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#2177411 - 11/05/13 08:57 AM Christmas Accompaniment and solo
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Goodness...November already!! My teacher hosts an annual Christmas piano party and we share music. The last couple of years I've accompanied my husband on a song as well. It really pushes me to keep playing and listen to him as well as the notes.

This year he wants to do "I'll be home for Christmas" and the version I have is ok but kind of bland accompaniment. Does anyone have suggestions on an intermediate (NOT late intermediate) version of this piece that lends itself to tenor voice?

For my solo piece I'm doing David Lanz "What Child is This" ...much to my teacher's dismay since new age anything sounds wrong to her ears. She's humoring me on this one with only some grumbling. What are you working on for the holiday season??
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#2177413 - 11/05/13 09:00 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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How could David Lanz possibly sound wrong to her ears?? I'll be playing that for Christmas too laugh Just started looking at the book in yesterday's lesson. I'm probably going to stick with the easy arrangements, just to get more done in limited time.
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#2177467 - 11/05/13 10:45 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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Christmas music?? Did someone say Christmas music?? I LOVE Christmas music. smile Pardon me for shouting! wink

I always have a few pieces I play every year, and when it gets close to Christmas, I try to go over a few pieces written for piano and voice so we can do some singing. But there are always a few pieces I work on early as well so I have a large-ish collection of things to play. Here are the pieces I've added new for this year and am currently practicing:

1) Carol of the Bells (Michele McLaughlin arrangement, highly recommended)

2) Joy, George Winston's arrangement/adaptation of Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (this piece is deceptively difficult!)

Near the end of this month, I'll start practicing these as well (these are all pieces I have played before):

3) Angels We Have Heard on High (David Nevue arrangement)

4) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (David Nevue arrangement)

5) Joy to the World (Nevue arrangement, I'm beginning to sense a pattern here)

There may be some others that I have easy arrangements of that I tack on last minute.

I actually have David Lanz's Christmas score book, but I haven't played anything from it. Any suggestions of arrangements of his that you particularly recommend?

If I can get through Winston's Joy this year, next year I think I'll take on his arrangement of the Holly and the Ivy, which is a fantastic piece.

Yay, Christmas music!!
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#2177608 - 11/05/13 03:15 PM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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If I'm not mistaken, Mr S/H usually start Christmas music thread every year. I cannot remember when he usually does. But wait a few. It will come up.
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#2177611 - 11/05/13 03:21 PM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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No reason to wait if people want to talk about what they are working on right now. smile There is always room for another thread about piano music here : D
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#2177665 - 11/05/13 04:58 PM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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I love Christmas music on the piano as well...

I'm working on a couple of bluesy/boogie Christmas tunes, and they really get me in the Christmas mood! One is what I call Jazzy Jingle Bells and the other is boogie-woogie Santa Clause is coming to town. I like em' both.

I've been invited to play the piano at our annual Christmas dinner at my place of work again this year... I didn't think I could play all that well, but they keep inviting me back; this is the 5th year in a row, I think. smile

Rick
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#2177708 - 11/05/13 07:02 PM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: ShiroKuro]
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ShiroKuro-
I so love your joy and enthusiasm about Christmas Music! I feel the same! I am already sight reading through "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "A Jazz Inspired Christmas". I am looking for the George Winston "December" piano transcription in total.

Thank you for sharing.

"Yay Christmas Music!"
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#2177734 - 11/05/13 07:53 PM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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WiseBuff - I don't know of other arrangements, but could you add a couple of frills to the one you have? I often hear little fill-ins on the long notes (Christma..a..s/tinkle tinkle tinkle) in my head and can find some version of them on the piano (altho often not the exact one in my head. I think I must hear micro intervals in my head or something.) Or maybe add full chords in the left hand, or a little short run from one chord to the next? Sometimes it doesn't take a lot behind a singer - just enough to add a little interest and to let the audience know there's a piano player smile

I'm not the Christmas music aficionado here, tho, so maybe someone will have a better idea.

Cathy
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#2177752 - 11/05/13 09:36 PM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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This year he wants to do "I'll be home for Christmas" and the version I have is ok but kind of bland accompaniment. Does anyone have suggestions on an intermediate (NOT late intermediate) version of this piece that lends itself to tenor voice?


WiseBuff,
This is one of my all time favorite Christmas songs.

Michael Bublé Christmas book has a pretty decent arrangement, not too difficult. It's Piano/Vocal scores too.
ISBN 978-1-4584-1918-7.
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#2177754 - 11/05/13 09:40 PM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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See?!? I *knew* someone would have a better idea!

smile

Cathy
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#2177810 - 11/06/13 01:34 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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This thread got me going for Christmas music stash. I was playing Christmas music for an hour before I realized what I was doing. I love Christmas.
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#2177882 - 11/06/13 08:00 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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As mentioned earlier, here is my version of "Jazzy jingle bells". I didn't realize it had been 4 years since I recorded this video... time does fly when you are having fun. smile

"Jazzy Jinglebells"

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#2177889 - 11/06/13 08:15 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: Rickster]
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I'm looking for an intermediate arrangement for O Holy Night. Anything close to Martina mcbride version.

Deb

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#2177897 - 11/06/13 08:36 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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Nice work Rick!
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#2178351 - 11/07/13 07:35 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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laugh Perhaps my teacher would like Lanz better if I played it up to speed...I'm working on it. ShiroKiro, my favorite is the First Noel/Christmas Waltz. This year though it's What child is this which has some other melody in there as well that I recognize as a U.S. Revolutionary war song, Johnny has gone for a soldier. I want to be able to play the "noodling" left hand softly and smoothly as background.

I have Alfred's Christmas sing along but the left hand as written is supposed to be simple but ends up feeling awkward to me. Jotur I need your improv skills. It gives me the Chord symbols but I don't think in chords (although my music theory teacher is pushing for it).

Rickster...love the jazzy jingle bells
Ragdoll I'll look at your suggestion...thanks


Edited by WiseBuff (11/07/13 07:39 AM)
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#2178360 - 11/07/13 08:00 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: Rickster]
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Really nice, Rick! And great voice too, I have been checking out some of your videos.

I'll better start learning my carols!!!
(As we say in Spain... "que te pilla el toro", or "the bull is going to catch you"... or in other words "hurry up!")
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#2178396 - 11/07/13 09:40 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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WiseBuff, I love those songs. First Noel/Christmas Waltz is really pretty. Currently working on Angels We Have Heard On High, but I hope to finish it this week and get to the next one soon! This Christmas music is really motivating; I'll be doubling my piano hours, at the very least.

Now to find an arrangement for three hands that I can play together with my sister...
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#2178527 - 11/07/13 02:52 PM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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Wisebuff, I'll have to check that out, I love Christmas songs that have another melody embedded into them.
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#2178558 - 11/07/13 04:15 PM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: ShiroKuro]
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Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro
Wisebuff, I'll have to check that out, I love Christmas songs that have another melody embedded into them.


It's not traditional, but here's one of the better ones I've run into in the last few years:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkcvCMi3lIA
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#2178914 - 11/08/13 08:23 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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Rickster, finally had a chance to listen to that, what fun! Do I hear a bit of Little Richard "The Girl Can't Help It" in there.

One thing about this, and other Christmas songs like Sleigh Ride, is the tempo is a make or break deal. I'm working on George Winston's Joy, and the music on the page couldn't be any "simpler" but it's so fast, and it's syncopated (or should be!) and I can't quite get it into my fingers. I'll find a video clip later and share it.
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#2178920 - 11/08/13 08:31 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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Ok, it's later now. smile

Joy by George Winston


Myra Hess playing Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, on which Winston's Joy is loosely based.

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#2179524 - 11/09/13 10:17 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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I'm currently working on several Christmas songs too! I'll list and make recordings soon! I'm in the Level One stage but they sound pretty good.
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#2180740 - 11/11/13 07:10 PM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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I just got my first Christmas book in and sat down to play for five minutes to try it out. I was still there an hour later! I think Christmas music has addictive properties.
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#2180903 - 11/12/13 07:15 AM Re: Christmas Accompaniment and solo [Re: WiseBuff]
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One of my fellow theory students uses a software program called Sibelius to do her composition projects. I'm thinking of trying to develop my own accompaniment. OK...the laughs can start now...I've never done it but we're learning the principles in class so it might work on a two page song.
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