So Many Wrong Notes
By Fang and Yun
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||CleanS2, episode 11: piano technician “Boomer” Harold||This episode is the first part of a series of episodes we’ll be doing on the unsung heroes of the piano world: piano technicians. William “Boomer” Harold is the piano technician at Yale School of Music, and we have a … Continued||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, episode 10: The future! Francis interviews two rising talents||Last year, I sat down with two talented high school students who I met while working at Friends Music Camp. They’re two of the most musical kids I’ve met and was happy that they were both attending performing arts high … Continued||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, episode 9: Joe Gascho-part 2||My conversation with Joseph Gascho was so interesting that we couldn’t fit it into just one episode. For the 2nd part of our interview that started with episode 7, Joe talks about the instinct to go above and beyond as a teacher, … Continued||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, episode 8: Holiday Question Time!||Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! And what better way to deal with the festivities than with a slew of stupid questions. We talk about everything from Christmas traditions, Mr. Hanky’s Christmas Classics, best gifts, Haley Joel Osment, f||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, episode 7: Joe Gascho-part 1||Harpsichord phenom Joe Gascho may be uncomfortable with me introducing him as an awesome person, but he’s just going have to be ok with it, because if anyone is deserving of the title, it’s him. Find out why in this … Continued||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Episode 6: practice practice practice||We talk about practicing anxiety, our fears behind procrastination, how we learned, effective practicing and planning techniques, how we got our theme song, and a bunch of other stuff. listen on iTunes and subscribe to get upcoming episodes!||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep.5: The stupid questions episode||The stupid questions episode. What do Rachmaninoff and pancakes have in common? What does “singing like a pianist” mean? Find out on our first episode devoted purely to stupid questions. Let us know what you thought of this episode! Mostly &#||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep.4: Brian Hsu, part 2||For part 2 of my interview with pianist Brian Hsu, we get into repertoire pet peeves, talk about his past and future recording projects, about how becoming a professor has made him see how they might have gotten some stuff … Continued||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2, Ep.3: Brian Hsu, part 1||This week we have for you the first part of my interview with Brian Hsu, one of my closest and oldest friends. I have mad respect for this guy, not in small part because you can always count on him … Continued||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2, Ep.2: Composers David Biedenbender and Matthew Browne||Jeannette talks to composers David Biedenbender and Matthew Browne about their experiences with working with performers, their compositional processes, their relationship to writing for the piano, and their thoughts on music today.||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The subject matter for this podcast is outside of my wheelhouse and quite engaging. However, the audio quality is a big stumbling block. Invest in some mics, a proper space, or just a little bit of editing. Cut out the interviwer's inhales and bump his volume. Compare the articulation and energy of the guest and the interviwer. With some small quality of life improvements this could become a regular download for me.
A look behind the curtain
This podcast is a very candid look at the thoughts that float around classical musicians' minds (or musicians in general) on stage and off. Fang and Yun do a great job of getting underneath the the surface layer of their interview subjects (sometimes each other) and extracting honest and insightful thoughts from each. A great listen for anyone who wants to know what rolls around the heads of those people on stage, and a great reminder to those who go on stage why they are there. Five stars!