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#1485778 - 08/01/10 10:22 AM August Piano Bar
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I didn't mean to open the bar that early in the morning, but I logged in to submit my recital and decided to post my monthly bar contribution at the same time.

While I was working on the piece for the recital, I came up with some melody that I like but did not fit in the other piece so I kept it for the bar. I don't know what to name it. So here it is

Untitled

PS. I am starting to get sick of those chords, so hopefully I will come up with something fresher next time.
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#1485812 - 08/01/10 11:13 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
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Originally Posted By: TrueBeginner
I didn't mean to open the bar that early in the morning...


That early in the morning? Actually, you're late - the time-honored tradition here is to open the Bar at least a day early laugh

Lovely piece ( as always) thumb

Perhaps Untitled 101 would be a good working title, since you'll no doubt have other untitled works in the future...

JF
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#1485871 - 08/01/10 01:00 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Nice one!
Perhaps you should consider changing your screenname! :þ

I made a recording for the bar myself, but my laptop kinda messed up the sound. I might either place it further away from the piano next time, to see if it gets any better.
If not, I'll record it from my digital piano instead, which seems to work fine.

Anyway, I will at least wait 'till Tuesday, when my acoustic gets tuned. (and voiced, if my technician has time for that before his next appointment)
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#1485893 - 08/01/10 01:40 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Pianosaurus Rex]
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Again, a VERY nice "untitled" piece, TrueBeginner! Way to start off August and my Sunday morning.
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#1485906 - 08/01/10 02:05 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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This is a song by Leonard Cohen, probably one of my favorites. It's "Famous Blue Raincoat" and for me is about the epitome of forgiveness and how love and hate can be so intertwined. (Not surprising since it's from his "Love and Hate" album.) some of my famous lines go..

"So what can I tell you, my brother my killer.
What can I possibly say.
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you,
I'm glad you stood in my way.
And if you ever come by here,
For Jane or for me.
Well your enemy is sleeping,
and his woman is free.
And thanks for the trouble
you took from her eyes.
I thought it was there for good,
so I never tried."

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#1485908 - 08/01/10 02:08 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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truebiginner, you always seem to come up with the prettiest melodies and this is no exception. A real sweet piece.
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#1486119 - 08/01/10 07:15 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Ah truebeginner and Peyton - it's so nice to get to hear a piano bar when there's still a listenable number of entries laugh Yours were great. tb - yours remeinded me of someone, but I can't put my finger on who. Pretty melody , though. Well done. Peyton - it's only been say the last year or so that I even heard of Leonard Cohen - I don't get out much laugh - but you have the perfect style for his stuff, and I love your piano backings. Great piece.

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#1486150 - 08/01/10 08:15 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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PEYTON - Wow! Very nice with the Leonard Cohen! The playing is superb, but your voice takes center stage.
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#1486164 - 08/01/10 08:57 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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TrueBeginner - so beautiful: But of course, you are a fellow NoVA resident wink

Peyton - not a song I knew but sung and played so well. Question: Is this your own arrangement?
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#1486206 - 08/01/10 10:12 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Andy Platt]
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Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
TrueBeginner - so beautiful: But of course, you are a fellow NoVA resident wink

Peyton - not a song I knew but sung and played so well. Question: Is this your own arrangement?



Thanks guys! Yes, I guess you could say it's my own arrangement, no sheet music, just by ear.. Frankly I don't think anyone can top LC singing it on the Love and Hate album.
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#1486209 - 08/01/10 10:16 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Andy Platt]
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TureBeginner and Peyton, You Both were wonderful! Very enjoyable listening whome


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#1486229 - 08/01/10 10:37 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: MonticelloDreams]
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Back to Bach for me this month. Just nothing else is quite ready for recording.

Bach's Prelude in C Major (from Well Tempered Clavier) was mentioned on the forum recently and I thought it would make a nice "short" piece to work on. My summer substitute teacher agreed but stipulated that I needed to work on a more Baroque interpretation as well as a "modern" one. Well, I'm giving you the modern one because I like it much better. It's a little more introspective - and you can clearly hear what gave Gounod inspiration for his Ave Maria.

Bach Prelude in C Major, BWV 846
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#1486230 - 08/01/10 10:42 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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True Beginner, that was great! I really enjoyed it.

Peyton, I believe you get better and better with your performances! Excellent!

Andy, I enjoyed your piece too! I think you posted about the same time I did. :-)

Here is a new blues tune I wrote entitled “The Great Pretender”. I really didn’t know what to name the song, but great pretender seemed appropriate. I hope you all enjoy it!

The Great Pretender

Take care and have a great August!

Rick





Edited by Rickster (08/01/10 10:44 PM)
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#1486307 - 08/02/10 12:42 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Rickster]
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Wow, what a start!

TB - that was a wonderful piece of music and you play it so well. Very sharp.

Peyton - you never cease to amaze! Such a talent you are. How do you do it? Do the lyrics come first, or the melody line?

Andy - BWV846 was my first-ever recital piece and just recently, too. You played it very well. So simple, yet so subtle are the changes throughout. I very much enjoy playing it weekly. Thanks for sharing it!

Rick - holy slamoly!! What fabulous entertainment, musicianship, and fun all wrapped up at once. You were having so much fun playing it, and the lyrics put a smile on anyone's face. Simply Spectacular!

Here's, That's All
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#1486320 - 08/02/10 01:25 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
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Originally Posted By: TrueBeginner
...While I was working on the piece for the recital, I came up with some melody that I like but did not fit in the other piece so I kept it for the bar. I don't know what to name it. So here it is ...



TB, I'm sure I've read about great pieces of music that written that way - pasted together of leftovers that did not fit into previous pieces! For a leftover, that was terrific!

Peyton, another winner, very enjoyable! Your style (voice and piano) seem to fit this song just perfectly. Well done!

Andy, I love the Bach piece with a passion. It must be a great joy to be able to play it so well. Great job!

Rick, hey, that's the blues, pure and simple and true! Well done!

Glen, that has a really good feel to it, swinging and relaxed. Cool ending!

My piece this month is "Freddie Freeloader", by Miles Davis. (Why can't jazz songs have dignified titles, like "Rhapsodic Etude: Theme and Variation in C Sharp Minor" or something along those lines? Even the titles that start out sounding dignified soon turn otherwise, like "Concerto For Cootie".) I was actually thinking about giving this a dignified name and sneaking it into the recital (kind of like the Marx brothers sneaking into a society party!), but I went with another song for the recital. Anyway, this is a basic blues song in F, with one chord being different from the usual blues chord progression.

I am playing the piano, but the drums and bass are provided by a backing track that was provided to me. I am playing from a lead sheet.

http://www.box.net/shared/ocnmuxb9rl


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#1486324 - 08/02/10 01:39 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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I'm really enjoying all the recordings this month!
True Beginner: Great chords and melody! Very creative. smile
Peyton: Wish I could sing half as well - very nice!
Andy: Beautiful Bach! thumb
Rick: Love your bluesy style - you always make it look so easy. smile
Glen: You really did a great job with this golden oldie - like the way you jazzed it up!
Ed: You sound like a whole jazz band - do you play with one? You have perfect rhythm. Lots of fun to listen to. thumb

Well, here's something I used to play on electric organ (with pedals) and finally got an arrangement together for my DP (Roland).

TICO TICO (Abreu)



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#1486379 - 08/02/10 06:52 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Andy Platt]
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Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
Back to Bach for me this month. Just nothing else is quite ready for recording.

Bach's Prelude in C Major (from Well Tempered Clavier) was mentioned on the forum recently and I thought it would make a nice "short" piece to work on. My summer substitute teacher agreed but stipulated that I needed to work on a more Baroque interpretation as well as a "modern" one. Well, I'm giving you the modern one because I like it much better. It's a little more introspective - and you can clearly hear what gave Gounod inspiration for his Ave Maria.

Bach Prelude in C Major, BWV 846


Aww, prelude in C, really? That's what I was thinking to post here. :P
Anyway, you did a fine job on it! I love this piece. smile
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#1486383 - 08/02/10 07:01 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Pianosaurus Rex]
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Andy, listening to your Bach was a great way to start my morning. Thanks.
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#1486444 - 08/02/10 09:04 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Rickster - you make that kind of playing sound effortless. I loved it though I'm glad I'm not a woman wink

Glen - I don't know this piece but it sounded beautiful. Relaxing start to my Monday.

Ed - Kind of Blue is one of the few jazz albums I own (probably goes for a lot of people!) and Freddie is probably my favorite track. I loved it!

Elssa - now I feel I'm in warm tropical sunshine, instead of a dull cloudy DC day!
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#1486510 - 08/02/10 10:54 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Andy Platt]
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Great tune Rick. You have such a nice "casual" delivery. Great right hand work too!
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#1486522 - 08/02/10 11:14 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Elssa ~ another oldie but goodie with Tico-Tico. Not such an easy rhythm - you did great. I loved it!

Ed ~ love that combo feel. It is time for you to get some gigs around town. Kind of Blue is a classic - great choice with Freddie the Freeloader!

Three Quarters of One
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#1486586 - 08/02/10 01:00 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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ANDY-Well done! Good articulation, very enjoyable.

RICK-Oh, this was a kickin' start to my week! Nice one, I really enjoyed this!

ED - cool This is so great! Very pro, I loved it!

ELSSA - Love those Latin rhythms! I grew up listening with my dad to this and many others. Thanks for bringing this back to me!

GLEN - "That's All", Very cool! Loved the ending. And "Three quarters of One"- another amazing "idea", wishing it was longer.
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#1486602 - 08/02/10 01:16 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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Glen, Great playing. You sound like a pro. And I agree with CMohr, real cool ending!
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#1486605 - 08/02/10 01:19 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Elissa, it was like watching your hands dance... Just fantastic.
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#1486607 - 08/02/10 01:19 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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True Beginner, nice melancholy tune. Sounds like lost love to me. Quite nice.
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#1486610 - 08/02/10 01:21 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Ed, another very professional sounding piece. I wish I knew how the heck you did it... smile
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#1486614 - 08/02/10 01:25 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Peyton, exceptional work. I especially enjoyed your piano solo. That was terrific. I must confess to being confounded by the lyrics, but this is a beautiful song and your voice goes well with it. Impressive performance!
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#1486616 - 08/02/10 01:28 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Andy Platt, that's a nice interpretation of the prelude. Quite enjoyable.
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#1486619 - 08/02/10 01:32 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Rickster, I did not read thoroughly and expected the old Platters song. Quite a nice surprise to find this new blues instead. Had to go back and read more carefully. grin I do love me some blues. Very fun song!


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#1486623 - 08/02/10 01:35 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Glen, I love listening to your interpretations of the standards. You should cut an album. What a gorgeous sound. Truly wonderful!
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#1486629 - 08/02/10 01:43 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Ed, that's a pretty sweet Freddie Freeloader. I must confess to not being a big Davis fan (heresy, I will admit), but this is a piece I've always liked, and you did it up right. Nice blowing, as the jazz cats used to say.
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#1486630 - 08/02/10 01:45 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Elssa, that's a really fun piece and another that I've always enjoyed hearing. Nice job. I enjoyed listening.
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#1486633 - 08/02/10 01:47 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Glen, Three Quarters of One was really fun listening. I wish I could do what you do.
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#1486648 - 08/02/10 02:05 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Andy - nice Bach. Very refreshing.

Rickster - nothing like a little blues to brighten my day smile When's your album coming out?

Cathy
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#1486868 - 08/02/10 08:29 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: jotur]
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I've been on sort of a Paul Simon jag lately. This is a piano/vocal cover of his song America. I really like the lyrics and the story that he tells.

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#1486897 - 08/02/10 09:01 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Bill... fantastic playing! Are you doing that all by ear?
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#1486913 - 08/02/10 09:16 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Bill... fantastic playing! Are you doing that all by ear?


I was wondering something similar myself. Bill - have you just got the lyrics up there or the chords too? Thanks for that great version ... somewhere I have a Simon & Garfunkel songbook I need to dig out.
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#1486921 - 08/02/10 09:29 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Thanks everyone for your nice comments.
Peyton: I love seventies musics. They have great melody and meaningful words not like the stuff I heard on radio today (like Ke$ha and Gaga sick)
Andy: I love the simplicity in your playing. I heard this piece before but this is the first time it makes me want to learn to play it
Rich: You are a pro. You can play any type of music but Blues fits you best.
Glen: That is very relaxing piece. I can sit at the bar all night to listen to that type of music.
Ed: I haven't heard this piece before but I enjoyed it a lot.
Bill: Great playing as usual. I would like to hear your accompaniment on an acoustic so it would be clearer, just because I like to learn from it thumb

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#1486932 - 08/02/10 09:52 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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BILL - Another great Simon song! I found myself singing along - you're right, it tells a great story. One of those (like almost all the Beatles' songs) that I know all the words to. Just wonderful accompaniment!
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#1486996 - 08/02/10 11:27 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Hey Peyton, that sounded great for being on a horse. I'm surprised the mics didn't pick him up. wink
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#1487117 - 08/03/10 07:01 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Glen - Now this sounds like real Piano Bar music! Very nice phrasing and a cool, playful ending. Nice!
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#1487121 - 08/03/10 07:05 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Ed - An excellent arrangement and performance. I'm a big fan of your playing and your ability to produce such professional recordings.
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#1487185 - 08/03/10 10:04 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Thanks for the kind words, all.

Bill,
Your style and sensitivity to the music is a treat for the ears! You are a fantastic talent! Love those S&G tunes!

Glen
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#1487191 - 08/03/10 10:09 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
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TB - I agree with the others who have posted that is past time for you to change your screen name to reflect your skill level. How about TrulyAwesome?
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#1487192 - 08/03/10 10:10 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Glen and Ed - two really really nice laid-back tunes this morning - a little toe-tapping, a mellow mood before a too-busy day. Thanks! They were great.

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#1487193 - 08/03/10 10:11 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Andy Platt]
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Andy - Very nice. Your piano has an almost harp-like tone quality that is perfect for this piece. Well done.
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#1487196 - 08/03/10 10:16 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Andy Platt]
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Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
Originally Posted By: Peyton
Bill... fantastic playing! Are you doing that all by ear?


I was wondering something similar myself. Bill - have you just got the lyrics up there or the chords too? Thanks for that great version ... somewhere I have a Simon & Garfunkel songbook I need to dig out.


Thanks - I'm glad you liked it. I got the lyrics and chords from a guitar book of Simon and Garfunkel songs. I improvised the fills and the rest of the piano accompanyment by ear.
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#1487201 - 08/03/10 10:21 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Thanks, Cathy, et al!

Aside from piano bar music, here is something not often heard at your local embibery...

Still lots to work on, but such a beautiful work of art:
Thanks for indulging me...it's good to try to get past the red light on this one. It's just astonishing he wrote this and so many other timeliess works and could not hear one note of 'em.

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#1487251 - 08/03/10 11:34 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Still lots to work on, but such a beautiful work of art:
Thanks for indulging me...it's good to try to get past the red light on this one. It's just astonishing he wrote this and so many other timeliess works and could not hear one note of 'em.

I loved it as it was - you are right: It's so beautiful!! And I have no doubt Beethoven heard every note - just not with his ears wink
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#1487312 - 08/03/10 01:07 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Andy Platt]
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Just got back from vacation for a week. It's nice to play again!

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#1487331 - 08/03/10 01:49 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Yee-haw, LadyPayne ... I guess you could say you are back in the saddle alright! wink
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#1487352 - 08/03/10 02:25 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Andy Platt]
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TB: Very pretty! I enjoyed that one. Nicely done smile
Peyton: Very beautiful and you sing great too
Andy: very nice!
Rickster: great job. You're a very talented composer!
Inlanding: Nicely played on all of your songs
Riddler:Very cool!
Elssa:That one was kind of bouncy! Very nice!
Bill: Excellent playing and singing
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#1487416 - 08/03/10 03:59 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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TB - I agree with the others who have posted that is past time for you to change your screen name to reflect your skill level. How about TrulyAwesome?

Hey, I don't want to change my username and lose my identity on this forum smile. Next time when I choose a username, I have to think about that.

Elssa, I don't know how I missed your piece the first time. But wow, that a hard one to keep up with the tempo and you played very well.

Ladypayne, that piece put a smile on my face after a long day from work.

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#1487427 - 08/03/10 04:15 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
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Bill, I like your stuff, but I couldn't get this one to play continuously so I listened in 2 sec sound bites, so I think it's much more fun than what I heard laugh

ladypayne - that's a tune I've tried to get my band to play but with no success smile

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#1487617 - 08/03/10 08:22 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: jotur]
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GLEN-Nice work on the Beethoven! It's a real finger stretcher. It's the last piece I worked on before starting in on the jazz. I could never get the whole Adagio down smoothly.

LADYPAYNE - I agree with Andy - yee-haw, what a knee-slapper! I liked that arrangement, too.
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#1487645 - 08/03/10 09:10 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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Glen, I think your interpretation is very sensitive and well played.
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#1487655 - 08/03/10 09:22 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: jotur]
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I couldn't get this one to play continuously
Cathy


Cathy - Thanks for trying - I'm also having trouble with YouTube today. I've been waiting for Lady Payne's video to load for quite a while. Something is not quite right with them.
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#1487688 - 08/03/10 10:57 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Well, here's something I used to play on electric organ (with pedals) and finally got an arrangement together for my DP (Roland).

TICO TICO (Abreu) ...


Elssa, that was so good! You are so good with those rhythms!

Oldtimers (namely, me) are fond of saying some piece of music has brought back old memories. Well, this one really did, especially since you mentioned playing it on an organ. Here is a recording of yours truly playing this song on a Hammond Organ in (hold onto your hat) 1979!

http://www.box.net/shared/je5ezuuc2b

Pedals are fun aren't they? My organ recordings were made with a $10 cassette recorder, sitting on the floor, using the cheapest cassette tapes from Kmart, so there is an excessive amount of ooh pah pah, and a bit of hiss. But that's ok, covers up the mistakes!

I wonder why I ended in on a major chord?

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#1487694 - 08/03/10 11:09 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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I've been on sort of a Paul Simon jag lately. This is a piano/vocal cover of his song America. I really like the lyrics and the story that he tells. ...


Well, I think you put your heart and soul into that one, Bill. It does recreate a time and place. Well done!

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#1487697 - 08/03/10 11:23 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Thanks, Cathy, et al!

Aside from piano bar music, here is something not often heard at your local embibery...

Still lots to work on, but such a beautiful work of art:
Thanks for indulging me...it's good to try to get past the red light on this one. It's just astonishing he wrote this and so many other timeliess works and could not hear one note of 'em.

Mvt2 Pathetique
... Glen


Glen, If I could hear that at my local embibery, I'm afraid I'd develop a really bad drinking problem! That was very, very good.

Yes, the saddest scene I've ever seen in a movie was Beethoven with his ear down on the piano as he played, trying desperately to hear it.

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#1487698 - 08/03/10 11:28 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Just got back from vacation for a week. It's nice to play again!

Turkey in the Straw
...


Yeah, that was fun. Good work on that one.

And I like the way you told those pages who the boss is!

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#1487701 - 08/03/10 11:42 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Those silly pages never listen to me :P Sometimes turning the page is harder than playing the music! Sighs =)
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#1487718 - 08/04/10 12:10 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Bill, nice job on America. I enjoyed listening.
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#1487722 - 08/04/10 12:15 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Glen, I don't frequent an embibery, so I'm not certain what if any music is played there. If you're playing, though, I'll change that habit. Pathetique is always a treat. Thanks.
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#1487726 - 08/04/10 12:18 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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ladypayne, Turkey in the Straw is always fun. Great job. It sounds even better on piano than it does on banjo. eek
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#1487731 - 08/04/10 12:25 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Ed, you sure lose the bass with those cheap cassette recorders, huh? That recording is the epitome of fun. I remember about that time, I heard what I thought was the most amazing jazz set ever at a local jazz party. Ruby Braff on cornet with Dick Hyman on the Hammond. They only played about three or four pieces, and I cannot recall what they were, but the audience was definitely wowed. I sure wish I had a recording of that night. I remember Hyman played an introduction to the first piece that sounded like something from an old Bela Lugosi film. Very ominous. He brought the house down. We were literally rolling with laughter. Then they got serious and blew us all away.
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#1487733 - 08/04/10 12:29 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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That was terrific, Ed! Love these Latin/syncopated rhythms. smile Was that your own arrangement? My idol as an organist growing up was always Ethel Smith. Here she is, playing Tico Tico on her Hammond: heart


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#1487879 - 08/04/10 08:40 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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That was terrific, Ed! Love these Latin/syncopated rhythms. smile Was that your own arrangement? My idol as an organist growing up was always Ethel Smith. Here she is, playing it on her Hammond


Our church organist would not approve of playing an organ in those pumps (stilettos for those who don't parlez American). Hmm, but it would be kind fo fun to see him try!
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#1487890 - 08/04/10 09:25 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Ladypayne- what a great piece to have in the repertoire. Lively and fun.
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#1487915 - 08/04/10 10:11 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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Ladypayne ~ my sister used to play Turkey in The Straw on the guitar for me when I was a child. Thanks for sharing it - well done!

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#1487920 - 08/04/10 10:14 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Ed - I loved Tico Tico played on that Hammond! It sounds to me like you are having a ball with it - throwing in some fantastic syncopations - what a gas!

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#1488142 - 08/04/10 04:20 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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That was terrific, Ed! Love these Latin/syncopated rhythms. smile Was that your own arrangement? My idol as an organist growing up was always Ethel Smith. Here she is, playing Tico Tico on her Hammond: heart



Wow! I'd never heard of Ethel Smith before, but that was some kinda fun!
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#1488144 - 08/04/10 04:31 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Glen, another of my favorites. Strangely enough, the first time I heard this song was on the same night as the Ruby Braff/Dick Hyman performance I mentioned in a previous post. A lesser known singer called Sue Raney was on the bill, and this was one of the songs she performed that night. Wow, what a performance!! I've loved this song ever since.


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#1488183 - 08/04/10 05:57 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Wow! I'd never heard of Ethel Smith before, but that was some kinda fun!


Here's another one: grin


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#1488272 - 08/04/10 08:22 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Thanks, all, for listening to me (new and old) stuff, and for your kind comments.

Elssa, yes that was my arrangement, playing from a lead sheet. Too bad we didn't have the Internet and ABF in those days!

Dennis, I agree, Dick Hyman was an absolutely awesome musician!

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#1488338 - 08/04/10 09:51 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Dennis, I agree, Dick Hyman was an absolutely awesome musician!

Ed


Change that to is, Ed. Hyman, at 83, is still performing.
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#1488417 - 08/04/10 11:57 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Elssa, yes that was my arrangement, playing from a lead sheet. Too bad we didn't have the Internet and ABF in those days!
Wonderful arrangement, Ed! thumb Right, no internet back then, but we had electric organ clubs around here (before most of the organ companies like Conn went out of business), and I miss them dearly.

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#1488756 - 08/05/10 02:38 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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A little polyphonic piece by Schumann.

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#1488776 - 08/05/10 03:18 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: LaValse]
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LaValse, very nicely played. I've been playing that as well and have been working on the second section... yikes.Talk about fast...
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#1488794 - 08/05/10 03:37 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: LaValse]
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A little polyphonic piece by Schumann.


That was beautiful.
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#1488801 - 08/05/10 03:42 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Andy Platt]
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Thanks guys!

Peyton - have you seen Pletnev play the second bit. Awesome.



PS: He can't hit a 10th - I always think of him when I moan something is too hard because I can't hit a 10th. No excuses!
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#1488842 - 08/05/10 05:05 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: LaValse]
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Very well done, LaValse. I enjoy attempting to play Schumann. A wonderful composer.

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#1488950 - 08/05/10 07:51 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Yes, I've seen that. In fact as I struggle I keep coming back to watch him to hear how it's done. I can't even come close.... smile
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#1489008 - 08/05/10 08:44 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Peyton]
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ED-Holy cow! Your Tico-Tico on the organ wasn't just "hold on to your hat", it was a "hold onto your hair" performance! I loved it.

LAVALSE - The Schumann was beautiful! Definitely recital-worthy.
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#1489462 - 08/06/10 11:59 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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Here's me and Augustina's duet for the month so far smile Sorry for any mistakes on this one. It was a bit more difficult to keep the rhythm with each other on this duet than some of the other ones :P

Corpse Bride piano duet
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#1489470 - 08/06/10 12:12 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Here's me and Augustina's duet for the month so far smile Sorry for any mistakes on this one. It was a bit more difficult to keep the rhythm with each other on this duet than some of the other ones


It sounded good to me - but does it really end that abruptly or did the video just cut off? I guess for something called Corpse Bride perhaps an abrupt end is what to expect!!
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#1489480 - 08/06/10 12:27 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Andy Platt]
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#1489497 - 08/06/10 01:12 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Augustina]
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La Valse - that was lovely!

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#1489860 - 08/06/10 09:29 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: jotur]
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LaValse, nice job on the Schumann piece.
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#1489862 - 08/06/10 09:34 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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ladypayne, What a name for a piece. I can imagine that was a challenging duet with those tricky rhythms. Great job.
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#1489864 - 08/06/10 09:37 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Augustina, Simple Gifts sounds like the hymn Lord of the Dance. I love that one. Nice!
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#1489866 - 08/06/10 09:39 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Augustina, Simple Gifts sounds like the hymn Lord of the Dance. I love that one. Nice!

There's a very good reason for that!
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#1489889 - 08/06/10 10:31 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Andy Platt]
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Well, I'm not great at coming up with comments, but Here they are
TrueBeginner- that was great!
Peyton I've never heard of Lenard Cohen, But great preformance, and love the singing:)
Andy- that was so pretty:)
Rickster- You always seem to have so much fun playing your songs it was fun to listen to, great job!:)
Ed, That was very well played, and I enjoyed Tico Tico also:)
Elssa, I liked watching the light on the piano, From the metronome?:) Tico Tico was also fun to listen to, great job!
Glen, loved your songs:)
Bill, another great song:)
LadyPayne nice job on Turkey and the Straw, and Corpse Bride was kind of hard to keep the rhythm, but I don't think it sounds that bad:)
LaValse- That was very pretty, nicely played too:)
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#1489931 - 08/06/10 11:18 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Augustina]
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DUET GIRLS - For the tricky rhythms on Corpse Bride, well done! I like this very much. (I really think you guys should come up with a separate name for your duo smile )

AUGUSTINA- Very nice on Simple Gifts! Such a great melody, another one well done.


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#1489936 - 08/06/10 11:23 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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hmm a separate name for our duo shocked Interesting idea! No idea on a name though =(


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#1489956 - 08/07/10 12:04 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Augustina]
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Elssa, I liked watching the light on the piano, From the metronome?:)


That was from the Rhumba rhythm setting on my Roland there -
All the rhythms have the flashing lights that I try to pay attention to and play along with (not always too successfully). eek It was fun to use it with Tico Tico, though. laugh

It's great to play along with the different rhythms, Latin, Swing, etc.. sort of like playing with a little band.

I enjoyed your "Simple Gifts"! thumb As always, very gracefully played and lovely to listen to. smile

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#1490281 - 08/07/10 03:42 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Originally Posted By: Elssa
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Well, here's something I used to play on electric organ (with pedals) and finally got an arrangement together for my DP (Roland).

TICO TICO (Abreu) ...


Elssa, that was so good! You are so good with those rhythms!

Oldtimers (namely, me) are fond of saying some piece of music has brought back old memories. Well, this one really did, especially since you mentioned playing it on an organ. Here is a recording of yours truly playing this song on a Hammond Organ in (hold onto your hat) 1979!

http://www.box.net/shared/je5ezuuc2b

Pedals are fun aren't they? My organ recordings were made with a $10 cassette recorder, sitting on the floor, using the cheapest cassette tapes from Kmart, so there is an excessive amount of ooh pah pah, and a bit of hiss. But that's ok, covers up the mistakes!



Ed, please post some more of your old Hammond recordings.. they're sensational! thumb

Here's one I did on my Conn organ (with pedals) back around 1980, also with a cheap little recorder, so sound quality is not so hot (okay, really bad): blush

BRAZIL




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#1490363 - 08/07/10 06:09 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: LaValse]
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A little polyphonic piece by Schumann.



LaValse,

I really enjoyed that Schumann, I didn't know this piece, but it sounds strangely familar, similar to something. Then the penny dropt...isn't it: "O Iesu Mawr"?
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#1490798 - 08/08/10 11:21 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: EJR]
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Yes, Elssa, that recording was really bad. The playing, though, was quite nice. I think that your bad recording captured a bit more of the bass than did Ed's.
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#1490837 - 08/08/10 12:50 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Thanks, Dennis. Yes, I remember I had a loud bass setting on with the pedals for that one. Too bad I didn't have my Zoom H2 recorder back then, though. smile Maybe I'll redo it now.. still have that same organ.


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#1491183 - 08/08/10 08:42 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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LaValse, very nice work on the piece by Schumann.

Ladypayne and Augustina, love those duets!!! Lots of fire in that one!

Augustina, nice work on Simple Gifts. I've grown very fond of that tune because of the version that Aaron Copeland incorporated into "Appalachian Spring". Someone extracted the Simple Gifts section and posted in on Youtube here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiLTwtuBi-o


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#1491193 - 08/08/10 09:00 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Originally Posted By: Elssa

Ed, please post some more of your old Hammond recordings.. they're sensational! ...

Here's one I did on my Conn organ (with pedals) back around 1980, also with a cheap little recorder, so sound quality is not so hot (okay, really bad): blush


Elssa, holy cow, I used to play Brazil too, and in a style not unlike yours! Great listening!

OK, here are a couple of recordings I resurrected. On this one you can hear how much I liked to work in a lot of tension and drama:

Jealousy
http://www.box.net/shared/t1n45rfppn


And on this one I was really really into creating counterpoint:

My Funny Valentine
http://www.box.net/shared/2g16zc9yc5

Again, the recording quality was very poor. I tried to do a bit of equalization with Audacity, but I don't think it helped much. All the lower tones seem to get mixed into a generic blob of sound, so the pedal and LH have a rhythmic effect, but the individual tones are often hard to make out.

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#1491205 - 08/08/10 09:14 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Riddler We played Appalachian Spring one year in marching band. I think I was in 9th grade. That is about when I fell in love with the song:)
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#1491217 - 08/08/10 09:42 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Augustina]
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BTW, if you love Appalachian Spring and also love The Rite of Spring, you will really get a kick out of this:

The Rite of Appalachian Spring
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#1491223 - 08/08/10 09:51 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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That wasn't as good as Appalachian spring but I liked it:)
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#1491330 - 08/09/10 01:04 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Augustina]
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Just wanted to chime in and share with yall this piece which I'm sure you've all heard of! Learned it in a day since it was the easy version lol.

Right Here Waiting......

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#1491331 - 08/09/10 01:04 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Elssa, holy cow, I used to play Brazil too, and in a style not unlike yours! Great listening!

OK, here are a couple of recordings I resurrected. On this one you can hear how much I liked to work in a lot of tension and drama:

Jealousy
http://www.box.net/shared/t1n45rfppn


And on this one I was really really into creating counterpoint:

My Funny Valentine
http://www.box.net/shared/2g16zc9yc5

Wow, you sound like a real pro on the organ, Ed! Loved the way you played "Jealousy" - very vivacious! thumb That was always one of my favorites, though I never played it on organ. "My Funny Valentine" was terrific, too - very smooth runs & fills, cool counter-melodies, etc. smile

Got any more recordings around? Lady of Spain? I think your sound quality is better than mine. Encore! grin

Well, here's one more, playing for one of my local clubs, also around 1980 - with the same lousy recorder (sorry):

CUMANA



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#1491526 - 08/09/10 11:05 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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z32, nice job on an oh-so-familiar song. You have captured the haunting beauty of the song quite well.
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#1491529 - 08/09/10 11:12 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Ed & Elssa, I am enjoying all the organ pieces. Cumaná was especially nice. I like a bit of Latin flavor in the morning. I had better since I married a Cubana. grin


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#1491530 - 08/09/10 11:15 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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z32 ... not my favorite song (actually I don't like it!) but I thought you did a real nice job with it anyway. Particularly that last rolled chord!
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#1496239 - 08/15/10 01:24 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Thanks again, Dennis. smile I have a lot of fun playing these rhythms. grin


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#1496438 - 08/15/10 11:31 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Larry Larson]
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#1496444 - 08/15/10 11:38 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Larry Larson]
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Elssa, another of my favorites. Great fun!
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#1496446 - 08/15/10 11:42 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Larry, it's rather a surprise to hear your digital rather than the L. Nice composition with an interesting texture and flow. Another great listen.
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#1496452 - 08/15/10 11:51 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Thanks Dennis. But that was the L. I guess it's time to voice the hammers!
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#1499825 - 08/20/10 10:57 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Larry Larson]
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Bach's Invention n. 1.
Hope you like it. It's a work in progress though.

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#1500239 - 08/21/10 12:35 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: mcasl]
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Larry, I wonder if you used a different mic placement or set the recording level differencty or something? That recording sure has the "digital" sound to my ears, but what do I know? Not much, evidently. eek


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#1500241 - 08/21/10 12:36 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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mcasl, Bach's inventions aren't easy. This sounds nice.
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#1500958 - 08/22/10 01:15 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Dennis, yes, I frequently experiment with mic placement and recording levels. If I can't get it the way I like it, I may have to break down and buy some better mics.
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#1500971 - 08/22/10 01:30 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: mcasl]
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MCASI - Very nice job on the Bach! It is definitely recital-worthy.
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#1501323 - 08/23/10 02:00 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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This was my original selection for this past ABF recital until it was superseded by Danny Elfman. It was recorded just before the recital submission process began, but the video was not edited until just recently because of my procrastination.

Not an award winning performance by any means, but I'm just happy to have recorded it and be finally done with this.

*shakes fist at Clementi* laugh

But Clementi sucked me in. I'm working on number 3 right now. smile

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#1501761 - 08/23/10 06:06 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: BenPiano]
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BenPiano; Very nice! I love Clementi, and that's one of my favorites. thumb

Here's another old standard: smile

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#1501815 - 08/23/10 06:59 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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TX-Dennis Thank you Dennis. The hidden story of this video is that this recording was just meant to be a sound test. I was setting the video stuff and I sat on the piano just to check whether the sound levels were correct. I had not even rolled up the stores to provide some decent light. And, voila! I went on playing and I happened to like it once I finish.

After that first test, where I was playing without the pressure of the red dot, I tried for a couple of hours to record a version with more light to improve the video quality. I failed once and again and eventually I decided to settle on the first video, the one that was not meant to be recorded.

That red dot is powerful indeed.
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#1501833 - 08/23/10 07:16 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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CMohr: Thank you very much indeed. I felt frustrated ---limited frustration though, this is meant to be a hobbie--- when I was not able to meet the deadline for the last recital. I had worked through the most difficult fragments of the invention but I could not play well enough the last bars, which are not particularly hard but those former difficult fragments took too much time to be able to submit a decent recording. A few hours before the time limit I strived to get a decent recording but the pressure made me fail once and again on the last bars.
Bitterly, the next morning I could play those last bars well enough to attempt a submission, but it was late then.

I'm happy to see this bar open 24/7 so I can share with all of you the results of so much work. It was tough to get that invention on the fingers. There's a lot of work yet to polish it though.


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Edit Reason: I write bad English at first sight.
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#1501906 - 08/23/10 08:40 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: mcasl]
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Hola, mcasl! Isn't is great that the AB forum has the piano bar? The recitals do put added pressure on us, but still fun. I just wish I had more pieces well in hand so I could join the piano bar more often. I'm glad you put yours here for all of us to hear!
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#1501919 - 08/23/10 08:57 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: BenPiano]
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BEN-Great work! I really enjoyed the second movement. You have a very nice touch. So, what's next for you? More Clementi? (without the shaking fist? or in spite of it?) You really are a joy to listen to.


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#1502009 - 08/23/10 11:48 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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BEN-Great work! I really enjoyed the second movement. You have a very nice touch. So, what's next for you? More Clementi? (without the shaking fist? or in spite of it?) You really are a joy to listen to.


Thanks, I appreciate the comment! smile

Yes, I decided to subject myself to more self abuse and am working on Clementi's No. 3 from his Op. 36. The powers that be declared it the same difficulty as No. 2, so I'll see how that goes. Thanks again!
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#1503937 - 08/26/10 10:28 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: BenPiano]
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This is a piece I'm learning for a recital my teacher wants me to play, right now is too difficult to me, and you'll notice tons of mistakes and wrong notes, but it will improve in time smile

http://www.4shared.com/audio/yv-1X88g/Mazurka_op_17-4.html


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#1504543 - 08/27/10 09:26 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: al-mahed]
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To celebrate the fact that I can now play again, I recorded a simple classical piece that I learned as a youngster. The doctor told me that I can now play piano, "but no Rachmaninoff." grin I've only worked on this for a couple of days, so it's not perfect. Please forgive the clipping on the loud bit.

To A Wild Rose
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#1504545 - 08/27/10 09:30 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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BenPiano, nice job on the Clementi piece. I really enjoyed listening. On a side note - I have the same mouse pad. grin
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#1504546 - 08/27/10 09:32 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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Elssa, you've submitted yet another of my favorites. Great job! I like.
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#1504549 - 08/27/10 09:37 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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al-mahed, I don't recognize this one. Who is the composer? edit - nevermind, I looked it up; Chopin, of course. It's a beautiful piece, and it sounds rather challenging to play well. You've made a wonderful start on it. There are not "tons" of mistakes - some, yes, but not tons. I want to hear this again when you "finish" it.


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#1504570 - 08/27/10 10:36 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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ELSSA- Loved "Our Love is Here to Stay"! It's on my list to work on.

AL-MAHED-Very nice on the mazurka! I don't think you have far to go to have this piece perfected. A really nice listen!

DENNIS - Yea! You're playing again! You must be thrilled. Very, very nice, I really enjoyed hearing this. It's been a long time since I've heard this piece.
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#1504669 - 08/28/10 03:19 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: CMohr]
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Thank you Dennis and CMohr for your listening and feedback!

I was just listening to some posts (unfortunaly I couldn't listen to all), I really like the Clementi's sonatina of Ben, nicely rendered.

Also, I think Mecasl's Bach invention is going pretty well, Bach is not easy to sound even and clean.

Riddler, nice organ playing, wow, very nice really! That piece of music went pretty well on the organ sound.

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#1504675 - 08/28/10 03:37 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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al-mahed, I don't recognize this one. Who is the composer? edit - nevermind, I looked it up; Chopin, of course. It's a beautiful piece, and it sounds rather challenging to play well. You've made a wonderful start on it. There are not "tons" of mistakes - some, yes, but not tons. I want to hear this again when you "finish" it.


Oh, sorry Dennis, I didn't put the composer's name! Mazurkas are usually a Chopin thing, I don't know if much more people after him (or even before) wrote so many mazurkas.

Anyway, about finish it, I think it will be not possible smile . What I mean is: this is by far the most challenging piece I ever learnt in terms of expression. Of course to hit the notes correctly is also pretty difficult. But, the thing is: if you play exactly what is written the piece sounds kind of dull. You need to add a lot of "you" in this piece, and every single recording of this piece I've heard is different in a lot of expresion details: rubinstein, pletnev, horowitz, Lupati, etc, etc, etc, all of them play it in a different and very particular way (of course it is true to any piece, but the differences are bigger on this one).

That's Rubinstein, one of my favorites:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idbaPu1gDPg

So, I don't think in terms of "finishing it". It is really a lifetime thing. I always play it differently and I didn't find "me" on this piece yet. But, of course, in terms of correct technique, I hope to "finish" it soon enough!


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#1504704 - 08/28/10 07:25 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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TX-Dennis - sounds like you have healed completely. A lovely tune very well played. I like the gentle ending.
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#1504745 - 08/28/10 09:52 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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TXDennis - I'd never heard that tune before. & you made it sound so beautiful, I went to IMSLP & downloaded the score. Though it'll be years before I can play it as well as you.
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#1504870 - 08/28/10 03:17 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: joyoussong]
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Dennis, nice piece, nice mood created by a good tone produced!

Also, the sound quality is really very good, is it s real acoustic?

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#1504959 - 08/28/10 06:22 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: al-mahed]
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Tx-Dennis: Well done! Glad to hear you're on the mend! smile


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#1505145 - 08/29/10 02:12 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Thanks for the comments Bill, joyoussong, and al-mahed. The finger isn't fully healed. I still have to wear the splint for work, but I can take it off at home unless I am lifting heavy objects - so it's definitely on the mend.

al-mahed, yes, this is my Kawai GE-30 baby grand (5'5"). I had the recording level set a bit too high and caused a bit of clipping on the loudest part.
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#1505146 - 08/29/10 02:13 AM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Elssa, another wonderful selection from the Great American Songbook. You are too prolific.
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#1505508 - 08/29/10 06:58 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Dennis, it's wonderful to hear you playing again. This was a very nice little piece; maybe I'll swipe the idea for my nursing home gigs smile

Cathy
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#1505660 - 08/29/10 11:41 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: jotur]
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Dennis, I'm glad to see you back already after your awful injury. It sounded terrific!
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#1505664 - 08/29/10 11:46 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: BenPiano]
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al-mahed, great start on that mazurka, you're growing by leaps and bounds - keep it up!
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#1505680 - 08/29/10 11:58 PM Re: August Piano Bar [Re: (Was)TrueBeginner]
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I'm new to this forum - I thought your piece was lovely
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