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#2008671 - 01/03/13 06:16 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Thanks, Bill (but I must do some other artists!)Yes, probably a little more effect. It's a fine line isn't it? To take a simple live recording done in your lounge room at home and lift it just a little but not too much because it is, after all, just you and your piano at home.
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#2008740 - 01/03/13 09:11 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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What a great start of the new year!! I look forward to listen to all your performances and comment on them individually.

We just got a new digital piano (Roland LX-15) this Christmas. I love how it feels, looks, and sounds. Here is a video of me playing on it. I am performing (trying to at least) the piece I am teaching our oldest son at the moment "In Dreams" from the movie Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (easy piano version).

It is funny that "easy piano" sometimes is quite hard... smile




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#2008796 - 01/04/13 12:13 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Amaruk, congrats on the new piano.

The problem with easy music is making it sound easy. You succeeded nicely.
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#2008819 - 01/04/13 01:49 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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My first submission... a lot of you have played Bach's Minuet in G before and way much better! I'm trying to catch up and looking for advice/suggestions to improve... Thank you!
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#2008926 - 01/04/13 10:41 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Amaruk - Wow!! Your new Roland looks and sounds terrific. This is a fine performance.
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#2008943 - 01/04/13 12:02 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Wish4 Thing, there's nothing wrong with your playing of the minuet. Well done.
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#2008968 - 01/04/13 02:00 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Wow, Amaruk, you and your new Roland were made for each other! Wonderful sound and playing! The only thing more I could ask is--when are you going to sing with it?!


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#2008994 - 01/04/13 02:50 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]
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Amaruk -love the piano (and the tune is pretty good too!).

Edit to insert - I just googled the piano. Very nice specs etc. But I didn't see the technical notes on how to open the keyboard cover laugh

Wish4 Thing - I love this tune, as "Lovers Concerto" by The Toys and Supremes


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#2009042 - 01/04/13 04:28 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Some really fabulous music coming out of the Bar as usual. I haven't been out much lately as it really is quite a bit of work in getting a piece presentable, record etc. as you all know of course. Instead I have been practicing oodles on my upcoming recital pieces for the Mendelssohn and Feb recital, plus some other Chopin things that caught my interest.

I'm never far away though, and always listening. Everyone obviously has what it takes in putting together some fabulous pieces and the year is starting out on a strong foot. Kudos everyone and congratulations on the new keys Amaruk. Sounds fabulous ... a bet your practicing time just quadrupled laugh

You've all got me motivated to give it a whirl though. Here is another Minuet in G for you all. This one by Beethoven though. I learned it many many years ago and is always fun to play. Clearly it could use a few more rehearsals. At any rate, hope you enjoy my rendition of ...

Minuet in G - Beethoven
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#2009091 - 01/04/13 06:25 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: Greener]
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Happy New Year! Great stuff everyone. I can see that the year is off to a roaring start with new instruments, new musical tricks, and new contributors.

Amaruk - man, that thing sounds like a million bucks. hopefully, that is not what you paid for it :-)

BillM - Hysterical ending with the harmonizer on I Love You Truly. That was fun

Wish4thing - Congratulations on your inaugural posting. Minuet in G was a great introduction to your playing

Candlelightpiano - Scales and Arpeggios was very enjoyable. I was surprised to hear that this was from Disney.

Starr Keys - You are always getting us with those emotional songs. Why don't they make them like this anymore? Was that foot pedal noise in the beginning? Maybe the mic could be moved

Weiyan - Great forward progress on Mussette. Enjoyable to listen to!

Stumbler - Miss Jane... was a beautiful arrangement, well played. It is pretty cool that you came up with a number that had melodic traces of Auld Lang Syne just in time for an early January posting.

Newman - You get a lot of vocal backing strength out of just a single instrument. For No One, at the tempo that you sing it, doesnt seem like it is made for accompaniment by a single keyboard - but you pull it off! Very nice!

L.P. - I love the multi-instrument mix on Adagio. Really special.
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#2009185 - 01/04/13 11:01 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Ladypane - Great job!! Please let us know how you recorded this as it sounds great!

Stumbler - Great playing!!! You keep a very steady rhythm. I never heard this before but I loved it!

Newman - I am always looking forward to your contributions here and you did not disappoint this time either. I love your Beatles covers!!! Your voice is absolutely golden!! I have never heard this before but after listening to this I don't think I want to listen to the original, your version is so good!

Starr Keys - No, it is not bad at all! It is actually very good. You are very talented that can sing and create arrangements like this!! Me sing? Well, I was actually singing and playing this piece when the recorder was off… I love this tune and I find the lyrics to be great too.

Weiyan - Great performance. This piece is new to me but it sounded great.

Candlelightpiano - Great playing!! The Aristocats is such a cute movie!! What a beautiful piano you have!

BillM - Yet another fantastic contribution from you Bill!! It is so great to come to the bar and hear your songs. I must say that your piano is simply fantastic (and it looks great too). The harmonizer feature is perfect here. Great thinking and execution!!

Wish4THing - What a great start for you here!! I think you played it very well. Thanks for sharing!!

Greener - Great playing!! This piece is new to me but you play it very relaxed and I can tell that you have fun playing it!
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#2009190 - 01/04/13 11:19 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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ladypayne, nice job on Adagio.

stumbler, well done.

Newman, another fun Beatles' song. Well done.

Starr Keys, not a bad job at all on Till We Meet Again. Quite enjoyable.

Weiyan, nice work on the Musette.

candlelightpiano, I remember this from the movie . . . although it's been a long time now. Fun piece, and a great job.

BillM, that's an interesting effect. It really does sound like you are harmonizing with yourself. I must admit that I too thought of Sesame Street when I first saw the names Bert and Ernie.



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#2009197 - 01/04/13 11:27 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Amaruk, congratulations on your new piano. It sounds great. This is a really pretty piece, nad you play it well.

Wish4Thing, you play the Bach (or Petzold) piece very well. Nice job.

Greener, very nice job on the Beethoben minuet. Very musically played.
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#2009237 - 01/05/13 01:18 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Thank you, BillM. Someday I hope to be able to play as well as you do.

Amaruk: I enjoyed the theme from Lord of the Rings on your new piano. I've actually never heard it before. Interesting how you overlaid a video over your performance. How do you do that? Also, how you do post a video cover? I only know how to post a link.

Wish4Thing: Your Minuet brought back memories, all good! There was nothing wrong with it. It was a very good performance.


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#2009365 - 01/05/13 09:45 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: candlelightpiano]
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Originally Posted By: candlelightpiano

Amaruk: I enjoyed the theme from Lord of the Rings on your new piano. I've actually never heard it before. Interesting how you overlaid a video over your performance. How do you do that? Also, how you do post a video cover? I only know how to post a link.


Thank you! My video editor (FCPX) has multiple tracks in the time line and it is very easy to combine videos this way.

The way to post a video from YouTube here is: click on the monitor icon in the reply window and select YouTube. Then enter the code for your clip. The code is what comes after '?v=' in the link to a clip. The code for your clip is: 6fzWTvJD15s.
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#2009392 - 01/05/13 11:03 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: stumbler]
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Stumbler - excellent arrangement, lovely playing. The piano equiv of Vaughn Williams. And your piano is . . .?
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#2009400 - 01/05/13 11:28 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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You seem like an encouraging lot . . .what d`ya have to be to join?
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#2009405 - 01/05/13 11:35 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: Greener]
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Originally Posted By: Greener
Congratulations on the new keys Amaruk. Sounds fabulous ... a bet your practicing time just quadrupled laugh


Thanks! Yes, the new piano has for sure increased my practicing time!! It has also inspired me to try to play music by Chopin. Here is my first Chopin recording:



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#2009525 - 01/05/13 03:52 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Thank you BillM, KenJazz, Amaruk and TX-Dennis for giving me such a warm welcome back to the Bar this year.

Digging up this old recording of mine has proven to be very prescient. This was the first time my mother had heard me sing since I was in college and I remembered how moved she was by it when she heard it 2-1/2 years ago.

She went into the hospital the day after Christmas in terrible pain, which they haven’t been able to alleviate enough because increasing pain medication has caused other serious complications. My sisters say the only thing that she really responds to now and that seems to sooth her is their playing old standards she remembers from the dances and movies of her youth. The decision was made yesterday to enter her into a hospice program and I’m leaving for New York tomorrow night, but I sent ahead a CD with the audio file of my Till We Meet Again and asked my sisters to play it for her in case I don’t make it in time.


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#2009592 - 01/05/13 06:04 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]
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Starr Keys - I am so very sorry to hear about your mother. I hope you both can find peace.
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#2009793 - 01/06/13 12:38 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]
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Starr Keys. I'm sorry to hear that.
I wish you and yours well.
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#2009794 - 01/06/13 12:41 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: Greener]
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Greener, I like that minuet.
I suspect we'll have a minuet thread if we're not careful.
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#2009795 - 01/06/13 12:42 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Amaruk, nice playing.

p.s. I didn't know that that prelude had a name.
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#2009811 - 01/06/13 02:06 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Thank you Bill and Stumbler. Your good wishes are appreciated.

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#2009957 - 01/06/13 11:50 AM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Great job with the Chopin Amaruk. Fabulous affect with the dancers in the video as well, and in time to boot. I look forward to hearing more pieces from you like this, on the new keys.

Thanks so much Amaruk, Dennis and Stumbler for your kind comments on the Minuet. It could certainly use more work to bring up to snuff, but not where my priorities lie at the moment. Your kind words are very encouraging for me though.

Originally Posted By: peterws
You seem like an encouraging lot . . .what d`ya have to be to join?

Just a willingness to take the stage, peterws so please do so. I have heard your playing in another thread and you will certainly be raising the bar -- in the Bar -- for me at least. It's all good though, so do not be shy.
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Greener ... This piece is new to me ...

Really? You weren't a fan of Bugs Bunny? I think I owe my love of classical music to the Bugs. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find a clip on Youtube with the Beethoven-Minuet in G major (there were several episodes I assure you, and is what it always reminds me of.) Instead, here he conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra;
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#2009967 - 01/06/13 12:26 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Starr Keys I am so sad to hear this...

Greener I did watch Bugs Bunny as a kid but I don't recall this minuet from it though (perhaps because it such a long time ago...LOL). Great clip you added with him conducting the London Philharmonic orchestra!! Thanks for sharing!
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#2010032 - 01/06/13 02:05 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Hey guys, I'm new on this site, nice to meet you. I just got back into piano playing, here are a couple performances of me smile

Nobuo Uematsu - To Zanarkand (Final Fantasy X Soundtrack)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIfdi1_NlwA

Disney (Alan Menken & David Zippel) - Go the Distance (Hercules Soundtrack)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOmCgRh9uYo

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#2010043 - 01/06/13 02:16 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: sislermi]
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I`m new as well. Good stuff. Loved the second; fast bits were great. Piano was too.
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#2010078 - 01/06/13 03:01 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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I've been absent from the piano bar as I had nothing to post yet, but couldn't resist listening to the Final Fantasy music. Technically correct, Sisler. I would prefer the left hand to be a little louder.

The Hercules was very good!
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#2010084 - 01/06/13 03:10 PM Re: January Piano Bar [Re: sislermi]
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sislermi - you have these 2 down solid
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