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Eric Myers
SF Bay Area
pianist, composer, music teacher and nonprofit arts administrator
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Hi Folks, I can't believe my last blog entry was May 2015!! It's been longer than I realized.. Well, I've been "out of pocket" (as they say) as far as my blog goes due to my having been busy these last several months - moved cross country, started a new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Plum Leaf Music
"Mashups" seem to have developed right along side the internet. The term can be applied to a variety of fields but I'll focus on music. I found two types of music mashups: one is what you might call a "medley" - several tunes or parts of tunes strung together. The... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Plum Leaf Music
So, you'd like to create your own music because you're tired of hearing the same old stuff, right? I know just how you feel! Well, you can, and it's not that hard. But you need to know something about music. That is, it's helpful to know about chords and scales... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Plum Leaf Music
Ever wonder why someone's voice sounds so much different on the phone than in person? Well, the digital signal has slightly altered the sound of their voice, just enough so that it sounds strange. The way something sounds and our ability to recognize what we're hearing has to do with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Plum Leaf Music
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
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
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: Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Plum Leaf Music
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Jun 19, 2011
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
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Mar 6, 2011
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