Just like any average Australian-Born-Chinese boy, I was forced into classical piano lessons for the starting years during primary school.
The 4-6 examination songs per year for every grade was so boring, but since I was quite an obedient child, I didn’t dare to stand up to my parents asking to quit because I feel that their years of money invested into my lessons would be wasted.
After completing grade after grade after grade, it wasn’t until about grade 6 where I found that traditional learning from sheet music had limitations.
There were many new songs from the radio, from Animes, from dramas that I loved and wanted to play on the piano…
But sheet music on those new songs that I loved was no where to be found.
I was frustrated and just like many other musicians out there, I tried to guess and check the notes until it sounded right.
And as expected, the guess and check method failed miserably too.
Using the guess and check method not only took forever for me to find the melody, but it did not help at all for finding the harmonies.
I was desperate and wanted to play my favourite songs, so I asked my Uncle who can play any song and solos on the guitar with just a few listenings to see how I can apply that to the piano.
He told me that all songs consisted of 3 main music fundamentals of melodies, chords (harmony of notes), and rhythm (timing of notes).
He advised that in order to work out melody and chords without guessing, I just need to know the intervals (distance) between each note because essentially melodies are many combination of intervals formed after another, and chords are a combination of intervals played together.
After some examples he demonstrated, I started to further develop my methods and implemented into some of my favourite Chinese songs.
It worked! I was so happy that I posted my first piano covers by ear onto a video hosting website back at around 2007 that is known as YouTube now.
However, after doing about 70 YouTube videos for fun, I quit YouTube for many years due to my obligations to finish my classical piano diplomas, my senior high school and my university double bachelor degree in Commerce (Accounting) and Arts (Music).
The reason why I chose arts as my other degree was because of the fact that I still loved music and used it for an escape. I was also a keyboardist in a professional wedding and functions band during that time so I can keep my music passion fuelled.
Even though I’ve always been teaching piano part time from high school to the university years, during the final university year, I finally got the courage to tell my parents that I do not want to pursue a career in accounting, but to pursue in something I love the most – Music.
And that was when I started to make YouTube videos again in 2015.
And up until the present, my channel consists 3 types of piano videos: