Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
(ad) The Best of Both Worlds
Yamaha Hybrid the Best of Both Worlds
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
139 registered (3times2, anamnesis, accordeur, ando, 35 invisible), 1477 Guests and 15 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2142687 - 09/02/13 07:00 AM Dave Brubeck Take Five
adultpianist Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/01/12
Posts: 540
Has anyone ever attempted to play this on the piano?

I first heard this as a very young child and loved it and still do.

(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#2142700 - 09/02/13 07:36 AM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
btb Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 4264
Loc: Pretoria South Africa
Paul Desmond wrote the music for "Take 5" ...
Dave Brubeck played it.

#2142703 - 09/02/13 08:21 AM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
Roger Ransom Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 1300
Loc: SouthWest Michigan
I have worked on it from time to time. I'm using a leadsheet so I can make it as hard or easy as I like.

It seems like it makes it a little easier for my if I count it out as 'one-two-three-one-two' rather than 'one-two-three-four-five'. Not sure why but it makes a difference in my feeble brain.

Good luck, it's really fun to play at any level.
Laugh More
Yamaha G7 - Roland FP7

#2142751 - 09/02/13 10:43 AM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
stumbler Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/22/10
Posts: 360
Loc: Toronto

I've dabbled at the version in this book, "The Genius of Dave Brubek, Book 1, Piano Solos"

Roland RD-700NX

#2142834 - 09/02/13 02:26 PM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
jjo Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 707
Loc: Chicago
The head is pretty easy to play, but I find improvising in 5/4 a challenge.

#2142844 - 09/02/13 02:54 PM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
dynamobt Online   content
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 886
Loc: NH
Back in my college days when I dabbled in more popular music, I played it. It's a lot of fun once you have the rhythms sorted out. Good luck if you attempt. Once you have it learned you'll have a blast playing it.
1918 Mason & Hamlin BB

#2142921 - 09/02/13 04:21 PM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: Roger Ransom]
Brian Lucas Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/04/11
Posts: 1108
Loc: Nashville, TN
Originally Posted By: Roger Ransom
It seems like it makes it a little easier for my if I count it out as 'one-two-three-one-two' rather than 'one-two-three-four-five'. Not sure why but it makes a difference in my feeble brain.
Not feeble at all. That's the only way to really feel an odd time signature like that. We are conditioned to feel in 2s or 3s (eighth notes or triplets). So 5/4 is either felt (2 and 3) or (3 and 2) and knowing which one it is makes all the difference in the world. If I see 5/4 time, that's the first question I ask.

Take 5 feels like (3 and 2) which is why you find it easier to think of it that way.
BM in Performance, Berklee College of Music, 23+ year teacher and touring musician
My Downloadable Video Piano Lessons
My Sight Reading eBook
My Music

#2142952 - 09/02/13 05:12 PM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
patH Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/09/13
Posts: 671
Loc: Germany
Originally Posted By: adultpianist
Has anyone ever attempted to play this on the piano?

Yes. Me. But only by ear, so it's probably a simplified version.
When I tried it as a child, my father still had this old piano with a pitch half a tone lower than modern pianos; so I tried it in E minor.

Last year I tried it in E flat minor, which is probably the original key. And guess what: It might be easier to play it in E flat minor than in E minor.
Everything is possible, and nothing is sure.


Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
(ad) Yamaha Stage Pianos
Yamaha CP4 & CP40 Stage Pianos
Ad (the Piano Store)
the Piano Store - Restored Steinway Pianos
(ads) PD - WNG - MH
Wessell Nickel & Gross
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Any reasons, other than cost, NOT to go for a hybrid?
by barbaram
10/08/15 11:23 AM
Are today's concert ppianists boring?
by Steve Chandler
10/08/15 10:45 AM
Site update
by mikka942
10/08/15 10:41 AM
Baldwin 243 - good buy for advanced pianist and student?
by Nicole_B
10/08/15 09:48 AM
Pearl River UP 108
by BuyinginFL
10/08/15 08:45 AM
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
Forum Stats
80,978 Registered Members
44 Forums
167,391 Topics
2,453,008 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission