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Mohan - I liked that. A very full sound (wish I could do that Riddler - As someone else noted. A slow bluesy swing. Really nice. Piano sounds good too. Yester - Nice work. So many buttons on that piano!
Loc: Newcastle, Australia
I first attempted this piece about four months ago (seems like an endless age gone past) and my fingers could not even get the simple intro so it was put aside onto the wish list. A subsequent restart saw me struggle with the timing of the melody bursts and required further time for things to settle in. Now I am an eight month veteran it's a little easier to play but more important I just want to get this one out there and set it free.
I thought I understood endurance sport; then I took up piano XXXIII-4-XXX
Been M.I.A and I haven't had a chance to listen to everyone's entries yet. But, here's my version of River Flows in You by Yiruma. This is a work in progress. I'm about 90% into learning the sheet music. I improvised a bit especially towards the end cause I haven't gotten there yet. Also since I haven't had lesson in 2.5 weeks, I don't know what my teacher is gonna say about my version. When I started this with her, I was still at the very beginning of the song.
Adult beginner since January 2013. My only regret is that I didn't learn sooner.
EarlofMar - I'm no expert in these matters but but it seems to me you have very good hand independence considering your 8 months. LadyPayne - I don't know the tune but it has the ring of a turn of the century folk piece. ? ellec - a pretty tune
Loc: Newcastle, Australia
Thankyou for the kind comments Yester, Peterws & Newman.
To Newman as you approached the very early lyric "endless rain into a paper cup" I wondered will he/won't he.......it was odd not to hear it without John's Liverpudlian accent as he distorts "cup". That's not a criticism just an observation for yours was not a impersonation but a great rendition.
I thought I understood endurance sport; then I took up piano XXXIII-4-XXX
Thanks, earlofmar, I appreciate that. While a few here have commented how at times I do sound like Lennon. I take it as a compliment. It comes partly naturally and partly as a result of several decades of listening to and singing Beatles songs. Now it just comes out that way. But, thanks, it's not meant to be impersonation.
Amaruk, Ed, Stumbler~ Thank you so much for your kind comments.
Mohan~ Great piano playing. I've not heard the tune before, but you make it sound fantastic.
Newman~ It's been a long time since I've heard Across The Universe. You bring out the ballad-ness of it quite nicely. You have such an affinity with the Beatles music and it shows every time. This was a great way to start the day - thank you for your music.
Earlofmar~ Thank you for bringing out your, A Very Special Day, to the Piano Bar! You play it with a great deal of sensitivity and control. It's amazing to me you've been playing 8 months - so very relaxed. This is great and I look forward to more of your music.
ElleC~ Never heard of this music. It's a sweet sounding ballad and it's clear to me you are playing the music, not just the notes. Your teacher will very much like the progress you've made with it.
earlofmar: Nicely done. You can see you are a bit hesitant between some phrases which will only come with practice time!
ElleC: That was cool, you seem so comfortable with everything and it comes through in the sound for me. You have a neat ear for holding tempo, not rushing certain parts and changing sufficiently where you feel it should. Sounded good!
Had left for a while. Glen: Einaudi's Indaco is nicely played. The improvisation is very nice. I like the combo. Brent H: Your singing and the comp is very ear pleasing. Thank you for explaining the technology too. Peterws: Misty, my favorite. Well played. The ending seems missed something. The French Suit is very nice. BillM: Listening to your singing is enjoyable. Riddler: I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues is so nice. I hope I could sing too. Yester: Welcome. Your recording is very good. Ladypayne: The Whispering Hope arrangement is very good. Amaruk: The In Dreams is well arranged and your kids' vocal are so nice. Mohan Karthik: Good. Newman: Your voice is charming. Earlofmar: Nicely played. You improved a lot in eight months. ElleC: Your arrangement is very good.
Hi Good morning, This is my contribution to this month's piano bar. Had posted a year ago. A few days ago I played this piece again and liked the newer rendering. Practice for few days and take record.
My Way Composed by Claude Francois and Jacques Revaus From Hal Leonardo Harmonica Series
Glen, nice touch with these two comps. Both very pretty and nicely executed.
Brent, nice arrangements. Some fine playing here and GREAT voice. Nice to hear you here and look forward to hearing more.
Cool sound with these standards, Glen. Sorry can't help with the names but you had me dancin'.
Peterws - I get Misty just listening to this (true, and a long story ...) nicely played.
Bill, fabulous production here. Very well done.
Riddler, nice changes. Very fine playing and polished performance. Well done.
Yester, very fine. Really nicely done. Very clean and nice interpretation. Look forward to hearing more from you.
Ladypayne, this is a fun listen. Very enjoyable. Nice playing.
Amaruk, you are really great with these productions. This is like really good stuff. You could win competitions with this. Kids are adorable ... and fine playing of course too. Really good.
Mohan, very rich and full sound. Nicely done.
Newman, very pretty song. Very nicely performed.
OK, now I'm running out of steam for today.
It is nice to be back. I've always been lurking but I've pre-occupied with life events of late and haven't been too active. I miss it.
I'll get back here this week and catch up on the others I've missed so far this month and maybe have another tune to share (I have a backlog.)
Meanwhile, here is a piece I heard performed very nicely in the June Bar. It got me thinking of how pretty this tune really is, and worth saving. It is one of the very first pieces I ever learned. It is called ...
Glen: I hadn't heard that Einaudi before, but it's lovely! I always have a hard time with making his stuff sound musical, so I'm particularly in awe of how smooth yours sounds.
I love your stuff with the virtual combo. How do you even make that work? I just picked up a jazz book and would love to try some of that eventually - I didn't even know you could.
Brent H: I'm sort of a jazz standards junkie (and still need to find time to learn how to play them properly) so this made my day. Very nice version of this wonderful song.
Peterws: I really like your take on 'Misty'. I've never warmed up to it the way some others do, but I really love this version.
BillM: Your voice is fantastic, truly. A really heartfelt rendition of this.
Riddler: I'm also a fan of the Louis Armstrong version! I like this solo version too, though. You did a great job with it.
Yester: It didn't sound shaky at all. To me, it sounded confident and right on point.
Ladypayne: I really liked the middle section. I'd never heard this hymn before, but it has a nice melody and you did a great job with it.
Amaruk: Oh my gosh, your kids are so cute. Especially the one in the Batman shirt who is clearly concentrating super hard so he doesn't mess up. Adorable. This brings back nice memories of when I used to play and sing with my dad, although we tended to go for Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Mohan: Really confident and well done. I also like how you brought out the melody line with so much else going on.
Newman: Your voice is really cool! I'm so admiring of all the people who can play and sing around here. I can do one or the other and both badly occasionally.
EarlofMar: I love that feeling when you can play something while still remembering how impossible it looked at the start. You sound wonderful, especially for only eight months of experience. You have a nice smooth touch and a great sense of tone and musicality.
ElleC: You seriously started in January 2013? Whoa. Very impressive. I like the delicate feeling that you capture, which can be hard with music that has a lot going on like this.
Weiyan: This is a nice thoughtful rendition of My Way. Great job with it!
Greener: This is a beautiful version of Love Story. Great job with the dynamics and feeling behind it.
I think all the standards this month have motivated me to start trying out some jazz piano!
Works in Progress: Joplin - Binks' Waltz Winston - Carol of the Bells Bach Inventions Einaudi - Berlin Song, Reverie
Jeff~ Great to see you again and thanks for the kind words on my submissions - glad you liked 'em. Your rendition of Love Story is very sensitively played. I liked those trills you employed. You tell a story with your music - fantastic.
Anne H~ First off, welcome to the Piano Bar! As you can tell, we enjoy sharing our music with each other here. It's share and share alike. We will enjoy hearing your music, Anne. Great fun!
Thank you for your kind comments on the opening submissions for July. Glad you like the short Einaudi intro and improv. Eventually, I will get the rest of that tune under my fingers and play it as it's written. That's the only one of his that really caught my ear.
As for the virtual combo, I just placed the microphone between the speaker and the piano to capture the drums and bass as I played along. I used iRealB on the iPad and plugged it into the stereo. It plays the bass line and drums to a myriad of standards so as to allow the player to improvise or play along. Here's one you might recognize where there wasn't as much straying. Some folks use another program called, Band In A Box. It's quite a bit more versatile and I'll use it at some point. The iRealB has been a huge help in my own learning and it's fun to use.