About Me

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Hi, my name is Philip. I’m 55 years old, and started this blog in April 2008. I live in Penang, Malaysia. This is a beautiful country of about 28 million people. It’s just south of Thailand (we share a border) and north of Singapore.

I’ve just written and published my first e-book entitled LEARN TO PLAY THE PIANO IN 12 LESSONS. It’s a great way to start playing the piano on your own (and yes, you can do it!) Written in plain and simple English, it’s perfect for beginners from 14 to 92. You can get all the details at my website. Don’t forget to look around, there are some goodies there, like my free e-book, 10 MYTHS ABOUT LEARNING THE PIANO. Download it, free of charge.

I’ve been teaching piano privately for more than 30 years now, ever since graduating from the University of Arizona with a B. Music degree in the early 80’s. I’ve also become quite a computer geek since the early 90’s, starting with Windows 3.1 and now I’m using Windows 7.

When I’m away from the computer keyboard, I play cocktail music at the E & O Hotel here, twice a week. A very nice and relaxing job, if I may say so (thanks, Mike!) Well, I’ve played cocktail piano for as long as I can remember.

Last but not least, I’m a staff member at BigBlueBall. If you want to know everything about Instant Messaging, thisΒ is the place to go to. Besides, it has a ton of other cool stuff to check out, including Social Networking, the latest phones, a really nice BigBlueBall lounge, etc.

Alright, think I’ve just about completed the intro. I’ll be posting often (I hope). Please use the Contact Me link to submit any messages or comments to me. Enjoy browsing through my blog!

Philip

25 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hi Philip,

    Wow! Your own blog. Cool. I’m in the process of creating a blog too .. still in the crawling stage. Did I tell you that I bought a digital piano? I also practice the piano at work. There’s a School of Music on campus. So I go there during my lunch time. But I’m still struggling with my piano πŸ™

    Christina

  2. Hey, thanks for visiting my blog, Christina. And congrats for buying the digital piano. Now you’ll have to send me an air ticket so I can go over and give you a few lessons πŸ™‚

  3. Hi, I can’t believe you are 47 years old! You give me a young
    feeling in your style of blogging! Keep being un-old!
    For your info, I’m Brandon’s classmate and good friend…wonder why you didn’t mention about your family in your intro? lol anyway happy blogging and blessed days .

    Just visit my space – http://www.desmond3007.spaces.live.com for more about me or add my msn. Just ask Brandon. lol

  4. Thank you for the kind comments, Desmond. Well it took me a while to figure out your nickname, but I realized it was your name spelt backwards, lol. Have visited your blog and posted a comment.

  5. Your son here! Good luck in your blog. Just to stop by and to tell that your son will always love you. May the good Lord bless you always!

  6. Hi! Philip.This new format, blog looks good. Hi! everbody out there reading this blog, if you require someone to help you with your computer (especially beginners or retirees), I would highly recommend Philip. He does a good job servicing my computer for more than 2 years already. I have no doubt about this music talent too. God bless!

  7. Philip Yeoh!
    Found you because I was surfing the web to know more about what was the cause (medical) of Har Yong’s home-going after reading about on the way back from Kelantan. Hope you still remember me – one of those MBSCFers who enjoyed your good music! May the Joy, Love and Peace of our Good Lord be with you always in this fleeting world! hean peng

  8. Hi Hean Peng, wow, what a way to get in touch. I’m glad I could do my bit to provide some info about Har Yong for you.

  9. Hey Philip,

    I tried to sign your guest book — a feature on your blog that must be new because I’ve never seen it before and notice no entries — but it locked up and said “comments are closed”. Just thought you might like to know. Hey, cool, you have a spell checker on here now. Yaaaaaaaaay! Oops, the spell checker does not like the word, Yaaaaaaaaay.

  10. Hi, I stumbled upon your blog when I was surfing the net for details on digital piano. My daughter is about to start her first trial lesson in violin, and I am considering of getting a digital piano (in future) to help her with her lesson as she progress. I guess the main reason is that I would like to re-learn to play the piano again, I used to learn till grade 6, and then I quit. Getting a new acoustic piano is not possible. I don’t know how to judge a good 2nd hand piano. So perhaps a digital piano? However there are too many choices around, Korg SP170 and then this Yamaha P85,P95. My budget is around RM3000. I would appreciate any advise from you.

    1. Hi, KS Law…yes, definitely go for a digital piano like the Yamaha P-105 (the latest in the P-series). You’ll save a bundle on tuning and maintainance (a digital piano is always in tune 365 days a year). Feel free to contact me should you need further advice or info.

      1. Thank you for your reply. As you have played both digital and acoustic piano, is the digital piano so inferior when it comes to playing the classical pieces? That is the feeling that I get when I read comments and reviews regarding digital piano. I played Petrof when I was younger. Do you find it difficult to switch from digital to acoustic piano or visa versa? Thanks again for your reply. I will try to visit the Yamaha center and get a feel of it.

      2. That is totally untrue and is a sign of a biased mind. I’ve been using a Yamaha Clavinova for almost 15 years now to teach my students, and it’s a decision I’ve never ever regretted. Ignore those birdbrained people who tell you that you need an acoustic piano to play classical repertoire. Digital has so much going for it. Just look at computers, CD’s, cameras…the list goes on and on. Besides, the latest Clavinovas have come a long way in touch and sound (in fact, the high-end Clavinovas even have touch screens!) I just tried the CVP-605B and it was so good I’m tempted to upgrade.

  11. Sorry, just one more question. Have you ever try Casio Privia, Korg or Roland? Just curious how Yamaha P95 fares compared to the other brands. I like Clavinova but I have a feeling that it will be over my budget. πŸ™‚ If I were to purchase one, it will stay with me for many years. Thanks again for your opinion.

    1. I’ve stayed pretty much with Yamaha all these years. Get the P-105 and not the P-95 (this model is superseded already). If you’re looking for a long term purchase I’d still suggest a Clavinova, maybe the CLP series, which is more basic in features.

  12. Hi Philip Yeoh,

    Sorry to hear about the demise about your mom. I am a friend of your cousin, Emily Yeoh Guat Chaing. She visited your mother often. She would like to get in touch with you. She lives in Penang. I saw some of your father’s exhibits in the museum recently. My uncle was a former musician in Penang too.

    Best regards,
    Winson Saw

  13. H buddy
    I chanced upon your blog while surfing. I am pretty sure you know me as I was your classmate and close buddy in Lower Six at MBS. There were only a few of our species then in class. So, how’s life ? I am now residing in Christchurch, New Zealand. Could you give me your email address so that we can reconect?

    Cheers
    Ui Wei Lii

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