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#2036390 - 02/20/13 12:17 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: SwissMS]
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SwissMS - I liked both of your pieces but was really taken by If I Only Had a Brain. Somehow you managed to capture both the playful spirit and the melancholy of this great song. It is now stuck in my head.
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#2036402 - 02/20/13 12:32 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Originally Posted By: peterws
Bill, I think we`d like to hear you sing this!


I was experimenting with the placement of my Zoom when I recorded this. On this one I sat it on the music desk of my piano. While I liked the sound, being so close seems to have distorted the video somewhat and gave it a fishbowl effect (I'm a young Asian woman). I beat the heck out of the piano on the ending but surprisingly it did not distort.

If I could ever learn to play it as well as you I'd be a happy young Asian woman.

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#2036421 - 02/20/13 01:05 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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This is you,. your own. Full of soul, man Loved your dexterity on the k`board . . .singing at the same time. . . .Well done Bill!
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#2036425 - 02/20/13 01:09 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Wonderful rendition of "Bridge", Bill. I really admire your ability to sing and play such rich accompaniment at the same time.
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#2036646 - 02/20/13 10:47 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Originally Posted By: Inlanding

jazzwee~ I'd not heard Beatrice until now. Great combo work. Your phrasing is outstanding
Glen


Thanks Glen! Not an easy tune to play and make a story. I still struggle with it. Seems to work better when I do less.

Originally Posted By: stumbler
Jazzwee, it didn't click the first time I listened to it, but after listening to a couple other versions on you tube, I went back to yours and it made a lot more sense. Nice performance.


Thank you stumblr! It's not a very well known tune.


Originally Posted By: Mark...
jazzwe great stuff, I had it playing as some nice background music while I was surfing the net...


Thanks Mark!


Originally Posted By: BillM
Jazzwee - very cool. Did you add reverb to the recording or is that the room's natural sound. Either way, this is a fine performance and recording. The piano solo was worth the wait - you saved the best for last.


Thanks Bill! As always, your performances bring not only an appreciation for your talent but also memories since your selections are from my youth.
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#2036732 - 02/21/13 02:34 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Jazzwee - I'm curious to know what you mean by "Not an easy tune to play and make a story".
Bill - You seemed to free up a bit more than usual on this one. Nice going. I've been working on it on and off for a good while but it's beyond me. Well done.
SwissMS - I really liked Splash of Indigo (who wrote it?)


Edited by Newman (02/21/13 02:38 AM)
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#2036780 - 02/21/13 06:08 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Originally Posted By: BillM

I was experimenting with the placement of my Zoom when I recorded this. On this one I sat it on the music desk of my piano. While I liked the sound, being so close seems to have distorted the video somewhat and gave it a fishbowl effect (I'm a young Asian woman). I beat the heck out of the piano on the ending but surprisingly it did not distort.

If I could ever learn to play it as well as you I'd be a happy young Asian woman.





Round of applause from the guy sipping the whiskey at the 'Bar'. Bill, that was a pleasure to listen to. Absolutely fantastic performance, really enjoyed it. Bravo!


Edited by Euan Morrison (02/21/13 06:10 AM)

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#2036802 - 02/21/13 07:44 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Bill-
That was so very entertaining! Your accompaniment and delivery combined with your voice goes so well together - lots of passion. Without question, this is your best yet, and they keep getting better all the time.

Glen
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#2036817 - 02/21/13 08:30 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Originally Posted By: Newman
I really liked Splash of Indigo (who wrote it?)


Dennis Alexander, I believe. It is in Alfred's Premier Level 5. It is a fun little piece!
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#2036857 - 02/21/13 10:00 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Originally Posted By: Newman
Jazzwee - I'm curious to know what you mean by "Not an easy tune to play and make a story".


Hi Newman. As you know we have to improvise a solo over it. The particular "changes" (chord progression) to Beatrice are unusual. They are not the typical ii-V's of most standards and yet it changes keys constantly. Also it's a slow swing which requires typically more 16 notes and a very precise timing when playing eighths.

Most of the musicians who've played it the first time with me don't do so well.

A good solo tells a story and there's some buildup. It is composition in real time. And we learn to do it based on experience with similar progressions we've worked on before. Being a unique chord progression, we tend to have nothing to draw from in terms of "vocabulary" (learned approaches).
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#2037250 - 02/21/13 10:46 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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BillM, the fishbowl wasn't distracted. Nice take. The singing puts you hands down over peterws, but you did get crazy at the end.
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#2037981 - 02/23/13 01:13 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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I've been focusing PW time listening to e-cital submissions lately - so much wonderful music!

Here's an audio clip from the other night I added to my folder - a very short idea, with ample sustain pedal.

https://www.box.com/s/go714db2bghhik92kw23

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#2038006 - 02/23/13 02:12 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Very nice, Glen! I am amazed at your ability to just sit down and create something as beautiful as this.
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#2038010 - 02/23/13 02:16 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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I like that too Glenn...it seems you have a few sections in this piece, that could be developed into pieces onto them selves.

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#2038064 - 02/23/13 04:07 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Mark...]
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Geln - Yes, I agree with Mark. There's something in there to develop.
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#2038106 - 02/23/13 05:49 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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You play beautifully, full of presence, on a really nice piano! I`m just about to find out what it is . . .Heck, yer not saying!


Edited by peterws (02/23/13 05:50 PM)
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#2038112 - 02/23/13 06:05 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Inlanding, is that an improvisation? If so, it has some strong melody.
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#2038114 - 02/23/13 06:07 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Somebody on the Recital posting wanted to hear the full piece that I`d done (I only submitted the first part) so here it is, if you have a minute or six to spare (you can fast forward to the half way point if desired).

A reflection on life maybe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TKXWEd-U5M


Edited by peterws (02/23/13 06:08 PM)
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#2038158 - 02/23/13 08:48 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Lots of great music so far. The piano bar sure has been busy. smile

Here's my own arrangement of Just As I Am. I did not put a lot of work into it or spend that much time on it but it still turned out okay. Hope you enjoy!

https://www.box.com/s/xv1avw3uivlced30364b
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#2038222 - 02/23/13 11:33 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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pertersw - the full piece is good. I like the shift in mood.
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#2038228 - 02/23/13 11:50 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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ladypayne, nice arrangement. Very heartfelt playing.
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#2038269 - 02/24/13 02:52 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: stumbler]
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Beautiful arrangement, Ladypayne. You captured the feel of the piece very well.
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#2038270 - 02/24/13 02:52 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Still catching up here...

BillM; Loved your singing/playing of the classic song, Bridge Over Troubled Water.. You make it look so easy, though I know it's not. thumb

If I Loved You (Carousel/Rodgers & Hammerstein)




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#2038294 - 02/24/13 06:16 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Ladypayne
There are several different tunes to this well known Methodist Hymn. This is my favourite. And it`s Sunday Morning. Thank you, missy! Well played!
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#2038295 - 02/24/13 06:28 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Elssa - Blimey, playin` the ole joanna`s hard enough without all this other stuff! Very well done. It reminds me of the days of the electric organ, some of which were hugely expensive . . . like the price of a house!

I was thinking of saying "Why not try playing the bass melody (which is so effective) wi your left hand instead of crossing them?" but it might scramble your brains like it does to me . .

So I won`t say it. . . .
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#2038331 - 02/24/13 08:42 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Inlanding - you have created a quiet, peaceful mood with your piano musing. I am amazed that you can spontaneously compose such interesting music.
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#2038333 - 02/24/13 08:56 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Peterws - Wow! This is really well done. The middle section has a cool island vibe and you flow seamlessly between the three sections. The video was fun - I thought my computer screen had gone blank at the beginning until the eyes started lighting up.
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#2038339 - 02/24/13 09:04 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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Elssa - If I Loved You - Great choice! One of my Youtube faves is Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones' version of this great song from Carousel. Your rendition has the same feel - well done!
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#2038371 - 02/24/13 10:26 AM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: BillM]
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Bill - Youtube sometimes gets video sequences out of time . . . dunno why but it ruins the intended effect. The original video is so much better but at least the sountrack`s OK!
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#2038493 - 02/24/13 03:02 PM Re: February Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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peterws, some great stuff...its more than piano...its the accompaniment and the video work as well. You should share your tricks over on the video/audio production thread.

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