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#406085 - 07/24/03 05:53 PM Need help picking out some songs
Krazypaul Offline
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Registered: 05/31/03
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Hey, i recently have been asked to play a song for this one girl that i havent seen in a long time and well...i'm sort of nervous. she's coming over from California and she and her parents are spending the upcoming weekend at our house. Do you guys know any good songs(sort of "romantic" in a way) that i can play? something that is attractive to a girl i guess you could say. a "girl pleaser".... i hope you guys know what i mean. \:\)

A couple of suggustions would be much appreciated. I'm pretty flexible as to the difficulty of the song. Just any difficult can do for me, hard or easy, as long as it has it's appeal. ( Although i doubt most romantic songs are difficult anyways)

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#406086 - 07/24/03 06:09 PM Re: Need help picking out some songs
John51 Offline
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Registered: 08/31/02
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I'm the worlds worst guitarist and "Help me make it through the night" hasn't failed me yet.
Such a shame her parents are coming as well.
:rolleyes:
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#406087 - 07/24/03 08:30 PM Re: Need help picking out some songs
zornchugger Offline
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Registered: 07/21/03
Posts: 18
Loc: Atlanta
Liebestraum No 3 by Liszt.

A romantic girl-piece, and a technical show-off opportunity, all in one. You can't lose.

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#406088 - 07/24/03 10:00 PM Re: Need help picking out some songs
virtuoso_735 Offline
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Registered: 05/08/03
Posts: 996
Loc: California
Well, it kinda depends on if you want to play a classical piece or a Contemporary piece.

Here are my suggestions for classical: Moonlight sonata first mov.(not so impressive, but romantic, Etude no.3 op.10 (lyrical and showy), Chopin nocturnes (all of them are pretty romantic), Liszt Liebestraumes or consolations (liebestraumes more showy than consolations), Chopin ballades (not sure if you can learn them in time), Rach prelude in D op.23 (romantic).

Good Luck!
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#406089 - 07/24/03 10:11 PM Re: Need help picking out some songs
Krazypaul Offline
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That rach prelude in D Op. 23 is one of the most romantic songs i have ever heard from him. She's more interested in classical music, she's plays piano but only for 2 years, so i guess a showy presentation would help out. I did think about liszt's libenstrum and maybe some chopin songs. I sort of kept those in mind but thanks for that one rach prelude. If anyone else have any otehr suggustions besides the ones i have in mind, i would like to here it and thanks for all your ideas so far.

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#406090 - 07/25/03 04:26 AM Re: Need help picking out some songs
Nunatax Offline
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Registered: 07/13/03
Posts: 704
Loc: Belgium
Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 1 or 2.
The second part of Beethoven's Pathétique sonata.

If you want something from this time, try the piano transcription of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by David Lanz (believe me, that'll work ;\) ) I've got a complete scan of this song, if you want I could mail it to you so you can try it.
Some other things you can try :
Jon Schmidt :
http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/35/jon_schmidt__classical_ne.html
Be sure to listen to the following songs :
Passages (This'll work just as well ;\) )
Winter Wind
All of me (if you want to be impressive ;\) )
Falling in Love
Prelude in C
I Do (with vocals if you like...)

You can buy the scores on www.jonschmidt.com They are very cheap and in PDF format, once you've paid (with credit card) you can immediately download them.

Michiel
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#406091 - 07/25/03 09:47 AM Re: Need help picking out some songs
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Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 4654
Loc: New York City
Liszt's transcription of "Widmung" by Schumann.

At least you could properly say it's a "song."

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#406092 - 07/25/03 11:55 AM Re: Need help picking out some songs
MikeMcf31 Offline
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Registered: 01/07/02
Posts: 194
Loc: Northern NJ
Are you seeking a classical piece or a "song". I play a jazzy version of the Sinatra classic "The Way You Look Tonight" that is my ace in the hole for these situations...

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#406093 - 07/25/03 12:24 PM Re: Need help picking out some songs
BDB Offline
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I agree. Some Jerome Kern might be just the ticket.
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#406094 - 07/25/03 12:32 PM Re: Need help picking out some songs
justme Offline
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Registered: 06/11/03
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Okay, I'm female, and the biggest turnons to me are starting from the biggest:

1 Liszt Lieberstraum (it's beautiful and impressive)
2 Chopin Nocturne in Eflat (it's so darn romantic)

I started to go on but those two are all I'd need. Shhhhhhhh! Don't tell my boyfriend. He still hasn't figured that out. ;\)
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#406095 - 07/25/03 07:44 PM Re: Need help picking out some songs
Krazypaul Offline
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 Quote:


If you want something from this time, try the piano transcription of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by David Lanz (believe me, that'll work ;\) ]
Yea, send it to me at my mail if you dont mind. \:\)

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#406096 - 07/25/03 08:19 PM Re: Need help picking out some songs
Goldberg Offline
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Registered: 02/08/03
Posts: 1231
Loc: U.S.
Well, I'll second "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by David Lanz. I would recommend picking up a collection book with some of his music called "Sacred Road" (it includes music from the CD as well as 3 or 4 additional pieces). There you'll find supposed girl-pleasers (not that I would know, I haven't really tried any of them out yet...) including "A Whiter Shade of Pale", "Themes and Variations of Pachabel's Canon in D", "Beloved", "Nocturne", "Before the Last Leaf Falls" -all of that good stuff. I'll have to give one of those a try myself sooner or later..As for me, I stick on one of my own compositions which I like improvising with. It gets me a lot of different compliments and "wows" and such, some pretty convincing, but I'm stillll single. Oh well. Maybe one day...

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#406097 - 07/26/03 10:13 PM Re: Need help picking out some songs
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Registered: 07/22/03
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Loc: floresville
"Claire de Lune" by Debussy is pretty darn romantic if you ask me ;\)

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#406098 - 07/26/03 10:36 PM Re: Need help picking out some songs
virtuoso_735 Offline
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Some other romantic pieces: Unisuspiro by liszt, My darling/My joy, by chopin trancribed for piano by liszt (one of my favorites: showy and beautiful), arabesque, the girl with the flaxen hair, both by debussy, prelude no.6 by Rach. You can get most of these at www.sheetmusicarchive.net
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#406099 - 07/27/03 10:31 AM Re: Need help picking out some songs
Krazypaul Offline
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Sry, i didnt find that rach 6 prelude very romantic but thanks for your suggustions.

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#406100 - 07/27/03 11:07 AM Re: Need help picking out some songs
Nina Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 6467
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
If there was ever an occasion for Porter/Gershwin/etc., this is it!! Think Woody Allen movie credits music...

Someone To Watch Over Me
Embraceable You
Misty
But Not for Me
The Man I Love
I Get a Kick Out of You

They all say sophisticated, classy and unique but not stupidly so...

Add in a Chopin Nocturne and mission accomplished!

Nina

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