Something for the soul

Posted by: Silverwood Pianos

Something for the soul - 09/19/12 09:34 AM


Now you can hum this all day long too!


Som Sabadell
Posted by: Emmery

Re: Something for the soul - 09/19/12 10:31 AM

What an inspiring way to start a morning...thanks Dan.

I'll leave a link here for those who are open minded about no restrictions on how many people can play a single piano and bring out the percussive and other attributes of the instrument...

http://thepianoguys.com/portfolio/one-direction-what-makes-you-beautiful/
Posted by: PaintedPostDave

Re: Something for the soul - 09/19/12 10:46 AM

Wonderful! smile
Posted by: That Guy

Re: Something for the soul - 09/19/12 10:54 PM

Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Grandpianoman

Re: Something for the soul - 09/20/12 06:08 PM

Very moving...thanks for posting that. Music is the universal language.

Some US city should try that. It would be interesting to see the reaction!

Enjoyed the pianoguys as well....had never heard of them, very entertaining.
Posted by: Olek

Re: Something for the soul - 09/21/12 05:31 AM

Originally Posted By: Silverwood Pianos

Now you can hum this all day long too!


Som Sabadell


Cant those guys find a real job ? wink

Pianoguys :! totally uninteresting !!
Posted by: Grandpianoman

Re: Something for the soul - 09/21/12 06:01 PM

Quote:
Pianoguys :! totally uninteresting !!


To each his own. smile
Posted by: Lluís

Re: Something for the soul - 09/21/12 06:50 PM

Nice! I live very near that city :9
Posted by: Jerry Groot RPT

Re: Something for the soul - 09/21/12 09:55 PM

I enjoyed them both! Thanks for posting them.
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Something for the soul - 09/21/12 10:13 PM

It does happen in the U.S. Take a wander over to Piano Forum and check out Rich Galassini's thread "Random Act of Culture."

I also posted Dan's link in that thread. Yes, it is credited.
Posted by: Loren D

Re: Something for the soul - 09/22/12 07:28 AM

Not sure how a very creative and inventive use of a piano can be uninteresting, but whatever! I find what they did far more interesting and colorful than dull, boring unisons.
Posted by: Grandpianoman

Re: Something for the soul - 09/22/12 11:51 AM

I'm with you Loren, in fact, I ordered their new CD right after watching that vid.

Minnesota Marty, glad to hear that. I think it's a great idea in several ways, reaching a public that would not necessarily go to a symphony concert, and given the current economic climate, a lot of people do not have the extra money to spend on entertainment. The looks on those kids faces, you're exposing a new generation to classical music. smile

Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: Something for the soul - 09/22/12 11:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Emmery
I'll leave a link here for those who are open minded about no restrictions on how many people can play a single piano and bring out the percussive and other attributes of the instrument...

http://thepianoguys.com/portfolio/one-direction-what-makes-you-beautiful/
I think the Sabadell video is thrilling but found the pianoguys video disappointing. What's the point of using the case or plate as a percussive instrument like a drum? Or having one or more of the players just plucking one or two of the same strings inside the piano repeatedly? To me it just looks like an excuse for the gimmick of getting 5 people to "play one piano". Might as well be knocking a nearby table.
Posted by: Olek

Re: Something for the soul - 09/23/12 12:10 AM

Also half of the sound havebeen added artificially in the recording studio,

Just for the show, much move and visual trick but no content...

1 tonal change, 3 or 4 chords, a poor development more based on repetition and adding voices than real musical surprise, good music while you wait all night at the Apple store for the new Iphone wink exactly the kind of musical product intended to push you to "buy something" wink That is how I hear it in my tortured mind smile

Some jazz pianists make interesting uses of the "aluminium" plates of Yamahas, but the tone of iron plates is nicer in my opinion.
The Shoothouse. Pianists should try that ( but jumping directly on the strings, could produce interesting tones too )
Posted by: Grandpianoman

Re: Something for the soul - 09/23/12 01:42 AM

Jee, I wonder how many more negative things one can say about these pianoguys...surely there must be something else negative you left out Kamin? I guess you won't be buying their CD?

I have never seen or heard anything quite like it before. These guys are trying to make a living, and they came up with something unique and different...more power to them. I support them by buying their CD.

As I said before, To Each His Own.
Posted by: Olek

Re: Something for the soul - 09/23/12 01:50 AM

yes thats a pity musicians may act as clowns to earn a living, or are they musicians, or not ?

Another relatively secure market is the religious hymns like music... Sorry if my dislike hurt you, for me it just does not make me have fun to see/hear those sort of things that is why my vengeance is so terrible wink .
Posted by: Loren D

Re: Something for the soul - 09/23/12 07:01 AM

Inventive, creative, and novel, pushing the envelope of how music is produced from an instrument that is not usually played that way.

Some people just thrive on being negative, I guess.
Posted by: Olek

Re: Something for the soul - 09/23/12 10:35 AM

When it is about music you would be surprised how many different styles of music I like or appreciate, or eventually try to appreciate.

But I have been getting really epidermic about what is more done for entertainment than for the soul of music.

I was joking for the Spanish mob, while their version is not really rhythmically correct they seem to have fun, and the air is recognizable wink

anyone have any right to do what pleases himself and any listener can appreciate or not any kind of music, sorry to give my appreciation as abruptly...

It may also depend of the period of its life, lets see when I will be really at teen age what will be my level of acceptation...
Posted by: Emmery

Re: Something for the soul - 09/23/12 10:55 AM

Originally Posted By: Kamin
yes thats a pity musicians may act as clowns to earn a living, or are they musicians, or not ?

Another relatively secure market is the religious hymns like music... Sorry if my dislike hurt you, for me it just does not make me have fun to see/hear those sort of things that is why my vengeance is so terrible wink .


Kamin, although I don't agree with you that they are clowns, sometimes musicians will take a route that is on the lighter side of things (novelty,parody/comedy), once they have proven themselves as real musicians. John Cage, Chick Corea ect have experimented in this way.

The one fellow in the video Stephen Nelson is an extremely talented cellist incorporating a unique percussive style to much of his music. Here is a more classical oriented recording that may let you appreciate this better...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry4BzonlVlw
Posted by: Grandpianoman

Re: Something for the soul - 10/03/12 07:23 PM

Just received "The Piano Guys" CD...When I opened the booklet inside, on the first page reads:

"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its Secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine" -Ludwig van Beethoven-

The CD is a wonderful mix of classical woven into a modern new-age type of music, very refreshing and well done....:) and very listenable. A 10 in my book.
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: Something for the soul - 10/03/12 07:56 PM

Originally Posted By: Grandpianoman

I have never seen or heard anything quite like it before. These guys are trying to make a living, and they came up with something unique and different...more power to them. I support them by buying their CD.
I don't see anything valuable about uniqueness for the sake of uniqueness. Nor would I say they're "trying to make a living" is a reason for praising something.
Posted by: Grandpianoman

Re: Something for the soul - 10/03/12 08:12 PM

I don't understand your comment...I guess you did not read the whole post.

My praise for their music had nothing to do with their "trying to make a living". If I hear something musical, that is unique and different, and I like it, I will support it, it's as simple as that. Yes, they are trying to make a living, more power to them.

I repeat again, "To each his own".
Posted by: Cinnamonbear

Re: Something for the soul - 10/03/12 09:13 PM

Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
Originally Posted By: Grandpianoman

I have never seen or heard anything quite like it before. These guys are trying to make a living, and they came up with something unique and different...more power to them. I support them by buying their CD.
I don't see anything valuable about uniqueness for the sake of uniqueness. Nor would I say they're "trying to make a living" is a reason for praising something.


PL'us, I am curious. Are you saying that what the piano guys is doing is not music? FWIW, their selection is a very nice rendition in a genre that is called a "Video Song," pioneered by groups like "Pomplamoose." They define the genre:

Quote:
A VideoSong is a new Medium with two rules:

1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice).
2. If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).


http://youtu.be/6G5JaicYuVU

--Andy
Posted by: Olek

Re: Something for the soul - 10/04/12 01:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Emmery
Originally Posted By: Kamin
yes thats a pity musicians may act as clowns to earn a living, or are they musicians, or not ?

Another relatively secure market is the religious hymns like music... Sorry if my dislike hurt you, for me it just does not make me have fun to see/hear those sort of things that is why my vengeance is so terrible wink .


Kamin, although I don't agree with you that they are clowns, sometimes musicians will take a route that is on the lighter side of things (novelty,parody/comedy), once they have proven themselves as real musicians. John Cage, Chick Corea ect have experimented in this way.

The one fellow in the video Stephen Nelson is an extremely talented cellist incorporating a unique percussive style to much of his music. Here is a more classical oriented recording that may let you appreciate this better...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry4BzonlVlw


Emmery thank you for the link, I regret to say that those guys dont know anything about Bach.

That is pure BS to my soul... sorry... (could not even listen to the half of the video)

Just cannot satnd that, it is like junk food but in music wink
Posted by: Silverwood Pianos

Re: Something for the soul - 10/04/12 01:09 PM



Look;

It is an art form. It is their art form. If you like it fine. If you don’t like it fine too.

Some like Picasso. Some like Renoir, or Monet. Some like Beethoven. Some like Mozart. Some even like the Rolling Stones.

If you like it, enjoy it. If you don’t like it listen to something else.

But mostly? Get over yourselves ..I mean WTF…
Posted by: Olek

Re: Something for the soul - 10/04/12 01:36 PM

That is when I notice I begin to belong to another era wink

Taking Bach and doing some movie music with it is nothing particularely innovative, but i can stand that.

I simply dont even recognize that music... I dont want to agress anyone, I just dont buy the whole concept, fine , no problem with me...
Posted by: Grandpianoman

Re: Something for the soul - 10/04/12 02:02 PM

Thank you Dan for putting it in perspective.

I am not going to even respond to these negatives.
Posted by: Roger Ransom

Re: Something for the soul - 10/04/12 09:47 PM

Lots of fun and very cool. I love it and have forwarded the link to several other folks.

Some people take themselves too serious.

Thanks for the link.
Posted by: Grandpianoman

Re: Something for the soul - 10/04/12 11:07 PM

Roger, tried to send you a PM....send me a PM for the password to this file, and anyone else if interested. smile

https://www.box.com/s/bz1bavkkfwnbc9cwes2w
Posted by: MakeANote

Re: Something for the soul - 10/04/12 11:31 PM

I bet that little girl at the start of the clip couldn't believe what her small donation would result in!! Half way through she's still just standing at the front near the bassist! I've wheeled a piano out of the classroom and into the playground at my school - my senior class sang Christmas carols to the junior school at recess as a completely impromptu concert - it gave the kids such a buzz to have a band playing just for them in the middle of their school yard!

I have to say that I feel groups such as ThePianoGuys provide a valuable bridge between youth and culture. As a school music teacher, I use clips such as these to introduce kids to classical music. After showing the 'you don't know you're beautiful' clip it provided the opportunity for a lesson of wonderful experimentation standing around an old, exposed upright with some of the kids playing 'heart and soul' while others stood around tapping a particular string or some percussive effect on the body. One of my senior students used 'Moonlight' to compare the original Beethoven composition with the modern effects incorporated in ThePianoGuys version.

Thanks for posting the links :0)
Posted by: Olek

Re: Something for the soul - 10/05/12 12:23 AM

If that is to be considered as a bridge to get the youngsters some interest in music, than the cultural level have swept down a lot.

What I dont like in those is the musical part, oversimplification as if it was intended to the dumb.

I can hear and appreciate any kind of music be it Jazz, "classical" , folklore, Cuban music and the like, RnR etc, (and I even can dance some of them so I know what I like to be moved on)

I am just a little overwhelmed with the level of impoverishment that goes along with mainstream culture, and I consider the ones playing that game as being some sort of "traitors" to my appreciation of music.

My son showed me multi replay of mounted videos with singers , often non professionals, and I like that. When professional musicians make that kind of product, with no substance, they just reflect a part of the world I am not at ease with !

I understand it can be a good media to introduce youngsters to the musical instruments, however...
Posted by: Jerry Groot RPT

Re: Something for the soul - 10/05/12 08:35 AM

Things such as this video, do not have to be to your acceptance levels Kamin. Tastes vary. For example, I personally like Elvis Presley. Some people can't stand him. So be it. It's their choice and mine. However, it is of my opinion, that it is NOT their right to come in here, intentionally be a PITA in trying to tell me that my choice is incorrect as you are doing regarding these videos. If you don't like it and you obviously do not, then go play in your own sand box with tape over your mouth instead of continually coming in here putting it down to others as if you are superior in some way because your tastes differ and do not agree with ours. You seem to be looking for some sort of argument or something? Just put a sock in it already...

Don't feed the trolls.......... wink



Posted by: Grandpianoman

Re: Something for the soul - 10/05/12 10:22 AM

,,,,!!!,,,,
Posted by: Olek

Re: Something for the soul - 10/05/12 11:50 AM



WIth love from the Troll !!
Posted by: Emmery

Re: Something for the soul - 10/05/12 01:19 PM

Originally Posted By: Kamin


WIth love from the Troll !!


Sorry ....too much speed fluctuation and variance in volume for my taste, a common freedom of expression amongst the musical elite(they are however great people to hang around on brutally sunny days since you can always stand in the shade cast by their upturned nose)...but I'm sure it sounds great to those people who know thats the way the composer wanted it sound...you know, the folks who have a time travel machine locked in their closet and regularly travel back to hear music played in past centuries.... oh well. As others have mentioned, everyone has their own taste.
Posted by: Silverwood Pianos

Re: Something for the soul - 10/05/12 02:30 PM


Originally Posted By: MakeANote
I bet that little girl at the start of the clip couldn't believe what her small donation would result in!! Half way through she's still just standing at the front near the bassist! I've wheeled a piano out of the classroom and into the playground at my school - my senior class sang Christmas carols to the junior school at recess as a completely impromptu concert - it gave the kids such a buzz to have a band playing just for them in the middle of their school yard!


Finally someone notices one of the important parts of that video. The little girl will remember that for a long time; it might even pique her interest in exploring music for herself.

If she is lucky enough to become a mother and encounters a situation of the same with her own children she might encourage her own daughter or son to go and do the same thing she did….

Originally Posted By: MakeANote
I have to say that I feel groups such as ThePianoGuys provide a valuable bridge between youth and culture. As a school music teacher, I use clips such as these to introduce kids to classical music. After showing the 'you don't know you're beautiful' clip it provided the opportunity for a lesson of wonderful experimentation standing around an old, exposed upright with some of the kids playing 'heart and soul' while others stood around tapping a particular string or some percussive effect on the body. One of my senior students used 'Moonlight' to compare the original Beethoven composition with the modern effects incorporated in ThePianoGuys version.


Yep. So now you have them interested. This is what can happen with instruments are not used in the traditional way. With an old upright the possible damage that may occur will not be important, but this is also a good time to educate and have a discussion with the students about proper care of musical instruments.

Expand this further and issue a challenge to the students.

Make it a school class year project, or an after school fun thing. Find an object that makes a sound, or find a way to use an instrument in an abstract way such as with the old upright. Then have the students make up a jug band, choose their own song and have some fun with music. Doesn’t matter of it sounds like crap…..The most important part is you have them away from the texting device and involved in exploring music which forms part of real life.

Any way to get today’s kids interested in music is a good thing I believe….

Jug bands can be fun with the right music…..check out Emmett Otter’s Jug Band doing BBQ written by Paul Williams.

BBQ
Posted by: daniokeeper

Re: Something for the soul - 10/05/12 09:03 PM

If we want to talk about playing musical instruments in non-traditional ways, below is a link to the absolutely brilliant Tommy Emmanuel, C.G.P., discussing and performing "Initiation"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6z1agPb3pI

I'm no guitarist. But still, i just hang my head in awe that a musician this brilliant is even walking the Earth.
Posted by: Roger Ransom

Re: Something for the soul - 10/06/12 07:28 AM

Good stuff, it held me mesmerized. Thanks, I never heard of him before.
Posted by: woodog

Re: Something for the soul - 10/06/12 09:45 AM

totally non-piano related, but certainly of the soul...

One of the best kept 'secrets' of this area is 'Tommy Fest', a two day guitar camp in the Elizabethtown area (80 miles to the north). I get to see Tommy Emmanuel live in a 300 seat venue.

The man is a conduit for music. There is no one quite like him.

now, do carry on.

Forrest
Posted by: Jerry Groot RPT

Re: Something for the soul - 10/06/12 11:57 AM

Piano Guys interview that I ran across.

Thought this was interesting...
Posted by: Grandpianoman

Re: Something for the soul - 10/06/12 12:25 PM

Jerry, thanks for posting this.

Well, it's great to see the positive publicity for these talented guys.

Classically trained musicians, adding a different spin to it that is gaining in popularity. Wow, they must have something that hits a chord with people....hmmmm

What a great interview.....all the things I mentioned earlier are right there.



Posted by: daniokeeper

Re: Something for the soul - 10/06/12 02:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Roger Ransom
Good stuff, it held me mesmerized. Thanks, I never heard of him before.


Roger,

If you enjoyed that, check out the other vids of his available at YouTube. Guaranteed enjoyment and guaranteed awe! smile

-Joe