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#1092413 - 11/01/06 09:57 AM November Piano Bar
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Hi All ...

I would like to offer the piece below to open this month's piano bar.

http://www.box.net/public/lojqktrfps

The song is titled "My Tribute" by Andrae Crouch (I have found that in some circles it is also know as "To God Be The Glory" - which also happens to be an entirely different song by the way .... go figure!

I first heard this a couple of months ago and was quite taken with it's passion. Needless to say I cannot play it just as I heard it - no do I wish to ... but I can play it like 'me.' ;\)

I arranged this by ear in Db - which is becoming my favorite key. I like the sound I perceive in that key and it's easy on arthritic fingers! \:D

Hope you enjoy.

Balladeer

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#1092414 - 11/01/06 10:23 AM Re: November Piano Bar
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Very nice job Balladeer. At first listen, I did not care for the high note at the beginning and near the end as on my machine it sounded "clinky", but it might be growing onme. My taste would have it played more piano than F...

Very good job on the glis's - both up and down. Very smooth and fitting. I don't care for them usually, but the way you played it, it fit and was well done. And also on the trills (tremelo?)- very clean.

All and all, very good indeed
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#1092415 - 11/01/06 10:43 AM Re: November Piano Bar
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I enjoyed that quite a lot, Balladeer. Thanks for sharing.
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#1092416 - 11/01/06 11:05 AM Re: November Piano Bar
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Balladeer,

Very beautiful playing!

Thanks very much for posting your performance.

It's a joy to listen to it.

Mel
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#1092417 - 11/01/06 11:29 AM Re: November Piano Bar
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Sweet job Balladeer! Great phrasing.

I love Db as well. Real nice on the fingers.
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#1092418 - 11/01/06 11:54 AM Re: November Piano Bar
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Beautiful job, Balladeer. I like your voicing of this song. I remember hearing Crouch perform this many years ago. It was breathtaking. Another fabulous version was by Dave Boyer. He did big band swing versions of hymns and Christian songs. I never saw Boyer in person, but once owned a couple of LPs (yes, vinyl) of his. Sadly, I let all my vinyl albums go to the Salvation Army some years ago in a fit of poor judgment. Sure wish I had them back. However, I can imagine that the person/people who wound up with them are enjoying them as much as I once did.

Forgive the digression. I seem to be good at them. Excellent job on the song!

--Dennis
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#1092419 - 11/01/06 12:23 PM Re: November Piano Bar
Balladeer Offline
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WOW[/b] ... what great responses already! I wasn't expecting this!

gmm1 .... yes, the sound quality is a little iffy - not at all like it sounds on my Roland, but I know nothing about making sound files. Seaside Lee was kind enough to 'clean up the audio' so that it is at least listenable (thanks Seaside) I have never been 'gliss person' either until now. There seems to be a fine line between using them tastefully and going overboard. I probably haven't quite got my balance yet, but I'll get there. Those tones you mentioned were little turns - I haven't worked on the tremelo yet. Thank you very much for your input!

dh, dannylux, and Peyton .... I am happy you enjoyed this. It's sort of a new direction for me and I appreciate your listening and commenting - I have to say the compliments are pretty fun too!!!

Tx-Dennis .... yeah! I found someone who know this piece! I have found that most folks are not familiar with it. I didn't know it either until a few weeks ago when a guy who works at a piano store played it and told me what it was. Brother, can this guy play!! I was very moved and inspired, so it went right to the top of my list. I have not heard Crouch's own version, so I will check that out, and Boyer as well. Thanks so much for the feedback and info.

Thanks again to you all. The sharing in these forums can be uplifting.

Balladeer

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#1092420 - 11/01/06 01:43 PM Re: November Piano Bar
Astra Offline
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Registered: 04/08/06
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Loc: Slovenia
Hi Balladeer!
I dont know the song but its beautiful! (and your playing too, of course \:\) ) And to think that you played it by ear!
By the way, I heard that Db is also most appropriate for singing and ... Huh, I dont know what I wanted to say \:\)
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#1092421 - 11/01/06 04:36 PM Re: November Piano Bar
IrishMak Offline
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Registered: 01/20/06
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Nice job, Balladeer! I don't know this one, either, but it is a lovely piece.
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#1092422 - 11/01/06 04:55 PM Re: November Piano Bar
stephenc Offline
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Registered: 04/15/06
Posts: 693
Loc: Australia
Wow, Balladeer what a fantastic piece and great playing!!

And you arranged this? I reckon people would be cueing up for a sheet music transcription!
BTW, I think gliss is your thing, these parts sounded superb.

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#1092423 - 11/01/06 05:28 PM Re: November Piano Bar
Bob Muir Offline
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Registered: 11/01/03
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Loc: Lakewood, WA, USA
Good job Balladeer. I don't know that song either, but it sure sounds a lot like "My Way".

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#1092424 - 11/02/06 08:42 AM Re: November Piano Bar
mahlzeit Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 1910
Loc: Netherlands
Here's my tune for this month's piano bar: You Got What I Need by The Travoltas, a Dutch punkrock band. I doubt any of you know this tune. \:D

Anyway, as usual I'm not entirely happy with the recording. It has some mistakes and hestiations and is sloppy overall, but this is take #57 or thereabouts, so I thought I'd leave it at that. \:\)

http://www.box.net/public/vmjhqp0gdm
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#1092425 - 11/02/06 09:40 AM Re: November Piano Bar
gmm1 Offline
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Mahlzeit - very nice - I do not know the piece (but for some reason it has a very familiar ring to it - can't quite place it....yet).

Punkrock? A very pretty piece, not the punk rock stuff I normally hear.

I could not tell where you hesitated or where the piece changed tempo, it sounded great and "on purpose" to me. I like this song - I will spend the rest of the day trying to figure out why it is familiar to me.

Great job (and quite an accomplishment, making me like a punk rock song...).
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#1092426 - 11/02/06 09:58 AM Re: November Piano Bar
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Registered: 11/29/05
Posts: 339
Loc: FL
It has a lot of similarity to Blue Moon. The Travoltas have a pretty cool sound. Kind of a punk rock meets the 60's Rock n' Roll. So maybe they were thinking of Blue Moon's chord structures and rhythm when they wrote this. Nice job mahlzeit.
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#1092427 - 11/02/06 10:07 AM Re: November Piano Bar
Peyton Offline
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mahlzeit, I can't get the darn thing to play. It says it won't recognize the format. Is it an mp3?
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#1092428 - 11/02/06 10:10 AM Re: November Piano Bar
gmm1 Offline
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Dean - Yes, that's it....

Thanks - you saved me a day of pain.....

Mike
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#1092429 - 11/02/06 10:25 AM Re: November Piano Bar
piano_deb Offline
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Loc: Memphis, TN
Mahlzeit, you may hear mistakes in that recording, but I hear lovely music very nicely played. Thanks for sharing.

Peyton, it is an mp3 but wouldn't play for me, either, until I downloaded it. Then it played fine.
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#1092430 - 11/02/06 10:29 AM Re: November Piano Bar
Balladeer Offline
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Posts: 171
Hi Matt ...

This does sound like a 1-6-2-5 or 1-6-4-5. Nice and smooth, Matt. \:\) I like the way you take your time.

Thanks for the tune.

Balladeer

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#1092431 - 11/02/06 10:36 AM Re: November Piano Bar
mahlzeit Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 1910
Loc: Netherlands
Thanks for the kind words, all! \:\)

I re-encoded the MP3 and uploaded it again. Maybe that'll fix it. (If not, download it first. Sometimes box.net is just weird.)

The chords in the original song aren't really the Blue Moon chords (I think), but it fit so I used them (C-Am-F-G).
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#1092432 - 11/02/06 03:54 PM Re: November Piano Bar
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4193
Loc: Arizona.
Balladeer:

Once again, your recording sounds fantastic. You (and all the piano magic people) have such and incredible "full and rich" sound to all your performances. This is what I am also striving to do!

You know that I also have the Roland KR-7 and your recording sounds so realistic. I love my M&H "BB", but I have yet to even come close to the digital recordings members are posting. For what we are doing on this forum (sharing our recordings, these digitals are very hard to beat!)

You are still one of only a handful of my favorite players styles to listen to. Good job my brother from another mother!!!

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#1092433 - 11/02/06 04:35 PM Re: November Piano Bar
IrishMak Offline
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Registered: 01/20/06
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Loc: New Hampshire, USA
Very pretty, Malzheit! Mistakes? What mistakes???
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#1092434 - 11/02/06 04:44 PM Re: November Piano Bar
Peyton Offline
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Loc: Maine
Downloading it did the trick! Very nice playing. I like the pauses.
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#1092435 - 11/02/06 05:06 PM Re: November Piano Bar
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Registered: 06/19/04
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Loc: Blackpool, UK
Hi balladeer

You know I love this already ...well played I love it \:D

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You know that I also have the Roland KR-7 and your recording sounds so realistic
Hunkster - That'll be because I recorded Tims midi through my Yammie motif rack ;\) \:\)

regards


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#1092436 - 11/02/06 08:30 PM Re: November Piano Bar
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Registered: 08/27/05
Posts: 918
Loc: North Carolina
Balladeer: Beautiful piano playing. I can really feel the emotion in your music. It's tangible. I do agree with gmm's advice to tone down those high notes in several places...i think playing them softer would feel more controlled (sorry, can't think of a better way to say what I'm thinking). Everything else, glissandos, crescendos, decrescendos, general shaping/phrasing, was delightfully and beautifully expressed and executed. BRAVO!!!

mahlzeit: Now that was fun listen! Is this really a song played by a punk rock band??? I honestly can't imagine why you wouldn't be happy with this recording, but then again, I'm never really happy with my recordings. I'm glad you posted your recording anyway. Very nice mahlzeit!
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#1092437 - 11/02/06 09:44 PM Re: November Piano Bar
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Registered: 04/15/06
Posts: 693
Loc: Australia
This is a little composition of mine, it came about after learning a Yiruma song so I think that is reflected somewhat in the piece. I call it 'Longing'.

http://www.box.net/public/725n64abpn

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#1092438 - 11/02/06 09:48 PM Re: November Piano Bar
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That sounds great, mahlzeit. It certainly doesn't sound like "punk rock" to me. If this is what Dutch punk rock sounds like, I think I could enjoy it.

--Dennis
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#1092439 - 11/02/06 09:51 PM Re: November Piano Bar
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Nice composition, stephenc. I enjoyed it.

--Dennis
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#1092440 - 11/03/06 01:15 AM Re: November Piano Bar
Balladeer Offline
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Posts: 171
Hi again ...

Bob Muir .... yes the beginning is reminiscent of "My Way." I don't know which was written first. That caught my ear the first time I heard it too.

Hi S-H .... you know that your playing - as well as your input is inspirational to all of us! I do remember you have the KR-7 also and you know exactly what it is capable of! Thanks a lot for the review. I am pleased that you enjoy my music, and there will be more to come!

Hi Seaside .... Thanks again for 'cleaning' the audio. I'm pleased you liked the tune!

Opus45 .... thanks for the tip about the high tones. I will give that some thought and work. I am flattered by all of your generous comments!

Thanks again.

Balladeer

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#1092441 - 11/03/06 01:18 AM Re: November Piano Bar
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Hi stephenc ...

Your composition and playing have a very nice and inviting flow. I especially enjoyed the bass work during the middle section. Thanks for the music.

Balladeer

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#1092442 - 11/03/06 04:31 AM Re: November Piano Bar
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Loc: Netherlands
Thanks for listening, everyone! \:\)

There definitively *are* mistakes in my recording -- wrong chord, wrong bass tone, etc -- but I guess if you just keep playing, no one really notices. \:D

Of course, I didn't play the song in its original arrangement so that's why it doesn't sound very punk rock. This particular tune also has a more 60's/surf feel to it. But it's fun to take songs from a completely different genre and adapt them to the piano.
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