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#1988019 - 11/18/12 01:58 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Allard]
jaredm2012 Offline
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Registered: 10/01/12
Posts: 31
Loc: Alabama
Wow thanks for all the comments guys!

Originally Posted By: jazzwee
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Fabulous job for 5 months! You are doing really well. You are playing evenly with really good tone and balance. I would say you're doing amazing work and welcome to a first recital. What an opener!

Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis
02 jaredm2012 Jared Miller To Zanarkand, Nobuo Uematsu
Nice job, Jared. Are you sure it's only 5 months? Your expressiveness is that of a veteran player. Amazing.

Originally Posted By: bessel
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Wow, this is stunning for 5 months of piano! Tell me you've played organ or harpsichord for years, please!

Originally Posted By: BillM
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
I had to go back and check to make sure I had read your write-up correctly – Playing only 5 months?? Wow! You are very talented. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

Originally Posted By: MaryBee
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand This doesn't sound like someone playing with only 5-months experience. You were certainly dedicated to this piece, to put in the amount of time it must have taken to learn it. Especially nice on the dynamics. I enjoyed listening.


Wow, thanks so much!

Marybee, I certainly did put a lot of time in this summer, sometimes painstakingly slow, but it was totally worth it!

Though I've only played piano seriously for five months (started in June), I've been around music for a long time and play/ed some other instruments (saxophone, French horn, drums, and some keyboard percussion in high school). I've also written some music, so thankfully I had a really solid base to start learning piano. I also had a cheap keyboard as a kid that I played around with a lot, but never really seriously (lots of fun though!)

Originally Posted By: Allard
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Nice work! You play it much better than I did at five months. As you say, some mistakes in the second half, but nothing really bad. Piano collections next?


Thanks! I hope I can do the PC version soon, but those arpeggios will have to wait a little while =)

Originally Posted By: Sam S
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Welcome to the ABF Recital. It's great when someone is inspired by a piece of music to take up the piano - excellent job.

Originally Posted By: BenPiano
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand - Very well done! As a 3+ year ABF participant, I feel like an old guy around here. I would offer a bit of sage advice, but you've already proved it - if one really loves a piece, it can be learned and played amazingly without regard to experience on piano!


Thanks! This piece is one of my all-time favorites, and it was such a blessing to have the time to learn it properly this summer. It is one of those pieces I just always go back to and play to remember why I wanted to play piano in the first place!

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Jared, Welcome to the recitals! When I listen to music like this I think I should start investigating video games! Your rendition of this music is lovely –well done!

Originally Posted By: CebuKid
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Nice work Jared. This piece reminds me of a green meadow. Video game pieces like this one are hidden gems, and it’s good to see you stepping outside the realm of Alfred books.

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Oh well, now I understand why all are so impressed with this recital… Amazing Jared. Your performance is very calming. I am not a big gamer but my kids are so I teach our oldest son piano songs from Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter already. Video games seem to be a great channel for piano music these days!!


Video game music is great! I grew up loving it, I think it was honestly what really got me into music to begin with. I have several video game pieces I want to tackle, but some will have to wait a bit longer yet. But there are certainly some real gems out there! Thanks so much for the positive comments =)

This piece is sort of my "goal" piece, it is so beautiful!: Eternity - FFX2 Piano Collections

Originally Posted By: windywindy
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Very nice first full piece. The broken chords are very clean for five months playing. If you like Final Fanatasy, also try the prelude from II/VII. I wonder if you tried direct recording.


Thanks! I love Final Fantasy, I have a few other pieces I've learned from the series (much shorter though). When I recorded this I didn't have the proper equipment to record directly, but now I do. I tried to re-record it real quick before the recital closed, but I just couldn't get a good take and I had a monster week of class this past week.

Originally Posted By: jotur
2. jaredm2012 - To Zanarkind This was great! You played it well.

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand This is one of my all time favorite pieces. Your performance may inspire me to re-learn this piece once again. Very nicely played.


Thanks so much, I really appreciate it! I'd love to hear you play it! It is such a great piece, never gets old to me.

Thanks everyone for the great comments, I am super stoked you enjoyed the piece and I look forward to submitting more in future recitals! I'm so glad the work I've put in practicing is coming out in the performance.

Also, everyone did a fantastic job with the recital, I was able to listen to it at work and it was amazing! I hope to find the time to sit down and comment on each piece, but top to bottom it was great and a joy to listen to.


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#1988057 - 11/18/12 08:15 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Registered: 02/29/12
Posts: 2310
Loc: Ireland (ex England)
Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
I was delighted to find myself in the group you’ve placed me in...I know the “resolve” part is true, but everything else came as a surprise and delight to hear it applied to me.

Ask anyone starting to sing and play at the same time how hard it is and they'll let you know how easy wind players have it - they have a cast iron excuse not to even try. What you're achieving is no small matter.

You posted a recording of something in a piano bar, maybe a St. Patrick's thing or st. Valentine's thing, I can't remember. Listen again to the runs in Broken Hearted Me around 1:05 or the section beginning at 1:50, just as isolated examples. There's an undeniable level of confidence, experience and hard work there.

You're making clear progress, Starr Keys, and you have reached a level where you can no longer be considered a beginner. Go back and compare some of your earlier recordings with this latest recital piece and then re-read my comments.
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#1988059 - 11/18/12 08:17 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai
What a pretty melody. I am impressed that you were able to put this together by ear. Nice arrangement.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby
I have come to expect professional sounding recordings and commercial grade performances from you. This piece really delivered. I’m not always a fan of virtual accompaniments but you kept it in the background and let your (awesome) piano skills shine through. Love the tempo and mood swings. Nice ending.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)
This is one of the few classical pieces that I recognize. I love the way you took your time with this and let the beauty of the music speak for itself. You do a wonderful job with the phrasing and dynamics. This is as good a job as I’ve heard on this classic piece – many play it but few as well as you.
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#1988061 - 11/18/12 08:25 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Registered: 02/11/08
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Loc: Chocolatetown, USA
Even yet more Random Reviews:


42. Copper - What a Wonderful World

Copper - simple and delightful - and at a leisurely pace that I wish I had the patience for...



45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band

Cathy - jaunty and upbeat and foot-tapping good - you perhaps shouldn't play music like this in a "home" - the geezers are going to get excited, try to move too quickly and hurt themselves laugh



47. windywindy - Love Is All Around

windywindy - good, lively performance of this warm-hearted and very familiar theme from the old MTM show...

Trap
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#1988064 - 11/18/12 08:32 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: jotur]
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Originally Posted By: jotur
Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
...while I was working on my old pickup truck with his boombox blaring away with heavy metal screechings including those of Metallica - after a short while I had to throw all three of them out (nephew, boombox & Metallica)


Kept the truck, I see thumb

Cathy


You bet - it reminds me too much of me - rusty, dilapidated, no power anything and running on only 4 of 8 cylinders smile

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#1988070 - 11/18/12 08:40 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
BillM Offline
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Loc: Maryland
29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls
I can see why you chose this piece for the recital. A lovely, haunting melody which is enhanced by your fine performance. Only a year?? Wow!

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk
Sounds like the crowd really enjoyed this rollicking tune as did I. Your band is extremely tight. Loved it – thought the piano player was great.

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3
This is a beautiful piece of music and you play it very well.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision
What a touching performance. I love hearing well played instrumental renditions of sacred music and this one is done to perfection. Nice. You are making some excellent recordings lately.
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#1988088 - 11/18/12 09:39 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Loc: Ireland (ex England)
Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88
Richard, what you say about years of experience and the way classical pianists develop is interesting to me My hope is that more years of experience will improve my playing; my despair is that without a teacher this may not be possible.

A teacher is certainly a source of accelerated progress on a technical level but that doesn't mean progress won't be made without one (especially after you've already had experience with one).

You have to do more for yourself at the piano and you have to do more away from the piano in organising a path for yourself and getting the background knowledge for an appropriate level of material. You need to choose pieces that will help you advance without breaking your spirit or stretching your technique beyond musical achievement. But you also need breadth of material. Four or five pieces at grade 5 do not a grade 5 pianist make.

Some of the advantages of a teacher include listening with an objective ear at the progress over a period and knowledge of techniques for overcoming technical problems. Both recording (and dating of the recordings) and keeping a journal will assist you in the former. Hard earned experience from trying many different solutions will help in the latter.

If we take something simple like scales and consider the importance of them to technique, what's their main purpose? Sure, they teach an elementary understanding of the need for correct fingering and yes, they're a good test for velocity but their main purpose is to develop an evenness of touch and tone.

If we can control our fingers well enough to play evenly from PP to FF and maintain a legato touch, or a non-legato, or fairy-like finger staccato or demonic arm staccato then we'll have no trouble with our pieces that have accented notes and varying dynamics to hide the flaws.

What's the best way of playing scales to hear the smoothness and evenness of our fingers, fast or slow? Just playing them and getting the notes right or listening carefully? Give them a lightness and delicacy when preparing to play Mendelssohn or Mozart and more weight and tone when preparing to play Beethoven or Brahms.

With a few minutes intelligent reasoning away from the piano you can cross off your list one requirement for needing a teacher in order to make progress.
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#1988150 - 11/18/12 12:30 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 315
Thanks to everyone who has posted comments on my recital peice, I'll come back to them later, but first some feedback from me.

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover I was captivated by this right from the first note and the wonderful sound of your piano. Amazing that this was written in 1500 it sounds so fresh and modern. You have done a superb job extending the piece, it flows beautifully - no need to warn us about anything :-).

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
I noticed elsewhere that you have played other instruments, that helps but this is still fantastic playing after just 5 months. I look forward to hearing some more in the future.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)
Ah , zoned out the kids in the background, not something I need to do anymore :-). I can't do anything like this so I am full of admiration of your playing,it was great to watch your fingers. Very well done.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun Certainly no problem listening to the full piece which I have done 4 times now. I was absolutely taken by this piece and your playing. The subtle changes to the feel,from the calm beginning we are seemlessly into sheets of gorgeous sound and then back again to the gentle flow to end as you began with single notes. As I posted on YouTube,
this is how I wish I could play and write. Wonderful.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
What a lovely melody , you obviously have an affinity with "early" music, very nicely done.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78
Beautifully controlled playing as usual and a very interesting video to go with it.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1
A wonderful find and beautifully played, very soothing indeed.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)
Even and confident playing, very good indeed.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge
A very fine arrangement, although it's a bit different, your
introduction reminded me of Bix Beiderbecke's In a Mist, those impressionistic sounds, excellent.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1
Fantastic to be able to play this piece , its just lovely music and you play it with a lovely light touch , beautiful.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover I think I might have said this before but you have fantastic ears , you should market that "noodle method". I don't know the song but this is a fine arrangement and fine playing, loved the downward gliss, goal achieved I would say.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor
Very expressive version and remarkable playing after only 10 months.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena
Very nice to have some jopling in the recital, well done.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter
Fun combination of feels and tempo changes.

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy
The recording quality and the song evoke a far away almost nostaligic feeling, maybe not what you intended but it does fit the title and the circumstances of the time of the recording, very well done.

16. BenPiano - Poem
Nice little piece very well played and with your trademark perfect fingering.

17. Monica K. - Opening
This sounds imensly tricky to me , mesmerizing indeed.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light
Beautifully played and produced , sounds like a professional
production.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New DaySwinging sounds from the Glen Inlanding trio and it does swing along nicely , followed by some nice calming solo piano. Glad you are finally getting back to playing Glen.
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#1988162 - 11/18/12 01:10 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Registered: 05/29/12
Posts: 1155
Loc: Toronto
01 CarlosCC

This is very cleverly done, Carlos. The return to the original melody, and your own development of it, is really a nice touch. It is a relaxing and pleasing listen. Very nicely done and presented.

02 jaredm2012 Jared Miller

I had to do a double take on this one. This is very nicely presented, Jared and is really a terrific and clean sound. I really like the changes in this. This is far beyond what I would be expecting to hear from someone at 5 months experience. This is really great, good for you.

04 Peyton

This is a very complex and interesting composition, Peyton. Clearly, a tremendous amount of work has gone into this, and it has paid off. What a lovely resolve at 2:46, 5:18 and 7:28 and followed by pickups at 3:00 and 5:32 is very cool. Very well done.

05 wouter79

Agree Wouter, this is a lovely piece. I'm just beginning to understand more about classical formats and really taking a liking to the Rondo format as well. Nicely presented, terrific recording, and great playing.

06 Amaruk

It's always a treat to see your video presentations, Amaruk. They are very cleverly done. Nice touch on this piece. It is a very clean, crisp sound, nice recording and great playing.

07 dannylux / Mel

This is a very pretty piece, Mel. There are some lovely changes in this and your expression comes across very well. A really great presentation, good recording and overall terrific job.

09 Riddler / Ed

Nice playing, Ed. I really like the transitions in this of legato to rhythm and broken chords to stride. Or, at least that is what it sounds like to me. Not sure if arrangement or your own interpretation. But, it is very effective and nicely done.

10 Timmyab

This is really beautiful stuff. As I venture back into classical myself, there is more and more stuff being added to my list. Starting to take a liking now to Debussy. Thanks for this, and really terrific playing.

11 Mr Super-Hunky

This is really a very clever arrangement. I like it a lot. When I saw in the pre-recital discussions that you would be presenting this, I'd never had thought it would turn out like this. It is really a production and very nicely done. Good job.
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#1988168 - 11/18/12 01:20 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By: Jazzwee
Very nice progress Cheryl! What I notice here is an increased ability to be more delicate in your playing and given the short time you've been doing this, you're doing an awesome job. Really nice tone and evenness.


Thanks very much Jazzee, that is one of the aspects I was really focusing on in these pieces – being delicate and also relaxed. I’m really touched that you are so attentive to my progress!


Originally Posted By: Sinofilia
I also loved Casinitaly's Romanza
Thank you!

Originally Posted By: ATallGuyNH
I looked forward to hearing your entry in particular due to our back and forths over the last few days. Very nicely done, they both seemed very "clean". I especially liked how you got "Music Box" to really sound like one!


Thank you! That was a real challenge, but one that delighted me! My new teacher was wonderful in getting me to realize exactly how to change my touch to get the right feel!

Originally Posted By: Jotur Cathy
I love your music box And your musicality just keeps getting better - I didn't have that until 30 years after I stopped lessons. Yours is great.


Thank you so much Cathy! I don’t know if it is my musicality that is improving or my coordination smile but I am certainly glad you can hear the improvement!

Originally Posted By: Zrtf90
You are beginning to show direction and purpose. You are all approaching a period of accelerated progress and you all seem ready to embrace it.


Thanks Richard – I really enjoyed seeing how you grouped people in your feedback. I think it is really interesting to see how others who stared more or less at the same time have progressed – some are so far ahead of me, I can’t imagine “catching up”! But it isn’t about catching up, I know, it is enjoying the journey. I have been feeling on the edge of a big change for the past couple of months and your words really describe this feeling to a T. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Originally Posted By: Allard
The Romanza sounds so familiar... The Little Music Box was cute. It's the same melody as a children's song for Saint Nicholas, here in the Netherlands. An event that is coming up soon.


I am glad you thought Music Box was cute – I thought so too the first time I heard it! However, I had no idea it was a song! Could you send me the word please? As for the Romanza, I think there are a number of pieces with this sort of sound …I’ve come across 3 or 4 of them in one of my books. I quite like this slightly sad sounding music.

Originally Posted By: Sam S
I just loved these two pieces! The video was well done too.

Thank you! I had fun with both aspects of the project!

Originally Posted By: Ben Piano
You Tube now? - yay! I don't know the Music Box, but I did play Steibelt's piece along the way. I loved both your playing and your graphical representation of this. Well done - on all levels!


Yes, I’m pretty new to the You Tube scene, but having fun with it. Thank you so much for your feedback, I’m glad you enjoyed the “package”!

Originally Posted By: Windywindy
Good playing, especially on the music box. Did I hear it being wound?
Yes you did!!! I was hoping someone would notice that ! I had the idea in my mind for days before I did the recording and I couldn’t stop laughing about it. I guess I’m pretty easily amused!

Originally Posted By: BillM
I enjoyed watching the video that accompanied your submission – particularly the music boxes. You have a very light touch and play with great expression. Well done.
Thank you Bill, I was working on those aspects and I’m very excited to get such lovely feedback on the achievement!

Originally Posted By: TX Dennis
Cheryl, these are both nice. I enjoyed the first piece tremendously. The second is not my cup of tea, but it does sound like a little music box.

I can appreciate that Music Box isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – but at least it was short smile and it sounded right ! Glad the first piece was more to your liking – thanks very much Dennis!
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#1988187 - 11/18/12 02:17 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
I am glad you thought Music Box was cute – I thought so too the first time I heard it! However, I had no idea it was a song! Could you send me the word please?


It's not exactly the same, but the similarities are striking. I suspect the Dutch song may be based on the one you're playing. Or perhaps they have another source in common. Most Saint Nicholas songs have many variations and versions by different artists. Here's one alike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B6gdE7_dmc

I found this blog briefly explaining the event. It has an English translation of the song: http://www.mamalisa.com/blog/st-nicholas-arrives-in-the-netherlands-on-a-steamboat/
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#1988190 - 11/18/12 02:36 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations Andy, performing is all about quality, not quantity. It is obvious that you are trying your best at evenness, tone control, timing, volume etc. I'm not familiar with this piece but I can appreciate the effort you are putting into it as it shows. Keep up the good work.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box Cheryl, your first piece was very nicely played with a gentle, delicate touch. I also loved the bright music box sound of the second tune. Very nice.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer For 8 mos, your doing great Tiger. Stay with it as you will be exponentially rewarded for it.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation Top notch playing as always Mike. You are certainly one of my inspirations when it comes to what you can play by ear. Great as always.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 Hawgdriver, this was easily one of the most beautiful performances I have ever heard you play. Possibly one of the nicest performances I have ever heard here in the ABF recitals. Seriously, this was an incrediblly beautiful piece that you just nailed! I have little goosebumps now from listening. I really do! Wow what a gorgeous submission.

Bravo.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai This was nicely played. A little bit of background 'hiss' was evident but that is easily fixed. Keep up the good progress.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby Hey Ken, this is pro sounding stuff. Very easy and relaxing to listen to. Heck, I'm groovin' to it right now!. Well done.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) You did a beautiful job with this tune MaryBee. Some of your trills were very impressive and the piece was executed extremely well at all levels. Don't be afraid to experiment with various sounds and melodies and incorporate them into your variations. That's really where the fun stuff starts. Well done,

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls Very nicely played Allard. You may also look into David Lanz's 'Chistiforis Dream'. You definitely have the skills to play it and it is a beautiful piece. I'd like to hear it from you some day.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk Oh how cool is this?, A live gig performance complete with conversation, snacks, and probably a few hot chicks too. What's not to love about that? How 'bout inviting me next time? hehe. Very cool.

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#1988193 - 11/18/12 02:47 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Before starting commenting on the individual entries, I would like to give some general comments. I have never participated in anything like this before, and I enjoyed it very much. I was in doubt, however, if I should add my own contribution. This is an Adult Beginners Forum, and although I’m definitely an adult, I’m hardly a beginner with 45 years nearly uninterrupted experience and some seven years on the pump organ before that. Listening to the previous ABF recital, however, I found that my level is comparable to many of the entries, and therefore I decided to give it a try. I have the same impression of the present recital. Many contributions are at high level, and there is not a single entry I didn’t enjoy listening to.

I have spent most of the time with classical music, but I also play popular songs by ear and have tried to do some composing. When comes to individual comments I’m you may notice that I pay more attention to the classical pieces. This is simply because I have better knowledge about this kind of music.


01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover This is a nice tune, and you improvise well around the theme. I can hear that you have real fun with it.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand I didn’t know this beautiful melody, and I’m glad you shared it with us. You play well.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) This gave me a flashback to the time when I had kids and tried to practise the same piece. Both voices come out clearly as well as the ornaments. I think you will benefit from relaxing a bit more when you play. I know that this is difficult, but it is almost as important as getting the notes right.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun This piece contains several good musical ideas. I find it a bit difficult to actually hear what you try to say with your left hand. The overall impression, however, is good.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Nice to have Couperin represented in the recital. You play well. Maybe some less rubato would do in music from that time. But I enjoyed very much listening to it.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 A charming little piece. You play it well.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 I have never heard about Kosenko before. This piece is really beautiful, and you play it exellently. I would really like to find some more of his music to play myself.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) This was very diciplined playing of Bach’s preludes. I think you are ready for stepping up to more challenging stuff.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge Although I hardly ever play jazz myself I admire those who can do it. And you do it with great elegance.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 This piece is more difficult that many listeners actually believe. One of the challenges is the two-versus-three rythm. I know about experienced musicians who avoid this because they find it too difficult. The Arabesque har other challenges as well, but you seem to master them. Maybe you sometimes tend to rush a bit. Dynamics are important in this music, and you do it very well.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover Clever fingers doing good improvisation. I heard this music played on guitar, and I think you showed great creativity transcribing this to the piano.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor This is one of the “simple” pieces in the piano literature that actually are not simple at all. You do very well with such short experience. Having reached this level already, you have good foundation to improve further.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena Joplin is never easy to play. You do it well. Perhaps you should consider using the pedal slightly less.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter Expressive music with some nice variations both in rythm and speed. It gives me an impression of the frozen landscape.

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy Beautiful melody and nice harmonies. Put me in a bit melancholic mood.

16. BenPiano - Poem It was very nice for me to hear this melody again. It was very popular in different versions when I was a kid. You play it well. To further improve, you could try to make out the melody even more. I’m sure you can.

17. Monica K. - Opening Interesting composition with several good musical ideas. I’m sure you had a lot of fun working it out.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light (You seem to have very good control over your fingers. Your rythm is perfect. This is not my style of music, but it sounds professional to me.

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See Good playing, and composing such music definitely requires lots of creative skills. I liked it.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day Another example of elegant jazz playing. I wish I could do something similar to this.

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations Rameau is another of the early music composers deserving more attention. I enjoyed listening to your performance. You make out the ornaments well, and I think you do well with the phrasing in both hands. Good job.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box Very clever! These pieces sound easy, but they are actually quite hard since they are so transparent. I enjoyed listening.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer Not bad after such a short time. I think you have a natural feeling for composing that you should develop further.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation I have never heard about Cecile Chaminade. Nice piece. Somehow it reminds me of Elgar’s piano edition of “Nimrod”, but Meditation seems to be more difficult with even bigger chords and arpeggii. I enjoyed listening to this emotional piece.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 This Nocturne is extremely difficult to play because of some very complex polyrythmic places. I think you do very well, also with the dynamics. Congratulations with a great job.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai I can hear that you enjoy what you are doing. Seems that you have good control on your fingers.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby You really achieve this swinging rythm that I have such problems with myself. Very enjoyable to listen to.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) A “dangerous” piece to play since it is so frequently performed. But you do it very well, and you have been quite successful with the interpretation. Sometimes you could perhaps reduce the pedal. But your fingers do a very good job.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls A nice little piece, and you play it well with good dynamics.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk As I have pointed out for several other posters I can’t play jazz myself. But you seem to be very good at it. It really swings.

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3 So nice to hear a piece of Faure. He is one of my favourite composers and I study a couple of his pieces myself. I enjoyed your performance, and hope to hear more from you.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision This melody is also frequently used in Church of Norway. I play it quite frequently on organ during church services. I find your interpretation very nice and harmonies very exiting. Well played!

33. Serge88 - My Way Nice! I liked it very much.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 A very beautiful, sad piece. I enjoyed your playing very much.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral You do very well after 7 months. Playing a piece with such large chords can be quite difficult. Also nice to listen to a Tchaikovsky piece here.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 Such music make me dream. I’m impressed by your ability to bring out the melody along with the arpeggii. You master this music very well, and have the resources to do the dynamics along with the complexity of the notes.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You I agree. Maybe it is because I’m growing old, but I somehow think that they made better popular melodies in the good old times than they do now. I enjoyed your playing very much.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 So nice to hear a family duet. This Diabelli piece was very enjoyable to listen to, and I imagine you had a lot of fun playing it. Good drive and dynamics and sounding almost like it were played by one single musician (in other words - very good timing)

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 My comment on my own performance – far from perfect. Maybe I should get a teacher.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) Another piece that is much more difficult to play than it sounds. You have good control on it. Very good feeling of rythm and dynamics.

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance Being from Norway I know something about Edward Grieg’s elves. They are very light-footed and somewhat elusive. I think you accomplish to express this very well, and look forward to another Grieg piece from you.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World Enjoyable to listen to.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me Nice to hear the human voice accompanied by the piano. I enjoyed listening to this nice melody.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11 An extremely difficult piece to play. You have a very long way to learn all of it, but I think you have started well. Any pianist wanting to perform a piece like this has to start somewhere and learning all the small notes. Combining the different voices is also an enormous job and so far you have managed. Good luck with the continuation!

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band Another old favourite from my student days. I appreciate your elegant playing very much.

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 Very well played indeed. Perhaps the performance I enjoyed the most during this recital. You approach professional standards. Impressive after 3,5 years.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around Good tempo and steady rythm. I liked it.

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) Nice little piece. A bit sad. Very original ending.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star Very emotional and a bit thoughtful performance. I enjoyed it.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman I think the wild horse is safe and sound. You have it in your fingers. To improve further, maybe you should try to relax a bit. This could make a good performance even better.

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 You do the ornaments in the G.minor part very well. I enjoyed listening. For further improvement, focus on letting the music flow, and relax. You are doing well.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. Nice to be presented to the “Dom” song. And very fun and enjoyable to listen to the Christmas tune.

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor Well played and at high tempo. So well played that I may critisize a bit. Maybe you should slightly reduce the speed and focus on evenness and phrasing. With so little experience you must have a great potential.

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude You selected a beautiful little piece and played it well. I enjoyed listening.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri This was also fun listening to. Exiting harmonies, particularly in the beginning. I also noticed a sequence with interesting (10:8) rythm. Nice!

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#1988213 - 11/18/12 04:01 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls Very nicely played Allard. You may also look into David Lanz's 'Chistiforis Dream'. You definitely have the skills to play it and it is a beautiful piece. I'd like to hear it from you some day.


Thanks smile

Cristofori's Dream is actually the second 'real' piece I started out to learn, after To Zanarkand. With about 4 months experience, I couldn't play it past the first four pages. Learning the rhythm for the opening tones was a useful enough lesson, so I'm not complaining. All the quints and octaves were more than I could handle then, so I shelved the piece for later.

My 'easy piano' book does have a shortened version of Cristofori's Dream. It totally butchers the piece by simplifying the broken chords into two-note blocks. Ugh. They were easily enough replaced by the real chords, leaving only an unsatisfyingly small middle part to worry about. Maybe I should get a recording?

There's one problem with David Lanz's music, by the way. His hands are scary. In the real version of Before the Last Leaf Falls the opening chords are 10 notes wide. Ten! My teacher showed he can do it, but I can only reach for an octave.
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#1988228 - 11/18/12 04:46 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By: windywindy

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Nice dynamics and breaths.


Great, particularly for the comment on the breaths. I think those are essential for a piece and it's good to hear positive feedback on my attempts

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
Great performance. I am not familiar with this piece but it sure is great!

Thanks!

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Very nicely played Wouter. It is obvious that you are trying your best at...everything. Noticeable attention to detail I'd say. Very nice to listen to.

Thanks Mr Super-Hunky, yes I spend a lot of time on fine-tuning these pieces. It gives a good feel to have something really finished as good as possible and to have rendered an adequate version of a piece that I really like.

Originally Posted By: MaryBee
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses This so lovely, I had to listen to it twice. For some reason its simple beauty almost brought tears to my eyes. I like your use of pauses and dynamics, and I think your tempo choice is perfect for this performance. Thank you for bringing Couperin to the recital. I'm off now to look up the sheet music for this...

What! Now that's interesting, does this happen at a particular place eg the final couplet or the refrain, or is it the total? And, it's not a sad piece , but not overly joyful either, so what kind of tears are we thinking then?

Originally Posted By: jazztpt
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
What a lovely melody , you obviously have an affinity with "early" music, very nicely done.

Thanks jazztpt! Yes, I played viola so I guess I'm always looking for good phrasing and melody so that might be related to this

Originally Posted By: Greener
05 wouter79
Agree Wouter, this is a lovely piece. I'm just beginning to understand more about classical formats and really taking a liking to the Rondo format as well. Nicely presented, terrific recording, and great playing.

Good to hear, thanks!

Originally Posted By: Ganddalf
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Nice to have Couperin represented in the recital. You play well. Maybe some less rubato would do in music from that time. But I enjoyed very much listening to it.

Thank you for the nice comments! The piece is too inviting and has fermata signs even in it so I gave it a generous amount of what I thought it asked for grin
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#1988237 - 11/18/12 05:04 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By: Coldsalmon
I have been working on this piece for way too long, and I offer it here with mistakes included. I would have recorded it on my brand new 1953 Baldwin Acrosonic that I bought last Thursday, but it was destroyed last Sunday in Hurricane Sandy. That's life, I suppose.


What, you lost it even before it arrived!!? Now that's extremely sad. You loose all your money or was it insured?
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#1988251 - 11/18/12 05:41 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Originally Posted By: CASINITALY
Thanks Richard – I really enjoyed seeing how you grouped people in your feedback. I think it is really interesting to see how others who stared more or less at the same time have progressed – some are so far ahead of me, I can’t imagine “catching up”! But it isn’t about catching up, I know, it is enjoying the journey. I have been feeling on the edge of a big change for the past couple of months and your words really describe this feeling to a T. Thanks so much for your feedback.

You're right, Cheryl, it's not about catching up. It's about developing. If you ignore technical facility for a moment and listen to quality, range, consistency and control of tone, you'll find that all those in your group are ahead of those with less experience and those in the group above are a little ahead of where you are now. I think Andy is also much closer to the next group but I think you'll be there this time next year.

You'll find at this stage it doesn't really matter how hard the pieces are that you learn as long as they're sufficiently challenging. If you take easier material you'll play it with better control and if you take harder material you struggle to bring out the music in the piece. Your tone will grow with regular practise and your technical facility will reach the same level once you start attempting pieces at that next level.

Both your pieces are played with a fine and delicate control, well suited to the music and that you may not have managed a year ago.
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#1988267 - 11/18/12 06:31 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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I had hoped to start my comments earlier, but I've been preoccupied the last few days with a very sick cat with acute renal failure who required daily trips to the vet for IV fluids and other treatment. The good news is that she will make a full recovery. smile The bad news is that vet bills topped $1200. eek

Anyway, I have only now had time to sit down and listen carefully again to entries. Here's my first installment. I hope to get through them all before Thanksgiving.


01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover: This is one of my favorites of the recital (no surprise there!). The melody is so pretty, but the original piece is so short, that it is calling out for somebody to do what you did. You accomplished well the goal of introducing new variations while preserving the spirit of the original melody. A beautiful job!

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand: Congratulations on your first recital! I love this piece, and I’ve tried to learn it in the past but was always too intimidated by the monster fast arpeggios on the last repeat. I like how you changed it to make it manageable, and I may just shamelessly copy you and do it that way myself.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772): I am always impressed when I hear people playing Bach in the recitals... all those voices! All those trills! All those nonstop notes! I also loved the homey feel of the sounds of children in the background. smile

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun: This reminds me a bit of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s work. As I mentioned on the video, the transition at 2:45 was just gorgeous. I think this is your best piano solo composition yet.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses: I had never heard of Couperin, and I appreciate being introduced to his work. I was surprised to hear that it dates all the way back to 1717; it has a modern feel to it, dare I say almost Tiersenesque?

06. Amaruk - Summer '78: Any of you who haven’t watched the video for this should do so... it’s terrific, with the different camera angles, lighting, and interposed scenes. “Goodbye, Lenin!” is such a bittersweet movie, and you do a great job of bringing out the poignancy in your playing.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1: A very dreamy, romantic piece played beautifully. Don’t you just hate those pieces where the hardest measures are at the end?!?

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936): And here I need to repeat what I said for cebukid: I’m impressed by those of you who can play Bach well, with all those voices and endless notes! I was also very impressed by your recording quality; the dual mics and pre-amp give it a nice full sound with no background hiss or flatness.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge: I like the characterization of this piece as more “Debussy than Ellington.” It definitely has a slower romantic feel than most Ellington works. I like how you give it a nice relaxed swing.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1: Oh gosh this piece sounds hard... you do a great job of making all the runs/arpeggios sound so delicate and effortless.
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#1988278 - 11/18/12 07:44 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1
Great preformance of a lovely piece. I don't know this composer but it sounds like his music has influences from Chopin. Thanks for sharing.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)
Bach music is always such a pleasure to listen to and you do these pieces great justice with this excellent performance. I can tell that you have this music in you as it sounds so natural.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge
Great arrangement and performance here Riddler! The relaxed tempo is very calming and your soft playing brings out all the colors in this piece in a great way.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1
Great work!! Your absolutely nailed this piece with this perfect performance. I don't hear any stiffness as it sounds so playful and elegant to me.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover
I am very familiar with this piece and your lovely arrangement/performance makes this piece shine like the sun over Arizona! Thanks for sharing!

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor
Yes, Chopin!! I don't think any of his pieces are easy and your performance here is great. I love how you bring out the dynamics so good.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena
Great performance. I also don't think this sounds like "easy piano" and I hope you will share the full version with us at some point too.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter
I simply loved this. What a dramatic piece you have come up with here. I find the tempo interesting and it draws you in somehow. Your performance is top notch too. Thanks for sharing!


Edited by Amaruk (11/18/12 07:45 PM)
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#1988309 - 11/18/12 09:31 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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31. zrtf90 (Richard) Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No.. Thanks for sharing this piece Richard. It truly is a lovely piece and your playing presented this melody to my ears in a very pleasing way. Nicely done.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision (Dennis what I like best about this performance is how smoothly your notes flow together leading into some very dramatic chords/melodies. The emotion and timing you put into this piece further accentuates this. Nicely done.

33. Serge88 - My Way Good thing you did an excellent job with this tune Serge because everyone knows it and will critique the tiniest screw up! hehe. I especially liked the upper register melody about half way in. Nice crisp recording too.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 This was very nice LizAnne. I can hear the effort you are putting into the dynamics. Especially the soft fade at the end. By the way, think of playing the piano the way you would want to get (or receive) a sensual massage. In an odd way, that's dynamics!

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral This performance sounded very good to me, sound quality and all. For such a short time playing, you seem to be very much on the right track.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 Well, this is way out of my range and abilities but I can certainly enjoy this piece thanks to your performance of it. Very well done.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You Nobody brings back the oldies like you do TJ and I'm glad you do. There is so many memories and fabulous melodies to go along with them we must never discard them or even trade them in for some of the current rubbish. Not all the new stuff is bad, just like not all the old stuff is good. But, this one IS a classic. Nicely played for us all to enjoy.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 Holy cow this was a fun and perky piece to listen to. How cool it is to be able to perform this with your daughter. I was thoroughly impressed and entertained the entire time. Bravo to both of you.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 For a first time recording you get an A+! (Even I can't get the recording part right after 7 years!) This was a beautiful presentation of a beautiful piece. Well done.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) Sam this sounded just GREAT. Especially knowing YOU rebuilt the piano yourself...(10 extra points). Plus, the clarity of the recording was very good. Carry on with your current recipe as it seems to be working very well. Nicely performed as well.

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#1988312 - 11/18/12 09:46 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: wouter79]
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Originally Posted By: wouter79
What! Now that's interesting, does this happen at a particular place eg the final couplet or the refrain, or is it the total? And, it's not a sad piece , but not overly joyful either, so what kind of tears are we thinking then?
It was very strange, because I'm not usually very emotional. But it touched me somehow. No, it wasn't sadness. Nostalgia, perhaps? It was the refrain, I think, that brought back feelings of childhood.
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#1988318 - 11/18/12 10:29 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: zrtf90]
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Originally Posted By: zrtf90
Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
I was delighted to find myself in the group you’ve placed me in...I know the “resolve” part is true, but everything else came as a surprise and delight to hear it applied to me.

Ask anyone starting to sing and play at the same time how hard it is and they'll let you know how easy wind players have it - they have a cast iron excuse not to even try. What you're achieving is no small matter.

You posted a recording of something in a piano bar, maybe a St. Patrick's thing or st. Valentine's thing, I can't remember. Listen again to the runs in Broken Hearted Me around 1:05 or the section beginning at 1:50, just as isolated examples. There's an undeniable level of confidence, experience and hard work there.

You're making clear progress, Starr Keys, and you have reached a level where you can no longer be considered a beginner. Go back and compare some of your earlier recordings with this latest recital piece and then re-read my comments.

Thank you Richard for your generous comments and kind elaboration on your earlier comments on my submission. I can’t tell you how grateful I am. I did think I had made some progress an achieving a little more freedom of expression in the style I’m aiming for but I was beginning to have my doubts about it. Thanks for being so specific about the places in the piece you thought this was evident. As far as comparing it with my earlier submissions, though, if it was the Valentine’s Day piece I’m afraid that might be comparing apples and oranges as I wasn’t able to practice that much due to circumstances beyond my control. But when I compare it with my first Youtube video (Kiss from a Rose) almost two years ago which I worked on more than “Broken Hearted Me,” I can definitely see what you mean.



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#1988321 - 11/18/12 10:39 PM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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06. Amaruk - Summer '78 Interesting video; nice editing! You convey the tension in the music quite well. I can see what you mean about your left hand getting a workout!

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 That was nice to listen to. Very pretty arpeggios toward the end.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) I especially like No.2. Would have loved to hear this done in the recording studio! But still lovely on your own piano. Your steady tempo is impressive.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge A relaxed, pleasant listening experience. But then I read this: "Chelsea Bridge is classical in its integration of melody and harmony as an organic whole." Huh? I guess I really don't understand jazz. smile

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 Your performances never disappoint. This one is smooth, gentle, and conversational. Love the 3 against 2 sections.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover I didn't know the original, so I just went and listened to it. I can appreciate what you say about how difficult it is to try to transcribe this for piano. You've done a great job.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor A touching performance from the first note to the last. I like how you keep the left hand from becoming overpowering.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena Even with the tempo a bit slower than usual, you keep a nice bounce to it. Fun to listen to.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter An interesting piece, filled with different moods. Does it reflect the range of feelings you have for your Alaskan winter?
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#1988342 - 11/19/12 12:10 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Here are two more group comments:

Original Arrangement, Improvised, Played by Ear - Jazz or Cocktail

9. Riddler - Ed
20 Inlanding - Glen
27. KenJazz
30 Jazzwee

This is the cream of the crop in this category. Not Strayhorn, Angel Eyes, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk, but Nos. 9, 20, 27 and 30. All of you sound like accomplished professionals to me. As far as omitting some melody, Glen, isn’t this part of the skill of a good jazz improviser – to let someone else play the bass and melody while you make them look good, and to be able to totally improvise your own melodies against a progression on your solo?

This is what Jazzwee did – I didn’t recognize the tune written out in my fakebook lead sheet for Blue Monk – but I, like everyone else, loved what you did (first time they really quieted down was when you started your solo). Anyway, I think they must have gotten just as quiet for Glen—it is really exciting to see you rounding out your “total musician” skills like this!

And Ken, every time I hear you play I forget my troubles and get happy, not only from the music but just to think it’s possible to achieve this much in 5 years time. Beautiful, slower and more mellow take that the original on this beautiful jazz waltz.

Ed, as the only one playing entirely solo without a combo, you were totally about the melody. And what a haunting melody! You managed to accentuate this quality and take it to the limit with your classy and nostalgic beautiful playing and arrangement. I remember when I first started frequenting this site and you were posting your classic jazz transcriptions of original artist’s performance. Seems like all that work paid off with interest.

Original Arrangement, Improvised, Played by Ear - Not Jazz or Cocktail

1Carlos
26MusicaMusique

Both of you used dramatic bass sonority to good effect to break the spell of the hypnotic lulling quality of the main motif, but overall these two contributions emphasized two distinct styles, one flowing and melody driven and the other steady-paced and rhythm driven. I thought both of you did the music great justice with your arranging choices and playing, but not so much with the quality of your recordings, so I can’t determine as much about tone and harmonic balance from #26 as from #1. (Carlos everything you play is beautiful as regards the latter. I agree with the person that remarked on the seamlessness of your embellishment of the short piece written by the composer in the 1500’s, although you still managed to make it sound very modern, even New Age-y.) I know I’ll be returning to both your names on the index next time I’m in a mood to reflect on either of these styles so finely rendered by each of you.

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#1988353 - 11/19/12 01:22 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Monika K: you play very nicely. You seem very relaxed while your playing. I was wondering if you sit lower then average at
the keyboard?

cgyan: Wow. I have no words. Simply captivating.

jazztpt: catchy smile

inlanding: The second one made me smile (I liked the first one too) when you hit those high notes. Something suprisingly
joyful in a soulful tune.

Andy Platt:
I could just imagine a bunch of guys in powdered wigs and women in huge dresses dancing all fancy to this. LOL Well done.

Casinitaly: I like the pictures in your video. And you made the second part sound exactly like a music box! smile
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#1988357 - 11/19/12 01:37 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 - Just awesome - I hope to play half this well someday. smile

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You - Lib-er-a-whom? I only know L. from my dad's official fakebook from ages ago. Unfortunately he hasn't played for 30 or so years. frown (still working on that)

But this is a gorgeous piece, and one I hope is in my Alfred's American compilation that I bought for myself and turned over to my family to give me at Christmas.

If it's not there, I know where to go to get the skinny on this piece. You played this remarkably well, and I hope one day to do this justice like you did. Thanks for introducing me to this! smile

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 - what a fun romp for a dad and daughter - well done!

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 - As a piano rookie, I can't offer any advice for improvement. Instead, I can just sit back and listen in awe and marvel at your ability on the piano.

Really well done - hoping for more of these performances!

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) - Sam, just wonderful
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#1988371 - 11/19/12 03:13 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: BenPiano]
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Quote:

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 - what a fun romp for a dad and daughter - well done!


I think you have a different definition of 'romp' than I do! Whilst I enjoy a good romp as much as the next guy, I do not condone anyone having a romp with their own daughter!!
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#1988373 - 11/19/12 03:22 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: DadAgain]
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Originally Posted By: DadAgain

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38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 - what a fun romp for a dad and daughter - well done!


I think you have a different definition of 'romp' than I do! Whilst I enjoy a good romp as much as the next guy, I do not condone anyone having a romp with their own daughter!!


I think in North America the first thing that comes to mind is boisterous playing - nothing with any inuendo whatsoever. Whereas in the UK ...and obviously in Australia the first interpretation that comes to mind is for more mature audiences. Who was it said "two nations divided by one language?" smile
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#1988399 - 11/19/12 06:33 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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My first 10 (couldn't get to listen to any last week so a wonderful start to my Thanksgiving week instead):

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover I was intrigued what an "Original extended cover could be! It makes sense - you definitely haven't ruined anything. Amazing that something that has it's roots over 500 years ago could sound so fresh. You gave it a wonderful dreamy feel ... it could go on forever.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Completely amazing for someone who's played for so little time. You really bring out the atmosphere and there is some nice phrasing.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) I'm working on one of the inventions myself (D minor, a little easier than the C major luckily). They are fabulous pieces, full of places to trip us up! Very nicely played, with good interplay between the voices. My teacher has had me working on quite different dynamics for the subject and counter subject which works well. You could try that too.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun
Quite incredible! You have obviously put so much work into this I'm just blown away. The runs are just amazing. Great stuff. Now do it in less than one minute wink

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses A beautiful way to introduce Couperin! This piece flows so beautifully, the pedaling is just great. You have a very nice touch with the phrasing and the melody line is brought out very nicely.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 A lovely soothing piece, definitely bringing a little bit of summer warmth into this Fall recital. Greawt job.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 This is a very beautiful piece, touchingly played. Arpeggios - who cares when you can play it so finely? This is a great find!

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) I love Bach when it's played this well. You picked a great tempo and keep the music flowing forward. I love the balance of the subject and counter-subject. The ornamentation is nicely played and unobtrusive. The two you chose go very well together.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge Better to write a beautiful piece about the wrong bridge than buy the wrong bridge I think! Anyway, this is simply a wonderful performance, I feel the river flowing through it. Some very nice touches and beautiful phrasing.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 One of my previous submissions! You take it a lot faster than I did. I just didn't have the technique to do better. But you keep the melody present in the flow of notes and nothing sounds rushed. This is a wonderful performance!
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#1988402 - 11/19/12 07:06 AM Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover
I like the energy you brought to this piece. Very precise left hand accompaniment – cool ending.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2
I think you are too hard on yourself – this is very well played. You got the dynamics just right. A lovely, delicate performance.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral (to do)
I was getting quite a bit of distortion on the YouTube video but happily, not on the audio download file. A nice job on this short but very interesting piece.
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