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#1172359 - 04/01/09 12:10 AM April Piano Bar
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OK, here's a start. I'm playing the song "Solitude" Sundow style as my friend plays along with his standup electric bass:

http://www.box.net/shared/kk8h2xe4uu

Thanks For Listening -

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#1172466 - 04/01/09 07:51 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: angelojf]
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anjelojf - Nice effort on that great old Duke Ellington standard from the 30s.

Regards, JF
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#1172500 - 04/01/09 08:51 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Very nicely done! Good bass playing too. I would adjust the balance a bit... make the piano a bit louder (or the bass a bit lower).

Nice way to start the day. Thanks.
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#1172516 - 04/01/09 09:44 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Here's a little dance called a Galliard (or, in French, Galliarde) written by that most prolific of all composers, Anonymous. This was probably written between 1520 and 1529.

Enjoy!



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#1172616 - 04/01/09 01:06 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: epf]
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Ed - very well played - love those early pieces - I just recorded a lovely little Minuet in A minor from the era of Bach - might post it here in the Bar soon - thanks for sharing.

Regards, JF
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#1172621 - 04/01/09 01:15 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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John,

Thanks for your kind words. I look forward to hearing your minuet!

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#1172679 - 04/01/09 02:52 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: epf]
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Well, here it is (since you insist smile ).

Composed by the German Johann Krieger (1651-1735), a contempoary of Bach and Handel, this gorgeous little piece in one of the prettiest of all keys has a very active left hand part with a "life of it's own". This is especially effective in the second section in the little LH "roll-over" that returns the piece to the RH theme initially heard in the first section. The repeat of the last four measures at the end is my own enhancement, which is not (but should be!) in the original score. Enjoy.

Minuet in A Minor

Regards, JF

Edited to add that this piece is from Alfred's "Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Vol. 1".


Edited by John Frank (04/01/09 02:56 PM)
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#1172696 - 04/01/09 03:23 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Here is my April Piano Bar submission. It is a tune from 1930 called On the Sunny Side of the Street. I used Movie Maker to give the video sort of a depression-era look to fit the song.

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#1172697 - 04/01/09 03:25 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Ed,

Very nice! You make it seem effortless.

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#1172699 - 04/01/09 03:28 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: angelojf]
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John Frank:

Great job. Thanks for letting us hear it.

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#1172705 - 04/01/09 03:34 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: angelojf]
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Bill:

Awesome work. You belong on MTV.

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#1172833 - 04/01/09 06:36 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: angelojf]
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Bill that's great. The special effect is a riot!


I keep meaning to ask... how are you putting the youtube vid on the forum like that?



Edited by Peyton (04/01/09 06:39 PM)
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#1172864 - 04/01/09 07:46 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Peyton - thanks, I'm glad you liked it.

Here is how you embed your YouTube video:

Once you have your video up on youtube copy the URL.

Using the full reply form select the 5th icon from the left (it looks like a TV screen).

You will be presented with several choices, one of them is YouTube video.

After selecting this option paste in the URL for your youtube video and it will be embedded in you message.

That is all there is to it.
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#1172999 - 04/02/09 12:57 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Angelo, hey, I really love that song, and you certainly did it justice with that laid-back, thoughtful performance. Well done.

Ed (EPF), that certainly has a medieval sound to it, like an ancient folk tune. Very nicely played, very smooth.

John, very pretty indeed. Your right-left hand coordination is impressive here.

Bill, very apropos! I always liked that song - the tune, the hopeful spirit. And you could have fooled me with that video editing trickery! Well done.

My piece this month is Blue Moon, featuring "Viv", my lovely Virtual Vocalist. She is not too good with lyrics, and her voice won't melt your heart, but I can count on her to sing the right note at the right time, and she rarely complains. And though you can't tell from her singing, she is absolutely gorgeous! (At least, in my mind's eye she is.)

http://www.box.net/shared/m9tqdet3ud


By way of explanation - - I'm trying to learn how to accompany a singer, including the art of improvising little melodies to fill the empty spaces in songs, without getting in the singer's way. I don't think I'm there yet, but making progress.

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#1173058 - 04/02/09 06:58 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Riddler (Ed) - I think you are too hard on yourself - your accompaniment and solo break sound down right professional to me. Excellent. Viv is lucky to have hooked up with you.
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#1173074 - 04/02/09 07:39 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Angelojf - this might be your best to date. It must be difficult playing with another instrument and you pulled it off nicely.
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#1173076 - 04/02/09 07:48 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Thanks Bill. I didn't realize it was now a feature on the forum.

Epf- Nicely done. Sounds like Anonymous knew what he was doing (and so do you) smile

Frank- Well played.

Riddler... does she do dishes too? She sure can sing. Great job!! Your piano fits perfectly. did you improv or follow music?


Edited by Peyton (04/02/09 07:49 AM)
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#1173134 - 04/02/09 10:33 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Ed,

That comping was really really good.

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#1173141 - 04/02/09 10:56 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: knotty]
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Ed,

Absolutely Awesome! Loved it! You aren't really going to tell us that you've been playing for only two years, are you? I bookmarked your home page and will listen to more of your stuff. Great work!

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#1173224 - 04/02/09 01:33 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: angelojf]
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I had to try the youtube-to-forum thing. It's my dad's birthday (he would have been 82 today) so I changed the song I wrote about him a little and here it is. It's called Judging Distances. On a side note... I would like to figure out how to record the audio on my computer audio program (metro) and then tie it in with my video program (i-movie). Does anyone here have i-movie and tried that?

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#1173251 - 04/02/09 02:17 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Peyton - It says your video is Private.
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#1173270 - 04/02/09 02:45 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Originally Posted By: b528nf7
Peyton - It says your video is Private.


thanks. I thought that by keeping it private I could still put it here. Guess not... Ah well, now the whole world will see the yellow paint on my neck... blush

I don't ever watch myself sing and I'm not too pleased with it.... I never realized how tense I get.


Edited by Peyton (04/02/09 03:21 PM)
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#1173309 - 04/02/09 03:33 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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angelof - isn't it fun to play with other musicians? Nice work.

epf - nice little dance there.

John Frank - I, too, like the early pieces, and you did a nice job on this. Many of the folk music pieces our band plays date from this era.

Bill - love it - such a smarmy version laugh I love to do that to tunes. And the streaks/black and white film were perfect.

riddler - wonderful. Too bad I can't sing - it'd be great fun to be your vocalist. Can she do different syllables, like scat?

Peyton - very nice. It is fund to see videos and note how everyone plays, to pick up hints, tips, and tricks. I've recently been much much more aware of tension (because I have to play some very fast stuff, and it's not playable unless it's easy), so I appreciate the pictures.

Cathy
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#1173332 - 04/02/09 04:15 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: jotur]
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Wow, nice stuff everyone. Very jealous of the singers out there, but there's a reason you won't find me singing (thank the deity of your choice on that one, trust me.)

Peyton: that was quite nice. Seriously.
Riddler: put a smile on my face.
b528nf7: cool, really liked the grainy black and white
John Frank: I remember that piece. Essential indeed.
epf: nice.
angelojf: I'm getting nothing from box.net on your link (I tried playing, opening and downloading) I'm disappointed frown

My submission for early April, maybe there'll be more this month from me (a little hackneyed in places):
More messing around with those four chords.

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#1173462 - 04/02/09 07:29 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Originally Posted By: Peyton

I don't ever watch myself sing and I'm not too pleased with it.... I never realized how tense I get.


I'm not seeing it (the tension). I think you look totally at ease and natural in your video.
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#1173467 - 04/02/09 07:55 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Thanks Bill. Coming from someone that to me is the epitome of relaxed I appreciate the comment. smile
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#1173532 - 04/02/09 10:27 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: angelojf]
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Originally Posted By: angelojf
OK, here's a start. I'm playing the song "Solitude" Sundow style as my friend plays along with his standup electric bass:

http://www.box.net/shared/kk8h2xe4uu

Thanks For Listening -

angelojf



Very nice, angelojf. I always love a bit of Ellington. I agree with Peyton, though, the bass is a bit loud in comparison to the piano. I suspect it was much nearer the microphone(s). Very enjoyable playing by both pianist and bassist!
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#1173537 - 04/02/09 10:30 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: epf]
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Originally Posted By: epf
Here's a little dance called a Galliard (or, in French, Galliarde) written by that most prolific of all composers, Anonymous. This was probably written between 1520 and 1529.

Enjoy!

Ed


Hmm . . . are you certain? I always thought Anonymous was more recent than the 16th century. cool Nice job.
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#1173542 - 04/02/09 10:33 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Originally Posted By: John Frank
Well, here it is (since you insist smile ).

Composed by the German Johann Krieger (1651-1735), a contempoary of Bach and Handel, this gorgeous little piece in one of the prettiest of all keys has a very active left hand part with a "life of it's own". This is especially effective in the second section in the little LH "roll-over" that returns the piece to the RH theme initially heard in the first section. The repeat of the last four measures at the end is my own enhancement, which is not (but should be!) in the original score. Enjoy.

Minuet in A Minor

Regards, JF

Nice little minuet, JohnFrank. I agree that the repeat works well.
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#1173544 - 04/02/09 10:36 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Originally Posted By: b528nf7
Here is my April Piano Bar submission. It is a tune from 1930 called On the Sunny Side of the Street. I used Movie Maker to give the video sort of a depression-era look to fit the song.


I've always loved this song, Bill. Great playing and singing. Your style is perfectly suited to this piece. I think it's one of your best so far.
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#1173545 - 04/02/09 10:37 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis
Hmm . . . are you certain? I always thought Anonymous was more recent than the 16th century. cool Nice job.
Dennis, thanks for your kind words. And, strangely, Anonymous lived an incredibly long life. His work first appears in the 11th or 12th century and he continues to be active up until this very day. Now, it may be that the family tradition is to only use one name in which case there may be one or more active descendant writing music -- certainly the number of styles in which Anonymous wrote/writes is exceptionally broad and varied and that would be an explanation.

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#1173547 - 04/02/09 10:40 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Originally Posted By: Riddler
Angelo, hey, I really love that song, and you certainly did it justice with that laid-back, thoughtful performance. Well done.

Ed (EPF), that certainly has a medieval sound to it, like an ancient folk tune. Very nicely played, very smooth.

John, very pretty indeed. Your right-left hand coordination is impressive here.

Bill, very apropos! I always liked that song - the tune, the hopeful spirit. And you could have fooled me with that video editing trickery! Well done.

My piece this month is Blue Moon, featuring "Viv", my lovely Virtual Vocalist. She is not too good with lyrics, and her voice won't melt your heart, but I can count on her to sing the right note at the right time, and she rarely complains. And though you can't tell from her singing, she is absolutely gorgeous! (At least, in my mind's eye she is.)

http://www.box.net/shared/m9tqdet3ud


By way of explanation - - I'm trying to learn how to accompany a singer, including the art of improvising little melodies to fill the empty spaces in songs, without getting in the singer's way. I don't think I'm there yet, but making progress.

Ed



Miss Viv may be a looker, but her vocals are somewhat one-dimensional. grin The accompanist, on the other hand, did a masterful job. I disagree with your assessment. I think you are there now. This sounds wonderful!
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#1173553 - 04/02/09 10:47 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Originally Posted By: Peyton
I had to try the youtube-to-forum thing. It's my dad's birthday (he would have been 82 today) so I changed the song I wrote about him a little and here it is. It's called Judging Distances.



You don't look tense at all to me. Great job and I may have said this before, but that is a very poignant song.
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#1173663 - 04/03/09 06:21 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: angelojf]
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Angelojf

Good job,

Where do you guys play?

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#1173847 - 04/03/09 01:51 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: angelojf]
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Oh my! Only April 3rd and already five pages of piano bar.

Here I my comments on the ones posted so far:

Angelo - Hmmm... Solitude as a duo. I'll let the contradiction slide since you guys did a great job. The bass is a little too loud though (or the piano too soft).

epf - These historical pieces are fascinating. I definitely hear similarity with Bach. A harpsichord voice would work well -- of course then you'd need to wear a sixteenth century French getup and a powdered wig to make it work on vid. Great job!

JohnFrank - Another gem by someone I've never heard of (alas, my knowledge of works without electric guitars is wanting). Nice even coordination between the hands. You captured the minuet mood well.

Bill - Very nice job! The piano, voice, and vid all came together on this piece. You are one talented guy!

Riddler - Congrats to both you and Viv, plus your excellent drummer (do he and Viv have a thing going?). Your fills around the "voice" were very smooth. An overall very professional recording.

Peyton - Another very moving composition. I agree the audio recording of the piano wasn't on par with the playing. I hope you can resolve it so the technology does justice to your talents.

Homeinmyshoes - I'm amazed by people who can produce such beautiful improvisations. I have to plan every note or I end up with horrible gaps and hesitations. Great job.

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I feel like Fred Flintstone posting an MP3 with so many people now in the video age, but here is my humble attempt at the Beatles' Let It Be.

http://www.box.net/shared/2qn1s1n6ko

As usual there are a couple of mistakes and a nasty hesitation on one of the verse changes, but overall I'm satisfied considering my general beginner-ness and increasingly obvious lack of aptitude for this whole piano thingy.

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#1173946 - 04/03/09 05:21 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: bluekeys]
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Thanks everyone for the kind comments on my video. I had to pull it off youtube as I just wasn't pleased enough with the quality so my appologies. I really like putting my songs up on the web on box net with all their flaws and mistakes but it just seems different when it's a video on Youtube. (If I could get the video to just appear here on the forum and not on the whole damn web that would be fine.) I'm going to work at trying to tie in my recording program with my video program and maybe do a job I think is worthy of being on youtube. In the meantime it's back to boxnet... smile


Hey, I just realized you can't go back and edit old posts.... that's wierd.


bluekeys... nice job on 'Let it Be' by the way.


Edited by Peyton (04/03/09 05:28 PM)
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#1173950 - 04/03/09 05:36 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: bluekeys]
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Originally Posted By: bluekeys
epf - These historical pieces are fascinating. I definitely hear similarity with Bach. A harpsichord voice would work well -- of course then you'd need to wear a sixteenth century French getup and a powdered wig to make it work on vid. Great job!
Well, thanks for the thought but the wig is absolutely out. However, here's an audio recording of the Galliard on a harpsichord.

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#1174157 - 04/04/09 03:56 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: epf]
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JohnFrank: One of the few pieces I play. =) I like that you play it fairly slowly. Brings out the emotion well, which is tough with baroque pieces. The score (at least my copy) dictates Allegretto, which is what, 110-125ish? I usually play it around 120, but it's hard not to sound rushed and mechanical at that speed. Compare the Krieger with Bach's Minuet in G, which, though marked Moderato (which is more or less the same as Allegretto, right?), actually sounds livelier and more natural at a slightly higher tempo. I think it's the minor key of the Krieger minuet that makes us want to hear it Andante-ish; brings about a pensive, brooding state. It's a very pretty piece, at any rate. I hadn't heard it either, until my piano teacher gave it to me as homework.

I'll put up my own recording as soon as I get my 6.3-3.5mm jack converter.
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#1174164 - 04/04/09 05:13 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Thorium]
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Right. Picked up a plug converter in the city, so here goes:
http://www.box.net/shared/7tckc47apc

Might upload the Bach minuet for comparison. Be gentle! I only started a few weeks ago.

Btw, JohnFrank, I liked your enhanced ending-repeat. Nice touch.


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#1174248 - 04/04/09 09:45 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Thorium]
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OK.... Here I go again. I got obsessed with trying to tie in my better recording gear with my video camera and I think I have it. This is a little melody I wrote about the salt marsh I have a little camp on here in Maine. I tied in some video of the marsh and the ducks and geese. I swear I'll keep this one up on youtube!
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#1174338 - 04/04/09 12:24 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Thorium]
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Originally Posted By: Thorium
JohnFrank: One of the few pieces I play. =) I like that you play it fairly slowly. Brings out the emotion well, which is tough with baroque pieces. The score (at least my copy) dictates Allegretto, which is what, 110-125ish? I usually play it around 120, but it's hard not to sound rushed and mechanical at that speed.


Thorium - funny you should bring this up - another poster of Baroque music here in the April Piano Bar & I just finished a lengthy, cordial and informative discussion via PMs concerning my tempo on the Krieger Minuet specifically, and the tempi of minuets in general. His version (shared in a PM) is faster than mine, but not as fast as yours. The tempo indication is Moderato in my source ("Essentail Keyboard Repertoire"). On the CD that accompanies this book the pianist plays it at a tempo somewhere between his version and mine. I recorded my version at 3 different tempi and submitted the slowest because I liked the way it sounded (bringing out the slightly dark & brooding textures of the music). Also, historically I believe the minuet, as danced, was a slow and stately dance and the music that accompanied it would have been similar. But, also as a strictly instrumental piece I believe that the typical tempo of the minuet varied quite a bit over time and from place to place. On the CD that I mentioned above are 16 minuets with a wide range of tempi probably bearing this out.

Originally Posted By: Thorium
Compare the Krieger with Bach's Minuet in G, which, though marked Moderato (which is more or less the same as Allegretto, right?), actually sounds livelier and more natural at a slightly higher tempo.


If the "Minuet in G" is the very famous and frequently played one I am thinking of then please note that for the longest time it was erroneously atributed to J.S.Bach, but now a gentleman by the name of Christian Petzold is generally given credit for it's composition. Petzold also contributed other pieces to the famous "Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach".

Originally Posted By: Thorium
I think it's the minor key of the Krieger minuet that makes us want to hear it Andante-ish; brings about a pensive, brooding state. It's a very pretty piece, at any rate.


I fully agree.

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#1174339 - 04/04/09 12:26 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: bluekeys]
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Bluekeys - I really like your tempo and chord choices. Very nice. I think you are quite apt.
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#1174359 - 04/04/09 12:42 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Originally Posted By: John Frank

If the "Minuet in G" is the very famous and frequently played one I am thinking of then please note that for the longest time it was erroneously atributed to J.S.Bach, but now a gentleman by the name of Christian Petzold is generally given credit for it's composition. Petzold also contributed other pieces to the famous "Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach".


I thought the jury was still out on that? I'd certainly be happy to attribute it to Mr. Petzold. =)

Originally Posted By: John Frank
His version (shared in a PM) is faster than mine, but not as fast as yours.

Yeah, mine turned out to be Allegro, around 140 bpm. I usually play it a little more slowly. I think I my tempo goes up with recording nerves! (I have insane stage fright.) Do you play the Petzold/Bach G-major one? Would be fun to compare interpretations.
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#1174360 - 04/04/09 12:43 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Peyton - I like this video, and the piano playing smile I think it's cool that everyone's kind of taken up the visuals - didn't Lisztener start that with the slide shows? Now if we can just get someone to accompany old silent movies laugh I'd love to do that, but am not quite at par for that course yet.

bluekeys - great rendition. Nice tempo, nice syncopations, great confident touch.

epf - I love harpsichord, and that was a fine piece.

Thorium - very charming, and nice ornaments. Nice balance between the hands.

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#1174398 - 04/04/09 01:42 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: jotur]
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I'm really enjoying all the great submissions this month, especially those cool videos! Bill, I loved your playing/singing and the nostalgic look to your video with "On the Sunny Side of the Street". That's a great old song. smile


I still don't have a clue how to do videos myself yet, so here's just another MP3:

Send in the Clowns laugh
http://www.box.net/shared/nx1dbpvi57

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#1174446 - 04/04/09 03:26 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Thorium]
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Originally Posted By: Thorium
Do you play the Petzold/Bach G-major one? Would be fun to compare interpretations.


Yes - I worked on that a couple of months ago and had it down fairly well - since then I did the Krieger and am just about to finish up a neat little Minuet in G minor by our boy, good old Christian Petzold (also from the "Notebook").

If I get a chance (I'm currently working on 3 other pieces) I'll spend some time reviewing it and then record and upload it here. But, no promises smile

Regards, JF


Edited by John Frank (04/04/09 03:27 PM)
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#1174470 - 04/04/09 03:49 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Cheers and kudos to everyone who has already -- and it's only the 4th! -- helped to create such an entertaining piano bar. It's interesting and enjoyable to hear/see such a mix of works.
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#1174507 - 04/04/09 04:42 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: piano_deb]
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Some old/new stuff for me : I have just bought a real piano, a sauter 108 : I love my roland hp201, but playing on a real piano is so different...

So to celebrate this and my first year of piano playing (I started in april 2008), I recorded some of the pieces I learned (with a few mistakes... ;-) ).

Prokofiev : The moon strolls in the meadow

(already recorded on the roland hp 201)
Chopin : Raindrop prelude

Laputa :

Nausica : Legend of Wind



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#1174514 - 04/04/09 04:54 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: yoyofr]
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Lovely work, yoyofr! I love the Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki films too, and they're full of little musical gems. I remember adoring the credits theme in Spirited Away (Itsumo Nando?) If my singing voice were better, I'd play and sing that one all day.

Good luck on the Tiersen stuff. I used to play "Comptine d'un autre ete - L'apres midi" on my nylon, and will definitely learn the original piano version.

Thor


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#1174525 - 04/04/09 05:35 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Thorium]
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Re comments:

Bill, Peyton, Knotty, Angelo, Jotur, Dennis, Bluekeys - thanks for listening and for the comments.

Peyton, I am playing from a lead sheet (melody notes plus chord symbols) only. And, uh, ... the truth is, she won't do dishes, even in my imagination!

Angelo, I have been taking lessons (once every other week) for almost three years now. Also had a year of lessons on the Hammond organ in the 1970s, and basic piano lessons as a kid in the 1940s. I now have the built-in excuse of being "too old" to learn anything I darn well don't feel like learning! (But, if I feel like learning it - well, then, "You're never too old"!)

Jotur, apparently her musical intelligence vastly exceeds her verbal intelligence. She can actually improvise a respectable melody over any set of chord changes, but do you think I can get her to say dooby dooby doo? Never! Maybe it's a union thing, I dunno.

Re new recordings:

HIMS - nice improv. Sounds bluesey but also Phillip Glass-ish.

Bluekeys - I try to stay out of the personal lives of my band members. (But between you and me, I have long suspected there's some hanky panky going on between Viv and my drummer. One senses these things.)

Bluekeys, very enjoyable, played smoothly, and with feeling!

Thorium, that's excellent for someone who just started! Well done.

Peyton, a beautiful melody and arrangement, executed perfectly, and so nicely integrated with the video! Makes a great commercial for Maine tourism!

Elssa, beautiful, moving. As usual, you have created an excellent introduction and ending! I learn a lot listening to you.

Yoyofr - great recordings! If you have only been playing for a year, you must practice 24/7, or have the world's greatest teacher. I especially enjoyed the Chopin.

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#1174594 - 04/04/09 08:48 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: bluekeys]
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Originally Posted By: bluekeys

I feel like Fred Flintstone posting an MP3 with so many people now in the video age, but here is my humble attempt at the Beatles' Let It Be.

http://www.box.net/shared/2qn1s1n6ko

As usual there are a couple of mistakes and a nasty hesitation on one of the verse changes, but overall I'm satisfied considering my general beginner-ness and increasingly obvious lack of aptitude for this whole piano thingy.


No nasty hesitation was noticed by me,. Anything taht you may have seen as a nasty hesitation was evidently so minimal that it slipped by me unnoticed. Very enjoayble!
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#1174595 - 04/04/09 08:51 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Thorium]
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Originally Posted By: Thorium
Right. Picked up a plug converter in the city, so here goes:
http://www.box.net/shared/7tckc47apc

Might upload the Bach minuet for comparison. Be gentle! I only started a few weeks ago.

Btw, JohnFrank, I liked your enhanced ending-repeat. Nice touch.


Nice performance, Thorium!
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#1174598 - 04/04/09 08:56 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Originally Posted By: Peyton
OK.... Here I go again. I got obsessed with trying to tie in my better recording gear with my video camera and I think I have it. This is a little melody I wrote about the salt marsh I have a little camp on here in Maine. I tied in some video of the marsh and the ducks and geese. I swear I'll keep this one up on youtube!


Yes, you do have a much better sound quality on that video. Nice video of the waterfowl, too! That's a very peaceful composition and fits your description well.
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#1174602 - 04/04/09 09:00 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Originally Posted By: Elssa
I'm really enjoying all the great submissions this month, especially those cool videos! Bill, I loved your playing/singing and the nostalgic look to your video with "On the Sunny Side of the Street". That's a great old song. smile


I still don't have a clue how to do videos myself yet, so here's just another MP3:

Send in the Clowns laugh
http://www.box.net/shared/nx1dbpvi57


You had to ruin that beautiful piano playing with those nasty syn-strings, didn't you? laugh You know I'm kidding you, of course. Your arrangement on this is very possibly the best of your recorded work so far. I was drawn into this lovely melody by your playing. Truly wonderful!
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#1174619 - 04/04/09 09:39 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Elssa, that was beautifully done! Nice quality on the recording too. It must have been fun going back in with the strings?
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#1174620 - 04/04/09 09:42 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Thorium... you only started a few weeks ago? You have it down! smile
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#1174623 - 04/04/09 09:48 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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yoyfr- It's hard to believe you have only been playing one year! That Raindrop prelude was very well done! I'd put even more forte into the storm part... go for it!
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#1174629 - 04/04/09 09:57 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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yoyofr,
Very nice recordings. I cannot believe you have only been playing a year. Congratulations on your great progress. You are obviously a musical genius (at least when compared to me). I love the Prokofiev piece. Of course Chopin's Raindrop Prelude is a favorite of just about everyone, and you did a grand job on it. Laputa is new to me, but it is quite beautiful. You did a fine job on it. Nausica: Legend of Wind is also new to me. It is an interesting piece and very well played. Thanks for sharing these. By the way, your new piano is gorgeous in both appearance and sound. I particularly like the way its treble sparkles.
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#1174677 - 04/05/09 12:26 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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"It must have been fun going back in with the strings?"

Thanks so much, folks. smile I suppose I'm addicted to the strings and various other added sounds from my organ-playing days. I used to belong to several local electric/pipe organ clubs/groups. We would meet at different houses and other venues and go to concerts, such as at the Thomaston Opera House in CT. On occasion, the organ would be the background for wonderful silent movies, such as Laurel and Hardy. I can't tell you how much fun those days were. The strings are just a (bad?) habit with me, I guess. I do try not to overdo them, though. blush

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLA8DCqgVMs

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#1174704 - 04/05/09 02:50 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Thanks for your kind feedback everyone smile
My teacher is probably not the best in the world, but I think he's not the worst either wink
He always focus on feeling the music before playing it, to know where you are
going and to stay calm, relaxed. I think I only start to understand this (after a year smile )...

Thorium, that's impressive, please keep posting your progress.
Elssa, that's very nice too! How do you proceed to add strings ?
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#1174753 - 04/05/09 07:20 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Elssa - I am a big fan of your playing and your always excellent song choices. Well done. I really think you could find work as a lounge pianist.
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#1175046 - 04/05/09 05:52 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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"How do you proceed to add strings?"

Hi YoYo; I see you also have a Roland.. With mine, there's a strings preset button with then choices of different types of strings to choose on the middle screen. I always use the "Legato Strings" because they're the softest sounding. smile

"I really think you could find work as a lounge pianist."

Thanks for the encouragement, B52...I really appreciate it! I think you could easily find a steady lounge piano gig, too. smile There aren't any venues for solo pianists around here, though, unfortunately. How about where you are?

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#1175399 - 04/06/09 09:11 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Bill, Peyton, Riddler, HomeInMyShoes ( smile ), bluekeys, Ellsa, Thorium and yoyofr - finally got a chance to listen to all your submissions - nice job everybody! Some excellent music there. Thanks to all for sharing!

regards, JF
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#1177207 - 04/09/09 07:23 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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This is my own composition "Stella"

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=5261613
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#1177253 - 04/09/09 09:06 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Studio Joe]
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That is real pretty Joe. I love the main melody and the decending chords. It has an almost longing, sad feel to it.
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#1177295 - 04/09/09 11:03 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Thanks Peyton,

I appreciate the listen and the comments. Yeah, it was intended to have a melancholy mood.
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#1177414 - 04/09/09 03:32 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Studio Joe]
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A beautiful piece, Joe. I enjoyed listening. Thanks.
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#1177430 - 04/09/09 03:52 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Studio Joe]
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Originally Posted By: jw7480
This is my own composition "Stella"

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=5261613



That was one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever heard.
No joke.
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#1177460 - 04/09/09 04:59 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: enfrançais]
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Thank Dennis and Enfrancais! I am so delighted that you like it.

You've really made my day.
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#1177752 - 04/10/09 09:04 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Studio Joe]
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Joe,

Beautiful melody, full of fascinating harmonic twists and turns. Great arrangement and playing!

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#1177776 - 04/10/09 10:32 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Joe,

Very nice! I really enjoyed the development and the way you moved the piece along. Good job!

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#1178059 - 04/10/09 04:47 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: epf]
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Joe, "Stella" is a lovely composition. I don't suppose you'd be interested in sharing the sheet music with us? *hopeful*
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#1178175 - 04/10/09 09:49 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: piano_deb]
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Originally Posted By: piano_deb
Joe, "Stella" is a lovely composition. I don't suppose you'd be interested in sharing the sheet music with us? *hopeful*


Deborah,
I haven't written the sheet music yet. The recording was played by ear/memory. I do need to notate it though, and I will share it when I have it finished. Thanks for the review, glad you liked it. I will begin working on the notation and let you know when I have it completed.

Thanks also to Riddler and epf for the kind remarks.
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#1178543 - 04/11/09 03:01 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Studio Joe]
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Joe, I look forward to it!

I must be in a bit of a plaintive mood or something. The pieces I find myself listening to over and over this month are Joe's "Stella," Peyton's "Salt Marsh," and HomeInMyShoes' "More messing around with those four chords." That last one's a winner for best title, by the way. smile

I have to say that I, for one, prefer audio recordings to videos. It's not that I don't want to see people play, it's that my old(ish) computer isn't good with videos. I can usually hear them just fine, but the image jumps, stutters, freezes ... It's quite maddening. And sometimes, as turned out to be the case, with yoyofr's pieces, even the audio won't play correctly. Just an FYI on behalf of those of us with older technology. YouTube is not our friend. frown
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#1178753 - 04/11/09 10:27 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: piano_deb]
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This thread is just so random. yoyofr, ellsa, jw7480, and I know I'm missing others. What a treat. All of it.

More of the cycle: number 2

I've been trying to get a recording of number 1 out of the way, but it might be beyond me to get it right.

A little more serious and brooding than the other two.

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#1178806 - 04/12/09 12:51 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: HomeInMyShoes]
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Angel Eyes ... bit raggedy ... first time I've had the Zoom out of the box in a year, the thing's so d#%! intimidating.
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#1179251 - 04/12/09 08:59 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Mike A]
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Mike A, that's not raggedy; it's beautiful. Very sweet arrangement! Your piano sounds fabulous, by the way. Very enjoyable.
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#1179337 - 04/13/09 12:34 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Thanks for the encouraging words, Dennis! Glad you enjoyed.

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#1179445 - 04/13/09 07:39 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Mike A]
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Homeinmyshoes- I like that #2. Almost a bluesy Eric Satie.

Mike... Raggedy??? Man that was smooth! And I agree with Dennis, the recording/piano sound is really good. Great playing.
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#1179471 - 04/13/09 09:19 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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I haven't made piano music (yet), but years ago I made some ambient music on a Roland XP-80 synthesizer. Here's a dreamy piece:

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?mydomxidndj

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#1179549 - 04/13/09 12:14 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Loc: So.Cal.USA
Thanks Peyton! Very kind.

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#1179603 - 04/13/09 01:50 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Mike A]
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Registered: 11/18/05
Posts: 32
Loc: Houston
Joe - Beautiful song. I enjoyed the composition and the playing greatly.

HomeInMyShoes & Mike A - Very nice playing. Definitely my style of music.

babama - The piece started a little slow, but the second half was worth the wait. Thanks!

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#1180772 - 04/15/09 09:43 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Studio Joe]
BillM Offline
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Posts: 1520
Loc: Maryland
Originally Posted By: jw7480
This is my own composition "Stella"



Wow Joe - You are really talented - loved both the song and your always professional sounding performance.
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#1180778 - 04/15/09 09:48 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Mike A]
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Originally Posted By: Mike A
... bit raggedy ... first time I've had the Zoom out of the box in a year, the thing's so d#%! intimidating.
(Estonia 168)


Mike A - Nice song very well played. The recording quality is also first rate.
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#1180789 - 04/15/09 09:57 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Registered: 03/28/07
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Loc: Decatur, Texas
Thanks Bill and Dog. Really appreciate the comments.
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#1180914 - 04/15/09 01:04 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Studio Joe]
Mike A Offline
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Registered: 11/08/06
Posts: 520
Loc: So.Cal.USA
Thanks (not-so)noxiousdog and Bill ... glad you enjoyed!

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#1182118 - 04/17/09 09:45 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Mike A]
Honnli Offline
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Registered: 01/05/07
Posts: 163
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Boing *bounces back from somewhere*

Man, I should really get back into this forum... I guess I'll post something. Here is a video recording (2 actually, and my first ever public video!) of me playing Piano Squall's Final Fantasy Battle Medley. You won't see my face though, because I'm camera shy... :P No, not really. But you'll still only get to see my hands. lol

I had to split the video into 2 parts because it's over 10 minutes and YouTube hates that. Anyway, here it is.

Part 1
Part 2

Grr, messed up the ending... Oh well... It isn't as good as I wanted, and there are quite a few mistakes, but overall, it's not too bad. Man, video recording is even harder to do than audio recording...
Sorry for the crap video quality. I recorded it with my mobile phone.


Edited by Honnli (04/17/09 09:56 AM)
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#1182344 - 04/17/09 03:46 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Honnli]
Rosanna Offline
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Registered: 06/08/07
Posts: 1360
Loc: San Francisco Bay area
Honnli,
Great to see you posting your playing. AWESOME!!! You got flying fingers! (The video quality is amazingly good actually.)

How long have you been playing the piano? This certainly looks like a very difficult piece. How long does it take you to get this piece to this stage?


Edited by Rosanna (04/17/09 03:54 PM)
Edit Reason: added last questions
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#1182631 - 04/17/09 10:41 PM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Rosanna]
Honnli Offline
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Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Why, thank you! ^^

I have been playing the piano for about 2 years now, but that isn't counting the 2 and a half years of lessons I had 10 years ago, although I haven't played the piano between then and 2006. As for the medley, I have been playing it for about 2 years on and off. I haven't played much piano in the last year because of my studies, so maybe 1 and X years, with the X being a fraction. grin The actual recording of this video took a while, though. Like 50 tries...although most of the time, I didn't make it through the whole medley. grin
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#1182752 - 04/18/09 04:21 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Honnli]
Honnli Offline
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Posts: 163
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Here is a second video I have done. It is me playing an InuYasha mini medley which consists of the pieces "Change the World" and "Every Heart", both arranged by Piano Squall. Enjoy.

InuYasha Mini Medley


Edited by Honnli (04/18/09 04:25 AM)
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#1183929 - 04/20/09 06:38 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: Honnli]
yoyofr Offline
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Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 19
Loc: Paris/France
Honnli, you're amazing! I hope to be able to play such medleys one day...

Another small contribution for this wonderful April month :
Yann Tiersen : La Dispute (from Amélie OST)

I also uploaded some wip of Mozart Fantaisie in D minor and Final Fantasy VII prelude so if you're interested, check my youtube channel, but beware it's not very "musical" wink.
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#1184006 - 04/20/09 10:49 AM Re: April Piano Bar [Re: yoyofr]
Honnli Offline
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Registered: 01/05/07
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Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Thanks! ^^

You played well too. Nice one. I also checked out some of your other videos, and they were pretty good considering you've only been playing for 1 year. Keep up the good work. smile
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