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Eric Myers
SF Bay Area
pianist, composer, music teacher and nonprofit arts administrator
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Some music makes us want to dance or move and other music doesn't. Why is that? It has to do with rhythm. There are an infinite variety of rhythms out there. What makes a rhythm feel "right"? It has to do with something we call the "downbeat". A downbeat is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Plum Leaf Music
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In the 1930’s the U.S. was in the throws of the Great Depression. People were lined up waiting for bread and soup and some were selling apples just to survive. Many who had enjoyed fortunes during the roaring twenties found themselves with nothing. Many businesses had to close because people... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Plum Leaf Music
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When you're at the beach and you listen you can hear lots of sounds: the seagulls, the waves, the wind, maybe kids shouting or passing cars. You may not notice some of these unless you stop and listen closely. When you listen to music, you hear a lot, too. You... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Plum Leaf Music
I like to muse on lots of music-related subjects: everything from how a composer turns a short idea into a large piece to how music changes our experience of time. For more about me and my music, visit my website: http://plumleafmusic.com. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Plum Leaf Music
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What is the difference between "major" and "minor" in music? Is it just a question of mood - whether a song is happy or sad? Or is there something else to it? First, let's take a look at the technical side of Major and Minor: The distinction between major and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Plum Leaf Music
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I'm releasing my first album, a collection of 12 original piano pieces. Through the course of creating the pieces and making the recordings, I found myself grappling with questions about being a composer versus being an improviser and performer. In the end, I found I had to change the way... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at Plum Leaf Music
I was inspired by a video post of a 1980 performance by The Cure before they got really big. It was before Robert Smith started wearing his hair and make-up for which he became so famous along with his great song-writing and stage performance. I noticed, at this stage in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Plum Leaf Music
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Many composers have written music that is inspired by a place, such as a country, city or culture. Just think of Dvorak's New World Symphony which portrays the wonders of America from the perspective of a Hungarian composer living in New York City. I also think of Rimsky-Korsakov's Spanish Capriccio,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at Plum Leaf Music
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When you go to a concert having seen the press photo of a string quartet in formal attire do you expect to hear Mozart and Brahms? When you go to a show where there's a saxophone, piano, upright bass and drums on stage do you expect to hear Coltrain and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Plum Leaf Music
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Is there anyone you know who does not have a piano or keyboard in their home? It has to be the most commonly found instrument in the American home besides the guitar. It's been a fixture in our homes, schools, churches and our culture for well over a century. If... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2012 at Plum Leaf Music
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I fist saw the famous painting The Persistence of Memory (1931) by Salvadore Dali at the MOMA in New York when I was in college. I must have been around 19 or 20 at the time. The tour guide was talking about the painting but I don't remember what he... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at Plum Leaf Music
I remember when I first saw Disney's film Fantasia (1940). I was so disappointed that there was no story, no characters, no evil emperor, lovely princess or daring hero and no funny little creatures clowning around. Actually, there were a lot of these things in Fantasia, it's just that they... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Plum Leaf Music
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We've all whistled or hummed a simple melody, like a nursery rhyme or a tune we heard on the radio. Maybe we've even made up our own melody. How does a composer take a simple melody like that and create a piece for an entire symphony orchestra? This question is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Plum Leaf Music
Eric Myers is now following Elizabeth Myers
Nov 28, 2011
The words "Chamber Music Concert" usually evoke images of a string quartet or a grand piano, violin or clarinet, or even a small jazz group. One doesn't often think of Chinese music or instruments. But Melody of China, San Francisco's fascinating Chinese music group, is taking the definition of chamber... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Plum Leaf Music
Music students today have an unprecedented set of tools available to them for the purposes of learning and experiencing music. At the heart of this new set of tools, of course, lies the internet. But is there a downside to this wealth of information? Anyone can go online and instantly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2011 at Plum Leaf Music
Eric Myers is now following Stephanie Andres
Jun 19, 2011
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In 1877 Thomas Edison invented a new device that could record sound. He called it the ‘phonograph’ and listed several possible uses for the contraption including: recording someone’s last dying words, replacing the job of a stenographer, recording a professor’s lectures for students and, of course, listening to music. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Plum Leaf Music
Do different types of music change the way we perceive time? When you listen to a piece of music, does time seem to pass quickly or slowly? With such a slippery issue as time perception, there are a lot of factors to consider. Tempo, rhythm and instrumentation are just a... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2011 at Plum Leaf Music
Eric Myers is now following Mantraycobertor.blogspot.com
Mar 6, 2011
Eric Myers is now following David Byrne
Mar 6, 2011
What sparked my interest in comparing a Chopin mazurka with a Joplin rag? One of my students was working on a mazurka and I had been heavy into the Joplin rags at the time, practicing several of them religiously. I was struck by Chopin's simple but engaging structure (given that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Plum Leaf Music
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I wanted to explore similarities between Chopin's mazurkas and Joplin rags. In my previous post, we took a look at Chopin's Mazurka in F-sharp minor. Listen: 13 Scott Joplin - Weeping Willow Claudio Colombo performing, 2010 Claudio Colombo Image from Ragtime Classics, 2003, Alfred Publishing Company, Inc. In Scott Joplin's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Plum Leaf Music
Eric Myers is now following Melka Myers
Jan 30, 2011
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I was checking out some of Chopin's mazurkas (his short piano pieces inspired by Polish dance) and found they reminded me of Jopin's rags. I started thinking about how I might go about comparing them. Listen: 5-01 Mazurka No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 6, No. 1 Vladimir Ashkenazy performing,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at Plum Leaf Music