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Apparently (from the Billy Joel Facebook page) this guy was on the Today show this morning.
Pianotehead It depends what you want to do. The transcription I have is tough and I would have to take it as a piece to do it justice; but I think I could. But if you just bang around with the chords it can sound pretty nice in a simple fashion. If you are OK noodling from a fake book or just the guitar tabs.
And i'm impressed so much ever by Billy Joel to offer that young man such a chance. There are so many artists out there with egos that are as big as the universe. Billy Joel remains a down to earth man.
Thanks for sharing! One of my favorite tunes, with some inspiration to boot!
It's a great story no matter what -- and the kid is dam good!! -- but some things are being left out from how it's being passed along.
He's not just a kid from the audience. Even though he's only about 18, he's been a professional pianist and songwriter for several years, including playing in a band with B. Joel's saxophone player since he was 12.
Like I said, great story anyway. But it's a little different than it's being made to seem.
Just looking at that puts me in a New York State of Mind!
LOL, me too!
The student said in the beginning, that he had played a few times with Billy's saxophonist. Could he be more than just a piano hobbyist? One must measure up to a certain standard to get to jam with a professional musician, at least more than once.
Wow! This guy will probably not forget that night, for the rest of his life. NY State of Mind is a song I so much wish to learn, but it's far off because it's at advanced level - which disappoints me.
Hi when I read your post, I wanted to say that this is the first song I am actually learning and when it is broken down into easily digested sizes...bit by bit isn't as differcult as it sounds, sure it isn't anything like this guy, but I am guessihg that you can embelish any song once you know the basic song structure melody etc... I only practice once every two days, and then for only 20 mins but each time I practice the section I have trouble with til it sounds better. I did though always think in the back of my mind is this something I should not be learning yet, as it is only been 6 months but the song really touches me so I needed to be able to play it. I had been playing guitar for 7 years off and on and believe this has helped me greatly with the transition to piano. I would like to hear your feedback please? Thanks Daza.
Edited by Daza (05/06/1302:41 PM) Edit Reason: spelling
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