關於作者 - 張仲權(自述)
關於 Piano Garden(About Piano Garden)

我 1938 年出生於臺灣, 在日本長大( 1945-1958 ),於 1958 年移居美國。獲得紐約州 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 物理學學士學位,及 Cornell University 物理學博士學位。我自 1949 年開始學習鋼琴。寫這本書的念頭萌芽自一次經歷:此事發生於 1978 年,當時我帶我的女兒到 Yvonne Combe 女士那裡上鋼琴課,想不到這次一輩子難忘的經歷改變了我的一生。我的兩個女兒學了幾年的鋼琴,進步神速,我跟太太倆很自然地(錯誤地)以為是女兒們生性聰明。在一次琴課裡,老師在選擇新曲子時,拿出了一本殘舊的書,書裡面的曲子由淺至深排列,老師請我的女兒隨便挑,於是小女孩左翻翻、右翻翻,從容易的,到困難的,找她喜歡的曲子。我覺得不對勁,忍不住問道:「不是找合適她程度的曲子嗎?」老師對著我的女兒發出會心的微笑,然後跟她說,「難度不是我們的問題呀,對嗎? 」我那明顯的無知讓我感到非常尷尬,而且老師說話的含意更令我大吃一驚,接著我只好閉上嘴。之後我跟女兒們在這方面有過多次的談話。不久我決定就這個教學系統做筆記,我花了近十五年的時間進一步觀察 、 做比較,和搜集資料,才發現大多數老師都不教授練習的方法,而我才明白其中的原因。

由於調音師收費昂貴,我也從書本上自己學會了調音。因為我跟太太的音感都不好,我們的鋼琴自女兒們出生後得以時常調教準確,要歸功於她們的絕對音感。

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - by C.C Chang

I was born in Taiwan in 1938, grew up in Japan (1945-1958), and then moved to the U.S. in 1958; received a BS degree in Physics from RPI in Troy, NY, and PhD in Physics from Cornell Univ. Started taking piano lessons in 1950. The basis for writing this book originated with an incident in 1978 when I took one of our 2 daughters to her piano lesson with Mlle. Yvonne Combe . Little did I know that it would change my life, a once in a lifetime experience. In a few years of lessons, our two daughters were progressing at unbelievable speed, which my wife and I attributed naturally (and mistakenly) to their intelligence. During this lesson, it became time to choose a new piece of music, so the teacher took out this frayed book with all the candidate pieces arranged according to difficulty. Mlle. Combe said, "Choose whatever you want!!!", and my daughter went all over the book, easy and difficult, looking for what she might like. I couldn't help interfering to ask "Shouldn't she stay within her level of difficulty?" The teacher smiled knowingly with my daughter and said "Difficulty isn't our problem, is it?" I was so embarrassed by my apparent ignorance and flabbergasted by the implications of what she said that I shut up the rest of the lesson and had long conversations with our daughters afterwards on this topic. Soon thereafter, I decided to take notes on how this teaching system worked. It took me about 15 years of further observations, comparisons, and research to realize that most teachers do not teach practice methods and to understand the reasons why.

I also taught myself to tune the piano by reading books because I did not have the money to pay a piano tuner. Since neither my wife nor I have perfect pitch, I must attribute our two daughters' accurate perfect pitch to the fact that our piano was always in tune since their birth.