalous discussions - subscribe now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts! ☕💬 - [00:13] Chinese Orchestra History - [00:43] Learning Journey Insights - [06:22] Late Instrument Learning - [10:13] Communication is Key - [12:32] Parent-Teacher Dynamics - [24:32] Instructor restrictions - [25:12] Gender bias incident - [27:40] False accusation fallout - [29:18] Responsibility in choices - [31:12] Instilling team values - [35:18] Communication importance - [38:29] Embracing failure Check us out on our platforms too: a. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/EasonMusic b. Instagram: EasonMusicStore c. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasonMusic d. TikTok: EasonMusicSG e. Webstore: https://www.EasonMusicStore.com/ f. Music Lessons: https://www.EasonMusicSchool.com/
    Escuchado 41m 22s
  • Coffee Chat Ep. 6 - Yangqin Sticks D Style Grip ft. Mr Patrick!

    16 ABR. 2024 · Join us in this exciting episode of "Coffee Chat," where we delve into the world of Chinese music instruments innovation! In this installment, we're thrilled to introduce our very first guest, Mr. Patrick, a renowned yangqin musician and educator, who unveils his groundbreaking invention: the yangqin stick D style grip. Ever wondered how innovation intersects with tradition in the realm of Chinese music instruments? Mr. Patrick shares his inspiring journey, from identifying a common struggle among yangqin beginners to revolutionizing the grip design for greater accessibility and comfort. Through his dedication and perseverance, he unveils the D style grip, aimed at assisting learners in mastering the art of yangqin playing with ease. Tune in as Mr. Patrick candidly shares the challenges he faced, the creative process behind his invention, and the profound impact he hopes to make in the realm of Chinese music education. Whether you're a seasoned yangqin player or a curious enthusiast, this episode offers fascinating insights into the dynamic world of Chinese music instruments and the innovative minds shaping its future. Don't miss out on this captivating conversation! [00:00] Music company introduction. [01:28] Introduction of guest Patrick. [03:28] Teaching challenges: stick grip. [07:08] Correct installation of grip. [10:23] Grip removal recommendation. [12:52] Eight-year grip creation journey. [18:33] Grip benefits: solving holding problems. [19:27] Grip for beginners, experienced, and sweaty palms. [21:02] Grip design considerations. [23:04] Grip placement and adjustability. [24:40] Grip availability and features. a. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/EasonMusic b. Instagram: EasonMusicStore c. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasonMusic d. TikTok: EasonMusicSG e. Webstore: https://www.EasonMusicStore.com/ f. Music Lessons: https://www.EasonMusicSchool.com/
    Escuchado 25m 39s
  • Coffee Chat Ep. 5 - Mishaps during CO Performance!

    5 ABR. 2024 · ☕🎶 Get ready to spill the musical tea in our latest episode of "Coffee Chat"! Sung Wah and Anson are serving up a piping hot brew of juicy stories and scandalous mishaps from the wild world of Chinese orchestra performances.From concert hall catastrophes to outdoor gig disasters, no stage is safe from the chaos. Join us as we dish on the tales of student performers stumbling over notes, professional musicians facing unexpected hurdles, and even encounters with diva-like attitudes that'll leave you gasping in disbelief. It's a rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of live performances, with every mishap and misstep adding a twist to the musical drama. So, grab your cup of joe and brace yourself for a whirlwind of gossip, laughter, and jaw-dropping revelations. This episode is brewing with scandalous stories that'll have you on the edge of your seat! ☕🎵 - [00:22] Mishaps in Performances - [01:58] Wrong Reed Mishap - [03:17] Shaky Instrument Mishap - [05:46] Instrument Drop Mishap - [06:43] Broken Tan String Mishap - [08:24] Forgotten Anti-Slip Mat - [10:27] iPad Score App Blank Page - [18:31] Duet Memory Lapse - [20:46] Forgotten Melody on Stage - [22:48] Unlisted Mistaken Second Movement - [23:41] Stick Getting Stuck - [24:47] Memory Lapse in Competition - [25:29] Lack of Preparation - [25:55] Mental Pressure Struggles - [26:23] Conductor's Critical Role - [27:33] Chaos Recovery Methods - [28:53] Musician's Attire Impact - [32:46] Audience Awareness - [38:49] Nature's Call Mishap a. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/EasonMusic b. Instagram: EasonMusicStore c. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasonMusic d. TikTok: EasonMusicSG e. Webstore: https://www.EasonMusicStore.com/ f. Music Lessons: https://www.EasonMusicSchool.com/
    Escuchado 44m 44s
  • Coffee Chat Ep. 4b - FIRST EVER tier list for Chinese music instruments!

    29 MAR. 2024 · Get ready for part 2 of the groundbreaking episode of "Coffee Chat" with a revolutionary concept: creating the very first tier list for Chinese orchestra instruments in the English-speaking world! In this double feature, Anson and Sung Wah will be diving deep into four key categories to rank these instruments: ease of learning, versatility in performance, listening pleasure, and maintenance. From the timeless erhu to the majestic guzheng, every instrument will be scrutinized and sorted into their rightful tiers. Join us as we embark on this epic musical journey, where opinions will clash, and revelations will abound. It's a must-listen for music enthusiasts, players, and anyone curious about the enchanting world of Chinese orchestral music. So, grab your favorite brew and brace yourselves for an unforgettable ride through the highs and lows of Chinese orchestra instruments. You won't want to miss a single note of this historic episode! [00:07] Versatility Ratings [01:08] "S" Tier Instruments [03:38] Annoying Instruments [05:36] "S" Tier Instruments [08:31] Instrument Loudness [09:22] Maintenance Ratings [11:28] Maintenance Effort [13:55] String Instruments Maintenance [15:01] "S" Tier Maintenance [16:35] Reed Instrument Care [17:55] Minimal Maintenance a. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/EasonMusic b. Instagram: EasonMusicStore c. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasonMusic d. TikTok: EasonMusicSG e. Webstore: https://www.EasonMusicStore.com/ f. Music Lessons: https://www.EasonMusicSchool.com/
    Escuchado 18m 50s
  • Coffee Chat Ep. 4a - FIRST EVER tier list for Chinese music instruments!

    22 MAR. 2024 · Get ready for a groundbreaking episode of "Coffee Chat" that's shaking up the world of Chinese music like never before! Sung Wah and Anson are back with a revolutionary concept: creating the very first tier list for Chinese orchestra instruments in the English-speaking world. In this double feature, they'll be diving deep into four key categories to rank these instruments: ease of learning, versatility in performance, listening pleasure, and maintenance. From the timeless erhu to the majestic guzheng, every instrument will be scrutinized and sorted into their rightful tiers. Join us as we embark on this epic musical journey, where opinions will clash, and revelations will abound. It's a must-listen for music enthusiasts, players, and anyone curious about the enchanting world of Chinese orchestral music. So, grab your favorite brew and brace yourselves for an unforgettable ride through the highs and lows of Chinese orchestra instruments. You won't want to miss a single note of this historic episode! [00:17] Chinese Orchestra Tierlist [02:31] Four Ranking Criteria [08:54] Strings Category Rankings [15:45] Wind Instruments Rankings [22:42] Pipa and Qin [23:08] Yangqin: Expressive Solo [23:24] Pipa: Expressive Solo [25:04] Liuqin: Mandolin-like [25:31] Guzheng: Harp-like [26:11] Ruan: Semi-Bass [27:22] Sanxian: Versatile [28:05] Guqin: Limited Accompaniment [28:42] Hulusi: Ambient Drone [29:48] Sheng: Versatile [31:00] Guan: Metallic tone [31:28] Hulusi: Unique Tone [31:58] Xiao: Expressive a. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/EasonMusic b. Instagram: EasonMusicStore c. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasonMusic d. TikTok: EasonMusicSG e. Webstore: https://www.EasonMusicStore.com/ f. Music Lessons: https://www.EasonMusicSchool.com/
    Escuchado 32m 39s
  • Coffee Chat Ep. 3 - Types of conductors in the Chinese orchestra

    15 MAR. 2024 · Get ready to stir up some musical drama in our latest episode of "Coffee Chat"! Sung Wah and Anson are dishing out the piping hot tea on the seldom-discussed topic of Chinese Orchestra conductors. From the virtuosos to the down right naggy, they're breaking down what makes a conductor soar or crash. But wait, there's more! We've got anonymous insiders spilling the beans on their run-ins with orchestra conductors – the good, the bad, and the downright scandalous. It's a symphony of secrets, with juicy tales that'll have you on the edge of your seat. So, grab your cuppa and join us as we navigate the twists and turns of conducting chaos in the world of Chinese Orchestra. Don't miss out on the gossip and revelations – this episode is brewing with juicy stories and musical intrigue! - Different conductor experiences (1:15) - Anonymous insider's orchestra journey (3:41) - Efficiency in orchestra rehearsals (5:33) - Importance of a conductor's character (8:03) - Conductor's preparation matters (10:59) - Inefficient conducting styles (13:11) - Conductor's personal boundaries (17:00) - Traditional vs. modern pieces (21:57) - Showcasing orchestra skills (23:48) - Balancing old and new in Chinese Orchestra (24:16) - Balancing rehearsal stories (25:36) - How a conductor's stories connect (26:45) - Why efficient rehearsals are vital (28:30) - The importance of constructive feedback (30:09) - Diverse conducting styles (31:43) - Understanding the conductor's intent (32:52) - The varying roles of conductors (34:29) a. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/EasonMusic b. Instagram: EasonMusicStore c. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasonMusic d. TikTok: EasonMusicSG e. Webstore: https://www.EasonMusicStore.com/ f. Music Lessons: https://www.EasonMusicSchool.com/
    Escuchado 35m 58s
  • Coffee Chat Ep. 2 - Learn Erhu Experience!

    8 MAR. 2024 · Tune in to our latest episode of 'Coffee Chat' as Sung Wah and Anson spill the tea, or should we say, pour the coffee, on their brand new venture – the 'Learn Erhu Experience'! This isn't your run-of-the-mill online course; it's a community, a vibe, and a symphony of shared passions. Discover the sparks that ignited this musical journey, and join us in exploring how 'Learn Erhu Experience' is flipping the script on traditional courses. It's not just about paying for lessons; it's about forging connections, jamming in weekly Zoom sessions, and immersing yourself in a collective erhu love fest. Sung Wah is here to guide you, share stories, and even take your song requests! So, grab your favorite drink, and get ready to dive into this week's episode with Sung Wah and Anson. https://www.learnerhu.com [00:51] Learn Erhu Experience [01:16] Teaching through experience [02:38] Teaching Erhu basics [03:50] Goal: Play decently [04:16] Retaining Erhu players [05:10] Onboarding session importance [06:21] Understanding instrument issues [07:54] Structured step-by-step videos [08:30] Importance of feedback [09:52] Weekly Zoom sessions [10:47] Creating a learning community [12:34] Interactive Forum platform [13:56] Song request opportunities [15:21] First 50 students' song requests [16:05] Suitable for all levels [17:12] Not for advanced soloists [17:40] Find more at learnerhu.com/go a. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/EasonMusic b. Instagram: EasonMusicStore c. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasonMusic d. TikTok: EasonMusicSG e. Webstore: https://www.EasonMusicStore.com/ f. Music Lessons: https://www.EasonMusicSchool.com/
    Escuchado 18m 21s

Welcome to 'Coffee Chat'! The podcast that takes you behind the strings and beats of Chinese traditional music instruments! Join us as we dive into the heart of ancient melodies...

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Welcome to 'Coffee Chat'! The podcast that takes you behind the strings and beats of Chinese traditional music instruments! Join us as we dive into the heart of ancient melodies and explore the latest buzz in the world of guzheng, erhu, pipa, and more.

It's not your typical instrument introduction — we're here to casually chat about the rhythmic tales, share insider tips, dish out fun facts, and reminisce about our years navigating the fascinating realm of traditional Chinese music.

So, grab your headphones, tune in, and let's harmonize our way through the vibrant notes of tradition and innovation!
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