Welcome to the tonebase Piano Community!

Hey everyone - this is Dominic from tonebase 🙂!

 

As the tonebase Piano LIVE director, it's such a pleasure to welcome you to the tonebase community. We would love to get to know you! Please introduce yourself in a post below with the following format: 

  • Where are you from and what's your favorite food from there? ;) 
  • What are you currently working on? 
  • What are you hoping to get out of this community? 

I'll go first: 

  • I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and you better believe that I love my barbecue! It is hard to pick my favorite food between ribs, brisket, or a beautiful grilled steak, but if I have to decide...nothing beats a juicy, fall-off-the-bone rack of baby back ribs!
  • Currently working on some old favorites of mine by Carl Vine (Piano Sonata No.1), Beethoven (Piano Concerto No.4) and Scriabin (Fantasy op.28) but also adding some great repertoire by H. Leslie Adams (Etude in A-flat minor Book 2), Laura Kaminsky (Alluvion), and Clara Schumann (Romanze in A minor Op.21 no.1)!
  • I am hoping to getting to know and helping all of you achieve your musical and artistic goals. Let's have some fun and get to work!

Now over to you (after some participation from our tonebase team members!) 

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  • Happy New Year EVERYONE!  I so look forward to connecting with you and hearing you and learning from you all

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      Catherine Thank you, Catherine!

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      Catherine Catherine Happy New Year, Catherine!  Can't wait to hear your pieces.

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    • Catherine Welcome!!  Hope your new year has been filled with great piano music!

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  • Hi everyone. This is Ziyin from Malaysia. I am an adult beginner currently in my second month of learning the piano in my local studio. 

     

    I am currently finishing the first book of Alfred Adult Piano Course and now working on Pachelbel's Canon (made into C).. 

     

    I am not sure is this a suitable platform for a total beginner like me (I just joined tonebase today) but I wish to expand my horizons and this platform definitely opens up opportunities for me to expose myself with the insights of many world class piano masters.

     

    Oh talking about food. My favourite food is Nasi Lemak (coconut rice) a local classic breakfast in Malaysia. Comprising of rice cooked with coconut milk and spices, topped with crispy anchovies and egg. :)

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      CHAN ZI YIN Hello, Chan Zi! Your favorite food sounds delicious to me! Welcome to our piano community!

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      CHAN ZI YIN Welcome, Chan Zi!  We are so happy you are here!  We love coconut rice.

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    • CHAN ZI YIN Welcome! We are happy to help pianists of all levels. As a beginner, are there any things that you are struggling with or have questions about? let me know!

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  • hello everyone, I'm Samir Tanjar  

    • I'm Born in Lebanon from a Lebanese Dad and a Filipino mother, I'm currently living in the Philippines, I am a civil engineer who recently graduated and still studying the piano as it's my life time hobby. I am considered as a Food Critic, specially that I own a restaurant and resort in Calatagan Batangas Philippines having a wide variety of international food, ranging from western, Asian, Japanese, Indian and Lebanese food that I all love and monitor quality personally. Do check up "Lago De Oro" my resort online ;)  
    • Currently I am working on most Chopin etudes trying to master all of them someday, doing Bach English suits specially no.2, Beethoven op.2 no.3 Sonata, tackling also the Mozart Concertos 20,21 & 22 and Bach piano Concerto in D minor, and Chopin Scherzo no. 1&2 and Ballade no. 1&4 and Liszt Réminiscences de Don Juan...
    • I'm Hopping to connect and learn from the experts and the best renowned pianists internationally, and to take my performance to the higher levels of professionalisms and musicality, I have been playing for 10 years, I'm Just 24 years of age and believe that my real Piano journey have just began.    

    Thank you for reading my message, nice meeting you, God Bless you and Happy New Year !

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      Samir C Tanjar Thank you, Samir! God bless you, too! Happy New Year! Welcome!

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    • Samir C Tanjar Welcome! You are playing fantastic and very difficult repertoire. So impressive as well as your work as food critic and more!

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  • Thanks for kicking this off Dominic Cheli.

    • I was just introduced to Tonebase by Ghassan Shehadeh and the timing was perfect as I just retired and have great expectations of getting back to the piano.
    • I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, went to school (non-music degrees) in Boston, and have lived most of my adult life in Chicago and Ann Arbor, MI. 
    • Currently working on some old pieces (back when I was taking lessons and practicing seriously).  Bach Italian Concerto and French Suites, Beethoven (early Sonatas and Waldstein) and miscellaneous Brahms pieces.
    • I am looking forward to getting more regular in practice discipline and bringing some pieces to performance level.  So glad to discover this community. 
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      Mark Goodhart Welcome, Mark!

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    • Mark Goodhart Welcome Mark! Let me know if you have any questions or requests :)

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  • I'm Harriet, originally from Washington, DC, and now live in a nearby suburb. Food-wise there's a bit of everything here, but when I go out to eat I like to get something I wouldn't make at home, like falafel or sushi or Ethiopian food.

    At the moment, I'm working my way through the Well-Tempered Clavier. I started this in April 2021 and intended to spend a week or two on each prelude and fugue, enough to get familiar with them and play through them fluently at least, but have been hovering on the E major set (from Book 1) for the past month. I also have been learning Chopin Ballade No. 3. A couple of pieces on the back burners: Chopin Ballade No. 1, the slow movement (The Alcotts) of the Ives Sonata No. 2, and Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableau in G minor Op. 33 No. 8, along with a multiyear endeavor, learning the Goldberg Variations, with which I've had many frustrations and setbacks.

    What am I hoping to get out of tonebase? I suppose inspiration and connection with other piano people. I've been feeling unhappy about my playing and how I learn music for some time and would like to move away from that mindset. This forum and the possibilities for sharing performances and getting feedback are appealing.

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      Harriet Kaplan Hello, Harriet! We have already had conversations in chat. I am now getting to read some of these interesting introductions!

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    • Harriet Kaplan Welcome!! You are playing such wonderfully diverse repertoire. Hope to hear some of the Ives at some point. If you have specific questions about the Goldbergs let me know! I have performed all of them

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    • Dominic Cheli thanks! I've appreciated all your work in building up the interactive content here. I watched your performance of the Goldbergs, and it was impressive. Do you have any advice on how to build up to playing the whole piece? When I started it 2 years ago (at my teacher's suggestion), I didn't think I could play any of it, but it turned out to be a little more approachable than I expected so I ended up working my way through all of it. I can more or less play each individual variation after some dedicated practicing, but stringing them together is a lot harder.  

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    • Harriet Kaplan This is a GREAT question. I have many thoughts on it. I might actually feature this as a livestream topic because it might be easier than typing everything out. But What I can generally say is this: Begin by playing the work in manageable sections (5 variations at a time). When that feels ok, start trying to create 10 variation chunks or other types of selections (playing all canons back to back is great). That hopefully can get you started!

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  • Hello All-

    This is Vidhya. I grew up in NC, but have lived in northern Virginia for many years. My favorite food in NC was my mom’s home cooking, but loved the local peaches and salty boiled peanuts too!
     

    I am currently working on Mozart’s sonata 331 (theme/variations) and Vladimir Askenazy’s transcription of Rachmaninoff’s Zdes Khorosho. I am also working on polishing up Schumann-Liszt’s Widmung. I got the confidence to try out Widmung thanks to some of the tonebase live events. 
     

    I love all the great (constantly growing) content on tonebase- repertoire, technique, interviews. The live events, feedback and community are great. I am thankful to have such a great resource to supplement my interest in piano.

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      vbashyam Hello, and Welcome, Vidhya!

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    • Vidhya Bashyam I don't know this Ashkenazy transcription! Please share it with us when you are comfortable - so curious!

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    • Vidhya Bashyam Welcome!!! :)

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    • Dominic Cheli will do. Will be on the lookout for the next tonebase concert.

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  • Hi everyone!

    Riche here! I'm originally from the Philippines but am in Singapore right now. Favorite food has always been Kare-Kare: stewed oxtail in peanut butter :) 

    I've been learning the piano for about 5 months now, my first instrument! Learning as an adult so looking for a community to keep me motivated.. :) Currently working on Mozart's Sonata 16 in C Major, and Gymnopedie No1 :) 

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      Riche Hello, and Welcome, Riche!

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    • Riche Welcome! Stay tuned for next month's livestream on Satie's Gymnopedie no.1!

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  • Hi everyone!

    My name is Anthony and I currently live in New Jersey.  But I grew up in Hawaii where I first started taking piano lessons from grades 5-12.  I love all kinds of food, so would prefer to say that there's no food that I strongly dislike.

     

    I've returned to the piano about 6 months ago after several decades of absence, although I continued to play as a casual hobbyist during that time.  6 months ago is when I made the switch to more serious hobbyist, so started taking piano lessons again and got the piano tuned (several times) to get it to A440.  I just joined Tonebase yesterday (Jan 28, 2022).

     

    I'm working on the Preludes and Fugues of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, book 1 and am learning them in sequential order.  I'm in various phases on the first 9 pieces and learning the Prelude #5 in D major now.  Those pieces take up the bulk of my practice time, but I would like to add at least one other piece from a different composer to my current repertoire, so have been reading through Brahms Intermezzo #2, op 118, Tchaikovsky's The Seasons #6 June (Barcarolle), and Gershwin's Prelude #2.  But haven't decided which of these 3 I want to take on first.

     

    From Tonebase and the Tonebase community, I'm looking to get guidance from experts and professionals.  I'm happy with my piano teacher, but he specializes in jazz piano, so I need additional support on learning my classical repertoire.

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      Anthony Miyake Welcome, Anthony! Good for you for getting your Piano tuned and ready for all your wonderful Piano playing!

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    • Anthony Miyake Great to see you here Anthony! This is fabulous music that you are playing! Any specific aspects on the classical repertoire you would like more info on?

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      Dominic Cheli , thanks, Dominic!  I've found a lot of great content already and it helps to be able to watch the recordings when I'm unable to watch something live.  I've been catching up with the Jarred Dunn masterclasses and one lesson I took away was in trying to find different ways to play the same piece (as many as 50 or more in the example that was cited).  This brought to mind the live session on the Goldberg variations where we listened to different performances of the same opening Aria.  I think something similar could be done for other iconic keyboard works.

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    • Anthony Miyake I agree. We should have "Listening parties" where we pick a piece and compare iconic recordings. Sometimes that is the best way to learn! I will definitely keep this in mind. Thanks for the feedback and thoughts!

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  • Hi, there.

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      XiaoXin Welcome, Xiao! With music, we all speak the same language!

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      Pauline Thank you. You're kind and warm.  Yes. here, a nice place for learning and practicing both languages.

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      XiaoXin You're welcome, Xiao. Yes, this is a wonderful community in which to flourish - pianistically and linguistically.

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    • Xiao Welcome!! Great to see you here :)

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  • Hello! 

    I was born in Thailand but am a Filipino by descent. My favorite Thai food is Pad Krapao—a sautéed basil dish of onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and fried tofu. (You can choose your meat option)

     

    Have chosen to work on Schubert’s Bb Sonata (1st movement) for the Schubert challenge for the month. (Just saw the invitation this morning. Thank you!) Got to perform the work some 5 years ago at school... Haven’t played it much since. I’d like to revisit the work and be able to play it well again.  Hopefully better than before.

     

    Am delighted to be in this very inspiring community. I hope to learn much and to inspire as well.

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      Rudelle Gaje Hello! Welcome, Rudelle! Thai food is delicious! Dumplings are my favorite.

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    • Rudelle Gaje Welcome! Glad you are working on such an amazing piece by Schubert. Let me know if you have any questions!

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  • Hi,

    My name is Kyle.

    - I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and I now currently live in Columbus, Ga. Picking a favorite food is hard because we have a very diverse culture here. If I had to pick I guess it would be a grilled steak or anything fried.

     

    -Currently I am working on Beethoven (Piano Sonata No. 14, Op.27). I usually only work on one piece at a time.

     

    - I am hoping to become a better pianist overall. I am a piano technician as well as a pianist. So, by improving my skills as pianist, it will help me to be an even better technician. I am hoping to learn from everyone’s experience and wisdom in the community.

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  • Hi all,

    I'm Kah Kit, based in Melbourne, Australia. 48YO and played piano in my youth but gave it up for a couple of decades as I was busy travelling the world. The pandemic grounded me so I worked on some personal projects, bought a top of the range Roland digital piano to make recordings to go with my travel footage. The tutorials on Tonebase have been an invaluable resource as I'm largely self-taught as a pianist. 

    Concentrating most on : Schubert Impromptu Op 90 G flat and Brahms Rhapsody G minor.

    Also working on

    Chopin : Etudes Op 10 #1 & #12, Fantasie Impromptu, Ballade No 1, Raindrop prelude

    Liszt : Rigoletto paraphrase

    Debussy : Clair de lune, Reflets Dans L'eau

    Bach : Toccata in C minor

    Beethoven : Pathetique sonata

    My partner wants me to sing backup for her pop songs, so she signed me up for lessons, so I've got that on my plate too LOL.

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  • Hi and a warm hello! I'm Natalie from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

     

    I love having spicy curry noodles, with lots delicious and juicy meat, vegetable and tofu toppings, as well as Korean fried chicken.

     

    I'm working on:

    - Hanon, exercise no 3, each day playing in a different major or minor key

    - scales, 6 or seven different scales

    - Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, Prelude and Fugue II in C minor

    - Martinu's It isn't bad, now is it, to pick some flowers, for the February piano jam on the piano sub-reddit group 

     

    Most days, where I have extra time on my hands:

    - Beethoven's Kursfursten Sonata WoO 47, No 1

    - cover of Sincerely, a track from the anime series Violet Evergarden 

     

    I am a working adult, and last November, I bought a baby grand piano on a whim. Didn't even test it out, bought it and it got delivered in a few days. I hadn't played for well over 30 years. I think my last piano lesson was probably when I was 17! Returning to playing the piano has been a very interesting and a very satisfying journey so far, and whilst I am slowly starting to recall a lot of the theory and regain some of the dexterity, i would love to learn how to make the most out of each practice session as well as improving on my playing generally and for the specific pieces I'm working on. I also look forward to participating in the forum and interacting with other pianists.

     

    Thanks, I am truly grateful to have access to so much knowledge and teaching by such amazing pianists and teachers.

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      Natalie Peh Hello, Natalie! Welcome! Cheers to you for returning to the Piano! Congratulations on your purchase of a baby grand Piano! It found a new home!

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    • Natalie Peh Welcome! Perhaps a livestream that might appeal to you is this one:

       

      https://app.tonebase.co/piano/live/player/maximize-learning-experience

       

      Let me know if you have any questions!

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    • Pauline Hi! And thanks! I'm so glad I started playing again and hope to muster up some courage to post a video of my playing sometime 😊 

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    • Dominic Cheli  Hi! The recommendation sounds great, because that's exactly what I would like to do! Thanks for the tip 😊👍

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      Natalie Peh Please do! I know we would all like to hear your playing!

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    • Natalie Peh Please do! We would love to hear you play. This is a very supportive community and you can learn a lot from recording yourself/listening back!

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  • Hi! I’m new :) any advice?

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      Tello Soulë Hello, Tello! Welcome to the Tonebase Piano Community!

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    • Tello Soulë Welcome! Would you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student? That can help me answer your question! You can check out our LIVE interactive events, or produced lessons!

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  • Hi there,

     

    • Originally from México, living in Miami. As you would imagine, my favorite food is... you guessed it, tacos.
    • I'm not working on any pieces at the moment. I'm literally starting from scratch. I am emptying my mind and putting aside what I think I know about piano. 
    • Looking forward to getting back to basics and learning from all of you. 
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    • Ernesto Welcome! I hope that some of our livestreams can help with basics. If you have specific questions feel free to reach out! 

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    • Hello!  Pleased to join this group.  I am Giuseppe from Rome (Italy) but I was born in Naples where I studied so many years ago music in the local "conservatorio" (high school of music).  Happy father of two children and husband of a beautiful wife I have dedicated my time mostly to family and work (I am a teacher).  Now my love for music has returned and I am practising again.
    • My favorite food of course is pasta!
    • Mostly I am currently working on the jazz repertoire but I am also working on Debussy, Bach and Villa-Lobos.
    • I would like to discover  other composers and to improve my tecnique
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    • Giuseppe Wonderful! Which pieces by Villa-Lobos are you playing? Any composers you would like us to teach/talk about on tonebase?

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      Dominic Cheli Currently I am studying the "Aria" from Bachianas Brasileiras n.5 by Villa-Lobos.  I would like some lessons on modern composers like  Piazzolla, Steve Reich or Serge Assad and also some lesson on new tecniques of composition

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    • Giuseppe Thanks for the suggestions - I will definitely keep those in mind when planning!

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  • Hello everyone,
    My name is Mireille and I am joining from the Netherlands. I live in the part of Netherlands where they say we have Burgundy lifestyle (as in France) and also André Rieu his roots are here in Maastricht.
    Learning to play piano was on my wish list for a while and I finally started. Currently I know C scale and play with both hands. So I hope to deepen my skills / technique of playing here at Tonebase.
    About my favourite food. That would be Indian vegetarian food. .  and then I can not choose a particular dish because it is all so tasty.
    Is there a specific path I can follow in Tonebase. I already read some advice where to start in my email and started there.
    Best regards from Mireille

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  • Hi everyone!

     

    My name is Howie Lim and I am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a tropical country in southeast Asia. My favorite food would be of Chinese, Japanese, Malay and Indian cuisine. I like curry and I love the dumplings, noodles, steamed pork bun, roti canai and nasi lemak. Malaysia is full of delicious food because of diverse cultures!

     

    I'm currently working on Chopin's Nocturne in B flat minor and Waltz in C# minor...just finished watching the lesson on Tonebase and I'm really impressed. I learned to play the piano for about 10 years as a kid (till 17, 18 years old) and I stopped learning formally. In the past 10 years, I have almost stopped playing the piano. I'm now 45 years old and my urge to play and learn to play the piano returned during the COVID19 pandemic and lockdown. I bought my first Kawai upright piano in February 2021 and have been going to a weekly piano class since then.  Just last month, I traded my Kawai to a Yamaha G2 baby grand and I have been playing every day.  The sound is so much brighter and I am really moved by the sound of the piano. It gives me a lot of pleasure to play the instrument, especially at night...I installed some acoustic panels in my condo so that my neighbors won't complain!

     

    Recently, I have been in love with Chopin's work...I love all of his Nocturne and Waltz in C# minor or C minor. My favorite music has been new age, piano music with lots of dreamy arpeggios. For example, Ludovico Einaudi, Stanton Lanier, Jean-Francois Maljean. I also like the music by Anne Trenning and Jim Brickman.

     

    My motivation to join tonebase is to learn from various masters to improve my techniques and understanding on the musical pieces, theories. My plan is to sit for the ABRSM grade 8 exam next year. It's nice e-meeting everyone here.

     

    Howie

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