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#2053872 - 03/25/13 08:55 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ty.beginner]
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ty.beginner - I like how you took your time with this and let the majesty of the piece come through. A fine effort!
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#2053876 - 03/25/13 08:59 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Weiyan]
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Weiyan - I am pretty sure this is the first Melodian Cover ever posted here in the piano bar. A very unique sound which I enjoyed very much.
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#2053969 - 03/25/13 11:52 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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OK this is my first attempt at recording the keyboard, and I used the soundcloud app on my smartphone. I managed to play it through with no mistakes, then I hit the record button! crazy
It is played by ear, from memory as I have no sheet music as yet.

Ode to Joy practice piece.


Edited by LarryShone (03/25/13 11:53 AM)
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#2054065 - 03/25/13 02:53 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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SwissMS nice bluesy piece...well played, nice crisp recording.

TromboneAl nice singing, playing and combo...I wish I could of seen it live with a bottle of wine. Love that sound! Professional all the way. You must tell us the history behind your band.

Weiyan nice sounding piece...sounds familiar at times...keep up the good work.

peterws Nice Pete...you have a great touch and feel...

Inlanding somestandard has such a nice swing and feel...excellent recording too.

ty.beginner enjoyed your cannon in D, I've been working on the Alfred book two version and this one sounds better. Have to agree the sustain made certain areas "muddy". I also have to fight from over doing the pedal. When stuff gets muddy, just re-pedal earlier.

LarryShone- good job Larry. Keep up the practice.




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#2054171 - 03/25/13 06:25 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Thanks Mark!
Do the pieces in here have to be classical? I know there's a seperate non-classical area but those are finished pieces. I've just begun practising a Elton John piece to practice for building up hand independence and I was wondering if its OK to put in here-at the moment its just the main melody repeated. I've no sheet music so its all guesswork and memory (I used to play the melody years ago on a Bontempi reed organ)
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#2054182 - 03/25/13 06:59 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: LarryShone]
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Originally Posted By: LarryShone

Do the pieces in here have to be classical?


Absolutely not!! smile Anything goes here!
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#2054188 - 03/25/13 07:09 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Originally Posted By: Amaruk
Originally Posted By: LarryShone

Do the pieces in here have to be classical?


Absolutely not!! smile Anything goes here!

Good to hear! Because I think recording when learning is a great progression tool.

So here it is complete with red dot mistakes!

https://soundcloud.com/cameraman59/song-for-guy
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#2054196 - 03/25/13 07:28 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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LarryShone nice job on "Song for Guy"...some history on the piece is Elton said this in the sleeve notes of the 7" single:

"...As I was writing this song one Sunday, I imagined myself floating into space and looking down at my own body. I was imagining myself dying. Morbidly obsessed with these thoughts, I wrote this song about death. The next day I was told that Guy (Burchett), our 17 year-old messenger boy, had been tragically killed on his motorcycle the day before. Guy died on the day I wrote this song."


And years later a another "Guy" from Elton's band, Guy Babylon passed away.

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#2054200 - 03/25/13 07:32 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Hmm spooky!
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#2054216 - 03/25/13 08:16 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Weiyan]
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Weiyan- sounds like a mouth organ! You`ll be doin sea shanties next! I love `em . . . .
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#2054220 - 03/25/13 08:20 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Mark...]
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Hello Larryshone - what did ya play "A song for Guy on?" sounded very interesting . . . sorry I sound like an optician; I just been to see one . . .
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#2054222 - 03/25/13 08:23 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Originally Posted By: peterws
Hello Larryshone - what did ya play "A song for Guy on?" sounded very interesting . . . sorry I sound like an optician Ive just been to see one . . .

My trusty Yamaha PSR 225 home keyboard with default voice 'Portable Grand'.
Sounds a bit iffy cos I recorded straight to my phone with the Sound cloud app.
Its my only keyboard.


Edited by LarryShone (03/25/13 08:27 PM)
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#2054247 - 03/25/13 09:11 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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ty.beginner: You are very serious in piano music. For difficult pieces, may take months to learn. During the period, supplement with some shorter and easier piece.

Below is my LH of Bach Minuet in D min. Its end of month and traffic is low, so I post semi-product grin

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#2054250 - 03/25/13 09:19 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: LarryShone]
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Originally Posted By: LarryShone
Originally Posted By: Amaruk
Originally Posted By: LarryShone

Do the pieces in here have to be classical?


Absolutely not!! smile Anything goes here!

Good to hear! Because I think recording when learning is a great progression tool.

So here it is complete with red dot mistakes!

https://soundcloud.com/cameraman59/song-for-guy


Larry: The red dot mistakes are very nice!
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#2054300 - 03/25/13 10:52 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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theodorn no worries. and thank you

billm. thank you. i used to play as fast as possible like it is some kind of a race. after a recording i think it sounds reallly bad that way. smile

mark. i have no method book since the book store here does not stock them.. i learn mostly from the internet and trial and error. how i envy you guys who can easily obrain these books.

larry. nice phrasing on the ode to joy. i enjoyed it much. amazing how you can play by ear on these two pieces. i'm thinking though if you wanted a sheet for ode to joy, the website i learned on has a free copy available. just letting you know

weiyan. since i am learning this as a past time and not to be a pro, i only play pieces that interest me very much. unluckily those pieces as usually the harder ones to learn. so it takes me a very long time to learn them well enough. and having no music background with minimal exposure to music, i didny know the name nor interesting pieces until i stumble upon them. nice playing on the soap opera song. the tune is so familiar but i cant say where i heard them before.
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#2054398 - 03/26/13 05:34 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Weiyan]
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We got a whole 5 days left. . . . .
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#2054405 - 03/26/13 06:00 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Thanks for the encouragement guys!
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#2054416 - 03/26/13 06:54 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Ha it seems I was playing Ode to Joy in the wrong key! I play the melody starting on E going E F G G F E D but when I downloaded the sheet music I see it actually starts in F!
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#2054804 - 03/26/13 08:47 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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A piece I've been working on for a while. This version is a little cleaner than a previous version. Nice part about staying with a piece it seeing gradual improvement over time as we improve. It's fun piece to play too.


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#2054853 - 03/26/13 10:26 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Mark, That is very nice playing... very soothing sound... makes me feel bad about posting the following smile

after seeing weiyan about his bach work in progress, i thought i post a similar one of the song i'm currently learning... to keep a record of how each month progress so to speak. I took this a few days ago during practice to see the hands position and i changed a few things after looking at the video. Please forgive the wrong notes and mind farts/hesitations along the way. As always, i had a lead foot on the pedal as well which i'm really really trying to correct smile



appreciate all critiques and help provided. Thanx

Edit: Please forgive me for hacking a beautiful piece by debussy to all his fans out there..


Edited by ty.beginner (03/26/13 10:28 PM)
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#2054854 - 03/26/13 10:27 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Mark, this was very well played and you managed to get a good recording from the piano, which can be tricky with acoustics.
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#2054935 - 03/27/13 02:21 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Mark: the Fantasy is very good. Thank you for the good music in the end of the month.
ty.beiginer: The Debussy piece is very difficult, but you can play it! You are working very hard. I am not expert so can't give you suggestion.
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#2054951 - 03/27/13 04:51 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Weiyan]
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ty.beiginer: The Debussy piece is very difficult, but you can play it! You are working very hard. I am not expert so can't give you suggestion.


you mean i can hack it smile thank you for the compliments. i have a long list of things i need to fix:

1. add dynamics to the chords near the middle
2. split some of the left hand arpeggio to the right hand so it can be faster and smoother
3. make the key change section faster
4. figure out the melody among the arpeggios so i can play it louder
5. that's the big changes i hope to make with lots of other things to improve on

Well.. i've put this in back of my mind to practice as time goes. I'm learning the bridges for fur elise now since my wife liked the piece. So i'm guessing the progress wont be as fast now for this one.
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#2054978 - 03/27/13 07:52 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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ty.beginner, a valiant attempt at Debussy's famous piece. I'm sure you know the arpeggios need to be a lot faster (though slow it sounds decent). The pedal obviously needs to be toned down a lot, but you know that too. Nice going, you'll get there.
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#2054980 - 03/27/13 07:55 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Mark, sweet piano laugh I'm not familiar with the music. Who is Bossa again?
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#2054983 - 03/27/13 07:58 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Weiyan is getting so good, he can play with one hand tied behind his back laugh

Eager to hear the finished product!
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#2054986 - 03/27/13 08:01 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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LarryShone, you're missing a few notes - listen again or peruse some sheet music - but this sounds like a nice start to your piano career smile

Is the high pitched noise from a metronome?
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#2054996 - 03/27/13 08:27 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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LarryShone~ Welcome to the Piano Bar! Excellent submissions. Be patient with yourself and don't worry about the recorder. You are playing very carefully and listening to the music you are playing, which is a very good. The notes are one thing, the music is another. Keep up the good work!

Mark~ A fine improvement with your Bossa. This time around, it sounds like you are capturing a Bossa rhythm, which is a diffiult one. Keep listening to lots of Bossa Nova music to get a good feel for the accented rhythms and syncopations. It's great to see how much more music you bring to this piece.

Weiyan~ Thanks for sharing your left-handed Bach. Keep the tempo and the dynamics.

tybeginner~ Thanks for sharing your practice session! Your comments on Claire de Lune are all spot-on. My main comment is to take your foot off the sustain pedal. The music calls for it, but your dynamics and arpeggios get lost in the sustain soup. Yes, many of those arpeggios start with the left hand and end with the right as it plays the main melody up top. Keep playing it to get it better under your fingers. Do it in sections and focus on the more difficult passages singly to get those secure under your fingers. Good job!
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#2054998 - 03/27/13 08:36 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Allard]
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"Who is Bossa again?" This is a common term understood only by those over a certain age . . . .we were brought up on it. "Bacharach" is the same.
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#2055001 - 03/27/13 08:42 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Mark...]
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That is a superb piano; beautifully tuned. . . .the music? doesn`t have to be a bossa. It`s really good anyway. Keep `em comin` man. . . look forward to more!
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