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#1986304 - 11/13/12 06:59 PM Re: Tra-la-la, la-la (Pa-rum-pum-pum, pum!) [Re: EdwardianPiano]
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Registered: 10/26/12
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Started lessons 8 weeks ago. Jingle Bells is kicking my butt!!

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#1986362 - 11/13/12 09:41 PM Re: Tra-la-la, la-la (Pa-rum-pum-pum, pum!) [Re: tangleweeds]
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Last year I spent a month learning a couple songs from Alfred's Basic Adult Christmas Piano Book, level one. Last weekend I played most of it while sight-reading laugh

Granted, many of the songs are so familiar, but it still felt like progress.
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#1986398 - 11/13/12 11:20 PM Re: Tra-la-la, la-la (Pa-rum-pum-pum, pum!) [Re: tangleweeds]
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Allard that is excellent progress! Good for you. This is where you see/hear/feel the progress with the materials from last year. Good for you!

Newest student hang in there. You will tame the Jingle Beast. Give it some time. You will see it will come together.
Preparing Grade 6 RCM.

#1986515 - 11/14/12 07:27 AM Re: Tra-la-la, la-la (Pa-rum-pum-pum, pum!) [Re: JimF]
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Originally Posted By: JimF
LOL, when I played through it last night I didn't even realize the song (Merry Christmas, Darling) was the one done back in the 1970's by Karen Carpenter. Ugggh, if there was ever a group or a singer that made me gag it was the Carpenters in the 70's. I may have to rethink my Xmas strategy here.

The Dan Coates arrangement of "Merry Christmas, Darling" is an excellent intermediate level arrangement of a wonderful holiday classic - it has just the correct number of slightly dissonant chords placed at just the ideal spots to make it "edgy" and interesting - I worked on and recorded this arrangement a couple of years ago and posted it to Mr. Super Hunky's annual holiday music thread...

Keep working on it and you'll be very glad you did - don't allow your very unjustifiable and unreasonable prejudice against The Carpenters stop you from learning and playing one of the best popular Christmas songs ever from one of the finest and most remarkable voices ever...

Perhaps you might want to give her another in depth and at length hearing, which would be a fair hearing now that you have probably gained much in wisdom with age and maturity...
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more, bark less.

#1986578 - 11/14/12 10:14 AM Re: Tra-la-la, la-la (Pa-rum-pum-pum, pum!) [Re: tangleweeds]
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I agree with TrapperJohn. I'm sure any of us wished we had the piano/arranger chops Richard Carpenter had and what can you say about Karen Carpenter's voice -- she was amazing.

#1986702 - 11/14/12 04:57 PM Re: Tra-la-la, la-la (Pa-rum-pum-pum, pum!) [Re: TrapperJohn]
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I hear you TJ, but the gag reflex is strong. And I will be the first to admit it is a nice arrangement as I originally stated. I will even agree that she had a good voice and was/is talented.

"Prejudiced and unreasonable"? Nahhhh. grin Sometimes music or a musician or a song can be tied in our minds with specific people, places, and moments in time. That's just the way it is....baggage. As I told my first wife, "go ahead, take alllllll the Linda Rondstadt albums, just leave me the Dead, the Airplane and the Who. smokin cursing

Ref. under R - Rostosky, Jazz, icepick in eyeball. wink
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#1987005 - 11/15/12 09:45 AM Re: Tra-la-la, la-la (Pa-rum-pum-pum, pum!) [Re: JimF]
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Originally Posted By: JimF
...I will even agree that she had a good voice...

Ha! Saying Karen Carpenter has a good voice is sort of like saying that Playboy's Playmate of the Month has nice assets - it's true, but seems to be a slight understatement laugh
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more, bark less.

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