Daniel James Howell needs to make a piano vid stat, in which he plays at least 5 full songs on the piano. He doesn't need to talk, doesn't need to edit really, just pure, raw, Dan playing the piano. I can say that after watching the same clips of him playing the piano 60 times over, it is time for some full songs that Dan plays on the piano. You have no idea how jealous I am that phil can always hear dan playing the piano, I need this, you need this. If someone thinks they don't need it, they're lying.
want to talk more about ritsu? like what's your take on him? like how do you think he views his brother and Reigen ?
i’ve already answered half of that third question, and you can see more stuff i wrote about ritsu and mob here… and i have a new idea about the brothers that i think i’ll make a separate post about…
but i’ve got some headcanons i can put here
if the kageyama brothers play instruments (and you can’t get through middle school without doing so, right? at least a little) (not counting recorders), mob plays piano and ritsu plays violin.
mob plays piano because it suits him. a piano is easy to operate (press a button and it makes a sound; press the button harder and it’s louder) but has great potential for complexity. the way it makes sound is pretty simple (whack a string), but the internal structure is intricate, almost convoluted. the sounds of a piano are generally smooth and neutral-to-pleasant, but they can get very intense.
ritsu plays violin because it suits him. playing a violin isn’t easy for a beginner, and it doesn’t get any easier. ritsu is an overachiever and thus, i believe, would be Real Good at violin. the sounds of a violin can sound much more dramatic than a piano, with a piercing quality and a potential to convey really gut-wrenching emotion… but it can’t have the same booming resonance as a piano.
ritsu is a good learner but not a very good teacher; he gets a knack for things and then can’t quite put it into words
ritsu doesn’t know how to make a cootie catcher and would look upon one with nervous incredulity
ritsu colors inside the lines
ritsu plays super smash brothers as link. when he plays against his brother, he gives mob the advantage by playing as a character he doesn’t usually use, but he doesn’t mention it
ritsu is well-liked and popular but does not have any close friends at his school (except maybe kamuro and maaaybe tokugawa, but they’re not, like, confidant-level close).
ritsu doesn’t carry a comb or hairbrush, not even in his school bag. if his hair gets disheveled, he give his head one good shake and it goes back to normal
ritsu sometimes feels a little guilty about being taller than his big brother
ritsu still sorta wishes mob would kick his ass for pulling that “good old brothers act is over” stunt, but he knows it’s not gonna happen. but it would make him feel a little better
Dan and Phil would be such great parents? Like they make fun of themselves bc of stuff that’s happened to dil, or the houseplants, or in Who’s your Daddy
But they would kick ass at parenting. Their kids (whether they have kids together or separately tbh) would have the most diverse music tastes, I’m sure dan would try to teach them the piano or at least play for them or sign them up for lessons
And Phil would be such a good story teller, hell they born would be, but phil would get so into it and do voices for the characters
And their kids wardrobes would be so nice? Their fashion senses would be so good and put together like dans or as equally beautiful and uniques as Phil’s
And dan would take them to art museums and make them really cultured and Phil would take them to zoos and teach them all about animals and tell them random animal facts?
And dan and Phil are both good cooks (so we’ve heard) and they’d teach their kids to cook and stuff and
It was the first time in a long time that I felt alive At least I tried Then my highest hopes were realized then it flat-lined At least I tried And I woke up scared but it’s alright ‘cause nothing changed At least I tried
okay, so, after ages of procrastination, here it is. My rehearsal tips for classical music. Mostly for piano, but also other instruments, especially woodwinds, since i’m also playing the flute! If you have anything to add to the list, just don’t hesitate :)
1. Prepare yourself.Yep. Even in music, this is an important step. Turn off your electronic devices, they’ll only distract you and you won’t need them - at least not for classical piano rehearsal. Get all of your sheet music together! You can also get yourself a glass or a bottle of water (Especially for wind instruments!), but make sure that the instrument won’t get any damage!
2.Warming up. This is so important and it’ll help you to improve your tone (winds) and your style. I recommend doing scales and arpeggios in different versions - you’ll always need them. Also, try out different breathing techniques if you’re playing a wind instrument, such as circular breathing. However, try to mix it up. Don’t do the same stuff every day because you’ll eventually loose interest in what you’re doing. Be creative! Don’t forget that music is art!
3. Don’t try to play all of your pieces in one day. What I wanna say is: If you have 3 pieces to practise - for example a Bach, a Beethoven sonata and another piece, don’t do all of them in the same day. Practice two of them the 1st day after your rehearsal, then two the next day and the day after that another two. This way, it’ll be a nice circle and you still practiced everything in the end. It’s the same with studying, really. Try to make a rehearsal plan. Also, if you only have to practise one piece, don’t just play it from the beginning ‘till the end. Do the same. Play 3 lines the first day, maybe 4 the next and maybe 2 the day after that. Divide the work in small chunks. It’ll be much easier to keep track of what you’re doing.
4.Analysis. Most people don’t believe me this, but analysing your piece of music can be really helpful. Especially if your teacher just gave you a new piece to practise and you think it is way too difficult. It is not! Try to find out where the melody is. Is it in the left hand or the right hand? What is the form of the piece? Where would you play forte, where piano? Where do the notes come from, where do they go? Where are the important parts, the climax of the piece? All of these are important information that, if done right, transform the notes on the sheet into actual music. However, you may check the details of this with your teacher. They often know a lot more about music - and asking questions won’t be wrong.
5. It is very important to practice the nuances and the intonation from the first moment on. In every instrument. Don’t try to make excuses as to why you would add that crescendo later. Do it now! To memorize the nuances easier, you can sit down for 5 to 10 minutes before your practice and just look at the notes, trying to memorize the small details that you added.
6. Start slowly. You don’t need to be able to play a piece of music in the original tempo in one week. Getting to know your piece, feeling the music, takes time. It often takes a semester to remember 3 or 4 pieces by heart - depending on their seize as well - but that was at least the case for me. And most of the time, i was just too lazy and i could’ve needed two or three more additional weeks ‘till the actual exam. I had to memorize like 20-30 pages by heart for my last two or three exams and it really takes a good amount of work and practice!
7. So now to the actual rehearsing. Again, it is important to chunk down the piece into a lot of small pieces. Start with the right hand first, then do the left hand on its own. Or start with the melody first. Go slowly - it is better if you can play without any mistake, than playing 15 wrong notes in just one line. Also, especially for piano (and violin?) - write down the fingerings. This may take some time, but it’s so important to play everything the same way. Try to find a fingering that suits you, if they’re not included already!
8. If the piece has a lot of chords, you should play the chords first. (I’m talking about Rachmaninoff here, that little bitch!) Try to get the connection between two chords right, then add a third one, and so on. Before you notice it, you can play the whole passage already - congrats! Again, prefer going slowly and with the right notes to going fast with a lot of wrong notes. In classical music, precision is really important. And precision starts the second we start learning a new piece of music.
9. Memorize the parts you played wrong, mark them, so you can go back later. For the very start, just try to get into the feeling of the piece. Then, take one section and play that 10-15 times. So slow, that you don’t play any wrong notes. Just 10-15 times, then go on to the next passage. At the beginning, you may repeat them more often, but as you’re already into the piece, don’t repeat the passage more than 15 times. Let it rest, go on to the next one - and only repeat it again the next day. This is also a great method for rehearsing if you don’t have a lot of time. It’s better to play just 10 minutes a day and just a passage than to not play at all!
10. Get a metronome. Seriously. Metronomes are so important because it is literally so so so annoying when a musician can’t keep it’s tempo. And you need to be able to do so - even in difficult passages. Also, for pianists and basically every other instrumentalist (except for drummers maybe!) DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT TAP YOUR FEET TO THE BEAT OF THE PIECE. DON’T DO IT. IT’S THE WORST THING EVER TO DO ON STAGE. Also, in orchestra, it’ll most likely annoy a lot of musicians around you. Just get a metronome.
11.Don’t skip difficult passages. Don’t do it. Practice them excessively - with the method that i described in step 9.
12.Listen to yourself. Record yourself if you need to. Criticise yourself. Don’t say “Yeah, I know i played that wrong.” Stop playing. Repeat the passage 5-10 times until you won’t get it wrong anymore. Then move on.
13. Enjoy yourself. Music comes from the heart. Try to talk to your teacher if you don’t like your piece or if you find it too difficult to practice and concentrate. I’m sure they can give you different exercises that are perfect to help you improve as an individual.
14. If you have an exam coming up, listen to different youtube versions of the song. Get inspired - but don’t freak out. It’s okay if you don’t play Chopin as fast as Yuja Wang or Lang Lang or whoever is THE GOD in your instrument. Judges know and mostly respect that you’re a student. You’re still learning, and you’re nervous. They’re humans too and they know this. I also recommend to play the songs in front of people, for example your friends or family - often, music schools offer mini concerts for students so that they can play in front of other students who’ll take the same exam - before your actual exam. It helps to get used to the situation and it’ll be really helpful because you know what passages you have to practice more so that they won’t go wrong in the exam.
15. Try to find out which way to play your pieces. One may requires more strength than the other, or a lot more concentration. Do you play your best piece at the end or do you choose the order by music eras and music styles? If you are not sure which way to play your pieces, ask your teacher for advice!
16. During the exam.Don’t stop if you played a wrong note there. Please don’t try to correct yourself, that only disturbs the music’s flow. And the judges will notice the wrong note more likely if you stop playing. Mostly, they won’t even hear a wrong note. Just continue playing as if nothing happened.
17. Last but not least, if you have to audition for an university, it is important to know why you choose that certain song. Be prepared to explain what the song means to you or why you thought it would be good to play it in this setting. Also, be prepared to do an improvisation. Don’t freak out if they ask you to do something differently - they often just want to check if you’re able to change things up immediately, if you’re open to new things. Also, it is often required to play songs from different eras. Do it! And be sure to be in the required time limit as well! Mostly, they send you a list of things you have to be aware of when you register for the audition.
18. As for the practicing times, it’s up to you. However, I recommend not playing a full hour at once - especially for piano. It’s easier to squeeze in a quick 10-20 minute practice between your study sessions. If you do that 2-3 times a day and practice the right way, you’ll be surprised on how your productivity will evaluate! Also, this method will make it easier to concentrate on your studying afterwards again, because music frees the mind from stress, relaxes your body and is good for your soul!
I'm so embarrassed! Today I was in class and I finished a quiz early. So I went back to my seat and turned on Satisfied... well apparently my headphones weren't in all the way, so in the middle of this super quiet classroom, my phone BLASTS: "all right all right, that's what I'm talkin' about!" Literally everyone turned and stared and the teacher laughed and ahahdjkfjfkffj. You've gotta admit that without context, it's a REALLY weird beginning to a song.
Haha, oh no! Definitely not an ideal moment for that to happen.
Once during college, my social psych professor accidentally started blaring Billy Joel on the lecture hall’s sound system and could not figure out how to shut it off. So at least you didn’t make 200 students listen to Piano Man?
Natsu practically bombarded into the room, his eyes flicking back from the previous room they had visited.
This one however, was a large room, simply filled with only one item. A large and beautiful, black grand piano.
Lucy took her time, she was in no rush; she wasn’t exactly a fan of this particular musical instrument and she wasn’t entirely sure why Natsu was either. Music was something quite surpassed in Magnolia, it was a town focused on magic and there were barely any mages that used music unless you were Mirajane or Gajeel. Or perhaps that was just to her own evaluation… for she did not like pianos, keyboards, or anything with keys- at least… not the musical kind.
“This is the best one I’ve seen, it’s massive…” Natsu said, prodding at the piano keys, an abundance of semi-tones and clashes between his random notes.
Lucy frowned a little, dragging herself over by Natsu, who stood over the piano in a lanky manner. She decided to settle herself down on the wooden bench; and he pulled his fingers away, a sudden fascination on his face.
“There’s something so cold about piano music…”
“Yeah… It… Reminds me of everything… Mom.. And…”
“Music can’t be cold! It’s something you listen to.”
“I know, but it’s not how I mean… We had a piano in our old house….”
“Mh…” Her fingers slid over the keys, a melancholic sound as her fingers dodged tones, it gradually descending in notes.
“There was a song…” She pressed down a simple chord, the notes ringing in the quiet room, but the sounds bouncing around.
“My mom used to play it every time she lay eyes on the piano…”
She felt Natsu move around now, the bench vibrating as he knocked his knee on it in order to settle himself beside her. She knew he was watching her and not the keys, but he listened to the melody playing gently beneath her fingers.
“It’s an easy song… I can’t remember the name of it…” Her fingers began to push down on an array of keys, a sorrowful melody plain as she hit both flats and sharps, along with the white keys; her dynamic bouncing from high to low as she began to pick up her finger pace.
It had been years… years since she had touched the piano after so many boring classes as a child. And it certainly had been a long time since she had played the song, she’d never played it after her mother’s funeral, after all it had been the song they had played while carrying her out of the church.
She could feel Natsu watch her with those big eyes, amazing by her movement and eloquence as she tapped away to create the tune, but inside, all Lucy felt was heart ache and she finally slowed to a stop midsong.
“It makes me sad… this song…”
“That’s cuz you’re playing sad notes.”
She glanced up at the dragon slayer, raising a brow.
“Do you even know anything about music? I’m playing it right.”
“I’m sure you are.”
“Then it’s not my fault.”
He shuffled her up a little.
“Eh. Play it again.” He nodded, glancing to the keys once more.
She frowned a little, not wanting to replay the nostalgic song.
“Just do it.”
She furrowed her eye brows down, but placed her left hand back on bass, it ready for the chord, that melancholic D#, and her right hand beginning to push down on notes.
Once again she converted into the abyss of the sounds, her memories flooding back of her mother in the lounge, all of them gathering around the piano to listen…
But this time… something new began. A higher note, a counter melody bumping down in a majestic yet playful manner. The notes felt like sunshine and she felt her eyes swing open.
It felt impossible, this song was a Minor Scale, yet there was Natsu shoving in Major scale notes, enlightening the tune- changing it. And soon enough she felt her hands slipping, moving to softer, happier chords; her notes downgrading to simply white notes.
The melody was the same, but some how Natsu had altered it, turned it into something new and happier; no longer cold… it was warm. She practically yanked her hands away from the keys and shot a surprised look the dragon slayer’s way.
“I didn’t know you could play…”
All he did was grin at that, letting go of the piano himself.
Is my sister giving birth considered a 'special occasion'. I wanted to make a raw vegan cheesecake (which i know are very high in fat) to celebrate, but I feel like you can always find something to celebrate and just use it as an excuse to eat bad food.
Unless you have a pressing medical condition, or are really trying hard with no progress then absolutely celebrate. If your sister plans on having a dozen kids maybe you can start skipping the cake after 3 or 4 :) The best vegan cheesecake I ever had was oil-free & made out of soy milk, sweetener and corn starch in a restaurant in Spain, El Piano in Granada. At least that is what the lady behind the counter told me :) Enjoy! PS. we will always vote for celebrating & just encourage you to do it more wisely.