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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
For the first time in years I'm ahead of the game - I'm playing a piece that I haven't recorded before but has been in my repertoire for several months. What a novel idea, eh?
But apologies to Inlanding, since I have not yet learned Tea for Two, which he sent me several months ago. I've had a time of slogging with performance, and most new stuff has taken a back seat to trying to figure out wtxxx I'm actually doing
I have one pretty good recording of my piece, but as usual, I want better! All of these themed recitals have really put the pressure on! So the next couple of weeks are going to be quite focussed on doing more polishing.
I am in trouble. Unless I submit the Mozart duet I played with my sister, I've got nothing. I don't think my sister wants to be immortalized on the internet. Besides, we aren't that good. We were just having fun. So yup, I'm in trouble.
I'm running low on corny gimmicks to promote my recital submissions. That is until I heard this incredible cover version of a lovely simple tune that everyone has heard. The only thing is that the tune is played on a guitar so I'm not sure how the 'conversion' is going to end up.
I'm not going to mention the tune yet as I'm still working on it and may bail if it doesn't work out. But if I do, do it, .......it will be a..... 'Double-Cover'
past experience has told me I need more than a month to convert the shambles of a piece I call music into something others might consider a brave effort with room for improvement. So it's starting to look like a plan B piece.
I thought I understood endurance sport; then I took up piano XXXIII-4-XXX
I'd like to double check. On these quarterly recitals. There is no sign up time. Just a submittal time. Right?
Reason I ask. Seriously.... These recitals have started to motivate me to think about submitting something. They are a good motivator. I never worked so stubbornly hard on a piece till the week of recording that Joplin piece. I guess there is just something about that red dot?
Ron Ingrid, my beloved VPC : "Play it Sam....For old times sake...Play it for me...I'll sing it with you...Play me again, Sam."
Ha! Checked with my sister about the duet recording. She says if people aren't too critical, she's game for me using the recording in the next ABF Quarterly recital. The thing I need to do is get the Bach recorded for the NEXT Quarterly recital!!! Wouldn't that be good planning on my part!!?? Well, I can hope. At least I'm ready for this recital coming up.
Well, the stuff I`m submitting will be so slow, you`ll either fall off (if you`re riding a bike to it) or fall asleep listening. . . it`s SO SLOW you could ALMOST sight read it and record in the same session. . .wouldn`t that be great?
The word "almost" is the clue; I`ve been at it a fortnight . . .zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . .CRASH!!
Edited by peterws (Yesterday at02:25 PM)
"I'm playing all the right notes — but not necessarily in the right order." Eric Morecambe
For the Adult Beginner Forum Quarterly Recitals you'll need an mp3 file. Programs like Audacity can convert WAV files to an mp3. When the recital opens, there is a file uploader posted. You just follow directions to upload your file and then answer questions about the instrument used, and about your experience playing. "Themed" recitals of certain composers or genre, have their own rules. Usually not special uploader posted. You just send a link to your file that is uploaded to a site like BOX. Or a link to your YouTube video.
Monica K. is the one who runs the recital. I forget the specific date and time. But a very clear thread will be started with a title announcing the opening of the recital. Next one is in May. The uploader stays active for 15 days giving people time to get their files uploaded. Then all the files are posted in an entirely new thread for people to start listening to them. Comments are made in another very clearly marked thread. You even get a template to just plug your comments into. So, it's all made about as easy as it can get. All very clearly titled threads with very specific instructions what to do. All you need is the mp3 of your piece.
I have finally started up with a teacher and I've learned a song recently that I like pretty well. Needs some polish of course! It's a pretty simple blues melody. Would that be appropriate for this then?
Has anyone heard anything about another themed recital yet?
Edited by AZ_Astro (Today at10:24 AM)
Kawai KG-5. Korg SP-250. Software pianos: Ivory II, Ravenscroft, Galaxy Vintage D, Alicia's Keys, et al.
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Az Astro - a simple blues piece would be great! At least from my point of view - I love the variety we get in the quarterly recitals, and I'm definitely a non-classical genre piano player, so those always get my attention.
For me, the very best recitals are the quarterlies:
1. Absolutely everyone can participate, and the participation is the basic motivation for submitting - a record of where you are right now, and the ABF loves to hear it.
2. Absolute beginners are not only welcomed, but encouraged - since any piece at all can be submitted, there's no particular skill level imposed by the pieces themselves. If someone's been playing a couple of days and can record the first recognizable tune from their book, go for it! It's part of the genius of the recitals.
3. Improvisers are welcome - new age, jazz, pop-by-ear, Mr. Super-Hunky's see what happens method, all of them bring us some great music.
4. Composers - DIY piano tunes are great
5. Looking forward to particular ABFers' contributions - it's so much fun to see what each of us is going to pick next - it's like "following" them on the ABF quarterlies
6. The sheer creative genius and originality of the ABF, in all its glory - what a great spectrum of music we play, and with such delight. It's a special feature of the unbridled ABF quarterlies. ABF quarterlies FTW!
Any way, AZ Astro - we can always use more blues in my book