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Other than the clam in the melody at 0:27, I guarantee that your "mistakes" are not noticeable to the listeners. And even with that one, you did exactly the right thing and carried on, which makes it forgotten as quickly as it came.
If you're looking for comments, the thing I notice most is how elastic your tempo is... of course, you're playing exactly the kind of tune and exactly the kind of style where you can get away with that the most. IMO, though, it would benefit from a slightly stricter pulse.
I really like what I'm hearing at the beginning of the excerpt, which I presume is the end of your solo. I'd like to hear the whole thing. Extremely nice stylistically, and very melodic, mature-sounding ideas... I like it better than the head, to tell you the truth.
Otherwise, not a lot to say but good job. I'd like to hear a lot more tensions harmonically to make this more intriguing... but that's just a style choice, and your chosen style seems completely appropriate to the venue.
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Loc: Northern, Northern California
Thanks, Legal, I agree completely.
I often play much of these slower tunes somewhat rubato, and try to tell myself that it's for stylistic reasons. Deep down, however, I know that I'm often adjusting the tempo so that I can remember the notes or get my fingers in position. For example, the pause 35 seconds in is caused by my not being able to remember how to start the drop-2 chords that I usually play (at 1:38 you can hear how it's supposed to sound), and having to punt. I'm going to work on eliminating those pauses.
On Misty your melodic phrasing is very straight, sounds like a classical player, I would suggest working on feeling both triplet and sixteenth note subdivisions of the beats and varying between them. Like Doug in this clip, also lots of "laid back" phrasing : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAoQjoJl8mI
Loc: Northern, Northern California
Originally Posted By: Elssa
P.S. How did you get your tune list together? Just curious.. such a nice variety.
Which is your favorite key? I mostly play in C/Am and Eb.
Sometimes I think that my best skill as a jazz player is choosing good tunes. There's a pianist around here that is a much better player than I am, but he chooses esoteric, cerebral stuff that's good, but boring.
I try to choose tunes that people will recognize. Somewhere, I got the list below of the top 100 favorite songs, and have chosen jazz tunes from that.
As for keys, I am most comfortable in C, Bb, and Eb, and I like Ab.
Top 100 Favorite Songs Title Top Request? O Sole Mio (It's Now or Never) Alexander's Ragtime Band yes Always yes Amazing Grace yes As Time Goes By yes Autumn Leaves yes Bye Bye Blackbird yes Danny Boy yes Dark Town Strutters' Ball yes Deep Purple yes Edelweiss yes Five Foot Two yes Georgia On My Mind yes Goodnight Irene yes Hawaiian Wedding Song yes Hello Dolly yes It Had To Be You yes Lara's Theme yes Let Me Call You Sweetheart yes Me and My Shadow yes Memories (from "Cats") yes My Blue Heaven yes My Melancholy Baby yes New York, New York yes Over The Rainbow yes Peg O' My Heart yes Que Sera Sera yes Red River Valley yes Sentimental Journey yes Spanish Eyes yes St. Louis Woman yes Stardust yes Summertime yes Sweet Georgia Brown yes The Tennessee Waltz yes When the Saints Go Marchin' In yes You Are My Sunshine yes Ain't Misbehavin' Ain't She Sweet All Of Me Am I Blue An Irish Lullaby (Toora-loora-loora) Anniversary Waltz Blue Skies Blueberry Hill Cabaret Cheek to Cheek Crazy Did You Ever See A Dream Walking Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me Don't Fence Me In Don't Get Around Much Anymore Dream A Little Dream For Me East Side West Side Embraceable You Fascination For Me and My Gal For The Good Times Goody Goody Heart Of My Heart I Can't Give You Anything But Love I Could Have Danced All Night I Don't Know Why I Got Rhythm I'll Be Seeing You I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself A Letter I've Got a Crush On You It's A Sin To Tell A Lie It's Only a Paper Moon Ma, He's Makin Eyes At Me Margie Moon River Music, Music, Music Oh, What A Beautiful Morning Oklahoma On the Street Where You Live On the Sunny Side of the Street Our Love Is Here To Stay Ramona Shine on Harvest Moon Show Me The Way To Go Home Side By Side Skaters' Waltz Sunrise Sunset Swanee Sweet Sue Unforgettable When Irish Eyes Are Smiling When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin Along When You're Smiling Yes Sir, That's My Baby You'll Never Know Your Cheatin' Heart
Loc: Parsonsfield, ME (originally N...
Good list Al, I like it.
I know Robin (Piano Girl) recommends memorizing everything, but my brain can't hold that much informatin at once. Every time I add something to it, something else gets pushed out :-)
Kathy and I took a short cruise last week, I noticed both piano players had looseleaf books of music. They didn't always need the book, but the young lady playing the easy listening music seemed to use hers quite a bit.
I was happy to find a piano on the 13th deck that they allow guests to play, a nice little Yamaha grand. And it was actully in tune! It kept me from going into complete withdrawal, and I even got some compliments from a few passengers in the lounge.
I'd like to do more playing out (and get Kathy to sing), but I need to expand my play list. I'm making a copy of yours now Al :-)
It's funny because the "Last tune" that the requester refers to was Bluesette, which is nothing like Linus and Lucy. Also, I apparently forgot I was playing with the trio, and I was playing the bassline in the middle part even though I had the bass player. What we do is just play an Eb blues in that section.