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#2160343 - 10/01/13 06:52 AM October Piano Bar
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My turn! Here`s mine .



Edited by peterws (10/01/13 06:56 AM)
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#2160382 - 10/01/13 09:08 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Peter, nice arrangement. Also enjoyed the video (PeterCam?) I assume you programmed the mix and drum sequence, etc. What DAW did you end up using? (I saw you asked about a multi-track DAW elsewhere)
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#2160469 - 10/01/13 01:05 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: scorpio]
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Hello Scorpio. I just used the piano`s onboard facilities, but the drums had to go onto the computer as a separate channel, played on the hoof as it were since they`re not recordable like the other tracks. I could then edit them somewhat on Audacity. Looking at software sequencers is doing my head in . . could be several stages too far for me!
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#2160475 - 10/01/13 01:15 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Nice arrangement. Looking for a cheap full function DAW? Try Reaper.
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#2160512 - 10/01/13 02:37 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Here's a piece called Winter Solstice. Sorry for the bad audio. I recorded this piece from my phone at work.
Im so ready for winter. Its still in the 80's and 90's here in Kansas.
https://app.box.com/s/web11cgjqjp3yvxb5dqz
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#2160551 - 10/01/13 05:30 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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really enjoyed your piece peterws, very professional sounding. Loved the video of what I assume in your northern home town. Made me a little home sick.
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#2160558 - 10/01/13 05:51 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Mr. Square]
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Originally Posted By: Mr. Square
Nice arrangement. Looking for a cheap full function DAW? Try Reaper.


That`s what did me head in . . . .! I`m destined to spend the rest o` my life in the company of DGX630 . . . . .at least I can find my way round that . . .
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#2160560 - 10/01/13 05:58 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Augustina]
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Augustina - Winter Solstice in Lapland? Those reindeers`ll well kn*ckered by now . . . . give `em some straw and have a stiff drink yourself `cos it`s cold outside! I like winter, and enjoyed this canter through the frozen wastes.
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#2160588 - 10/01/13 07:50 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Great playing Peter. Please tell us more about your bike trip in your video. Where is it? I heard some say that the new iOS 7 gives them motion sickness. Well, this video is not for them... LOL
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#2160593 - 10/01/13 08:16 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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That was great, Peter! Now I imagine you are already working on this: Learning to pedal to the beat of your metronome. That will really give you a tight sync between the audio and video. I can't wait for the next one!

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#2160607 - 10/01/13 09:00 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Nice piece Augustina, you have a piano at work?.....how good is that. Just starting our warm weather here, winter is very far from my mind.
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#2160622 - 10/01/13 10:07 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Here's a piece I've started to create. Haven't decided on rather it's finished or if I want to do some more stuff to it smile Btw, I've moved to a new house and it just has a fantastic view of the mountains. I made sure to save a spot right in front of the window for my piano. It's so refreshing to play my piano and stare at this beautiful view while doing it. I could do it all day.

Looking at Mountains
https://app.box.com/s/iqvmzjvbw2qihgrpoy5w



Edited by ladypayne (10/01/13 11:50 PM)
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#2160979 - 10/02/13 09:16 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Peter, great arrangement, and playing. Cool video, too, it kept me shifting around in my chair the whole time, trying to keep my balance.

Augustina, .quite a long piece to play at that tempo without error, well done. I always wanted to work someplace where I could take a piano break now and then!

Ladypayne, nicely done, it really does get me to thinking of the mountains of Alaska. Nice melodies, interesting contrast between the sections.

Brent, I can't play and sing at the same time either. (Or, to be more precise, I can't sing and X at the same time, where X = do anything or nothing at all). But it seems that your method worked well, everything is in sync. Intriguing ending!

My piece this month is As Time Goes By, written by Herman Hupfeld.

This is the song from Casablanca, which is the favorite movie of us old geezers, and maybe it stirs up some feelings just because we associate it with the movie. However, it was not written for the movie, and during the planning and production of the movie it was not thought to be essential to it, and was deleted and put back in a few times. The typical person thinks of it as a jazz song, but jazz players don't actually play it very often.

I am playing from a lead sheet.

As Time Goes By


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#2161051 - 10/03/13 03:49 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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Ladypayne, your piano has a lovely relaxed feel to it, and a nice echo . . . .that is a good view. Especially when it snows!

I don`t have to say "have fun"
`Cos it shows!
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#2161053 - 10/03/13 03:55 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Riddler My flabber is gasted . . . .wonderful rendition. Truly pro work here . . .is your lead sheet in the public domain? grin
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#2161086 - 10/03/13 07:12 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Ladypayne what a beautiful piece you have created - goes with the view

Riddler a great version, what a wonderful sound you piano has as well
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#2161092 - 10/03/13 07:39 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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NOTE: AFTER POSTING LAST NIGHT I RE-RECORDED THE VOCALS THIS MORNING

Here's my rendition of "When I Fall In Love". It's a little faster tempo than most versions and I do it in the key of F rather than the usual Eb.

http://snd.sc/1hn6zCz

Piano part recorded first and played back in my headphones while recording the singing.

P.S. One minor mistake in the lyrics but let's just chalk it up to poetic license or interpretation on my part!


Edited by Brent H (10/03/13 08:02 AM)
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#2161097 - 10/03/13 07:56 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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peterws,

Very cool. I particularly liked how you kept playing without missing a beat after the wipeout on the cobblestones at 2:18 ;-)

Perfect little video/music interlude to get my morning started.

augustina,

I'm also intrigued by you recording this "at work". If my coworkers heard something like that coming from my office (not that I could actually play that piece, great playing!) I'd probably not get any work done the rest of the day. I'd be surprised if you're not besieged by requests from your office-mates for their favorite piano tunes.

ladypayne,

I don't have such a view from my window. But I just returned from vacation and your tune reminded me of watching lovely scenery pass by the window of the train as I was traveling in England.


Edited by Brent H (10/03/13 08:03 AM)
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#2161101 - 10/03/13 08:12 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]
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Originally Posted By: Riddler
Brent, I can't play and sing at the same time either. (Or, to be more precise, I can't sing and X at the same time, where X = do anything or nothing at all). But it seems that your method worked well, everything is in sync. Intriguing ending!


I'm actually doing the separate-tracks thing mostly as a practice technique. The whole idea is to be able to practice the accompaniment while listening to the vocal track and vice versa so I eventually put them together.

And on this song it worked! I can now do a pretty credible job of singing+playing together. Still sounds better doing them separately as I can really concentrate but in the end doing it together "live" is the goal.

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My piece this month is As Time Goes By, written by Herman Hupfeld.

This is the song from Casablanca, which is the favorite movie of us old geezers, and maybe it stirs up some feelings just because we associate it with the movie. However, it was not written for the movie, and during the planning and production of the movie it was not thought to be essential to it, and was deleted and put back in a few times. The typical person thinks of it as a jazz song, but jazz players don't actually play it very often.

I am playing from a lead sheet.

As Time Goes By


Ed


I love it. Great treatment. I'm in a slightly too early stage of geezer-hood to have come to the song from the movie. I've just always thought it was a great, great tune. Well done.
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#2161145 - 10/03/13 10:58 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Riddler - what a great rendition of that - I love the rhythm and the flair.

Cathy
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#2161328 - 10/03/13 05:39 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Hi everyone! This month I've managed to put up only short and easy pieces. I hope you'll like it anyway:

William Gillock - Masked Ball




Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Minuet in F Major K5

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#2161360 - 10/03/13 07:05 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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David,

Is it just my computer or is the sound turned off on both your YouTube clips?

I see a little speaker-with-and-X icon and I don't hear any sound.
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#2161564 - 10/04/13 04:09 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Brent H]
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Originally Posted By: Brent H
David,

Is it just my computer or is the sound turned off on both your YouTube clips?

I see a little speaker-with-and-X icon and I don't hear any sound.


I guess it must have been temporary youtube glitch or, if you still don't hear anything, there's some problem on your side. I hear sound in both videos.
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#2161589 - 10/04/13 06:04 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Peter - Good work. Did you crash at the end?
Augustina- I liked that. Who wrote it?
Lady Payne - short and sweet. A pretty tune. Who wrote it? (Who wrote what is an obsession of mine)
Riddler – Wow. Excellent.
Brent – One of my favourite old songs. Reminds me of when I was very young, listening to the BBC on a Sunday while my Mum’s roast was in the oven
David - very accomplished
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#2161747 - 10/04/13 01:36 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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The bar is already very lively, and only a few days of October behind us.

Peterws – Nice playing and the video is entertaining. I thought of getting the DGX-630 at some point in time, but then I had the P85 which has the same action and I wanted to get a different action. Ended with up Casio PX-5S which I love, but you can do so much with the Yamaha DGX-6x0 line.
Augustina – well done
ladypayne – a nice soothing song, wish I could create something like this. If it’s not clear by now, well played!
Brent H – your When I Fall In Love is very good. Such a standard song to play on the piano.
Riddler – I enjoyed As Time Goes By, your postings are always good. I’d prefer to play it slower and maybe fewer notes in the bass (if I could play it at all, any version) to capture the melancholics of the song, but that has more to do with the arrangement than your playing.
David Ruzicka – your short pieces were very nice and you´re good at the piano.
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#2161758 - 10/04/13 02:19 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Brent H]
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Brent H

`Tis hard singing and playing. I had to do it in church years ago now. I got through the first 2 or 3 bars, then laid off when the congregation kicked in . . . .I think they sung just to drown me out!
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#2161759 - 10/04/13 02:23 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: David Ruzicka]
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David Ruzicka

You have a decent and precise basic style here. Your piano sounds clean and pleasant too. Good stuff!
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#2161761 - 10/04/13 02:29 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Newman

It was the camera phone that departed my handlebars! Still works and is the basis for any videos here.

The City is Lancaster, a hilly enclave on the North West Coast of England. The place is full o` University Students who sound soooooo posh . . .!
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#2161762 - 10/04/13 02:36 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Great to hear everyone again!
peterws~ that was quite a journey and everything was in good sync - fun to watch. The ending is curious - did anything break?

augustina~ as always, you bring new music. Very nicely played.

ladypayne~ beautiful image at sunset and your composition is equally beautiful.

Ed~ Love those full, rich chords and steady swing. This is fantastic!

BrentH~ great work on "When I Fall in Love". Nice arrangement you created and your delivery is great for the lyrics. Great to hear you!

David~ very relaxed hands you have and you deliver the music with a great touch. I very much enjoyed your YouTube channel, too.

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#2162195 - 10/05/13 04:04 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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David, as usual, I am quite impressed by your perfect control of each note, and the musicality of your playing. These pieces were wonderful to listen to.

Peter, here is a link to a lead sheet. It is not identical to the one I used, but then again, I reharmonized in several places, and added my own intro and ending.

As Time Goes By


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#2162468 - 10/06/13 10:14 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Augustina - Amazing playing. It sounds like a very difficult piece to play.

Ladypane - Loved it! You play fantastic and for this to be an original is very impressive. Thanks for sharing.

Riddler - What a treat! I really like how you bring out the musical joy in the piece like this. Great job Ed!!

Brent - Great playing and singing! I like it in the tempo you use here. Thanks for sharing!

David - Great pieces and great playing! Loved them both!! is that a real turtle on the piano in your first video?
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#2162469 - 10/06/13 10:16 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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My contribution this month is 'May it Be' by Enya from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack.

I perform it here using my own (simple) arrangement as I learned this song by ear. It is very fun to learn songs by ear. While it sure takes more time, I think it helps me understanding music theory better. Halloween is around the corner so I decided to have some extra fun with the video… smile

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#2163061 - 10/07/13 03:55 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Amaruk,

That's a lovely tune, it deserves a "simple" and open expression like your arrangement. Very nice.

No idea how you came up with that video to go with it but wow!
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#2163095 - 10/07/13 05:19 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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That piano sounded nearly as good as your Rolands . . . .Enya wrote (or performed) some strange sounding music. Ideal for soundtracks. Excellent work, man!
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#2163109 - 10/07/13 05:46 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Good work, Amaruk. (I was hoping you might play that red keyboard device)
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#2163138 - 10/07/13 07:14 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Thanks for your kind words Brent, Peter, and Newman.

The piano I am playing is in fact my Roland LX15... I just thought it would be fun to play a Bösendorfer concert grand for a change... Like the say, never believe anything you hear and only half of what you see...

In the 90's I played an adventure game called Riven (the sequel to Myst). The game makers were influenced by J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings in how the approached the story. And since Riven is very steampunk in its nature, I figured to combine the two in this video. The shuttle backdrop in the opening scene is an image from Riven. I just added the steam in my video editor.

The melodica is a fun instrument to play. I should use it more often.


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#2164960 - 10/11/13 05:20 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Wow! The crowds have gone home, so have the music makers! Anybody seen BillM lately? There`s a load more missing too. Hope they haven't all found another website . . .
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#2165026 - 10/11/13 08:10 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Yes, where are all bar players this month? Too sad because I enjoyed listening to all the various pieces that were presented here. I hope they will be back with new material soon.
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#2165149 - 10/12/13 04:08 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Yes. Seems to have deflated. After posting four items I think it was last month, I said I was going to take a break this month ... but didn't expect almost everyone else too as well!
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#2165159 - 10/12/13 05:21 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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I haven't posted for a while and as the bar seems a bit quiet I thought I would share this.
A tune I wrote a couple of years ago , not played particularly well , I don't really play this style much, but hope you enjoy anyway.

The bar might be quiet but the music is of a very high standard with some interesting videos.

Where did my love go

No words to this but this title seemed to fit the opening phase :-)
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#2165168 - 10/12/13 06:00 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt]
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That was a lovely tune just made for a dusky, husky female . . .you`ll have to put some words to it! your piano sounds a treat, very expressive. What is it?
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#2165174 - 10/12/13 06:12 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Hi Peter - thanks , I don't do words unfortunately, absolutely no idea how to write a lyric, I can't even make a bad attempt , nothing , blank , zilch :-(

Anyway, this is played on my Roland HP507 which I have had just over a year. It is an absolutely fantastic instrument and I love it. It pretty much has transformed my playing.

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#2165180 - 10/12/13 06:39 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Amaruk- A beautiful and expressive playing of a beautiful song.
Jazztpt - wherever your love went, she'll be back if she was listening to this. cool
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#2165196 - 10/12/13 08:15 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt]
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"Anyway, this is played on my Roland HP507 which I have had just over a year. It is an absolutely fantastic instrument and I love it. It pretty much has transformed my playing."

Oh, my! What I`ve heard on these forums about Roland keyboards . . solid bottoms, noisy, finger destroying . . .Yours sounded like a software grand. I must admit to enjoying playing the 507 in my local shop . . .but it`s big isn`t it?
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#2165199 - 10/12/13 08:22 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Jazztpt - Really nice. I could swear that was a cover. I tried looking it up online, then went back and re-read that you indicated it was an original. Excellent

Amaruk - Great production values of course. When you learn it by ear, do you go back to the sheet music to see how close you got to the composer's intentions?

Peterws - This was very cool. The song definitely conveyed that sense of motion. You might want to have the piano come up more forward (ie. louder) in the mix with Audacity. This is a criticism that I get all of the time. Sometimes there is nothing you can do about it, if you don't have a great audio of the piano. But where the piano is the star instrument, it should come to the front a little more.

Augustina - A piano at work? I'm jealous. Very nice work with the tempo being so locked in for a long song.

Ladypayne - Nice variation of dynamics and tempo!

Riddler - Sigh. You always have these impossibly full and lush arrangements and then play them so well with the cascading arpeggios. I loved it.

Brent - When I Fall In Love is one of my favorite vocalist songs. You did a very clean and honest rendition. Nice job!

David - Yes, these were short, but really expertly played! Well done
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#2165215 - 10/12/13 09:56 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Oh, my! What I`ve heard on these forums about Roland keyboards . . solid bottoms, noisy, finger destroying . . .Yours sounded like a software grand. I must admit to enjoying playing the 507 in my local shop . . .but it`s big isn`t it?

Well it's a bit bigger than my Roland 101e but not overly so. Yes I also read some negative comments on the forum but I don't agree with them, the 507 was the my favourite by far of the ones I tried out.
To me , great sound , great feel , great everything, like I say I love it :-)

Well it's grey and wet here today so had a little play with the iReal app and recorded Someday my Prince will come ( sometimes known as someday my PRINTS will come - song for a sad photographer - though the jokes a bit out of date these days in the age of digital cameras)

Someday My Prince Will Come
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#2165407 - 10/12/13 07:47 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Lots of nice music so far. Here's another submission. I just did my own short arrangement of how great thou art.

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#2165816 - 10/13/13 10:10 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Here is a first cut at My Funny Valentine. I heard Bill Charlap play a similar arrangement. It is amazing that once you try to even break down the elements of an arrangement by one of the masters, you can see how truly intricate it is. I'm not sure that I'm ever going to get it, so I might as well post some interim little results.

There is never a quiet second in my house, so please forgive my constant companion Cliff and his "singing" along.....
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#2166339 - 10/14/13 09:51 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt]
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Well it's grey and wet here today so had a little play with the iReal app and recorded Someday my Prince will come ( sometimes known as someday my PRINTS will come - song for a sad photographer - though the jokes a bit out of date these days in the age of digital cameras)

Someday My Prince Will Come


OMG! Where did it go? That was a cruel punishment to stop it so soon. That was swinging so hard, I could hear the next verse in my head...
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#2166607 - 10/15/13 10:34 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt]
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The ending never quite happened...this is my 2014 task-to learn easy listening jazz . . . lovely, man!
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#2166610 - 10/15/13 10:39 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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LadyPayne - good rendering of an old methodist hymn I`ve played so often . . . . .brings back good memories for me!
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#2166617 - 10/15/13 10:46 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: kenjazz]
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Good stuff for the kids, Ken! Good stuff for beer drinkers too . . .
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#2167987 - 10/18/13 05:20 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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peterws - nice, uplifting tune, I can imagine this to be a theme to some sitcom smile

Augustina - beautiful piece of music and very confident playing

ladypayne - lovely atmospheric music. Along with the provided view - perfect

Riddler - Great playing. I wish I could play such a complex piece without major mistakes

Brent H - Very pleasant singing as well as playing. I enjoyed it very much.

Amaruk - Great, I love the steampunk theme. Your playing is superb

jazztpt - I have a great respect for people playing their own songs. Especially that good.

ladypayne - very skillful playing. Thumb up!

kenjazz - Very enjoyable jazz tune!
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#2168134 - 10/18/13 01:39 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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It's been a while. I've been busy with ear training and voice & theory classes and haven't done much piano outside of Taubman work on technique (no repertoire). But since I've been laid low with a cold this week it gave me a chance to catchup and realize how much I've missed you all.

Peter - felt like I was watching an amatuer version of an MTV pop video from the 80's. You certainly are eclectic in your musical tastes. Your videos are getting more creative too. You might start a new fitness trend by revisiting the soundtracks of an old one and market "Pumping the pedals to the oldies." A well done blast from the past!

Austina and Lady Payne -- fine playing in what 's becoming, in Augustina's case, a signature style and in Lp's an impressionist's palette for musically rendering the world around her (I could see those mountains just as I could the landscapes for some of exotic lands in the musical letters you sent home while perusing the globe) Now all that has to happen is for one of you to turn your hand to lyric writing and you could wind up the female version of the Sherman brothers, composing musical movie scores for your beloved Disney.

Riddler -- Ed, I agree that it is always a treat to hear you but this time it was also a revelation. You've become a total master of Jazz soloing. Starting so late in life, you've achieved more than many young whipper snappers ever will. Mary McPartland must be looking down from her heavenly perch wishing she was still alive to interview and play with you on her radio show. Heaven will always welcome musicians like you as time goes by.

Brent -- So good to hear someone besides me doing vocals & accompaniment on pianoworld to classic standards (Bill M. does em once in a while but not nearly enough for my taste). We have the same goals too--about half my vocal videos were done while playing and half to my prerecorded accompaniment. I love the blowy horn-like quality of your voice (perfect for jazz) and the accompaniment was perfect too. More please!

David Ruzicka--how good are you to have Google placing ads on your videos! Darn good, from what I can tell. Love the strong dynamic contrasts and clear articulation, not to mention balance, of the voices. Great playing!

Amaruk - the Bosendorfer sound is perfect for this piece. The melody is lovely and sounds great with the arpeggios. Executed with your usual loving touch. Loved the dreamy subtle movie magic too. You are a magician.

Jzzpt-- Wow, I'm truly bowled over (impressed would put it too mildly)! With these two selections you exhibit your super accomplished signature style and also your ability to play in a more circumscribed yet professional & accomplished jazz style. Add to this your gift for composing and this renders you one of the most versatile players as well as one of the most accomplished at PW. I'm always happy to see you doing a standard because you do them so rarely and because my weakeness is for a beautiful melody, but this is the first time I found myself wanting to write lyrics for one of your compositions and feeling it would make a great song for a vocalist. You're as fabulous as the most gifted Baker boy.

KenJazz-- Wow, you certainly have come a ways with your use of rhythm and reference to great Jazz stylists (was that geometrical chromatic run Art Tatum or Oscar Peterson?). I'm just starting where you seemed to begin. I understand the finger snapping because I've been doing a lot of it in my Jazz improv class trying to come in on the upbeats with my scatting. Have to put a 3+ or "2 against 3" over the voos and va's just to make sure it doesn't sound like I'm doing vocal exercises instead of creating jazz melodies. My hat's off to you for coming so far so fast.

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#2168383 - 10/19/13 07:08 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Thanks to TheodorN, David Ruzicka , Peter , Ken & Starr keys for listening and for your positive comments.

Peter & Ken , truth is the backing stopped and I was going to play though he head solo piano but I messed up half way through , hense the rapid fade :-)

Starr Keys - I always enjoy your articulate comments and references to old films, if you ever felt like writing words to my music I would be honored (but only if you sang them for us) and really you are too kind.

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#2168387 - 10/19/13 07:24 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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peterws - Professional production on this jaunty composition which fitted perfectly with the video, Lancaster looks like a nice little town even with all those posh students lol. How long did it take to put the music together?

Augustina - Great playing and very enjoyable to listen to.

ladypayne - What a view to play to, it can't fail to inspire which you can hear in the music.

Riddler - Loved the arrangement and top notch playing as usual.

Brent H - Kudos for singing over a really nicely played backing, look forward to hearing more.

Amaruk - What can I say , great playing and creative video production, excellent.

kenjazz - One of my favourites and another top notch arrangement, you had me running to the keys to play this one.

David Ruzicka - well 2 perfectly played pieces, great finger work and control of dynamics, excellent.
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#2168400 - 10/19/13 08:34 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]
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(was that geometrical chromatic run Art Tatum or Oscar Peterson?).


Thank you Starr Keys! You heard my final version that had a chromatic run in there and number of other improvements. Anyone who listened to the attempt when I first posted it didn't hear it.

Most of the time I was trying to steal from Bill Charlap, but on that one who knows? It just sounded right....
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#2169029 - 10/20/13 04:51 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt]
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Hiya Jazztp . . Lancaster`s a little city that thinks it`s big. The hanging capital of the North of England in days past, (like in the Pendle Witch Trial) and a slave trade commercial centre.

The video is an old project I decided to finish to get it out of the way. The drums have to be loaded separately, I can`t save them as a track on board. But it means they can be edited. Pure fun.


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#2169035 - 10/20/13 05:11 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Amaruk~ Very fine playing. It is the centerpiece of your excellent multi-media presentation. I always enjoy your music choices.

jazzpt~ Where Did My Love Go has a sweet, lyrical, sound to it. You play very sensitively, as though you are listening very carefully to what you are playing. Wonderfully done!
You really relaxed on Someway My Prince Will Come. Very smooth syncopated comping and strong lines make this take a real keeper - it's just too short!

ladypayne~ what a wonderful view you have from your piano seat. You play as though you are inspired, in part, to that magnificent view. Thank you for your music.

kenjazz~ My Funny Valentine is a fine arrangement you made and played. You put a great deal of effort into this tune and it shines beautifully. Good work!

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#2169111 - 10/20/13 08:26 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Starr Keys - I always enjoy your articulate comments and references to old films, if you ever felt like writing words to my music I would be honored (but only if you sang them for us) and really you are too kind.


I felt like it so much, I did it. And I've already transcribed your accompaniment into a key I can sing and created an MP3 for it. Now I just need a little practice time and for my cold to get a little better. I'll post the result in the bar by next week. Just remember, it was your idea. Talk about being too kind! I'm the one who feels honored.

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#2170253 - 10/22/13 07:51 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Thanks for your kind words with regards to my piece. Just to be clear, my video was shot in my living room on my digital Roland LX15. The 9' grand piano you see (it is actually a Steinway D) as well as the Bösendorfer logo were added using special (and silly) effects... smile

Jazztpt - "Where did my love go" What a great piece you wrote! Your performance is top notch as always! I am glad that you are back in the bar! Add words to this and it will climb the music charts!! I really enjoyed your other piece too. It is new to me. That is great bar music! The ending sounded a bit abrupt though. Was it intentional? Thanks for sharing!

Ladypayne - Great performance and I really like the view from your piano!!

Kenjazz - Loved it Ken! Great playing and I am amazed how you pull all the other instruments in like this. It must be really fun to record a piece as great as this. Well done!!!


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#2170481 - 10/23/13 07:21 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]
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ladypayne,

Very nice take on How Great Thou Art. My mom loves that song and I'd bet she would really like that style of playing as well. One day I hope to post "my own arrangement" of a tune, I am current hopeless without some sheet music to get me started.

ken,

That's a warm and sweet take on My Funny Valentine. Not my favorite "sung" song but it's a great one for piano instrumentals and your rendition is very fine.

Jazztpt,

Nice tune you made there. I like that bouncy style. All of you tracks in any style (cf. Someday My Prince Will Come) have a great rhythm and groove to them.


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#2170485 - 10/23/13 07:33 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]
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Originally Posted By: Starr Keys

Brent -- So good to hear someone besides me doing vocals & accompaniment on pianoworld to classic standards (Bill M. does em once in a while but not nearly enough for my taste). We have the same goals too--about half my vocal videos were done while playing and half to my prerecorded accompaniment. I love the blowy horn-like quality of your voice (perfect for jazz) and the accompaniment was perfect too. More please!


Thanks so much for the encouraging words. I am acutely self conscious about posting vocals, much more so than I ever was with just piano playing. It helps a lot to know it's well received.

One of my favorite singers of jazz/standards is the trumpet player Chet Baker. I can't really imitate his breathy upper register way of singing but I love the way he can sing a verse, play a little trumpet break, then singing another and you can tell it's the same guy behind the voice and the horn.

Maybe one day I'll be able to try a Chet-esque rendition of "I Fall in Love Too Easily", very cool stuff.
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#2170871 - 10/23/13 09:38 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Starr! How great it is to see you here. Looks like you've been quite busy with music - that is fantastic!

Haven't been as participating as much and it's been great listening to everyone's music. I hope everyone's doing well.

Here's a few from the past few months for your review, one a standard, the rest are improvisations.

Solitude
https://app.box.com/s/jcymtltsfrjr41pz0s4z
Sedentary Blues
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Upwards
https://app.box.com/s/l7ulwjp5tvhpp7hektao
Emergence
https://app.box.com/s/tji7p4yujzph76db8fug

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#2171050 - 10/24/13 06:54 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Glen,

Great way to go with "Solitude", love the slow buildup. Would have never occurred to me to try that.

Sedentary Blues was awesome. Not QUITE enough to get me up and moving at 6:30am but nearly so!
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#2171107 - 10/24/13 08:47 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Thanks, Brent! Glad you liked my attempt at swinging a bit with Solitude and Sedentary. Yes, you can also tell that the proper changes in time is work-in-progress. The other two are free-plays.

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#2171152 - 10/24/13 10:00 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Hey Glen, no knock on your timing intended. I was commenting on my slug-like-ness early AM before the second cup of coffee kicks in.

I sometimes think I'm the "straightest" man on the planet. I'll try to put a little swing into something I'm playing in a piano lesson and then the teacher says "That sounds nice played straight like that, now see if you can swing it". D'oh! I hate it when that happens.
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#2171370 - 10/24/13 04:33 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Solitude - A rich red wine needed to accompany this slightly dark piece with pleasant reminiscent overtones.

Sedentary Blues - Catchy and quirky . . like watching a couple dancing by themselves . .

Upwards - Scottish dourness interlaced with lighter, gladder moments along life`s dusty (wet?) road? With a p[ub at the end of it. .gotta be a pub.

Emergence - Deep roots and scattered showers! Plants are growing here. Piano sounds like a quality instrument and those compositions no less so.
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#2171549 - 10/24/13 11:11 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Great stuff this month.

Here is my contribution, Gershwin's Summertime (arr. by Lee Evans).

https://app.box.com/s/237qjx8mk79n7avga2sb

(perhaps a bit late, since it doesn't feel like summer anymore wink )
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#2171770 - 10/25/13 10:59 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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It's never too late for Summertime!

Your version is very wistful sounding to me, like the way it feels to think back on Summertime when it's October and the fall winds are chilly.

Outstanding.
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#2171815 - 10/25/13 12:37 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Very nice playing. I like how you went in and out of time in the various section. It sounds like a very sweet arrangement.

Look forward to more, Stumbler

Thanks, Peter! so glad you had a different reaction with each tune!
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#2171976 - 10/25/13 05:48 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: stumbler]
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A good original sounding arrangement of this popular song. It does convey the feel of summer in somwhere other than the UK.. . Nice nice!!
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#2172001 - 10/25/13 06:40 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Hey Peter, I spent a week in the UK this September and y'all were definitely having summer while I was there. I think it was the Monday afternoon and again most of the day on Thursday, at least until it cooled off and got foggy. But it was a lovely summer while it lasted!


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#2172141 - 10/26/13 01:57 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Brent H]
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Brent, we`ve had the best summer in years! Usually we get nothing more than a few days of sunny weather amid a backdrop of rain. Heavy rain. This year the backdrop was showers. . . . grin
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#2172196 - 10/26/13 05:07 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Hey, all. It's been a while. I'm hoping to upload more regularly on my Uni break, so I've come back to the piano bar!

Stumbler: Interesting voicings and arrangement in the accompaniment. Nice work -- not at all how I'd play it... I always go for lyrical, but it's good to have different feels under your belt for variation. Wouldn't be good to play the same thing all night at a piano bar.
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#2172265 - 10/26/13 09:58 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Glen - four beautiful sounding entries. I really liked how you were able to tastefully switch into walking bass on Sedentary Blues and keep the temp increasing at just the right pace throughout. Neat. The two legato pieces, Upwards and Emergence were wonderful. I know that you intend them as whole numbers, but I can also hear them as perfect extended intros ala Brad Mehldau. Then breaking into a simple melody with some sort of a rhythmic groove. mmmm

Stumbler - Great arrangement and playing on Summertime! That rising and falling chromatic counterpoint is killer. Well done.
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#2172292 - 10/26/13 11:00 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Glen - great playing on all four tunes, as you know I really admire your technique/touch and the piano sounds lovely. Solitude is a hard tune to play and I really like what you did with it here. Of the 2 impros Emergence really caught my ear, love the chords on that, one to develop further perhaps?

Stumbler - Summertime as it should be played , authentic to the original style and a very good arrangement. I guess the arranger is not the British comedian Lee Evans but someone else:-)

Brent H - with you on Chet Baker, more of that style please.
Yes we have had a good summer here but September was a bit hit and miss so you came just as the wrong time. Having said that the weather is always hit or miss which is why we British are always talking about it, never know what you are going to get. I have just been down to the coast for an hour and in that time we had warm no wind , wind , wind a bit cooler , sun , cloud and rain.........and then the sun came out again lol.
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#2172307 - 10/26/13 11:30 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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In truth, I was joking about the "Monday afternoon and part of Thursday". I was down south at the Kent coast the first week of September playing golf. Everywhere else in England the weather was very hit-or-miss but right along the coast it stayed sunny, breezy and unseasonably warm (20C-25C in the afternoons) the entire time.
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#2172401 - 10/26/13 02:19 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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So I spent tonight videoing and uploading two videos to Youtube. That's a record! What else is a record? 50 videos! What else? I did my first one-take recording. (Dearly Beloved.):)



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#2172423 - 10/26/13 03:28 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Maechre~ very nice submissions. I especially enjoyed the second video. It seems you've spent some well-spent effort improvising on the theme. Good work!

Kenjazz and Jazzpt~ Your observations and comments are very much appreciated - it's great to see you both back at the bar! Yes, the improvisations are pretty short as I am still in the process of recovering from past injury complications.

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#2172599 - 10/27/13 01:29 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Maechre]
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Maechre,

I was a kid when Jungle Book came out in the theatres in the sixties. So this brings me back to a long time ago.

I liked your improvisation too!


Inlanding,

My teacher suggested swinging some parts and leaving others straight. I think the original Porgie and Bess version was all straight.

kenjazz, jasspt,

The arrangement seems to keep close to the original score. Here, for example, it is sung by Paul Robeson:

https://archive.org/details/Paul-Robeson-collection-131-140

I don't know Lee Evans the comedian, though he comes out top in a google search. I think the arranger must be the following Lee Evans:

http://www.pace.edu/dyson/academic-depar...onals/lee-evans

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#2172608 - 10/27/13 03:12 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Well, I was going to sit it out this month (I figured maybe I was posting too much) but after the effort I put into this one yesterday and today I had to share it. It's mostly about the left hand part I created for it - which I'm pretty pleased with.

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#2172640 - 10/27/13 06:47 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Newman,

All right, now. That's a great one. It's fun listening to you cut loose on a fun song like that.
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#2172649 - 10/27/13 07:23 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Maechre]
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Maechre

Good work, young fella! (I know you`re young because I don`t see any veins on yer hands and you`re about to grow into that pullover any minute now (forgive the stupid jokes)):)

You played really well on the first "Bare necessities. I admire people who sight read; I struggle at that somewhat. And your second? You put together three chords, and played round `em. Einaudi does the same. Make it four next time, and you`ll be better than him! Seriously, I do similar. So does half the pop song writers. It`s fun and you did a super job. Keep it up. . . .
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#2172654 - 10/27/13 07:40 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Newman]
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Great song! I wondered which I was gonna get; there are at least 2 of `em! Excellent bass work with the singing. You`ll be multitasking at home next . . .!
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#2172657 - 10/27/13 07:45 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Brent H]
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"All right, now. That's a great one" . .True. It`s by The Free. Enigmatic song of the 70`s when I was . . . .bit younger than today lol We`ll get Newman to sing it . . .


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#2172674 - 10/27/13 08:18 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Thanks a lot everyone!

Peter: I admire people who sight-read as well! wink And it's the people who sight-read well who inspire me to sight-read more. I'm a bit rusty thanks to Uni, but I'm sure I'll get up to scratch over my break. For "The Bare Necessities", I started at probably 60bpm, and worked only on the last few bars of the piece. As I got more confident I upped the tempo, and then slowed it back down and added more bars, working backwards through the piece. So initially I did sight-read it, and then I read it many, many times until it was up to speed (almost). I like this way of working because I can feel the progression, and the piece doesn't feel insurmountable. I'm just practising this learning technique on these pieces, and I want to apply it to more difficult pieces in the future.

I can't wait to have the time to get back into my pure sight-reading. I also think learning these pieces is going to help my sight-reading from recognising the patterns.
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#2172776 - 10/27/13 02:12 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Starr! How great it is to see you here. Looks like you've been quite busy with music - that is fantastic!
Glen


Glen, I'm so glad I happened back on a day when you were participating. I've heard some of these tunes of yours before, and Solitude of course, but I don't remember you, or many others for that matter, ever playing it this beauifully - -and Upwards soars,it's very beautiful. I love your compositions!

Stumbler - This arrangement of Summertime is perhaps the best I've ever heard and you do it full justice. I agree it stays close to original, but surprises with enough beautiful tropes on to take your breath way. I love your playing and taste in music.

Maechre - I enjoyed your playing very much. You are very talented. Welcome to the Bar!

Newman - I listened to Hold Me Tight and Your Not the girl, and I can't tell you how impresssed I am. Wouldn't it be ironic if after all these years of singing and playing guitar in a band you became rich and famous for solo vocals and piano accompaniment.

Well, as promised, here are my lyrics and vocal for Jazzpt's music. I wish I had more time to work on the vocal (know I could do a much better job with some coaching from my new teacher) but I'm still rundown with my cold and I daren't strain my throat anymore. I also have a mammoth theory assignment with licks to write.

https://app.box.com/s/jlj6f2kg0tzolyf65np4

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#2172957 - 10/27/13 09:40 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Newman~ I liked the high-energy sound you bring to the music. Glad you did not sit out this month. Your piano playing is getting much smoother and sure-footed. Good work, indeed!

Starr~ The fact you came up with some lyrics nearly on-the-fly like that is really impressive. Your voice is opening up and sounding more relaxed. No doubt you are getting some great instruction and applying it daily to your own work.
Thanks for the acknowledgement, Starr. I might have posted Solitude before, but the others were just recently rendered. I always appreciate your insights into what you hear.

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#2172961 - 10/27/13 09:43 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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To finish the month for me, here's a quick video from awhile back, Partly Cloudy
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#2173030 - 10/28/13 03:57 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Maechre - Well Done
StarrKeys - You beat me to it!
InLanding - Classy as ever
Stumbler - An interesting arrangement. Never get's tired as a tune does it?
And thanks for the positive feedback, all.
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#2173249 - 10/28/13 03:23 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Maechre - sight reading is an absolutly invaluable skill, sight read well and you can play (almost) anything straight off. I can do a lead sheet and chords but not a full piano score - keep at the reading and the improvisation, excellent.

Newman - singing , bass and that right hand , plus the righ amount of energy in the performance , great stuff.

Starr Keys - what can I say , you transcribe the music , write some great lyrics which tell a story based on one line of the title " Where did my love go" and then record it. Apart from being honored that you wanted to do that with my music I am amazed what you managed to create. I must admit I can't catch every word on the recording so if you could post the lyrics here that would be wonderful. All I can say is thank you - we wrote a song.
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#2173274 - 10/28/13 04:11 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt]
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Thanks, Inlanding and Jazzpt. I really appreciate your support, but you are too kind. After having my friend James tell me it definitely sounded like "Broadway" to him and my singing teacher tell me we needed to work on my feeling more free (less constrained by technqiue). Pop singing, which is what I intended it to be, is more conversational. Doing that might help you understand the lyrics (but probably it's my New York accent that's throwing you smile ). In the meantime, here are the lyrics:

Where Did My Love Go

You were a dancer
Beauty and youth your mantra
I was a skylark
whose song you choreographed

Simple yet grace-felt
easy yet and fleet-stepped
Till the wind storm came
In the updraft, where did my love go?

Dance and desire charged my mornings
Dream flight and romance charmed your nights
Mystical longing
Earthborne passion,
Down the rabbit hole, falling
Tell me where did my love go

Ella Enchanted, Alice poisoned
Persephone haunted, and
Dorothy, by wizardry, swept away.

Storm-weathered rapture
Mystic illusion
Caught in a vortex
and falling further from my soul
Where, oh where, oh where did my love go? Where did it like go-oh-oh-oh...


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#2173278 - 10/28/13 04:20 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Starr Keys - simply wonderfull and all from "where did my love go" - I didn't write it as Broadway but it always sounded like that to me too, anyway that's not a bad thing.

Anyway , congratulations you did a great job.
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#2173288 - 10/28/13 04:38 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt]
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Starr Keys - simply wonderfull and all from "where did my love go" - I didn't write it as Broadway but it always sounded like that to me too, anyway that's not a bad thing.

Anyway , congratulations you did a great job.



Interesting, you heard it that way. My teacher heard it as like a Carol King song and my husband heard it as like Coldplay (Viva la vida). Maybe if people hear so much in it, we should copyright it in case some young mega star, sick of singing 3-chord Rihanna songs, wanted to record it.

After I get a chance to work on it more with my teacher, I'd love to do a video for it with movie scenes from the stories of the characters I mention in the bridge. Of course, you'd have to write an intro for it, and do one of your Keith Jarrett style piano solos after I sing the first AABA round, to really sell it. smile

p.s. hope you caught my edit, it's "caught" not "trapped" in a vortex.

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#2173293 - 10/28/13 04:51 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]
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Originally Posted By: Starr Keys

After I get a chance to work on it more with my teacher, I'd love to do a video for it with movie scenes from the stories of the characters I mention in the bridge. Of course, you'd have to write an intro for it, and do one of your Keith Jarrett style piano solos after I sing the first AABA round, to really sell it. smile


Look forward to hearing and seeing what you do with it.........."piano solos", I'd better get back to practicing :-)
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#2173332 - 10/28/13 06:16 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Starr Keys - Fantastic vocal and lyrics to Jazztpt' music!!! I am very impressed!
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#2173348 - 10/28/13 06:48 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Amaruk]
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Starr Keys - Fantastic vocal and lyrics to Jazztpt' music!!! I am very impressed!


Since just about everything you do impresses me, your being impressed with me is cause for celebration. I was thinking of your videos and injection of your personality and emotions into the film scenes when I talked to Jazzpt about ideas for a video for this song. I just learned how to edit videos within a video (not just photos) and you were the one who inspired me to do it. Thank you. Now for that wine! smile

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#2174244 - 10/30/13 10:06 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Newman, more great Beatles. Your arrangement really suits this piece.

Starr Keys and jazzpt, wow great collaboration. The lyrics and music really fit each other. I'm impressed.

Inlanding, Partly Cloudy. This really fits my mood and the weather today, gray and melancholy. Always love your work.


Edited by stumbler (10/30/13 10:07 AM)

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#2174310 - 10/30/13 12:39 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]
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Starrkeys . . ."Where did it like go-oh-oh-oh..."

"I`ve lost my fella ella ella
No more kissing under my umbrella
Just because I can`t cook his paella . . ."

You`re definitely having too much fun!


Edited by peterws (10/30/13 12:56 PM)
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#2174316 - 10/30/13 12:45 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Inlanding A very smooth and sophisticated wine bar sound . . .you could play that all night and everybody`d be happy knocking `em back . . . .as they do! What`s your piano?


Edited by peterws (10/30/13 12:58 PM)
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#2174321 - 10/30/13 12:55 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]
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Starr - I just heard your lyrics! It sounds great. Bit o` live music just before dinner (the sausages are cooking nicely). . . proper music makes a comeback!
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#2174390 - 10/30/13 03:14 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: stumbler]
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Originally Posted By: stumbler

Starr Keys and jazzpt, wow great collaboration. The lyrics and music really fit each other. I'm impressed.


Glad you like it but Starr Keys did all the work , all I did was post my tune , she transcribed it , wrote the poetic lyrics around my given title and performed it.
Now that is what I call talent.


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#2174472 - 10/30/13 05:58 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Starr Keys - As one who was once driven by the exceptional composing talent of Jazztpt to attempt my own arrangement of one of his pieces, I can understand how you were driven to let the lyrics flow out of you for this number.

Super job, and I L..O..V..E the idea of online collaboration like this! I hope to see more of it
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#2174563 - 10/30/13 10:36 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Thanks, Newman, Stumbler, peterws for listening to Partly Cloudy. Peterws, the electric keyboard is a Yamaha 150.

Starr~ I look forward to watching one of your video productions of jazzpt's with your lyrics. Mating lyrics to a melody must be quite fun for you. You have a way with words. That, combined with your wonderful voice is simply amazing.

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#2174669 - 10/31/13 04:34 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: peterws]
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Thank you, Stumbler, Peter, KenJazz, Inlander, and Jazzpt.

More than a feeling--impressing those who impress you!! I hope you realize when you say that I transcribed it, Russ, and that people know I used one software program to do that with your recording and another to slow it down. I'm no where close to playing as well as you--you've got 40 years on me--and my piano is probably the worst on the boards, so even if I could play as well as you, it would still sound like I couldn't.

I'm very grateful for the terrific support I continue to receive from all of you while I'm my cutting my teeth and riding around on my training wheels, both as a piano player and a vocalist. And I haven't written a song since I was 8, so you know I had to be very inspired by that little "tune" of yours.

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#2174734 - 10/31/13 09:55 AM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Inlanding]
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Starr~ I look forward to watching one of your video productions of jazzpt's with your lyrics. Mating lyrics to a melody must be quite fun for you. You have a way with words. That, combined with your wonderful voice is simply amazing.

Glen


Thanks, Glen, but it's up to Jazzpt too. When he's ready with an intro and solo, I'm ready to shout "lights, camera, action!" smile

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#2174882 - 10/31/13 02:42 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]
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Originally Posted By: Starr Keys

Thanks, Glen, but it's up to Jazzpt too. When he's ready with an intro and solo, I'm ready to shout "lights, camera, action!" smile


I'll see what I can come up with re an intro - not sure how we will mix a solo in though without the right technology - unless I record the full track. I could do that using midi if you have something to play it through. Lets see if I can write a decent intro and take it from there.
I Love what you did with my tune, adding words gives it a whole different aspect.

And to Kenjazz, many thanks for the compliment it's much appreciated.
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#2174956 - 10/31/13 05:00 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt]
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Don't worry, I've got the right technology (I used it to splice together the beginning of the radio recording with the middle and didn't it seem like they were arranged that way?)

If you like the way I sang your song in the thread, just write your intro and solo in that key at that tempo and I'll do the rest. You probably should repeat the AA for your solo and I should come in at the bridge but if you want to start at the bridge and play that and A after, I can come in for the finish at the second A. However you hear it is fine. You're the composer (and a damn good one at that) smile

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#2174998 - 10/31/13 06:33 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]
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OK , I'll get onto that. Written the intro , solo might take a bit longer :-)
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#2175309 - 11/01/13 12:19 PM Re: October Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt]
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OK , I'll get onto that. Written the intro , solo might take a bit longer :-)


Great! Take your time. I probably wouldn't be able to get it done till Thanksgiving break anyway.

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