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#2142687 - 09/02/13 07:00 AM Dave Brubeck Take Five
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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.

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#2142700 - 09/02/13 07:36 AM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
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Paul Desmond wrote the music for "Take 5" ...
Dave Brubeck played it.

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#2142703 - 09/02/13 08:21 AM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
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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.
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#2142751 - 09/02/13 10:43 AM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
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I've dabbled at the version in this book, "The Genius of Dave Brubek, Book 1, Piano Solos"

http://www.amazon.com/The-Genius-Dave-Brubeck-Bk/dp/0769202675
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#2142834 - 09/02/13 02:26 PM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
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The head is pretty easy to play, but I find improvising in 5/4 a challenge.

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#2142844 - 09/02/13 02:54 PM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
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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.
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#2142921 - 09/02/13 04:21 PM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: Roger Ransom]
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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.
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#2142952 - 09/02/13 05:12 PM Re: Dave Brubeck Take Five [Re: adultpianist]
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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.
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