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#1385340 - 03/01/10 07:35 AM March Piano Bar
(Was)TrueBeginner Offline
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Registered: 05/01/08
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Knock!knock! Nobody's here yet? So I will just sneak in the bar and play my newest piece. I hope I will not wake up the neighbor

Sorrow


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#1385354 - 03/01/10 07:53 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
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Posts: 8086
Loc: Georgia, USA
Hi TB, and All!

I actually wrote two new songs recently. Here is one that I'll start with for my first presentation to the March PB. When I wrote this song, I thought about the people in Haiti or anywhere there is human suffering and need.

My playing and singing are not all that great, but the song has a good message.

I hope you enjoy it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGKVjXT0WaY

Rick
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#1385357 - 03/01/10 08:06 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
BillM Offline
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TB - Quite a lovely tune - perfect for navel gazing while sitting alone at the bar slowly sipping a whiskey straight up.
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#1385359 - 03/01/10 08:11 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Rickster]
BillM Offline
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Rickster - I liked everything about this: the message, the song, and the performance. Very well done.
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#1385373 - 03/01/10 08:39 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Very very nice Rickster - great morning greeting.

TB - Also a very gracefull welcome tune for the new day.

Richard
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#1385382 - 03/01/10 08:54 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
David Ruzicka Offline
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Hi everyone,
I see that this Piano bar started with original compositions which is quite fitting as I have something of my own to post too. It sounds a bit like Beethoven's Moonlight sonata but that was not my intention (at least not conscious one :-) ).

David Ruzicka - Into the Unknown:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMGuj5B_-EU
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#1385387 - 03/01/10 09:06 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
David Ruzicka Offline
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oh, I forgot I have actually two pieces to post. The second one is from Czech musical. I guess that there's only a slim chance anybody in here will know this melody but believe me that in Czech Republic it is quite popular song (although it's almost 40 years old).

Karel Svoboda - To the Towers



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwEd5Qx5qX4

If you like this piece, you may also like this one.
It's by the same author. Unfortunately this is far beyond my playing capabilities so I can only listen and enjoy smile
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#1385395 - 03/01/10 09:21 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: David Ruzicka]
BillM Offline
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David - A lovely tune. Although I can also hear the Moonlight influence you have created something that is uniquely yours.
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#1385401 - 03/01/10 09:28 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
Pedies Offline
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Registered: 01/13/10
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Hello, all.

I recently joined this site. I wanted to try to add something to this section as it looks like the place to share music.

I am a self-taught amateur. I have played on my own for quite a few years but decided to try to get better on July 2nd of 2009 as this is when my little girl was born. I want her to grow up in a home with music playing so that's what I'm working on.

Here is one of my favorite pieces played on my piano which I received 2 months ago (I played on keyboards before that).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBbrn4Z9c9g



Edited by Pedies (03/01/10 10:29 AM)
Edit Reason: put actual video in post

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#1385436 - 03/01/10 10:10 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Pedies]
Inlanding Offline
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TB ~ Sorrow certainly does have a sorrowful sound to it with a gleam of hope sound intertwinwed! Very nice playing.

Rick ~ You cease to amaze! It is fascinating how well you compose your own tunes/lyrics. Such talent. Great message.

David ~ You always post such wonderful pieces of music and play them so well. Love the sound and to watch you perform.

Pedies ~ Haven't listened to George Winston in a long time. Excellent playing of his transcription! Welcome to the Piano Bar!

Glen
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March piano audio
https://app.box.com/s/evl3yyp1kj52ve8l069u


A Bit of YouTube

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#1385443 - 03/01/10 10:19 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Pedies]
BillM Offline
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Loc: Maryland
I'd like to jump on this month's Original Composition bandwagon by reprising a recording I did for one of last year's recitals (the audio and video quality are not very good as this was recorded using my old camera).

You may notice that the music is stolen heavily borrowed from the Muppet's Theme and Billy Joel's Piano Man. The lyrics are semi-original.

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#1385483 - 03/01/10 11:06 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Registered: 11/15/09
Posts: 401
Loc: AK, USA
TB: That was very pretty smile
Rickster: That was great playing and singing! Nice message to it
David: Lovely playing on both pieces. Always interesting to hear music from around the world!
Pedies: Welcome to the piano bar and you played beautifully!
Bill: Very enjoyable! Thanks smile
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#1385506 - 03/01/10 11:44 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Loc: Boston
TB - Very evocative of its title! It feels like the score to a sad film, when the protagonist has hit bottom and is about to boost themselves back up by their bootstraps.

Rickster - Yet another great song in yet another different style. And the sound is great, too. The vocal mic has a nice mellow tone to it.

David - Even if accidental, I think it's great to take a the conceptual idea of Moonlight and veer off into your own improvised direction. This works well and your playing is very confident.

Pedies - That was terrific. And your piano sounds great!

Bill - If there's anything better than Muppet music, it's got to be Muppet music with Billy Joel influences. Outstanding! So...does that make you Rowlf the Dog?


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#1385531 - 03/01/10 12:11 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
Inlanding Offline
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Bill ~ The fun you are having there is contagious! Thanks for that one!

Glen
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March piano audio
https://app.box.com/s/evl3yyp1kj52ve8l069u


A Bit of YouTube

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#1385579 - 03/01/10 01:20 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Pedies]
BillM Offline
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Pedies - this is a real Joy! You played this very well. The quality of your video and audio is also first rate.
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#1385624 - 03/01/10 02:00 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Thanks for the compliment, Bill.

Your playing is a lot of fun to watch. Nice and smooth. And the lyrics fit nicely.

Because of your song, I think I will try to put up a version of Pianoman that I've been meaning to post for the longest time and now that I finally have a piano to play, I probably should get around to playing it.

And for Larry B, I pretty much fell off my chair when I saw your Rowlf comment (And of course the picture of Rowlf).


Edited by Pedies (03/01/10 02:00 PM)

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#1385628 - 03/01/10 02:04 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
jotur Offline
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
True Beginner - very nice. It reminds me of some of the Einaudi pieces that Monica plays with that ostinato bass.

Rickster - that was wonderful. This would be a great piece for the next graduation ceremony you're asked to play for.

David - Into the Unknown didn't sound so much like Moonlight that you could be accused of stealing it - it was very nice, so Moonlight was a good influence.

Pedies - congratulations on your new daughter, your new piano, and your playing. It was very well-played.

Hey, Bill - I always love your stuff, and your sense of humor hits the spot smile

Cathy
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#1385770 - 03/01/10 05:06 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
David Ruzicka Offline
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TB - Very emotional piece and a great start of this Piano Bar.

Rick - I have to agree with Bill, very good work. How much time does it take for you to write a song like this one?

Pedies - Very good. I like both the piece and your playing.

Bill - Your Piano Bar Theme was really fun to listen to. Great job smile
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#1385810 - 03/01/10 05:50 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: David Ruzicka]
Studio Joe Offline
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TB- A very good composition and very well played.

Rick- Good lyrics, good playing and singing. Lyrics with a message of wisdom. Or was it experience?

David- I Like this and as others have said it reminds me of "Moonlight".

Pedies- "Joy" I haven't heard this piece before. I like it and you play it very well.

Bill- A swinging song! Very appropriate for the bar. Good performance, I enjpoyed it.
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#1385819 - 03/01/10 05:57 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Studio Joe]
Studio Joe Offline
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I won't have time to make a recording this month but here is one from my archives.

Played with elec piano and midi tracked accompaniment.

Blue Velvet

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#1385871 - 03/01/10 07:11 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Studio Joe]
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Loc: New Jersey
True Beginner, that was truly beautiful!
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#1385879 - 03/01/10 07:28 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Studio Joe]
BillM Offline
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Studio Joe - That is quite a production. Nicely done.
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#1385910 - 03/01/10 08:01 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
jotur Offline
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Studio Joe - what a blast from the past smile I was in jr. high - thanks for the memories.

Cathy
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#1386029 - 03/01/10 10:54 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jotur]
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Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8086
Loc: Georgia, USA
Wow, all the submissions here are great!!! I'm really enjoying them all!

Thanks for the comments on my song writing, by-the-way!

I was going to save this one for next months piano bar, but what the heck.... we only have "happily ever after in the here and now"!!

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

Take care,

Rick
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#1386072 - 03/01/10 11:49 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Rickster]
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Loc: Florida
TB - Sorrow - to me that has a nostalgic feeling - peaceful and resigned, but sad. You play with excellent control. Well done!

Rick - another great song, another excellent performance. And by some cosmic coincidence, I just watched the first half of a movie called Cold Souls, and I'll be darned if your song doesn't seem like a commentary on it! Anyway, well done!

David - Into the Unknown - a beautiful composition! I like the way it continually recalls Moonlight Sonata, then navigates off into new harmonic territory. Well played.

Pedies - something tells me you are enjoying your new piano! That was very listenable. Well done!

Bill - OK, so that was before you got your new piano, but by golly, you were having fun then too! That was musically enjoyable, and it gave me a few laughs too. What can be better than that?

Joe - very professional, very well put together. One of those songs that evokes memories. Well done.

My piece this month is called Cold Duck Time. Here I am using the Electric Piano voice on my Yamaha piano, for a funk sound. Drums and bass were on a backing track. This is kind of a catchy funky song - something different for me.

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

Ed
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#1386111 - 03/02/10 01:13 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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You Tubers, I left comments on your video.

TB - very fitting title - great start to this month's piano bar

Joe - sounds like you had a lot of fun with this one!

Riddler - waoh, you must have spent a lot of time engineering that one! It was fun to listen to.
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#1386158 - 03/02/10 02:50 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Riddler: I like "Cold Duck". Good arrangement.
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#1386302 - 03/02/10 08:50 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Rick, Bill, Richard, David, Glen, Ladypayne, Larry, Joe, Cathy, Ed, mom3gram, Benpiano

Thank you all for listening and for your nice comments.

Rick - That's is a very meaningful song and you played well as usual. I always envy you, Bill, Peyton ... for being able to write lyrics, sing and play accompaniment.

David - I love both of your pieces. The first one has the feel of Moonlight Sonata in a sense that it conveys a peaceful nocturnal mood but your tune sounds current. The second one fits right into my style, I love the left hand arpeggio.

Pedies - Welcome to the bar and I think you played really well. Good quality video too.

Bill - You put a smile on my face and made my day.

Joe - It sounded really good, like I listened to a band. Love the tune.

Ed - catchy and funky indeed. It made me want to get up and dance smile

TB
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#1386488 - 03/02/10 01:05 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
BenPiano Offline
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An old standard for us beginners. Enjoy! smile

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#1386572 - 03/02/10 02:53 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Ed - I love this! "Catchy and funky" - man, you got that right. I really like that EP voice, it has kind of an edge to it that is really cool.
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