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#2073441 - 04/29/13 11:45 AM May Day, May Day Piano Bar...
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#2073467 - 04/29/13 12:52 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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Mark, this sounds like a fun little project.

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#2073484 - 04/29/13 01:34 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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Ok, now you have the right notes.

Next, get the timing absolutely perfect.

I would suggest that you put a metronome on and make timing your most important goal.

And, btw ... TIMING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THIS TYPE OF MUSIC.

Never sluff over the timing of it. Get it absolutely perfect.

Good Luck
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#2073515 - 04/29/13 02:32 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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Very nice, Mark.

I'm working on a new, original blues tune entitled "You know you got the blues". smile

Maybe I can record it sometimes this week...

I see the ABF piano bar has been quite popular these days! thumb

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#2073561 - 04/29/13 03:18 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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Nice! I did an easy version of this song for the last ABF recital! It's a fun song smile

Only thing is... how could you use a metronome with this kind of long-short-long-short rhythm? I just tried to "feel it".
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#2073564 - 04/29/13 03:18 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Rickster]
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Originally Posted By: Rickster
Very nice, Mark.

I'm working on a new, original blues tune entitled "You know you got the blues". smile

Maybe I can record it sometimes this week...

I see the ABF piano bar has been quite popular these days! thumb

Rick


Looking forward to it Rick.

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#2073573 - 04/29/13 03:24 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: sinophilia]
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Originally Posted By: sinophilia
Nice! I did an easy version of this song for the last ABF recital! It's a fun song smile

Only thing is... how could you use a metronome with this kind of long-short-long-short rhythm? I just tried to "feel it".


The book starts out telling you:

When playing jazz, the element of interpretation is key. What is often written on the page is not what is performed. One of the basic rules is to add "swing" to melodies: this means that a series of eight notes are not played straight and even. Rather, they're paired into groups of two, with a delay on the attack of the second note. It's simplest to think of two eight notes as a dotted eight plus a sixteenth.

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#2073649 - 04/29/13 05:12 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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A metronome would work fine with this piece.

There are 4 beats to each measure.

It does not matter what you are playing or how you are playing notes within the measure ... they should take 4 beats.

The first note of each measure should be right on beat ONE.

ONE TWO THREE FOUR ONE TWO THREE FOUR ... ETC ...

Rock solid.

Remember ... whenever you play music and others are listening, they are participating with you by "feeling" the beat ... 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4 ... etc .... If deviate from that pattern, the listener will stop participating and move on to something else.

Most important element of music.
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#2074332 - 04/30/13 04:08 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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A great gem I found today. I like playing pieces that are not demanding technically because they allow me to quickly get into the music without having to workout the notes for 2 months. This took a bit over an hour before I felt secure about playing with little to no mistakes.

It's just a page long. If anyone is interested I can scan the sheet music for you. Excuse the weird look on my face, it's because I was focused on the sheet music and the sound at the same time. I always get this expression when I concentrate hard on something smile



And this is a little project of mine. Trying to learn just a bit of all the 60 etudes by Cramer. They are too difficult currently if I want to learn the entire etudes but parts are accessible and teach technique that will accumulate over time.



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#2074416 - 04/30/13 06:03 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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nice piece but I could not possibly take on another piece. I have about two years worth of pieces in front of me at the moment, lol
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#2075495 - 05/02/13 01:46 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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I had to slow this down to 92 BPM (which is exactly half the tempo that's indicated on the sheet) before I could get a somewhat clean recording of it (emphasis on somewhat). Obviously, I still have a ways to go with this piece. But I'm posting it here anyway. Because if I don't, I might be tempted to keep working on it, and then submit this instead of the Beethoven to the ABF recital.

(There's another person who has submitted the same piece I did, and I'm kind of scared now that I won't measure up to him!)

Enjoy, if you will smile. And if you don't, well, that wasn't really the point anyway wink.

https://soundcloud.com/saranoya/burgmuller-adieu
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#2075629 - 05/02/13 04:26 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Saranoya]
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Saranoya - I don't know the piece so it sounds perfectly fine at this tempo.
Mark - It seems your piece disappeared?
Teodor - Bag cam?
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#2075631 - 05/02/13 04:49 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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This is my first attempt at playing at piece with a ‘solo’/instrumental interlude in it. It took me a while to work it out and play it so figured I’d get something out of my ‘investment’ by sharing it here.

Your mother should know

Couple of dodgy vocal notes here and there. Probably what set the neighbour's dog barking!
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#2075720 - 05/02/13 09:01 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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I've said it before but I'll say it again.....Newman you have a great voice.
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#2075744 - 05/02/13 09:42 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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Mark...: I am sorry you deleted your piece, I enjoyed it.
Teodor: As you mention, a great little gem, very nice.
Saranoya: Nicely done. I think the tempo worked great.
Newman: That was fantastic!
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    #2075753 - 05/02/13 09:53 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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    Woohoo, I have something to post here! It's a super easy arrangement but it was not easy for me to manage those octaves - don't know if you can hear it, but I also tried to highlight the top note. I'll have to learn it with a nicer, more difficult arpeggio in the left hand now.

    Downton Abbey Theme
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    #2075762 - 05/02/13 10:08 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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    Saranoya -- you did very well on the Burgmuller. I thought it sounded nice even with half the tempo. I think the dynamics and the phrasing were good and even. You'll get to that tempo soon no worries.

    Newman -- nice vocals and piano work as usual. Felt like I was at a local bar listening to live performance smile

    Teodor -- sadly, I don't think I can ever play anything with little to no mistakes in an hour unless it's in the caliber of "Mary had a little lamb." You however are very good with that piano. You have an incredible focus.
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    #2075996 - 05/02/13 03:41 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: ElleC]
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    Originally Posted By: ElleC


    Teodor -- sadly, I don't think I can ever play anything with little to no mistakes in an hour unless it's in the caliber of "Mary had a little lamb." You however are very good with that piano. You have an incredible focus.



    Thank you. Don't worry about that right now. I am nothing special, I take ages to learn things, but you will come to a point when certain pieces can be learned pretty fast because your general level of mastery on the piano will increase over time. You've only been playing a few months, so who knows what you can do in a couple of years from now if you stick with it. smile
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    #2076031 - 05/02/13 04:41 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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    Sinophilia, your Downton Abbey piece was just beautiful, didn't miss a beat and the melody was nice and crisp.....lovely
    Nice sounding piano too
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    #2076070 - 05/02/13 05:40 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: sinophilia]
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    sinophilia, "Downton Abbey Theme" was lovely! And yes, I agree the sound of your piano is fantastic. I enjoyed all your pieces on soundcloud ("Frankie and Johnnie", "Raisins and Almonds", and "Raymond").
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      #2076166 - 05/02/13 08:53 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      here's my submission for the month. Another version of Scarborough Fair. I used sheet music but improvised a little from it. I also made up a section near the end that sounds a bit different from the rest. You should be able to tell which part I am talking about :P Anyway enjoy!

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      #2076178 - 05/02/13 09:06 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Teodor -Autumn Scenery - quick work. Beautiful little piece
      Cramer Etude 1 - I'm not familiar with Cramer, but I wish you luck.

      Saranoya - Bergmuller Adieu - It sounds nice at this speed. Must be scary to play at 184!

      Newman - Your Mother Should Know - Your playing stands up even when aren't singing.

      sinophilia - Downtown Abbey Theme - Nice playing. Your tempo is rock solid. I can't hear any difficulty, you've mastered this one.

      ladypayne - Scarborough Fair - This is a nice arrangement. It sounds really good on your piano.
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      #2076192 - 05/02/13 09:26 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Sinophilia -- easy or not...you played it very nicely. And I did hear your highlights =)

      ladypayne -- that was beautiful rendition of Scarborough Fair. I loved how the notes just flow from one to another...very musical.
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      #2076254 - 05/02/13 10:46 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      My piece this month is Monk's Mood, by (guess who?) Thelonious Monk.

      I attended several Monk concerts in NYC, Newport, etc in the 50s and 60s, always loved to hear him play this song, and tried to play it by ear, but never got those beautiful chords (or the pedal point thing) quite right. Lead sheets opened my eyes to a whole new world!

      Monk's Mood



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      #2076268 - 05/02/13 11:02 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Sinophilia: You play beautifully. It is apparent that you have taken the time to learn the right way. You play very precisely with strong attention paid to playing ON TIME !

      You have not gotten ahead of yourself by trying to play all sorts of things that are beyond your skill level.

      You serve as an inspiration for all beginners.

      Your music is a pleasure to hear.
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      #2076386 - 05/03/13 01:52 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Thank you everybody, you're too kind as usual! smile

      Saranoya, this sounds so good! I have some Burgmuller music somewhere and I'll have to dig it out when I decide to try classical music. Next year maybe.

      Teodor, that is beautiful! It must be so rewarding to pick up a piece and just learn it and play it in an hour...

      Newman, I never say anything but I always listen to your songs, I'm so jealous of the great playing and singing!

      ladypayne, your Scarborough Fair gives goose bumps even through the speakers of my laptop! Wow!
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      #2076394 - 05/03/13 02:30 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Ladypayne - that was a lovely arrangement of Scarborough Fair, simply beautiful, has put me in a nice frame of mind after a hard week.

      Riddler - even although the music was unfamiliar listening lifted my tired weary spirit
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      #2076402 - 05/03/13 03:00 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      There are so many good music this month. I hope not to miss any of these good music.

      Mark, very nice piece. This is my first time hear the Emperor's New Clothes piano cover.
      Teodor: Very nice etude.
      Saranyona: You are Bergmuller expert here.
      Newman: Your voice is very good.
      sinophilia: Your playing is flowing. Very nice. Keep on.
      ladypayne: Your rendition of Scarborough is very good. You seems interact with the music.
      Riddler: Monk's Mood. It matches today's mood. Its whole day raining, without sunshine, without birds singing, without dogs barking....
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      #2076403 - 05/03/13 03:01 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      This is my contribution this month.

      Menuet in F maj. by Haydn.

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      #2076457 - 05/03/13 07:10 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Weiyan: I've played that! Nice piece, isn't it? It would be even better if you'd add a little pedalwork wink.
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      Grieg 12/1, 7
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      #2076466 - 05/03/13 07:58 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Weiyan, that was a lovely rendition....doesn't look very easy so you did well to keep the whole thing flowing
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      #2076556 - 05/03/13 10:26 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Posting after a really long time....

      Here's my contribution... Its an Piano Cover of an Indian Bollywood song. Hope you guys like...
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      #2076741 - 05/03/13 04:09 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Hi All!

      I've enjoyed all the presentations to the ABF Piano Bar, although I haven't commented on all of them.

      As promised, here is my latest original blues tune "You know you got the blues".

      It ain't all that good, but it is original! smile

      I hope you all enjoy it!

      "You know you got the blues"

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      #2076809 - 05/03/13 07:03 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Saranoya]
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      Sinophilia – Nice work. Have never seen the show but the theme seems familiar (and thanks)
      EarlofMar – thanks
      elleC – thanks (but you were at a bar listening to a live performace - it was 'recorded live' anyway) wink
      ladypayne - a nice arrangement. I liked the echo of the melody idea
      Riddler - very moody. A great exercise in chord progression
      Weiyan – once again you demonstrate how much you have progressed. (You haven’t played a bluesy/12 bar piece for awhile – not following that any more?)
      Mohan – I love Bollywood movies. (Although this tune isn't like the Bollywood fare I am used to hearing).
      Rickster - Welcome back. A great little number. Great solo.

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      #2077502 - 05/05/13 05:41 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Saronoya: Thank you for suggestion. The score had not paddle mark so I don't know where to add paddle. For Baroque music I don't know where the to add the paddle.

      Newman: Thank you for remind me the Tim Richards' blues improvisation. None of my blues meets the books requirement, for I only played the written part but no improvisation. Will pick up this book again and improvise according to the instruction.

      Mohan Karthik: Your cover of the Indian Hollywood song is very nice. Its the music flow from your heart.
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      #2077650 - 05/05/13 12:50 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Weiyan]
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      "improvise according to the instruction."

      Can`t get my head round that!
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      #2077664 - 05/05/13 01:34 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: peterws]
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      Reverse order.

      Teodor Looks like the secret police are spyinh on ya man! Excellent work for an hour`s graft. I like your philosophy!

      Saranoya These tunes can fly along sometimes. There`s everything to be said for holding back; they will sound more expressive and a lot nicer to listen to. Yours certainly does. It sings.

      [/b]Newman [b]Vintage Beatles. One o` mine`s coming up soon . . .Lovely expressive job as usual. Those guys will never be o o fashion.

      [/b]Sinophilia[b] D. Abbey is compulsive viewing for my missus. You`re making great progress. More!

      [/b]Lady payne[b] One o` my all time faves (S and G) HAS A HARPY SOUND TO IT WHICH FITS INTO A MEDIEVAl setting. Wonderful bit of inventive stuff in there too!

      [/b]Riddler[b] Monks mood - sounds like Monasterial re-mead-ial sophistication indeed!

      WeiyanA really good listen indeed! Yer piano`s sounding good too!

      Mohan Carthek Great! I liked the heavy/light contrast at the end particularly. The Clavs are good, aren`t they?

      Rickster Watch out, man. The Stones`ll have this off ya before ya know it . . .and Jagger Richards`ll get the royalties . . .


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      #2077708 - 05/05/13 03:02 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: peterws]
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      Wow, it is only the 5th, and the piano bar already has lots of great music.

      Mark - I love it when someone takes the time to record pieces to help others learn. I think your project sounds like a great idea!

      Teodor- You did a beautiful job with this piece. It says a lot about how much your music has progressed to have this much expression after only one hour with the piece.

      Saranoya I think your tempo worked very well for this piece. You played it very smoothly and musically. I think it would sound rushed at twice that tempo.

      Newman - You really have a nice voice. You do a beautiful job on these Lennon McCartney pieces. Maybe the dog was just showing his appreciationa and trying to harmonize. Your musical interlude worked well.

      Sinophilia - Excellent job on Downtown Abbey. You voiced the octaves well.

      Ladypayne - That is a really nice arrangement of Scarborough Fair, beautifully played.

      Riddler - I love the harmonies in this piece. Very nice, laid back, jazz.

      Weiyan- Nice job on the Haydn. The rhythm was very good and you let the melody sing over the accompaniment.

      Mohan Kartnik - That is a beautiful piece and you played it very sensitively. Very lovely.

      Rickster - Just Wow! That was really cooking. You had my foot tapping along. You are an inspiration.
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      #2077732 - 05/05/13 03:37 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Time must be going by fast. I've only gotten past the first page of listening.

      Newman - You have a great voice for these Beatles tunes! I have a Beatles song of my own playing coming up if I can just get a good recording. (No voice though I don't do singing)

      Teodor - You play so smooth, I can't believe you have just learned that so fast. It is very nice!

      Saranoya - The slower tempo to me seems fine for that. I think it sounds lovely!

      Ladypayne - Sounds like a very difficult piece that you played perfectly.

      Sinophilia - Beautiful playing. I listened to more of yours on the sound cloud and all sound so smooth.

      Weiyan - I always enjoy yours and your open piano. It is cool to watch and listen!

      Riddler - Sorry but this reminds me of the rain, which I am so tired of now. No I joke I do like it! Sounds like from an old movie.

      OK you have all inspired me to go work on my recording again!

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      #2077733 - 05/05/13 03:38 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: SwissMS]
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      Here is my entry for the month. This is a little soft Jazz piece called "Jazz Reflections". My husband liked this one!

      https://www.box.com/s/a9ph25v45ezylqdr1km2
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      #2077745 - 05/05/13 03:53 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Mohan --beautiful tune! I could listen to it repeatedly (and I have!)

      Rick -- such a showman you are. Wonderful performance!

      SwissMs -- I'm not into jazz only cause I have no real exposure to it. But, that was a pleasure to hear. Is there a jazz piano bar?
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      #2077794 - 05/05/13 05:30 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Here`s a hacked about ole Lennon McCartney one. . . . called "EL, Len or Rig.B?" It`s undisciplined I`m afraid . . . How on earth d`ya get a picture on here from Youtube vids?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gmS4iTw8fjw



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      #2077796 - 05/05/13 05:34 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: SwissMS]
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      Very polished style. Smooth as a glass of fine red . . I`ll have another! And you?
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      #2077799 - 05/05/13 05:38 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      SwissMS that was so nice your playing sounded very relaxed which I know is hard to do.

      peterws that was an amazing interpretation of a classic, nothing "hacked" about that performance
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      #2077942 - 05/05/13 10:19 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      While working on my paper I decided to listen to the piano bar. First chance I've had in a long time. I only have a few done so far.

      Teodor- Autumn scenery- I liked it!:)
      The etudes! Nice!:)
      Saranoya- I’m not familiar with this piece, but I like the way it sounds, and you did a good job on it.
      Newman- Your Mother should know- I liked it! I enjoy listening to you sing as well!:)
      Sinophilia- Downton Abbey- Very pretty! Sets the perfect mood for typing my essay
      Ladypayne- Sister I really miss our duets!:( maybe in four weeks we will have a chance to play some!:) Scarborough fair was very well played!
      Riddler- Monk’s Mood- I enjoyed this piece a lot. Very relaxing
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      #2078076 - 05/06/13 02:37 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      SwissMS - That's exactly the kind of music I'd love to play. So graceful.

      Rickster - When's your next gig? I'd buy tickets straight away! That's what I call having fun at the piano.

      peterws - Oh my, so many notes! Did you arrange this yourself? Such mastery.

      And thank you also to Codi and Augustina for the kind words.
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      #2078102 - 05/06/13 03:51 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      PeterWS - Not a hack by any stretch. An improvisation - yes. It certainly got my attention. I know I will NEVER reach that level of playing. Well done!
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      #2078143 - 05/06/13 06:47 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Newman]
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      Newman - NEVER say never! I`ll prob never improve although my classical stuff is doing, thanks to you lot. . . but I am havin` fun. And it costs nothing! That alone is enough to put a smile on any fella`s face . . . . whome
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      #2078163 - 05/06/13 08:02 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Mark, don’t know why you removed your first post. I thought your presentation was very good and I enjoyed listening to it. I hope no one said anything here to discourage you.

      Teodor, nice presentation. You have a great piano playing future ahead of you!

      Saranoya, for some reason, my computer would not play your piece… I was disapointed! I know it was great!

      Newman, I liked your presentation; sounds a lot like the Beatles music; great!

      sinophilia, I liked your piece! Sounds as good as any Classical music I’ve ever heard!

      Ladypayne, your playing is amazing and more sophisticated than I remember! Your skills are definitely improving and maturing, from what remember in the past.

      Riddler, very nice! I could imagine myself in an up-scale restaurant or lounge listing to that! Very impressive!

      Weiyan, I enjoyed your piece! Your playing is progressing nicely!

      Mohan Karthik, very nice! Soothing and comforting to listen to, and your playing was very accurate… as for me, hey, I make lots of mistakes; of course, you know the saying, “there is no such thing as a wrong note”. smile

      SwissMS, you play very well! I enjoyed your piece and I could listen to it over and over!

      Peterws, you play very well! Hey, I like “fast fingers” and you have em’. Great job!

      And, thanks for the comments on my performance, All! As far as me being a good “showman” hey, when you are not a very good musician, (like me) you have to draw from other strengths! smile

      All the best! smile

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      #2078197 - 05/06/13 09:19 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Rickster]
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      Thank you Rick!
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      #2078208 - 05/06/13 09:30 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Teodor]
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      peterws - Fantastic improv of Eleanor Rigby. I love the secondary melody playing through it. You really have a lot going on in this piece. Very impressive work!
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      #2078220 - 05/06/13 09:49 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      peterws - Wow very amazing!

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      #2078228 - 05/06/13 10:17 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Thanks you all, for your encouraging words. TBH, I work on the basis of regularly hitting wrong notes. The hardest thing for me is to play a piece o` music AS WRITTEN! Those words strike fear into my inmost being . . . Neither my eyesight memory (I often forget what key I`m supposed to be in) or concentration are up to much. And why hit only one note when 5 will suffice? Have Fun!
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      #2078532 - 05/06/13 08:02 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Peterws: Its nice to hear your piano singing Lennon McCartney's song. The video is very nice. In Tim Richard's book, first part of the piece is written. The second part is left hand rhythm and let the right hand improvise. This is big big big challenge to me.

      SwissMS: I like the Jazz Reflections too.
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      #2078721 - 05/07/13 08:51 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: SwissMS]
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      Very enjoyable SwissMS,

      I have some "beginner" books that I bought on the recommendation of casinitaly. Haven't gotten into them much as yet but I am looking forward to seeing how I like learning this genre. Your submission is certainly an inspiration to take a close look soon. Thanks!
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      #2079314 - 05/08/13 01:22 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Well, nothing to watch but never mind. We can`t have this dropping off the edge; May`s not half done! (Too much going on elsewhere methinks)
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      #2079551 - 05/08/13 10:59 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Sinophilia~ great work on Downtown Abbey. I listened to a couple other tunes on your page. Very nice music you choose to play and how you play it.

      Mohan Karthik~ Welcome to the piano bar! Thank you for sharing your arrangement of the famous Bollywood Song. I like how it speeds up as it gains in intensity. Nicely done!

      Rickster~ Great to see you again in the piano bar! Hope you are fine. I always enjoy your energetic, foot-tapping blues piano. Thank you for your music.

      SwissMS~ That was a most excellent arrangement you created. I really liked your careful delivery of this ballad-at-times tune.

      Saranoya~ I very much enjoy Burgmuller – he wrote very interesting pieces and studies. You were really listening to yourself play and express the music. I really liked it.

      Ladypayne~ your arrangement of Scarborough Fair was great. It’d be great to hear you play it with other instrumentalists.

      Ed~ Monk’s Mood is fantastic! You bring out so many great aspects of the melody. Wow, very rich sounding. Great work, indeed!

      Newman~ you knocked that one out of the park! Absolutely great. You continue to add new elements refinements to your arrangements - so very entertaining. That one’s a keeper.

      Teodor~ Autumn Scenenery was really nice. I like the camera angle and your sense of touch on the piano – it gets better each month.

      Peterws~ LNRRigby was really animated and entertaining. It sounded to me like you were really having a great time playing that song!

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      #2079908 - 05/09/13 04:09 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Since this is recital month and the bar is slow, I will put my foot in the water here for the first time. This is a simple piece from Keith Snell's Essential Piano Repertoire Level One:

      Morning Song
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        #2079919 - 05/09/13 04:28 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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        very nice scorpio. I ordered Keith Snell's Essential Piano Repertoire Level three still waiting three weeks later
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        #2079925 - 05/09/13 04:42 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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        Since the piano bar is apparently slow, here is my first piece for PW posted late last month in the Ecco Fatto Café

        https://www.box.com/s/v5l0k7ps4lu9atw3ahng

        I have been playing for five and a half months, this piece Fandango, is from Alfred's Piano course book 3


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        #2079927 - 05/09/13 04:48 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: earlofmar]
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        earlofmar, bravo! Quite impressive. I look forward to your Snell's Level 3 pieces.

        I've been doing this for 4.5 months; I have alot of distance to make up to get to your level.
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          #2079969 - 05/09/13 06:15 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          Thank you scopio, it is amazing in these early days how much a month or two can make. I started Fandango a couple of months ago and had to wait a while until ability caught up to ambition
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          #2079975 - 05/09/13 06:32 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: earlofmar]
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          Scorpio - short and sweet
          earlofmar - for just a few months that sounds pretty good to me.
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          #2080081 - 05/09/13 11:56 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: peterws]
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          Originally Posted By: peterws
          Here`s a hacked about ole Lennon McCartney one. . . . called "EL, Len or Rig.B?" It`s undisciplined I`m afraid . . . How on earth d`ya get a picture on here from Youtube vids?

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gmS4iTw8fjw


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          #2080124 - 05/10/13 02:28 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          earlofmar: The Fandango is well played. Its your music flowing.
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          #2080127 - 05/10/13 02:48 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Weiyan]
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          earlofmar: The Fandango is well played. Its your music flowing.


          Thankyou Weiyan, interestingly I was just reading about trying to feel the music one is playing.
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          #2080186 - 05/10/13 06:59 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          This is my mid month contribution.

          Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini
          from the Paramount Picture Hatari!

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          #2080191 - 05/10/13 07:16 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          thanks for sharing Weiyan, has that distinctive Mancini sound that is just wonderful, guaranteed to make you smile
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          #2080261 - 05/10/13 10:23 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: earlofmar]
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          Scorpio - Very nice first submission! You have made a lot of progress in a short time!

          Earlomar - I love the Fandango. You played it very confidently.

          Weiyan - Great job on the Mancini. You really had it cooking long!
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          #2080282 - 05/10/13 11:16 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          earlofmar~ Welcome to the piano bar! Great touch you have there with your first posting of Fandango! It's amazing you've been playing for only five months and you play so very well. Look forward to more from you - thank you for your music.

          Scorpio~ Morning Song is very carefully played. That Diabelli wrote some very nice melodies and you picked a good one to play. I really enjoyed it. Look forward to more of your music.

          Weiyan~ Great Baby Elephant Walk! Your sense of time is improving and you are playing more relaxed than before. It's great to see and you unisons are better, although some of the mid-bass can use some shoring up! Great work. With those boogie pieces, time/steady tempo is key. That ending made me smile!
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          #2080284 - 05/10/13 11:18 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          Here's a quick tune called, Slow Move

          Glen

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          #2080291 - 05/10/13 11:30 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          Beautiful, Glen!

          And, your Steinway sounds fabulous! smile

          How long have you been playing? Seems like you've mastered the piano to a very high level!

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          #2080351 - 05/10/13 01:41 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          Earlofmar . Great going, man! really flowin` . . good clean sound flowing around

          Scopio Very lovely touch. Sounds real good. A simple song played well.

          Weiyan The boogie`s on its Weiy - an exemplary rendition. Great LH work, tricky bits in the RH - It`ll rock very soon, methinks. I was waiting for a rattly ending after the "Good evening friends" bit - but got a nice chord instead!

          Inlanding How`s Tony Bennett these days? Surely, music to get drunk to. . . .RELAX!
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          #2080470 - 05/10/13 06:40 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          Thanks for the wonderful comments Inlanding & peterws.

          Inlanding your piece nothing short of remarkable, something to aspire too.
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          #2080485 - 05/10/13 07:23 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          Glen: The old time jazz feel of the Slow is very nice.
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          some of the mid-bass can use some shoring up

          Thank you for your kindly suggestion. Could you explain the shoring up? Thank you.
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          #2080486 - 05/10/13 07:23 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: earlofmar]
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          In Landing - Wow some great RH work there! The LH chord pattern underneath - very Gershwin bluesy to me - nice.
          Weiyan - speaking of RH work you did some pretty good RH licks there.
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          #2080566 - 05/11/13 01:05 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Newman]
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          Well, I must be getting somewhere in my learning because (the roughness of my playing aside) this one didn't seem so hard. Pretty quick and easy to learn.


          Cry Baby Cry (Lennon_McCartney)

          Just a little fun at the intro.
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          #2080577 - 05/11/13 01:52 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Newman]
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          Newman Ah do beeeleeeve . . . that is your best yet! Pure Lennon! Uncanny resemblance . . . Most excellent! I`d like to hear Swiss Maid . .
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          #2080584 - 05/11/13 02:31 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          This is a recording from a live gig.

          Softly as in the Morning Sunrise
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          #2080607 - 05/11/13 04:27 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: jazzwee]
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          OOOOHH!! What fun! MORE music to get drunk to! Cleo Laine . . .plus band, Nice Band man!
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          #2080644 - 05/11/13 07:15 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: jazzwee]
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          This is a recording from a live gig.

          Softly as in the Morning Sunrise
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          Enjoy!


          Great jazzwee, must be great to play with wonderful muscians
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          #2080645 - 05/11/13 07:19 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Newman]
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          Well, I must be getting somewhere in my learning because (the roughness of my playing aside) this one didn't seem so hard. Pretty quick and easy to learn.


          Cry Baby Cry (Lennon_McCartney)

          Just a little fun at the intro.


          Newman, I won't keep on going on about it(promise) but your voice is so good, it has one thing all great singers have - character. Your piano playing dam good too.
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          #2080696 - 05/11/13 09:26 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: earlofmar]
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          Newman, I won't keep on going on about it(promise) but your voice is so good, it has one thing all great singers have - character. Your piano playing dam good too.


          Thank you. Appreciated.
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          #2080705 - 05/11/13 09:37 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: peterws]
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          Newman Ah do beeeleeeve . . . that is your best yet! Pure Lennon! Uncanny resemblance . . . Most excellent! I`d like to hear Swiss Maid . .


          Why, thank you. (Swiss Maid?)
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          #2080903 - 05/11/13 03:35 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Newman]
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          Sorry! That was Del Shannon . . . . I got mixed up with Norwegian wood... .
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          #2081033 - 05/11/13 08:30 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: peterws]
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          I play Norwegian Wood - on guitar (couldn't see it as a piano piece).
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          #2082182 - 05/13/13 11:23 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          I'll be the first to say that my version sounds uneven. Another work in progress. Needs some fine tuning for sure. Plus I can't decide if I like this piece slower or faster. I'm posting the faster version.

          Here you go earlofmar! My Prelude in C major

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          #2082343 - 05/14/13 09:31 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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          Inlanding - that was enjoyable. Set the right mood for me.

          Newman - great Lennon/McCartney as always. Do you have a suggestion for a good "easy piano" Beatles book?

          jazzwee - when I first heard this, it was at night with the lights down. I had this existential experience like I was right in the room, with drink in hand. Thank you.

          ElleC - wow! Very impressed. I started in January too (ugh!) I need to buckle up and get moving.
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            #2082348 - 05/14/13 09:45 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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            scorpio, don't worry, I stopped comparing myself to ElleC or earlofmar as soon as I heard their first recording! I think they come from some other planet wink
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            #2082584 - 05/14/13 05:50 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: sinophilia]
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            scorpio, don't worry, I stopped comparing myself to ElleC or earlofmar as soon as I heard their first recording! I think they come from some other planet wink


            Too kind sinophilia, but I have only submitted one piece which sounded not too bad. The forum will probably never get to hear the endless repetitive practice and wrong notes that make my normal day at the piano.
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            #2082587 - 05/14/13 05:56 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: earlofmar]
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            ElleC - your prelude in C was wonderful, full of the dynamics I would like to put into my version. Only playing since January and then being able to perform this give yourself a pat on the back.
            I agree it is difficult to know the speed at which to play as it seems to take on new character in both slow and faster tempo's.
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            #2082691 - 05/14/13 09:41 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: earlofmar]
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            Hi all,
            Once again i could not master the technical requirement to post it to the recital. Also something happended to my zoom - it seems to be skipping and having some syncronization issue. Also I am singing with it once again (LOL) and overall not so hot performance. I need to improve this before I go to Summerkey in August.
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            #2083003 - 05/15/13 09:26 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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            FarmGirl - I like it, very nice playing.

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            #2083244 - 05/15/13 05:47 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: earlofmar]
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            ElleC - your prelude in C was wonderful, full of the dynamics I would like to put into my version. Only playing since January and then being able to perform this give yourself a pat on the back.
            I agree it is difficult to know the speed at which to play as it seems to take on new character in both slow and faster tempo's.


            Thank you! I just listened to yours in ABF recital...you did a good job! You ought to be proud of yourself. Quite honestly, I started to play it 2 months into learning the piano. Gave it up for a bit cause for some reason it just never sounded good on my digital. Then I picked it up again 2 weeks ago and had my teacher brush over stuff with me. Playing this piece on acoustic was more fun for sure.
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            #2083509 - 05/16/13 04:59 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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            Farm Girl - that seems to be a tricky piece. Well Done.
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            #2083516 - 05/16/13 05:14 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: scorpio]
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            Inlanding - ...

            Newman - great Lennon/McCartney as always. Do you have a suggestion for a good "easy piano" Beatles book?

            ...


            Thanks.

            As I don't read music I'm not sure if what I have is 'easy piano'. I'll PM you.
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            #2084283 - 05/17/13 04:08 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: ElleC]
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            ElleC Didn`t ya do well? Your piano sounds fine and the music flows. Have ye a goodly one . .!
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            #2084286 - 05/17/13 04:13 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: FarmGirl]
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            Lovely work, Farmgirl! Interaction between LH & RH is magic; Well Done You!
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            #2084567 - 05/18/13 04:51 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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            My contribution to this bar 3hearts

            Long, Long Ago (by T.H Bayly) in Suzuki Piano School Volume 1
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            #2084604 - 05/18/13 07:49 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: mattroilanh_tt]
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            Long, Long Ago (by T.H Bayly) in Suzuki Piano School Volume 1

            Very nice! thumb
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              #2084609 - 05/18/13 08:01 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: scorpio]
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              Very nice! thumb


              Thank you. I still need to figure out how to play the left hand softer than the right hand laugh
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              #2085012 - 05/19/13 01:08 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: mattroilanh_tt]
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              #2085184 - 05/19/13 12:30 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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              Mine needs some vocals, wish I could sing. I drifted off for the ending (sorry for the poor video quality). I hope everyone is having a great spring, or fall if you are in the southern hemisphere. My May contribution:



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              #2085303 - 05/19/13 04:01 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: mattroilanh_tt]
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              Lovely sounding keyboard which flowed well with the tune. Keep `em coming! You do well!
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              #2085311 - 05/19/13 04:25 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Elssa]
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              "More" in G ha ha - Used to play this loadsa times wi the band . . . Andy Williams . . Orchestral arrangement such as yours goes well! Love the runs too!
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              #2085316 - 05/19/13 04:31 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Codi]
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              Hello Codi - Sounds like a Lennon song. I foind poplar music harder to play than many classics; too many inflections in the vocals which are all written down! You played confidently; fair laid into this with gusto and a bit of aggression . . . !Too much fun, lass!
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              #2085656 - 05/20/13 09:49 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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              Second piece I play from Einaudi's In a Time Lapse. I'm sticking to the easier ones for now...



              Edited by Allard (05/20/13 09:49 AM)
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              #2086016 - 05/20/13 09:23 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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              Allard - wonderful playing, I so enjoy this composer's style
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              #2086019 - 05/20/13 09:25 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Codi]
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              Mine needs some vocals, wish I could sing. I drifted off for the ending (sorry for the poor video quality). I hope everyone is having a great spring, or fall if you are in the southern hemisphere. My May contribution:




              Most enjoyable Codi, we all wish we could sing lol
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              #2086020 - 05/20/13 09:25 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Elssa]
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              This is fantastic playing
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              #2086194 - 05/21/13 10:18 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: earlofmar]
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              I have gotten behind on the Piano Bar, keeping up with the recital, and I was away for a week in Spain. (It rained there, too.) Oh well.

              Inlanding/Glen - I loved the pensive, relaxed quality of your composition. Very nice!

              Newman - Excellent presentation of this Lennon/McCartney classic. You have a very expressive voice, and the accompaniment was nicely minimized to let the vocal shine. Nice job!

              ElleC - You did a nice job on the prelude in C. The movement between hands was seamless.

              FarmGirl - Beautiful job on the Fugue. The voices were very clear and balanced. I sorry you couldn't get in the recital due to your recording problems, and I am glad you decided to share the piece here!

              Mattriolanh - Very nice playing. The rhythm was nice and steady.

              Elssa - Your playing is wonderful, as always. This had a nice wistful character to it. I really enjoyed it.

              Codi - Nice arrangement of this beatles classic. Well played.

              Allard - Beautiful Einaudi interpretation and you played it well. Your piano has a lovely tone.
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              #2086546 - 05/22/13 01:08 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: peterws]
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              Originally Posted By: peterws
              "More" in G ha ha - Used to play this loadsa times wi the band . . . Andy Williams . . Orchestral arrangement such as yours goes well! Love the runs too!


              Thanks, Peter.. Runs are such fun to play - and teach (www.LearnPianoWithElssa.com). smile Your "Eleanor Rigby" was just brilliant! Wonderful arrangement and improv. Did you play/arrange that by ear?

              Here's another one that Andy Williams recorded:

              Speak Softly Love (Godfather Theme)




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              #2086551 - 05/22/13 01:44 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Elssa]
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              SwissMiss ~ I really enjoyed your "Jazz Reflections" - so smooth and flowing. smile
              Earlofmar ~ Fandango was terrific - very well done. thumb

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              #2086587 - 05/22/13 04:58 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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              Mattroilanh – is that a children’s tune of some sort?
              Elssa - swirling into our consciousness again – I love those tunes.
              Codi – an interesting choice and pretty difficult (from my pov). You are progressing amazingly
              Allard – they are very moody those pieces aren’t they? Well played.
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              #2086589 - 05/22/13 05:08 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Newman]
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              Mattroilanh – is that a children’s tune of some sort?


              It is a folk song. The lyric by Thomas Haynes Bayly is quite mature ^^ You can find the lyric here .
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              #2086693 - 05/22/13 10:09 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Elssa]
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              Elssa, every tune I get me grubby mitts on gets "doctored" in some way . . . No point in buying music just to hack it to pieces . . . wink
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              #2086719 - 05/22/13 11:02 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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              My another submission:

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              #2086843 - 05/22/13 02:13 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Allard]
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              Nice performance again Allard. Not familiar with Einaudi's works at all but this sounds hauntingly beautiful. I like the way your hands move over the keys (also in Cristofori's Dream)...adds so much drama and flow.

              Originally Posted By: Allard
              Second piece I play from Einaudi's In a Time Lapse. I'm sticking to the easier ones for now...

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              #2086847 - 05/22/13 02:16 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: FarmGirl]
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              Farmgirl that was wonderful! When i saw Christopher O'riley perform his transcriptions of listz...i noticed him singing (or mouthing something) a lot while playing. So it must be a good pianist thing? wink

              Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
              Hi all,
              Once again i could not master the technical requirement to post it to the recital. Also something happended to my zoom - it seems to be skipping and having some syncronization issue. Also I am singing with it once again (LOL) and overall not so hot performance. I need to improve this before I go to Summerkey in August.
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              #2086948 - 05/22/13 05:24 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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              Before the month is over...here's one last contribution for the month of May. It's my 3rd week in to this piece so there's still quite a lot of improvement to work on especially on the 2nd part of the song and not to mention the incredibly fast tempo that I probably will never be able to do. Though I must say that I like this song much slower than the suggested tempo.

              Here's my (working) version of Burgmuller Op. 100, No. 7 - Clear Stream
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              #2086968 - 05/22/13 06:05 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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              that is a nice piece ElleC and nicely played. I do love recurring patterns so this one would suit me to the ground........if I could fit in another piece.

              It is so pretty when played at the slower tempo, takes nothing away if not enhances it
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              #2087109 - 05/23/13 12:43 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: peterws]
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              Originally Posted By: peterws
              Elssa, every tune I get me grubby mitts on gets "doctored" in some way . . . No point in buying music just to hack it to pieces . . . wink

              Peter, I'm like you - never buy sheet music arrangements. I either figure the chords/melody out by ear or get a little help from a site like this: www.wikifonia.com or a fake/real book. I think it's so much more fun to be creative and make up your own arrangements with runs & fills. (www.LearnPianoWithElssa.com)

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              #2087274 - 05/23/13 10:26 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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              ElleC: You're doing really well with the Burgmuller! I went and picked up my NEW CASIO PRIVIA PX-150 today! Soooooo... I made a video. :P I was glad to find a piece that sounds decent but I only had to read through a few times. Pity the syncing went quite out. frown

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              #2087278 - 05/23/13 10:32 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Maechre]
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              Maechre, Congrats on your new board! May it serve you well...
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                #2087279 - 05/23/13 10:34 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                Well as usual I am not satisfied but wanted to contribute anyway. The first attempt to record was an epic fail, second badly executed, third pretty darn good but failed to push "record", fourth Zoom stopped 36 seconds in and said. "No more room on card" mad cursing Deleted some practice stuff and here's my effort. Nothing like flubbing the very last note `eh? grin

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                #2087351 - 05/23/13 11:48 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Ragdoll]
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                Ragdoll, what a fun tune, I enjoyed it. Keep 'em coming! thumb
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                  #2087422 - 05/23/13 01:25 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: scorpio]
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                  Thanks scorpio, it is fun to play. It's still a bit heavy in the left hand (supposed to be staccato) which I'm currently working on.
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                  #2087462 - 05/23/13 02:29 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  Hey Maechre, congratulations on the new piano! I put my hands on one today, ivory feel keys, right?

                  Everybody is playing so well... I particularly enjoy Elssa's cocktail style and Ragdoll's ragtime!
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                  #2087556 - 05/23/13 05:31 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  nice one Ragdoll
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                  #2087684 - 05/23/13 10:48 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: sinophilia]
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                  Thanks Diana, `twas a nightmare trying to get it recorded. eek
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                  #2087686 - 05/23/13 10:49 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: earlofmar]
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                  Thanks for the kind words earlofmar.
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                  #2087765 - 05/24/13 04:21 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: sinophilia]
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                  Yes! And most grand pianos I've played don't have that finish, so it's not what I associate with a "grand piano feel", but I LOVE the keys, and what I love most is it gets rid of the plasticky feeling and feels like you're playing something worthy.
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                  #2088361 - 05/24/13 11:30 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Ragdoll]
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                  Nice rag, Ragdoll!
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                  #2088415 - 05/25/13 04:58 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  Mattriolanh - coming along well
                  ElleC - you are playing very well after such a short time.
                  BTW I too wish I had started on piano years ago!
                  Ragdoll - I wouldn't have a snowflakes chance of playing a ragtime piece. Now, I'm sure you people will think I think of nothing else ... but, I immediately heard "If I'd been out" (from 'When I'm 64')in the first part of the melody. Hmmm
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                  #2088442 - 05/25/13 07:00 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Newman]
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                  Msttriollahn tt- A very pretty melody, well played!

                  ElleC - Great job on the Burgmuller. I really like this piece. You can really hear the babbling brook effect in it. Nice!

                  Maechre - Very nice, relaxed playing of Hedwick's theme. It gives it a very mysterious air.

                  Ragdoll - What a fun Rag! Very nicely played!

                  Here is my second submission of the month. This is another of my "lonely piano" pieces that I play when I find an available piano where ever. Just easy listening. There is a hand fake in the middle when I forgot which octave I wanted to play the left hand on, LOL. wink

                  Trevi Fountain:

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                  #2088446 - 05/25/13 07:11 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  That was quite wonderful SwissMS, I really had to look for the fake and if you had not mentioned it would have been unaware.
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                  #2088499 - 05/25/13 10:48 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: SwissMS]
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                  Very nicely played SwissMs. Thanks for your kind words re: my ragtime piece, you too Jazzwee.

                  Newman, I didn't hear that but you may be right. I just played it, Nancy Faber wrote it. grin Thanks for the encouragement though.

                  Edit: I don't know why I thanked Jazzwee instead of Whizbang. Cognative dissonance I guess. blush


                  Edited by Ragdoll (05/26/13 08:30 AM)
                  Edit Reason: A slight brain fart on my thanks
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                  #2088783 - 05/25/13 07:35 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  SwissMS - Nice. From a movie? I was fascinated to watch your pedalling (no one else includes in video). Being self taught I've just 'done it' but it seemed to me you right pedal a moment after fingering the keys - I do it at the same time. Can you enlighten me?
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                  #2088985 - 05/26/13 02:12 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Newman]
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                  Originally Posted By: Newman
                  SwissMS ... Being self taught I've just 'done it' but it seemed to me you right pedal a moment after fingering the keys - I do it at the same time. Can you enlighten me?


                  Yes, the pedal change follows a split second after playing the note. That maintains the legato without muddying with the pedal. If you pedal simultaneously with playing the key you risk a break in the legato, especially if you have a jump. I hope that helps!
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                  #2089437 - 05/26/13 07:46 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: SwissMS]
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                  Originally Posted By: SwissMS
                  Originally Posted By: Newman
                  SwissMS ... Being self taught I've just 'done it' but it seemed to me you right pedal a moment after fingering the keys - I do it at the same time. Can you enlighten me?


                  Yes, the pedal change follows a split second after playing the note. That maintains the legato without muddying with the pedal. If you pedal simultaneously with playing the key you risk a break in the legato, especially if you have a jump. I hope that helps!


                  Thanks. I've googled it and done some reading. I somehow doubt I will ever adopt the "proper" technique. After 40 something years of syncing my hands and feet (and singing at the same time) I am unlikely to introduce such a complicating factor!
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                  #2090844 - 05/28/13 06:15 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Maechre]
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                  Maechre - Well done on your new Joanna . . . enjoy, man! grin
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                  #2090847 - 05/28/13 06:18 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Ragdoll]
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                  You enjoy all the hassle associated with recording, we can tell . . . sounds good lass! Keep rockin`. . .
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                  #2090849 - 05/28/13 06:22 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: SwissMS]
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                  Hello Swiss - Great tune you just played . . . so sweet! Nice nice! Noticed the off beat pedalling . . .I`ll have to try that . .
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                  #2090931 - 05/28/13 09:39 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: peterws]
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                  You enjoy all the hassle associated with recording, we can tell . . . sounds good lass! Keep rockin`. . .


                  Thanks for your kind words Peter, yes the recording of things is the hardest part still. Never seems to go just right grin
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                  #2091052 - 05/29/13 12:18 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  I hardly ever check out the Piano Bar, but I took a look and have some comments from random posts in the middle of the month:

                  Jazzwee -- Amazing... Your "Softly" recording does indeed give you the "I'm right there" feeling. Your singer is fantastic (not to take anything away from the rest of the band). How are you recording this? Straight off the board?

                  Glen -- Smooth, very smooth. I've heard you play on recitals and you make it sound easy. You also make it look easy, but it's obviously not so easy, having looked now (if that makes sense).

                  Newman -- I 2nd the comments re: your voice... very easy to listen to.

                  ElleC -- Chronologically you're about 1 year behind me. Capabilitally (to coin a word), you are waaaaaay ahead. I took BWV 846 for a little test drive the other day (jumping ahead in The Piano Handbook) and realized I'm not at all ready for it. You are streaking along like a rocket compared to many of the rest of us.

                  Originally Posted By: sinophilia
                  scorpio, don't worry, I stopped comparing myself to ElleC or earlofmar as soon as I heard their first recording! I think they come from some other planet wink

                  Exactly! +1

                  FarmGirl -- I'll take you over Glen Gould any day! smile

                  SwissMS -- I like that angle where we can see your pedal work. Very nicely done (on all accounts, not just the pedal).


                  Edited by aTallGuyNH (05/29/13 12:19 AM)
                  Edit Reason: I can't proofread worth a darn apparently
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                  #2091054 - 05/29/13 12:24 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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                  Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
                  I hardly ever check out the Piano Bar, but I took a look and have some comments from random posts in the middle of the month:

                  Almost forgot... it was Ragdoll that brought me here in the first place... Nice job on the rag there!
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                  #2091131 - 05/29/13 04:10 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  Its end of May, I have to catch up make sure not miss a piece of good music.

                  Newman: I like your old day's voice. Your singing is authentic. The synthesizer comp. is very cool.

                  Jazzwee: Its true music.

                  ElleC: Your rendition of Bach Prelude I is so good. You had controlled the dynamic well. The tempo is comfortable. At 1:30, the accelerated tempo raised the tension. Finally resolve with slower tempo. I appreciate your creativity in tempo. The Burgmuller piece is very good.

                  FarmGirl: Its not easy to improve, since your playing is very good already. The tempo is stable and dynamic is natural.

                  mattroilanh: Very cool rendition of Long Long Ago. Chant Arabe, your LH rhythm is stable. Its a nice piece.

                  Elssa: You put your digital piano to the limit. Your rendition of MORE is very nice. The God Father Theme is my favor piece too.

                  Codi: Its summer now in my city. Your playing is very good. I wish I could sing but I can't. I think your piano need some tuning.

                  Allard: You are our Einaudi expert. Your playing is professional.
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                  #2091134 - 05/29/13 04:15 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  This is my second rendition of Bach Prelude I, WTC. This is an easy piece, but always improve when play again.

                  I am going to record this piece again next month. My new digital cam arrived. I test with new digital cam find out audio quality and video quality improve a lot. Mistakes are uncovered with new equipment.

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                  #2091138 - 05/29/13 04:34 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  Nice one Weiyan, I took on this piece last month and definitely did not find it easy but then I was overstretching......just a bit.
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                  #2091309 - 05/29/13 11:08 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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                  Almost forgot... it was Ragdoll that brought me here in the first place...


                  smirk Ahhh then it is working. Thanks TallGuy
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                  #2091561 - 05/29/13 06:35 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  Getting a bit near the end o` May, but - here goes. New Piano! Guess what . . .

                  https://soundcloud.com/peterws7/make-you-feel-my-love
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                  #2091697 - 05/29/13 10:13 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  That was fabulous Peter! I totally sang along with your rendition smile
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                  #2091706 - 05/29/13 10:23 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  That's very nice. The sound is clear.
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                  #2091895 - 05/30/13 02:09 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Weiyan]
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                  WEIYAN Sounded right nice, man! Has your piano been tuned?
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                  #2091911 - 05/30/13 03:34 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  Weiyan - v good work from you again.
                  Peter - I've never heard the tune before (I now have). good work. Will you sing next time? smile
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                  #2091967 - 05/30/13 08:00 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                  Here's one for all you "Good People", cheers!

                  https://www.box.com/s/0462oezmltwtu874nthu

                  (I had so much fun with this tune.)
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                    #2091988 - 05/30/13 08:38 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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                    well played scorpio, taken from the Alfred book 1 I see with quite a few accidentals.....must have been tricky. Love those chords.......you nailed it. Thanks for sharing
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                    #2092007 - 05/30/13 09:39 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: peterws]
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                    https://soundcloud.com/peterws7/make-you-feel-my-love


                    Just wonderful peterws...you played so nicely I listened to it twice. Tell us about your new piano please. grin
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                    #2092155 - 05/30/13 01:12 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Ragdoll]
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                    Weiyan - Nice job on Prelude in C! Great sound with your new set up.

                    peterws - Truly beautiful playing! That is such a nice, rich arrangement as well! So what kind of piano did you get??

                    Earlomar - Great job with Good People. It sounded like you were having fun. Nice clean chords!
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                    #2092302 - 05/30/13 04:53 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: SwissMS]
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                    Hi Swiss/Ragdoll - I got a Steinway "D" classical recording BA (modified) . . . .cost me 85 smackeroos . . . .(Pianoteq)


                    Edited by peterws (05/30/13 04:55 PM)
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                    #2092346 - 05/30/13 05:54 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: scorpio]
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                    Scorpio A bluesy piece played fluently! Bluesy pieces are great fun . . .Have agood one!
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                    #2092397 - 05/30/13 08:13 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: peterws]
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                    Originally Posted By: peterws
                    WEIYAN Sounded right nice, man! Has your piano been tuned?


                    Yes. Its was tuned a few days ago. It should sound better if open the cover. It has hollow sound even opened the top cover.
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