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#2141914 - 08/31/13 05:50 PM September Piano Bar
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Well, it’s 1st September in my time zone.

I was saddened to hear the news that Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson’s disease and can no longer sing. So, I decided to learn this song, which I have always loved, as a small tribute to her and the fond memories I have during the 70s of sitting with a friend drinking wine and listening to her. I wish that I could play the piano part as Andrew Gold does on the record but alas it is beyond me. I don’t do the song justice but … here it is.

Heart Like a Wheel
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#2142055 - 09/01/13 12:29 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Nicely done Newman. You always make everything musical. That's all that matters. Don't matter to me how simple or sophisticated something is. It must be music. You hold that truth well.

I hadn't heard about Linda Ronstadt yet. Sad. I had a recording of her doing old songs. I think she did it in the early 80's. Extremely well done. It was one of those special mastered recordings. Expensive. Showed her as a real singer. Not just a screamer.

I'm about to jump over the line into Sept. here. The summer went quick.
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#2142094 - 09/01/13 03:07 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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great stuff Newman, very tender and heartfelt.
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#2142117 - 09/01/13 05:06 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Now, I’m not trying to hog the bar but I just had to post this … probably a little pleased with myself I’ll admit.

Paul McCartney’s new single “New” is out soon but available to download today/yesterday. So, I downloaded it, learnt it and dashed off a recording of it – today (probably while all you people in the US and UK were sleeping). A little rough and simplified, of course, but it is so reminiscent of The Beatles in the Magical Mystery Tour (eg Hello Goodbye, Penny Lane) era I just had to do it ...

New


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#2142118 - 09/01/13 05:06 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Thanks, Earl of Mar, rnaple
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#2142262 - 09/01/13 01:17 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman - "Heart Like a Wheel" A great performance as always and a nice gesture of you to learn this piece as a tribute!

"New" Did you learn this piece that fast? It must be great to create a cover BEFORE the original is out. Your singing and playing is top notch as always! Thanks for sharing!
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#2142269 - 09/01/13 01:34 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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My piece for the month is "The Grace of Undómiel" by Howard Shore from the movie The Lord of the Rings. I learned this piece by ear. The difficulty with this piece is to play it really slow...




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#2142289 - 09/01/13 02:24 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman, how can you learn songs so quickly?! Definitely, "New" could be taken from any old Beatles album from what I know. Nice beat!

Amaruk, I was looking forward to the piano bar so I could listen to your playing. Beautiful.


I have finally managed to record a song from Alfred's book 3 that was giving me a hard time with all those black keys. Timing/synchronization could be better, but here it is:

Jazz Ostinato in C# minor
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#2142297 - 09/01/13 02:40 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman Aye, they`re popping off one by one . . same as the rest of us really! Lovely rendition. The 70`s and 80`s were great times for good music. . . the 1870`s and 80`s weren`t bad either . .

Ther Magical Mystery Tour was unbeatable! And then came . . . Sgt Pepper! Best album ever. Just haven`t got round to buying it yet . . . .my birthday`s comin` up. How convenient!


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#2142308 - 09/01/13 03:03 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Amaruk Very nice, man. I thought to meself "Here is an uncommonly in-tune acoustic. . ." then I saw the light . . .You look like you enjoy this music!
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#2142425 - 09/01/13 06:51 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Can you believe it? It's September already and I never made it to the August Piano Bar. How time flies.

Oh well.

Newman, well done as usual. You combine your vocals and piano playing very naturally, each complementing the other. Good stuff.

Amaruk, that was exquisite. I too sometimes find it difficult to play a piece at a steady slow tempo - every tense chord makes me speed up. You were rock steady from first note to last, well done.

Sinophilia, those ostinatos are so hard to play, they don't come naturally. It takes a lot of hand independence, but I can see you have been working at it, and doing very well indeed. Nice playing.

My piece this month is Sophisticated Lady, by Duke Ellington. I am working from a lead sheet but doing my own thing with it.

Sophisticated Lady


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#2142450 - 09/01/13 07:30 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman
Heart Like a Wheel~ Such a sad, heart-felt ballad. Yes, there's justice done with this tune, Newman. Great work!
New~ really does have the feel of Penny Lane. It's a pretty quick tempo, too.

Amaruk~ Great work leaning this Lord of the Rings piece by ear. It's short and sweet. Thank you for your music!

Sinophilia~ great and steady boogie lines in the left hand with those blues licks thrown in. I think it's the first boogie blues tune I've heard in the key of C#-min. Very nice playing, indeed!

Ed~ very nice, simple lines and great chords. I always like your sense of time and the pauses (might have been thinking of where to go next) were perfect. You've got great skills to bring out the music like that.

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#2142460 - 09/01/13 07:44 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Sinophilia - That was great!! Your performance was really bursting with energy!! It seems like a great workout for the fingers at the same time…. I bet you get tired quickly with this piece. Great job on the steady rhythm too!

Riddler - What a sophisticated and entertaining arrangement Ed!! I loved it! You absolutely nailed it in this performance! Thanks for sharing!
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#2142490 - 09/01/13 08:51 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman another great tune. Mr McCartney still popping them out after all these years. Well played and sung as usual and well done on the fast turn around.

Amaruk A very gentle piece wonderfully played
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#2142496 - 09/01/13 09:06 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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sinophilia your version is better than the CD version of Alfred's book 3. Impeccable timing great stuff

Riddler great playing of a classic and improvising too, how talented. Makes me want to work harder.
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#2142643 - 09/02/13 02:58 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Riddler, that was lovely! So elegant and so perfectly suited to the time and feel of the song.


Yes, that ostinato was hard. When I added the RH, my left pinky would invariably miss the C# key when going up from G#. I practiced the LH alone at crazy speeds, with eyes closed, with relaxed shoulder, etc... but it still happens. I think somehow the LH wants to follow the RH and forgets the right distances between the keys. I wanted to record this for the last recital but it was just getting worse, so I gave it a rest.
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#2142663 - 09/02/13 04:39 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Amaruk - A beautiful piece. Very emotive. Well played.
Sinpohilia – Well done. I haven’t mastered that degree of LH/RH independence
Riddler – Nicely done. Big sounding piano.

And yes, I did, ‘New’ in a day. About half an hour of continuous replays to hear and work out the chords followed by about at least a dozen run throughs playing along with the song, about the same on my own as I simplified the arrangement and then half a dozen takes until I got one without any glaring errors. A method I learnt decades ago as a guitar player and rehearsing in a band – keep playing it until you have played it three times in a row without mistakes and you can say you’ve got it. I play it a bit fast, though.

But if you listen you will notice how essentially simple the chord progressions in each part of the song are.

The verse essentially follows a pattern favoured by Lennon and McCartney both together and individually in songs written on piano (as ‘New’ obviously was to my ears). That is, where the verse starts on a major chord followed by what I think of as a progressive movement down the keyboard starting with the root of the first major. Sometimes a tone, sometimes a semitone. Creating a seventh, minor, or major etc on the way down. It varies a little depending on the song but the concept is used a lot and not just by Lennon - McCartney. When you know and recognise the pattern the detail is easier to fill in.

The chorus and middle too are very simple. In pop, for example, moving to the relative minor (as ‘New’ does) is very common. I’ll happily send a chord chart to anyone who wants it. Or any chord chart to the songs I have posted.

I hope that helps.
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#2142666 - 09/02/13 04:43 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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In Landing - Yes, Heart Like a Wheel is a truly sad song. I felt the full emotional power of it as I sang it.
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#2142714 - 09/02/13 08:56 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Riddler - You really kept true to the period feel with Sophisticated Lady. I felt transported back to 1932. It sounded great.

Newman - So sad to hear about Linda Ronstadt. I remember having her poster on my wall along with Donna Summer (an unlikely pair). Heart Like A Wheel was a sweet sounding tribute. New has that classic sound, and now I'm going to have to go out and download the original.

Amaruk - Beautiful sound and production quality on The Grace of Undomiel. Did you record that in a hall, or is that part of the Amaruk post-production magic?

Sinophilia - you were locked in on the bass during jazz Ostinato in C#m! Not at all easy to do. I dont even try anymore for that length of an entire song. Great job.
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#2142814 - 09/02/13 01:33 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Amaruk, that was so nice. thumb How did you get those images to appear in the reflection of your fallboard? Nice effect.

Newman
, you are like a machine... (a highly musical one)... the way you turn these out. I mean that in the nicest way.
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#2142821 - 09/02/13 01:45 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Sinophilia, you got my toes tapping. Good job.

Ed, a sophisticated Sophisticated Lady. I messed around with this once and thought it was hard to pull off as a solo. You made it a fun listen. Enjoyed your ending.
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#2143054 - 09/02/13 07:50 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Thank you all for your kind words.

For some reason I struggled badly with the red dot on this piece due to it being so slow. I always thought that faster was harder but that is not always the case.

The video inlay in the fallboard was created by adding it on top of the main video in a separate track and resizing/skewing it to give it the shape it has. I then made it semi-transparent and BW to make it blend in with the main video better and give it this dreamy look.

The performance in the concert hall was created by using a green screen behind me and, in post-process, adding a background picture of the Kodak Hall in Rochester, NY. The reflection in the piano in that scene was created by a custom effect I generated in Motion 5.
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#2143076 - 09/02/13 08:35 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman, great performance! You have a great voice too! Playing and singing both at the same time is not easy!

Amaruk, great piece! Your recording is good quality too.

Sinophilia, I love the bumble-boogie tune! Great playing.

Riddler, that was some sophisticated playing there! I enjoyed it.

Here is a recording I did this morning on my latest piano project… of course, the quality of the recording is not as good as some of ones already posted, but you can get a jest of how the piano sounds.

Suwannee River Boogie

Happy September, everyone!

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#2143079 - 09/02/13 08:44 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Nice start to the September bar, Newman. I'm not familiar with this piece. It's nice. You do a good job with it. Very good.

Also not familiar with "New". It's cute. Nicely done.

Amaruk - Really good job with this. Fine video and very lovely playing. Thanks.

Very nice jazz short, Sinophilia. Timing is coming along nicely. Good playing.

Nice playing of the Lady, Ed. Great changes ... gotta love the Duke. I've got an arrangement of this I will need to dig out now. Many 13ths as I recall ... some work to do now.

Here is a tune I thought of as most appropriate in my collection as a feel good, back to school song, called ...

Forest Gump - Theme
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#2143119 - 09/02/13 09:55 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Rickster your new piano sounds pretty good. Would love to hear it again when you finish "tinkering" with it.

Greener what a pleasant surprise this piece is. Nicely played you can't help but smile.
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#2143193 - 09/03/13 12:49 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Rickster, that piano sounds very nice! Love your boogie and runs up and down the keyboard.
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#2143275 - 09/03/13 05:59 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Originally Posted By: Amaruk
...

The video inlay in the fallboard was
beautiful
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#2143276 - 09/03/13 06:00 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Rickster - It was a nice change to hear you play something other than a boogie - and I mean it as a compliment.
Greener - I haven't seen the movie in a long time and had forgotten the theme. Nicely played. I like the way it builds.
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#2143278 - 09/03/13 06:32 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Originally Posted By: Newman
...half an hour of continuous replays to hear and work out the chords


And listening to it again today, I misheard a couple earlier and have improved on them.
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#2143316 - 09/03/13 08:33 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Rickster - It was a nice change to hear you play something other than a boogie - and I mean it as a compliment.


Thanks, Newman.

I think I have boogie in my blood, but I do like any and all piano music. I can play the slower tunes a bit. I guess I'm just hyper. smile

My latest piano project is a bit bright and tinny sounding, but it will be a good project for me to practice my meager piano tech skills.

And, Greener, I enjoyed your Forest Gump theme music!

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#2143425 - 09/03/13 12:35 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Rickster, What a great hobby to have (in addition to just playing of course.) It was a fun video to watch and nice boogie playing. I had a Kimball Spinet once, but not in the same league as this. Sounding great ...
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#2143558 - 09/03/13 05:57 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Rickster, you are just getting so good. Love the way you improvise and keep putting out new things for us to listen to. Thanks. thumb

Greener. Run Forrest. grin I kept looking for the floating feather. Good job.
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#2143636 - 09/03/13 08:01 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Greener - That was a great performance of the Forest Gump theme! It brought back memories of that lovely movie. Great job on keeping a steady rhythm. It sounds like a very fun piece to play! Thanks for sharing!

Rickster - I think your new baby grand piano sounds great! Your playing is top notch as always!! I can hear in the tone that the piano is happy to be in its new home.
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#2143695 - 09/03/13 10:16 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Thanks for the kind comments, All!

The Kimball is a little bright and tinny sounding, but it will sound better when I do some serious regulating and voicing. It sounds okay for what I paid for it, and will be a good project to practice my meager piano tech skills on.

I have really enjoyed learning to play the piano and learning to tune and service them; and, I'm in the early stages of the learning curve on both... smile

Keep up the great piano playing folks!!

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#2143701 - 09/03/13 10:29 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Rick~ congrats on picking up what appears to be a very unmarred, dusty, and slightly neglected Kimball. No doubt when you are finished with it, the next owner will be proud to have its sound fill their home. Great boogie work, man. You got some chops!

Jeff~ Always enjoy watching Forrest Gump. Your playing it makes one want to learn to play it, too. Very well done.

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#2144054 - 09/04/13 01:54 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Thank you kindly, everyone.

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
Greener ... It sounds like a very fun piece to play! Thanks for sharing!


Yes, indeed it is fun to play. I took it on as it sounded fun, and also thought it would be easy. Turns out, it wasn't so easy to learn. I struggled quite a bit with the rhythm / timing, particularly in the second A when the counter melody comes in. After that though, it was just practice (which I can always use more of) in cleaning it up and trying to get it smooth.

I was thinking of doing "Georgia" next, but feeling a bit intimidated with a Mr. P version of this out there recently. Perhaps I'll wait a couple of weeks until the memory fades.


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#2144390 - 09/05/13 12:57 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Outa my class man! Too sophisticated by far. She`d never look at me . . Brilliant!
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#2144392 - 09/05/13 01:02 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: sinophilia]
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Seriously impressive! I learned a lot listening to this; is my left hand up to it?? Well done!
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#2144443 - 09/05/13 03:21 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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sinophilia
Seriously impressive! I learned a lot listening to this; is my left hand up to it??


Of course it is, you could play this with your eyes closed! All of you actually. But thanks!
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#2144470 - 09/05/13 05:43 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: sinophilia]
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sinophilia


Seriously couldn`t! Not kidding. But I will . . . (tomorrow!)


Edited by peterws (09/05/13 05:43 AM)
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#2144656 - 09/05/13 02:26 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Rickster]
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Darned nice pee-anno ya got there man! Plenty to play around with . . she certainly is ready to rock . . .
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#2145860 - 09/07/13 03:40 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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sinophilia


Seriously couldn`t! Not kidding. But I will . . . (tomorrow!)


... still waiting for you to share it with us Peter... wink
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#2145902 - 09/07/13 05:24 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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I guess I need Alfred`s book 3 . . . hang on, Tomorrow never comes! Really, I can`t do boogie. . . . frown
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#2146118 - 09/08/13 01:29 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman: I think you did a beautiful rendition of that song..a great tribute. smile

Well, here's an arrangement of one of my favorite Chopin pieces.

Nocturne



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#2146202 - 09/08/13 07:30 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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I guess I need Alfred`s book 3 . . . hang on, Tomorrow never comes! Really, I can`t do boogie. . . . frown

Yes, I also find boogie difficult. Sinophilia's piece is not easy to play at all!
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#2146205 - 09/08/13 07:39 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Elssa - Great playing as always. What parameters are you changing on your DP during the performance here?
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#2147141 - 09/09/13 06:55 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Elssa, how beautiful your playing of Nocturne. Many great performances, I've got a lot of catching up to do to watch them all.

In light of all the good contributions, it's a shame that the Piano bar has fallen of the front page. I'm not the right man to get it back there, but here is a short piece after a long absence from the piano. That long absence is actually another shame, for that matter.

I decided to record straight to a USB key (how cool is that?) a prelude in C on my newly arrived PX-5S. Synced audio with video from my webcam. Hope you like it, intend to post more ambitious stuff in the future!

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#2147332 - 09/10/13 01:13 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Thanks, Amaruk smile I really enjoyed your playing and creative video editing arrangement. I was just using the usual strings and sometimes bells along with the basic piano of my Roland, nothing fancy (which I wouldn't know how to do anyway). lol

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#2147372 - 09/10/13 04:51 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Elssa - I don't know that piece. Keep them coming.
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#2147842 - 09/10/13 07:23 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Elssa - I am impressed how you can change sounds in and out so easily/quickly while playing. Well done!

Theodor - Congratulations to your new piano! It sounds great and you are off to a great re-start with that performance of the prelude. Good job also on the technical side by grabbing the audio from your piano recording and syncing it up with the video from your webcam! What video editor do you use by the way? Looking forward to see more of your videos here.
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#2147945 - 09/10/13 11:31 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Thanks again Amaruk. I was also an organist (electric and pipe) for many years, so guess I got used to changing stops and "pushing buttons" that way. smile Would love to learn some of your great video "tricks", but I probably couldn't do most of them with my editing program (Pinnacle Studio 12). confused

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#2148033 - 09/11/13 04:23 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Thanks Amaruk. I'm mostly using FFMPEG with a socalled batch file. Meaning it just opens up a command window (like the old DOS) while the videos are being processed.

The first thing I did thouch, was converting the web camera's video file from Windows media format to mp4 with Handbrake. Then I convert the WAV audio file from the piano into mp3. Finally I synced the mp3 and mp4 files together.

I usually don't get things synced in the first try, have to do it a few times till I get it right. Actually I used Audacity to calculate the difference between the audio and video tracks (when the audio starts and when I press the first key on the keyboard.) I could do that by noting the clicking sound, since I was playing with headphones.

Not an easy road, if anyone knows about some free syncing software, it would be appreciated. I didn't find any such software.
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#2148402 - 09/11/13 06:53 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: TheodorN]
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Theodor - That is impressive that you managed to sync you video the way you did it! I am not aware of any free tools for syncing but many video editors have a trial period of 30 days. You could download one of them to see if you like that flow better.


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#2148425 - 09/11/13 07:31 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Elssa - Yes, I think that your experience as an organist explains why you handle the function buttons on your DP with such easy while playing. Do you have any videos where you play church organ on your DP?


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#2148514 - 09/11/13 11:43 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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I only have a few Christmas songs (Hark the Herald Angels Sing, etc) recorded with the pipe organ on my DP, but I've always wanted to play/record some arrangement of Bach's "Joy" (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring) using that setting, so maybe I'll try and do that one of these days. smile

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#2148579 - 09/12/13 03:08 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Hello everybody I want to share two full of mistakes recordings of mine. I've been playing the piano for a little less than 2 years.

https://soundcloud.com/pizhama/beethoven-c-sharp-minor-piano

https://soundcloud.com/pizhama/chopin-nocturne-op-72-no-1-in

Thanks for listening


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#2148619 - 09/12/13 07:15 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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My contribution is a solo piano version of Somewhere from West Side story. I heard this done as a tribute to those torn apart by hatred at a 9/11 ceremony once. It was beautiful. This one is modeled somewhat after the Bill Charlap version. It was emotional getting past the red dot yesterday

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#2148969 - 09/12/13 06:16 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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wuxia terrific playing as I said before on another thread and not to take anything away from the Chopin piece, Moonlight Sonata is just fabulous. The rise and fall of emotion in this piece is so delicate under your fingers with the voicings just right, well done
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#2148972 - 09/12/13 06:20 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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kenjazz a fine job on a classic piece which further adds to a very talented September piano bar.
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#2149694 - 09/13/13 08:07 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Wuxia - Fantastic playing!!! I am very familiar with the Moonlight sonata and I really enjoyed your rendition of it. I am impressed how steady you keep the rhythm. Only 2 years at the piano! Was that 2 years non-stop then? smile Well done! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to hear more of your performances here.

Kenjazz - What a great song to play on a special day like 9/11! Loved it! I especially like how you bring out the dynamics in it. Great job!! Was this your own arrangement?
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#2149696 - 09/13/13 08:17 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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The summer is coming to an end here in New England. However, this past Wednesday we had 99F/37C in Boston(!). I think it might have been the warmest day of the year...

Anyway, since the bar is so quiet at the moment, here is a piece I recorded about a year ago. The piece is called "Summer 78" and it is composed by Yann Tiersen. It was featured in the German movie "Good bye Lenin".





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#2149730 - 09/13/13 10:27 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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great music everyone, listened to all of them !! cant wait until Im good enough to play something in here.
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#2149828 - 09/14/13 02:09 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Thanks Amaruk, I've been playing for almost two years and I've been taking taking lessons for about one and a half years.
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#2149838 - 09/14/13 02:53 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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#2149890 - 09/14/13 07:16 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Kenjazz - What a great song to play on a special day like 9/11! Loved it! I especially like how you bring out the dynamics in it. Great job!! Was this your own arrangement?


Thank you Amaruk, Earlofmar, Newman, Barry1963.

Yes, this is my own arrangement. Or I should say, combined with my piano teacher. I burned two lessons refining this with him. I wanted to do something similar to what Bill Charlap had done on his solo version. It turns out that it is not that easy. There is a lot of music theory involved. When you think of what Leonard Bernstein did in the original composition, it is just mind-blowing.

Some more in my blog for this one....
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#2149904 - 09/14/13 07:36 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Wuxia - Superb after two years! My Julliard school trained mother-in-law is an expert at Moonlight Sonata and she would be very impressed.

Amaruk - I'm going to be in Berlin in a few weeks. I doubt that I'll be in the old GDR near the Alexanderplatz or the Karl-Marx-Allee, but I love how you've exposed us all to that great movie and music. Thank you
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#2150341 - 09/15/13 02:06 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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WHAT'S NEW?



Here's my favorite vocal version:



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#2150462 - 09/15/13 09:24 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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My effort this weekend. An interpretation of Neil Finn's (perhaps my favourite songwriter after Lennon -McCartney) song "Into Temptation". Perhaps not a well known song.

Into Temptation

I did two songs this weekend but I'll save the second.
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#2150588 - 09/15/13 03:22 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman.... It's always a treat to hear you.
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#2150635 - 09/15/13 04:45 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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sinophilia - terrific! I've never gotten that left-hand lick down, and you've nailed it here. Great going!

Riddler - I love this. I always love your stylings, and you do it so well. I should drop in here more often to hear your stuff.

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#2151327 - 09/16/13 02:02 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]
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I liked your little variations on this! (I used to play it 6-4 time) . . good job, lass!
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#2151331 - 09/16/13 02:06 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: TheodorN]
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Theodor, that`s comin` on well. Don`t forget to post the Extended Version when you feel ready . . .
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#2151334 - 09/16/13 02:14 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: wuxia]
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Wuxia - Good stuff, man! Now try pt 2 . . . It`s murder . . .
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#2151336 - 09/16/13 02:19 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: kenjazz]
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Well, Kenjazz - one chord leads into the next. Not the usual chords one might expect, but - This is jazz! Too much fun!
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#2151340 - 09/16/13 02:23 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Amaruk - your music has the taste of Enya, Einaudi, very modern genre which you perform well on lovely instruments! (Love your LX15 . . . )
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#2151504 - 09/16/13 06:05 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Thank you Peter.

Kenjazz - Enjoy your trip to Germany!! smile

Elssa - Great playing as always!

Newman - As Ron said, it is always a treat to hear you play and sing here in the piano bar. Why is it that you never add guitar to your pieces? It sounds like a perfect combination for the music you perform. I can't wait to hear the other piece you recorded. Thanks for sharing!
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#2151548 - 09/16/13 07:06 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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You guys all sound great! I have tons of individual comments which I will leave later, but I wanted to put up this recording that I did earlier this month. My uncle has been "storing" his Steinway at my parents, but has finally moved it into his new house. I got to play it when I visited!

Here's a short Phillip Glass piece on a very expensive piano:
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#2151580 - 09/16/13 08:03 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Anne - That is great that you got to play on such a fantastic piano. But your link is not working so we can't hear your Glass performance...


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#2151606 - 09/16/13 08:43 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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#2151614 - 09/16/13 08:56 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Anne - That was great! I really enjoyed it!! Your LH was very steady with the rhythm and I like how you managed the dynamics so well. Kudos also to a great recording which is not easy with an AP! What is the name of the piece by the way? Thanks for sharing!!
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#2151676 - 09/16/13 10:38 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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It's first Metamorphasis piece by Philip Glass!
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#2151773 - 09/17/13 01:28 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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#2151846 - 09/17/13 03:51 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Thank you peterws, always enjoy your performances. I'm sure the full version of Bach's prelude is a challenge, although I don't know much how it is.

I think the version I found is just a simplifation and a good exercise for beginners. It's just four chords, C major, C major7, D minor and G7, each chord arpeggiated two times.

I played it from memory as such a simple progression is easy to remember. However I still don't switch between chords fluently, even when I never take my eyes off the keybed. When the chords are further apart, the pause becomes noticably long.


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#2151858 - 09/17/13 04:32 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Elssa –Nice work.

Amaruk - I recall your piece from the first time you posted it. It was the first Yann Tiersen piece I’d heard. I still enjoyed it. Which leads me to …

AnneH - Very moody. Good work. Not that familiar with Philip Glass (apart from The Piano soundtrack? Not that I can recall it right now) but the genre seems to be in the same arena as Yann Tiersen favoured by Amaruk. Which leads me back to …

Amaruk - I don’t play guitar on them because it’s a ‘piano’ bar and because the spirit of the bar says to me that live is best and I like to keep them live. Guitar means I’d have to double track which means getting my recording software into action (and I haven’t worked out yet how connect my DP to the PC). Also I posted a guitar and piano (plus the rest of the band) piece last month and felt perhaps it was not appropriate:

Feels Like Rain (my arms are open wide)
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#2152476 - 09/17/13 08:46 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman - ... fantastic is all I can say!!!

I for one would like to hear more of your guitar and piano pieces, be it acoustic or electric piano. I don't think you would violate any rules by adding a guitar track to your piano solos. Musicians like you are great inspirations for all of us here!!

Thanks for sharing!
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#2152569 - 09/17/13 10:25 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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I haven't been around much and I'm very out of practice but I thought I would share video from the evening my best friend and I hunted down a few Play Me, I'm Yours pianos in University Circle in Cleveland last month. I don't know why the sound keeps cutting out everytime my camera zooms and my playing is far from it's best but we had a lot of fun. The beginning of the video is my Severance Hall debut...

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#2152767 - 09/18/13 06:02 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Little_Blue_Engine]
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Little Blue Engine - I'd love to be able to play Martha My Dear at least half as good as that ... at present it's just beyond me.

Amaruk - Thanks! (I wrote it too)
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#2152806 - 09/18/13 07:50 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Newman - ... fantastic is all I can say!!!

I for one would like to hear more of your guitar and piano pieces, be it acoustic or electric piano. I don't think you would violate any rules by adding a guitar track to your piano solos. Musicians like you are great inspirations for all of us here!!

Thanks for sharing!



I second that. This was really excellent Newman! My thought is that as long as there is piano playing featured, you are good to go. It is just as interesting to me to hear how somebody has approached comping other instruments/singers as it is performing a completely solo piano effort.
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#2153186 - 09/18/13 05:31 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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My effort this weekend. An interpretation of Neil Finn's (perhaps my favourite songwriter after Lennon -McCartney) song "Into Temptation". Perhaps not a well known song.

Into Temptation

I did two songs this weekend but I'll save the second.
I'm very familiar with the song, good job.
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#2153324 - 09/18/13 08:42 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman I loved the Crowded House era, so many beautiful songs written by Mr Finn. Into Temptation is a personal favourite and you did a fantastic job on bringing it to us.

Little Blue Engine how lucky are you to have open air pianos around your city. Nice playing especially for someone out of practice. Hopefully you'll find inspiration again to re-boot your playing.


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#2153871 - 09/19/13 03:28 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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My comments for some of the performances, hope to finish them tomorrow.

Amaruk - The Grace of Undómiel/Lord of Rings - Very good, seemed to flow nicely. What a piano.
sinophilia - Jazz Ostinato in C#m version 2 - Very well played.
Riddler- Sophisticated lady - Very sophisticated! Liked the run in the end.
Rickster - Suwannee River Boogie - That boogie was a lot of fun to listen to. Always on my mind was well done too, I like that song
Greener - Forrest Gump theme - Well played.
Elssa - Nocturne by Chopin - You played that beautiful piece very well. I love pieces with a lot of trills, which are more common in classical music.
wuxia - Beethoven and Chopin - Moonlight Sonata is such a beautiful piece but hard to do justice. You managed it very well. Your Chopin - Nocturne Op.72 No.1 in E minor was just as good, I can hear from the piece that it's not an easy one to play.
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#2154634 - 09/20/13 05:17 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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This is the other one of last weekend’s efforts that I held over … but as I feel like I’ve posted so many songs this month I figured I’d post this and be done with it (and take a break next month). It’s another Neil Finn song (and, again, may not be that widely known … but perhaps it is).

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#2157089 - 09/24/13 09:00 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Originally Posted By: Newman
This is the other one of last weekend’s efforts ...


Thank you Newman. Another good one.
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#2157117 - 09/24/13 10:07 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman another beautiful song from Neil Finn, I hadn't heard this one before so thanks well sung and played as usual.

I had the great pleasure to attend an intimate concert with Tim Finn a few years ago. Just him strumming on his acoustic backed by a lead guitarist. He just played hit after hit after hit was a great time.
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#2158408 - 09/27/13 04:43 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: earlofmar]
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Thanks, EarlofMar. It was, I think, the band's last single. FYI I saw Split Enz in London 1980 (I Got You was all over the radio at the time) but didn't see Crowded House. Funny ...
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#2159141 - 09/28/13 03:27 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Little Blue Engine - What fun you had! Glad it didn`t rain . . .

Newman - Another smooth delivery with the river flowing into the sea of sound . . .
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#2159907 - 09/30/13 02:53 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Well, I opened the September Bar on the 1st in my time zone. It's now late afternoon on the last day of September in my time zone. I declare this (unusually quiet) Bar closed.
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#2159921 - 09/30/13 04:08 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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There`s been a lot o` stuff going on what with the Grieg recital, and now the Chopin and Joplin ones . . .and some (not me) have to work for a living!
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#2160138 - 09/30/13 04:05 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman,
Another great cover! I have never heard this song before but I really like it. Great playing on the piano and I always like how you are adding that Newman/Lennon touch to the vocals.
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#2160198 - 09/30/13 06:58 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Originally Posted By: Newman
I declare this (unusually quiet) Bar closed.


Yes, this month has been a slow month here in the bar. I think the huge Grieg recital sucked the energy out of many of our PW users.

For those of you new here, the piano bar is a place where you can share what you have been working on lately. You are among friends here so don't be shy.


Edited by Amaruk (09/30/13 07:01 PM)
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#2160211 - 09/30/13 07:33 PM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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I agree it's all the recital stuff going on.
I won't subject you all to the torture of listening to my learning.
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#2160308 - 10/01/13 04:28 AM Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Thanks, Amaruk.
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