We can compare enjoying music to eating. Pop and rock music are like fast food while classical music is like a formal dinner. Likewise, it is easy to cook fast food but will take skills to prepare a banquet. To enjoy classical music needs patience. To learn to play classical music even takes more time and efforts. Is classical music dying? There are two perspectives, said Benjamin Zander on “music and passion” (Ted Talk).
Learning to play classical music is a process of growing. Instead of impulse on every notes, we learn to play with impulse on every two notes, then on every four notes, then on every eight notes and finally on the whole phrase as we grow in age and gain skills. Benjamin used Mozart piano sonata K545 as an example to demonstrate this learning process. Continue reading “Learn to Enjoy and Play Classical Music”