February Piano Bar

Posted by: Newman

February Piano Bar - 02/01/13 06:38 AM

Well it's the evening of February 1st here in Sydney. So, time to kick off the bar!

Lately I've adopted a habit recommended by Glen/InLanding, to have the recorder going even when practicing. Which is something I used to do years ago when 'writing'. In fact this song "Y.O.U" is one of those, originally written 1981 'for guitar' for which I've now developed a piano version (and it's very different from my original). It's kind of Donald Fagen meets Randy Newman.


Y.O.U


It's really difficult for me to play at this stage. And this recording is the first time I played it through with only a couple of small mistakes (and not whoppers). In fact those keen enough to listen to the end and then wait a few moments will hear a little something which I've left in for fun - I was hardly aware that I had done it until I listened to the recording.
Posted by: Teodor

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/01/13 07:39 AM

Posted by: TheodorN

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/01/13 12:03 PM

Newman, a nice start, swingy/jazzy piece there. First I thought you meant I.O.U., by Freeez, but this is a good song.

Teodor - which happens to be my name as well, but with an H - this is a beautiful piece and well played.
Posted by: Teodor

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/01/13 02:08 PM

Thanks, it's one of those really simple pieces that also happen to sound beautiful. I wasn't sure if I should even post it because it's something that takes only a minute to learn but then I decided to do so. Why not smile

Originally Posted By: Newman
Well it's the evening of February 1st here in Sydney. So, time to kick off the bar!

Lately I've adopted a habit recommended by Glen/InLanding, to have the recorder going even when practicing. Which is something I used to do years ago when 'writing'. In fact this song "Y.O.U" is one of those, originally written 1981 'for guitar' for which I've now developed a piano version (and it's very different from my original). It's kind of Donald Fagen meets Randy Newman.


Y.O.U


It's really difficult for me to play at this stage. And this recording is the first time I played it through with only a couple of small mistakes (and not whoppers). In fact those keen enough to listen to the end and then wait a few moments will hear a little something which I've left in for fun - I was hardly aware that I had done it until I listened to the recording.


Is that you singing? I like it both the piano and the voice. You have a perfect voice for this style of music.
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/01/13 03:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Teodor


... Is that you singing? ...

It is.
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/01/13 11:56 PM

Newman - You
Loved it - as always!! Amazing that you wrote this piece over 30 years ago! If you have the guitar version, please post a link to it too as it would be interesting to listen to also.

Teodor - Resident Evil
Great playing! It seems like your cat loved your playing too... smile

Here is my piano bar piece for this month; 'Concerning Hobbits' from the movie Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. I borrowed my oldest sons lego for the intro...

...
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 03:16 AM

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
Newman - You
Loved it - as always!! Amazing that you wrote this piece over 30 years ago! If you have the guitar version, please post a link to it too as it would be interesting to listen to also.


Thanks. (I have songs older yet!I started writing in 1968). If you'd like to hear the first version here it is:

Y.O.U 1981

Recorded in my friend's lounge room - he's on bass and his wife background vocals, me guitar and vocals and a cheap drum machine - all through my Fender Twin amp and straight on to my old Philips boom box cassette tape recorder (a great machine). I was listening to a lot of Little Feat at the time.

Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 03:21 AM

Amaruk - Nicely done. It suits your playing style. I admire the way you always take such care with the presentation. And two pianos! sick

I'm not sure why but when I was just thinking of your playing style I could hear you playing the theme to Dr Kildaire! If you don't know it I'm sure it's out there on YouTube (isn't everything?).
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 03:32 AM

Teodor - Quite a moody piece. "Only a minute to learn" ! For you, maybe, for me crazy
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 04:07 AM

Newman - Great playing/singing. Hard to shake off the Beatles even if ya wanted. But who wants to?

Teodor - I do this sort o` thing fishing for ideas. It`s fun and instructive, and sounds mood inducing. Why not vary the key from time to time . . .
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 04:43 AM

Originally Posted By: peterws
Newman - Great playing/singing. Hard to shake off the Beatles even if ya wanted. But who wants to?



Yeah. It's in my DNA now.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 09:32 AM

There are many music in two days. The 10th of this month is Chinese new year.

Newman: Y.O.U. The piano sounds like guitar, your singing is expressive and soulful. Than you for the music.

Teodor: President Evil Safe Room, the title is very special. The video is very good, the cat is very nice.

Amaruk: Your playing is very good. The video is very good. You seems spend a lot of time on in.

This is my submission for February.
True Love
Composed by local artist Miranda Wong.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 10:50 AM

Newman - Y.O.U. - You have a good, rollicking rock-n-roll voice. This is a fun piece and I bet you are having big fun doing this one. Yes, you did do it!
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 10:53 AM

Teodor - a dark and brooding piece. Cool ending.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 10:57 AM

Amaruk - a captivating piece. You always pick such strong melodies and themes and perform them beautifully. Your Roland responds so nicely to your light touch. This piano has such a well balanced sound - clear treble and gutsy bass.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 11:01 AM

Weiyan - I am really enjoying your piano videos - it is cool to watch the action of your upright. I liked this song. A very pretty melody.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 01:27 PM

Newman your really getting that sound down!

Amaruk excellent piece and playing...love the video work.

Weiyan, nice...love the piano action shot.
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 02:11 PM

Newman - You (1981)
Thanks for sharing the original! It is great!! It helps understanding your piano solo version of it. I am impressed by the recording quality given that this is from 1981. Great job!


Weiyan A great piece and great performance! And I completely agree with Bill that it makes for a very interesting video when you uncover your piano like this exposing its action. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Teodor

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 04:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Newman
Teodor - Quite a moody piece. "Only a minute to learn" ! For you, maybe, for me crazy


Don't underestimate yourself.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 04:18 PM

Here`s my offering for this wonderful time o` year . . . Bit rough but I never worry too much about mistakes . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnEFu7qcOyE

Have fun - (Be First!)
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 04:27 PM

Weiyan - Not a shred o` music in sight! Good tune nicely played. And locally composed . .

Amaruk - Your piano sounds excellent; good stuff as usual.
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 04:42 PM

Weiyan -A lovely tune.
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 04:50 PM

Peterws - An interesting arrangement, very full and well played. It kept me interested in a song I've heard (and played) close to too often. It was one of my late mother's most favourite songs and I always played it for her.
Posted by: Whizbang

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 04:55 PM

I prepared this rag for reddit's January Piano Jam and am sharing it with this nice community as well. I'd love more piano players to be acquainted with the full range of pieces written by Scott Joplin and the other great ragtime composers.

Scott Joplin's Paragon Rag (1909)
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 05:16 PM

Whizbang - Joplin's inimitable style. I enjoy listening to stuff I have no hope of playing, trying to figure out how it's done.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 05:51 PM

Whizzbang - A cracker! This genre will never go out o` fashion. You can make it up as you go alolg - same chord sequence, different melody line . . .
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 05:52 PM

Newman, I found the theme to Dr Kildare on YouTube. Yes, I see what you mean. smile

Peterws, what a great performance! Loved it and the ocean footage you used.


Bill, the audience is waiting... smile Looking forward to see what you have for us this month.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 07:11 PM

peterws that was exceedingly good! Is that your own composition?

Whizbang well played lovely little rag. Thanks!
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 08:07 PM

The "official arrangement" has been hacked about a tad . . heh heh
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 08:32 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
The "official arrangement" has been hacked about a tad . . heh heh


Will you be doing any of your Crematorium Organist videos. I have to see that one... smile
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 08:38 PM

Newman~ Fantastic original lyrics and melody line. I am so glad you captured Y.O.U. the way you did. You have a fine sense of rhythm and your enthusiasm shows in your music and voice. Loved the final comment! Great way to start the February piano bar, for sure.

Teodor~ Pretty nice original music there - very good. Cute cat.

Amaruk~ Another fine multi-media presentation. As usual, you play with a great deal of sensitivity and patience, as though you are listening very carefully to what you play.

Weiyan~ Great video - I like your interpretation very much - one of your best!

Peterws~ beautiful playing and accompaniment to an incoming tide against the rocky shore. Thank you!

Whizbang~ I'll listen to Scott Joplin any time - he is my favorite Ragtime composer. I appreciate very much that you did not rush this beautiful melody and brought out some subtle dynamics.

Glen
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 08:51 PM

Here's a short improvisation, Consequence. Hope you like it - Glen

Posted by: Augustina

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 10:18 PM

I haven't recorded anything in several months. So I decided to post a song that I posted awhile back.

The Theme to Schindler's List.

https://www.box.com/s/jv5sg0g4od1psbygqmmn
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/02/13 10:40 PM

Inlanding That was quite the improvisation!! I liked it so much I wanted more… way more! The good thing with youtube is that you can play it again so easily. I see that you are taking part in the ABF recital this month too. I am looking forward to hear that piece also! Thanks for sharing!!

Augustina Great playing! I never watched that movie (seems too sad) but this piece is very beautiful.
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/03/13 04:57 AM

Glen - just how do you do it? Very cinematic.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/03/13 06:07 AM

Inlanding - This is a very modern semijazz style which I greatly admire. But I find myself on the periphary Deep in the mire
So I cannot aspire. But can instead perspire . .

Is there a village Idiot`s guide to this style?

Augustina - Schindler`s List wasn`t a barrel o` laughs. And you conveyed that very well.
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/03/13 05:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Newman
Amaruk - ... And two pianos! sick


Two... I know... Well, we actually have three pianos in our music room. blush

My grand I use most of the time when I practice and the rest of the family is OK with it (or don't say anything at least...). The digital piano I am performing on in this video I use when I want to record or to play along with my son who then plays on the AP.

My other DP lacks speakers and I use it for practice at night. Recording a DP with speakers makes things much easier as I can use the speaker sound for synchronizing the recorded sound (internal to the DP) and the sound from the cameras. My video editor even does this automatically which is really great. Synchronizing one camera and the DP sound manually is tricky and if you add a second camera to the mix it does not get any easier.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/03/13 06:16 PM

Augustina~ Your interpretation of John William's composition is beautifully done. Glad you brought it out again.

Thank you Amaruk ~ So glad you liked the quick improvisation idea. At some point I will start to make these a bit longer, but still working on getting through the nerve injuries which makes practice happen at a premium.

Newman~ Thanks for the mention - I am glad you found an older tune to bring out - it was fantastic. So glad you liked the hand-dance.


Originally Posted By: peterws
Inlanding - This is a very modern semijazz style which I greatly admire. But I find myself on the periphary Deep in the mire
So I cannot aspire. But can instead perspire . .

Is there a village Idiot`s guide to this style?


Peter~ thanks for the acknowledgement! That was an original free-play improvisation. Some improv and free-play tunes on my YouTube channel might sound like they are influenced by a more familiar/relatable style.

Glen
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/03/13 08:13 PM

Here's another quick improvisation idea from last night's playing. - Glen

Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/04/13 01:01 PM

I was expecting that final "James Bond" chord at the end there . . . . . .

Your piano sounded lovely and non resonanty for an acoustic grand. Have a word wi those guys on the "piano" forum; they need educating a tad ..
Posted by: JimF

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/04/13 04:25 PM

Newman -- very nice song. I listened to the end.. yes, you did it!

Teodor -- that was very pretty. Nice understated style. I take it that is from some video game?

Amarak -- Wow. Great video and very smoothly played. What a good start for the Feb piano bar.
Posted by: JimF

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/04/13 04:50 PM

Weiyan - What a nice melody. You get more musical with every submission.

Peterws - You captured the feel of those waves washing over you.

Whizbang - I hadn't heard Joplin's Paragon Rag before. Transported me right to the honky-tonk saloon, where I could see you playing in bowtie and red arm garters.

Augustina - I remember your Schindler submission from a year ago. Well done.
Posted by: JimF

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/04/13 04:58 PM

Glen - Bravo. Enjoyed both of your improv's. Really like the way you mix in some stacatto's and switch up the style a little in Patience.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/04/13 05:44 PM

Inlanding, your playing reminds my of 7notemode...

Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/04/13 06:47 PM

F*** me Mark, I wanna do that. So bad . . . Damn it, I`m twice your age, me `ed`s not brill, me fingers and memory aren`t any better. . . . .

WHERE d`ya start? This is something else; I love it . . . I`ll plonk on one o` my semi jazzy offerings. "Plonk" is the operative word.

And your piano sounds excellent. Keep `em comin`
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/04/13 07:39 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
F*** me Mark, I wanna do that. So bad . . . Damn it, I`m twice your age, me `ed`s not brill, me fingers and memory aren`t any better. . . . .

WHERE d`ya start? This is something else; I love it . . . I`ll plonk on one o` my semi jazzy offerings. "Plonk" is the operative word.

And your piano sounds excellent. Keep `em comin`


That is not me...it is a guy (member here I believe), who I follow on you tube. Glen's stuff seems to have the same feel as this guy.

And that was his digital, he has a Steinway too...check out his utube channel.

Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/04/13 09:15 PM

peterws~~ left off that last chord, yes...not sure why, it just happened by accident. I've not spent much time reading other threads, but I hope those guys get things worked out.

Jimf~~ I really appreciate your encouragement!

Mark...~~Thanks so much - - - I'll have to give 7notemode's channel a listen - that guy can really cook!

Here are a few tunes from August, November and December 2012, perhaps okay as background music? Thanks for indulging smile

Stormy Weather
https://www.box.com/s/3fgqj3qsf6g4b5nrzq66

Sneeze
https://www.box.com/s/wyyw7g46cw7nmw4lvz5f

Still Evening
https://www.box.com/s/tntu9wsfyttpfusgv9xu

Glen
Posted by: Teodor

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/05/13 05:32 AM

Originally Posted By: JimF
Newman -- very nice song. I listened to the end.. yes, you did it!

Teodor -- that was very pretty. Nice understated style. I take it that is from some video game?

Amarak -- Wow. Great video and very smoothly played. What a good start for the Feb piano bar.


Yes from Resident Evil. The score of the whole series is quite good. Puts you just in the right mood.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/06/13 06:13 PM

Hey guys, keep `em rollin!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-wcfu1PsVI
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/06/13 06:32 PM

Inlanding A nice trio of easy listening jazz/blues . . . I heard ya sneeze at the end o` the second . . .

I`m in this restaurant see, getting late, the piano`s playing, the atmosphere`s intimate, somewhere in the heart of the English Lakes on a warm summer night. The windows are open, my lady`s sat opposite in her best short frock. I`ve kicked off my shoes, and my right foot has found it`s own way, somehow, along the inside of said lady`s thigh . . . the piano keeps playin . . . nobody knows what`s going on.

Then I glance at the table cloth - it`s an awful lot shorter than I thought . .
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/06/13 06:43 PM

Ahh, Short Table Cloth Blues, eh? Sounds like a great time, albeit a bit of a situation, though. Did you manage to get a bite? ...and it's a good thing the piano player at your restaurant kept his focus.

Glad you liked the renditions, and I was pretty distracted by the phone ringing on one of them.

Glen
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 06:16 PM

I'm late getting to the bar this month. Wow, I have a lot of catching up to do.

Newman, Y.O.U - I like it, but I think it could sound amazing with an ensemble backing you up.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 06:19 PM

Nice playing Teodor, but your cat isn't vicious enough.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 06:23 PM

Amaruk, Concerning Hobbits. as always, well played and nice video.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 06:27 PM

Weiyan, good effort, but not as smooth as your playing last month. Nice piece.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 06:37 PM

Peterws - I Am Sailing - doesn't sound rough to me.
Great playing.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 06:44 PM

Whizbang - Paragon Rag. This one isn't in my Joplin collection. Very fluent.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 06:49 PM

Glen, I like it - want more !
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 06:52 PM

Augustina, this one gets me teary eyed.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 06:57 PM

Glen, I should have read ahead. There was more.
I wish I could do that!
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 07:04 PM

Mark
7notemode Knocked me over.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 07:59 PM

Originally Posted By: stumbler
Mark
7notemode Knocked me over.


I'd give a testicle to play that good... smile
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 08:40 PM

Glen,those tunes are better than background music.
Perhaps they are indulgences for us.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/08/13 08:51 PM

I don't have anything new yet, but here is something I haven't shared.

Yet another Scottish fiddle tune.

Lady Campbell of Ardkinglass's Jigg from William Shepherd 1st collection

https://www.box.com/s/vyq6ebfmkqocx4ciku4u
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/09/13 12:19 AM

PeterWS - Conshorto your own work? Nicely done
Stumbler - Lady Campbell certainly liked those those little trills
Inlanding - I love the swing of Sneeze and the cool blue of Still Evening
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/09/13 12:34 AM

Here's another original, written around 1984-86 (I was trying to emulate Bowie when I first wrote it). I'm not sure how well it works "converted" to piano. I wasn't going to post it ... but after hours of work on it ...


Ghosts and other strangers

(Had enough of these yet? I could go on for a while ... )
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/09/13 01:08 AM

A neat piece I found in one of my new books:

http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Keyboard-Repertoire-Vol-Musicianship/dp/0739028537#reader_0739028537

Sounds great and a good reminder of eighth notes against triplets.

Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/09/13 02:38 AM

[b][/b]BenPiano - nice, has a familiar ring to it from one of the better known classical pieces (which as an ignorant in these matter I can't name). When the camera went out of focus the first time I thought it was me!
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/09/13 03:54 AM

Stumbler - Good bit o` Scottish dourness here, man! Somrthing to do wi the weather . . . .or the midges! Sounds good on the piano; you could add bagpipes . . .
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/09/13 07:41 AM

Here is a song by Harry Chapin from 1974. I liked the way he told stories in his music. This is one of my favorites of his. I took some liberties with the lyrics and eliminated the second verse but you can still get the picture.

Cats in the Cradle

Posted by: Weiyan

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/09/13 08:40 AM

A few hour later, year of Dragon is over and year of Snake is commencing.
At this moment, better to enjoy music.

Kung Hei Fat Choi
恭 喜 發 財

peterws: Your interpretation of Sailing is very special. It has some feeling of new age. Never mind minor mistakes, for those mistake make the music perfect. The comtemplation is very good.

Whizbang: This is my first time hear the paragon Rag. I enjoy this expressive rag. I also like playing rag, but its too hard for me at this moment.

Glen: I like your short improvisations. You are a good improviser. Your background music is very nice.

Augustina: Schindler's list is one of my favor. This is my first time hear piano cover. Its very nice.

Mark...: The jazz piano is very good.

Stumbler: Lady Campbells Jig is simple. I like this kind of fiddle tunes.

Newman: Your singing is so good. The piano comp is very good too.

BenPiano: Stephen Heller's piece is very good. After some pop pieces, this is really fresh.

BillM: I also like this way of telling story.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/09/13 04:24 PM

Newman - Bit more wobble in the voice needed for Bowie. Particularly these days! Maybe you have now . . . . sorry ha ha Dunno how ya play piano and sing. But you do it well, man!
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/09/13 04:29 PM

Ben Piano - very Beethovenesque, a la "Moonlight" wi a bit o` Back twisted in. And the piano sounded as clear as a digital . . best acoustic I`ve heard,
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/09/13 04:35 PM

BillM - Excellent, man. Dunno who Harry Chapin is, but I just thought "Kate Bush". She was a contemporary, and her music was soooo similar. . . enigmatic.
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/09/13 04:50 PM

Bill M - A classic song and timeless in its subject. well done.
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 01:17 AM

Newman - Great tune - you have a spectacular voice. I noted the "I did it" at the end. I'm either cursing at myself or quietly saying "I did it" at the end of each recording attempt!

(the '81 version is pretty sweet too - nice guitar funk goin' on there smile )

Teodor - Nicely done!
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 03:24 AM

Thanks, Ben, Peter, Weiyan and others for your kind comments.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 08:09 AM

Peterws - you have a wonderful bold and powerful playing style. Loved your performance and the video. Your piano sounds great.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 08:15 AM

Whizbang - a fine start to my Sunday morning. You play this with the jaunty phrasing and high energy that this piece requires. Nice job!
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 08:20 AM

Inlanding - I always enjoy your compositions. This one (Consequence) has an elegant feel that is a little different than what I'm used to hearing from you. I like the assertive bass line.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 08:25 AM

Augustina - a nice rendition of this touching piece.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 08:31 AM

peterws - your Contemplation 4 is quite a piece of work. Is this an original composition? I was blown away by the professional sounding recording.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 08:34 AM

stumbler - One of the things I like best about the Piano Bar is the diversity of music styles performed here. This piece lends itself quite well to the piano and you do a wonderful job of keeping up the tempo on this tune. Love the trills.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 08:37 AM

Newman - I do hear a little Bowie influence - I like the tune a lot - not sure about the ending.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 08:41 AM

BenPiano - Very well done! Love the artsy focus changes. Your playing is always first rate.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 01:48 PM

Hello Bill. All my own work; I do have trouble getting the relative volume of the instruments right. After a time, I don`t care . . . .heh heh
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 03:12 PM

Newman - Ghosts and Other Strangers - works really well on piano.
I tried to imagine Bowie's voice as I listened. I think it fits.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 03:26 PM

BenPiano, that is really beautiful.
I had to go look to see if it was in IMSLP.
It is there as no. 15 in his 25 Etudes Op. 47

http://imslp.org/wiki/25_Etudes,_Op.47_%28Heller,_Stephen%29
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 03:47 PM

peterws, there is a bagpipe setting on my DP.
For some reason, Roland makes it very difficult to find.
I can't imagine why smile
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 03:53 PM

BillM - Cats in the Cradle
There's a lot of heart in your rendition.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 03:56 PM

BillM, I agree 100%. The variety in this bar makes it a special place.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 04:05 PM

Ben, I could be wrong, but I hear some prelude in c...excellent work as alway.

BillM brings back memories of cruising in my Camero convertible with the music blaring on a summer evening...nice!
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/10/13 11:55 PM



I only seem to record around recital time these days. Here's another one, a long time favorite of mine. A couple more to go. smile

And I'm sorry about the video quality. I'm not trying to be artsy - my camera just can't focus here for some reason. I had to move it because my recital piece demanded freedom on the left side of the piano where the camera normally is

I recorded all of these at the same time, so my latest batch all have this problem, including my recital piece.
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/11/13 12:23 AM

Originally Posted By: Newman
nice, has a familiar ring to it from one of the better known classical pieces

It sounds a little like the first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Perhaps the reason for the subtitle "Souvenir of Beethoven"

Originally Posted By: Newman
When the camera went out of focus the first time I thought it was me!

No, not you - just my crappy camera! smokin

Originally Posted By: peterws
Ben Piano - very Beethovenesque, a la "Moonlight" wi a bit o` Back twisted in. And the piano sounded as clear as a digital . . best acoustic I`ve heard,

Many thanks! My piano sounds great, not because of my amateur playing, but because it was just tuned a few hours before I recorded this! My tuner is awesome. cool

Originally Posted By: BillM
BenPiano - Love the artsy focus changes.

More fartsy than artsy unfortunately - my camera couldn't focus for some reason where it was placed this time (and subsequent recordings).

After this and previous malevolence, I fired the cameraman. grin


Thanks again, everyone, for taking the time to both listen and comment! smile
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/11/13 01:12 AM

I'm really sorry, I blasted all of my comments with a simple click - I'm trying to recreate them as best as possible

Newman - Great, I've had this song stuck in my head now all weekend long! grin

Weiyan - it's nice to see the action of the hammers!

peterws - you play this very comfortably and fluid - no pun intended

whizbang
- I really liked this, and have struggled with Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag. This one, perhaps, sounds a little easier to attempt, but Joplin's stuff is always much more difficult than it sounds!

Augustina
- That was great - perhaps your best yet!

Mark... - I thought you got a digital there for a minute! laugh

Stumbler
- Nice trills and clear confidence - awesome!
Posted by: Elssa

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/11/13 01:43 AM

Enjoying all the great music here this month. smile

BillM: Loved your poignant bluesy rendition of "Cats in the Cradle" thumb

Weiyan: That was such a lovely piece. Well done smile

Well, my Roland keyboard has been giving me some grief lately, needs repair,but decided to redo one of my favorites anyway..hope you enjoy. smile

Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/11/13 06:10 PM

Stumbler~ Lady Campbell's Jig is a beautiful melody, beautifully played.

BenPiano~ Your Stephen Heller Duetto is really pretty. That focus problem might be related to the lighting. If you use a more flat light without reflection coming from the piano, it might solve the problem. Regardless, your playing is really fantastic!
Your Traumerei is most excellent. I have some half-hearted attempts at getting this one presentable and it still eludes me. Great work and I hope to hear it again as it matures under your fingers. It is a keeper - don't lose this one from your already fine repertoire.

BillM~ Cats in the Cradle - it's been years since I've heard this. Your playing and singing style is perfect for this melody. Your steady accompaniment is always spot-on. I liked the solo breaks. Great work, Bill!

Elssa~ as before, I like this rendition of Over the Rainbow. Thanks for bringing it back.

Glen
Posted by: Elssa

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/11/13 07:55 PM

Thanks, Glen, but I actually just recorded this new rendition over the weekend. Need to get the keyboard fixed now, contacts cleaned, etc, but I had fun with it. smile
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/11/13 09:42 PM

Ah, Elssa - that's it. I was thinking of your rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow that this one reminded me (from a couple of years ago). Very consistent playing - great work, indeed.

Glen
Posted by: Elssa

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/11/13 10:58 PM

Thanks, again, Glen smile Your improv is divine as always. thumb
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/12/13 02:23 AM

Elssa - that's a nice take on a great song. I've tried it on and off but never happy with the chords. Do you have a chord sheet for your version?
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/12/13 06:41 AM

Elssa - an outstanding rendition of one of my favorite tunes! This song fits your style perfectly.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/12/13 08:28 AM

Elssa, that was great...
Posted by: Elssa

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/12/13 01:04 PM

Thanks, everyone, for your kind remarks! :-)

Thanks, Newman: Well, I usually just take a plain E-Z leadsheet like this one and then reharmonize a few of the chords*, add in some of my runs/fills & stuff:

Over the Rainbow: http://www.wikifonia.org/node/13044

*For example, play a G7b9 rather than G7, A7b9 in place of A7, etc.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/12/13 02:14 PM

Ben piano - Nice nice! Traumerai is an old standard. Clair de Lune next?
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/12/13 02:20 PM

Elssa - that`ll never go out of fashion, relaxed easy listening. What a beast you`re playing! I notice your fingers tend to remain near the edge of the keyboard. Wish I could do that wi mine . . .
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 12:12 AM

BenPiano - Traumerei - I like this one. I'd like it even if you submitted it every month.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 12:19 AM

Elssa, Somewhere Over the Rainbow - nice styling of this classic
Posted by: Seaside_Lee

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 08:56 AM

Ive been trying out my new ipad just a little fun video, messing around.

Its very cool this ipad though and so easy to upload to youtube just wish I could get a better angle. Anyone managed to get something above the keyboard with their ipad? and if so how did you do it?

Trying out my new ipad - simple jam session


Lee
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 09:01 AM

Popping in to say hi to Seaside! It's great to hear from you. Don't be such a stranger! Hope all is going well for you. smile
Posted by: Allard

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 09:37 AM

Seaside Lee, there are many third party accessories available to serve to mount your iPad. Check Google.
Posted by: Seaside_Lee

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 12:31 PM

Allard: Brilliant thanks I have ordered a stand, I'll do something better soon as I get it


Monica!!!

Hi, life's just been so busy but I will try to post again more often

Lovely to hear from you


Lee
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 02:37 PM

I was gonna make a suitable mounting facility and nail it to the cupboard above my head. That`ll please `er indoors . . . but if I can buy something to match the furniture . . well, could be in business!
Posted by: Seaside_Lee

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 02:42 PM

Hi Peter

I've just ordered this from amazon in the UK

Ipad Mount

I'm hoping it will be just what I need


Lee
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 02:44 PM

Hey, Seaside, I`m much obliged! That could save me a lot o` time. I`ll look into it now Cheers man
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 03:37 PM

Seaside - I enjoyed the foot stomping passages!
Posted by: Seaside_Lee

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 06:52 PM

Thanks Newman smile

I was just fooling around really. Just testing my new toy but that angle is not good enough. Hope the new mount works really well because uploading to YouTube is a piece of cake thumb
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/13/13 09:52 PM

Here is a new arrangement.
Miss Miller of Glenlee's Strathspey from William Shepherd's 1st collection.
The playing is still a bit rough (especially the 4 on 3 bits)

https://www.box.com/s/q0a0niyzfw6uahhs08jp

I had a couple other arrangements in the queue, but this one wouldn't let so. It even made me play hooky from my regular assigned pieces.

It is influenced by Grieg's Nocturne Op 54 no 4, but I don't know if anyone else will hear it.
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/15/13 02:52 AM

Stumbler - Are all srathspey's named after women? And is that in 6/8?
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/15/13 11:02 AM

Newman, I don't think all strathspey's are named after women, but all of the ones in the William Shepherd collections are. I've been using his collections as source material for learning arrangement. I obtained the fiddle scores from the Highland Music Trust. They don't have a lot of information on Mr. Shepherd. I wonder if he was obtaining funding by offering to name his compositions after people. "Hey Mr. Miller, I bet your wife would love it if you paid to have a strathspey composed for her"

Strathspeys are normally in 4/4, though this one was 2/2 in the original. I scored it as 4/4, but the left hand is all triplets.
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/16/13 01:02 AM

This was a first take/one take wonder. I got from beginning to end in one go without any huge mistakes (there's a first time for everything).

It's another old song of mine from 1980/81 recreated as a piano number. I humbly suggest it's in the style of English pop songs that goes from Ray Davies of the Kinks to Difford and Tilbook of Squeeze (well, that was my aim anyway).

Another Day, Another Drama
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/16/13 09:24 AM

Seaside_Lee - what a nice tune! You have a wonderful style of playing. You could definitely find work in a real Piano Bar.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/16/13 04:30 PM

SeasideLee...nice, impressed with the ipad video...

Newman...that was cool...
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/16/13 05:13 PM

Newman, that was fun!
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/16/13 06:19 PM

Seaside_Lee~ nice montage of music from the UK! Thanks for bringing it to the bar!

stumbler~ another fine Strathspey from you. Such a pretty melody and storyline your bring to the fore with this piece.

Newman~ Another Day, Another Drama! haha! What a great title. I really like the upbeat rhythm and fun lyrics. You must have quite a lot of other recordings yet-to-be-released. Look forward to more for sure.

Glen
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/17/13 01:07 PM

Hey Stumbler . . . I take it you`re a Scot! D`ya live in that area perchance? It`s a nice part o` the world in Summer I believe. . .not as dour as the music might suggest!
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/17/13 01:11 PM

Newman - "Amother Day another Drama" followed by "She`s leaving home" . . . . .Good stuff, man! Fun isn`t it? You`ll have to get together wi Bill . . .
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/17/13 01:15 PM

Here`s one I had to work bloody hard at. On Piano No 3, the out of tune one. Me fingers are stuck at full stretch permanantly now; I look funny walking down the street heh heh (Sorry, Simon. Sorry Garfunkel . . .)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCneekW3Ves
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/17/13 03:53 PM

Actually I'm only a quarter Scott, a grandmother from Edinburgh. I've been there once, but it was in May---so fairly pleasant. I'm in Canada, far enough away, hopefully, to be safe from their retribution for what I've been doing to their music grin
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/17/13 03:58 PM

Petersw, nice rendition.

BTW, what was the bird in the pictures? It looks a little like what call a robin over here---which isn't a robin, but actually a thrush---but way too small.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/17/13 05:41 PM

I put this together to test and work on some video software tricks from the "Video/Audio" thread. Didn't pan out (pun intended)...:)

Anyway thought I'd get some extra mileage and post it here...

After I put it on You Tube I saw a lot of others like it and they said it was Grade 5, which surprised me...

Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/17/13 06:19 PM

Fine work, Mark. Fine sounding piano ya got there . . . good looker too!
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/17/13 06:21 PM

Hi Stumbler . . these are the Friendly Neighbourhood Robins. They get fed by the hotel guests who just happen to be outside the door. Smoking . . .to which the management is sympathetic. . .
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/17/13 10:49 PM

Mark, one thing I love about the ABF is that I get to discover so much new music. I'd never heard of Gedike, nor this piece before. Nice playing.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/18/13 12:23 AM

Originally Posted By: stumbler
Mark, one thing I love about the ABF is that I get to discover so much new music. I'd never heard of Gedike, nor this piece before. Nice playing.


I think my teacher is trying to torture me with this one...the hand crossing was a pain... smile
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/18/13 03:22 AM

Peterws - nice work and a very full sound. Is that the view from your backyard? Wow.
Mark - Congratulations on the cross over hands. I wouldn't try it myself yet.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/18/13 07:48 AM

Backyard? Heh heh. Hotel window, my friend! Celebs get there now and again to discuss business . . . but in January, it`s cheap. Which is why me and `er were there . . . .
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/18/13 01:50 PM

Live performance from last night...I'm the last soloist.

Beatrice
https://www.box.com/s/nb137hbsd1mavpxxl6jn
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/18/13 02:28 PM

Mark~ nice video there! I'd like to hear the left hand voice a bit more. It could be where you have the microphone placed. Good playing, for sure.

jazzwee~ I'd not heard Beatrice until now. Great combo work. Your phrasing is outstanding

Glen
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/19/13 10:27 AM

Jazzwee, it didn't click the first time I listened to it, but after listening to a couple other versions on you tube, I went back to yours and it made a lot more sense. Nice performance.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/19/13 10:52 AM

There is such a wonderful mix of music in this thread every month. I have to admit to being a bit intimidated by it, but I decided to join you. Stumbler I absolutely love the Scottish music you have been contributing!

Here are a couple of pieces from my evening sight reading stack.

Every time I try to record something for the recital this piece feels like my theme song: From the Wizard of Oz - If I only had a Brain

https://www.box.com/s/ccpznevz9j30n2tundec

The second is just a fun little Jazz Waltz - Splash of Indigo

https://www.box.com/s/vhyaurvzxt4zb10psrjh

Hope the links work and you like them!
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/19/13 10:54 AM

jazzwe great stuff, I had it playing as some nice background music while I was surfing the net...
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/19/13 01:01 PM

SwissMS, I'm happy you like them.

Great sight reading!

Sometimes I find the problem is my brain, especially when recording. My brain chooses the most inopportune times to pop up and say "look here comes that section that you always make a mistake" or "no mistakes so far and you are almost at the end of the piece --- gotcha !!"
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/19/13 02:41 PM

I can taste the beer and smell the ciggies . . . .(just my imagination running away wi me . . ) Maybe you can smoke in bars where you live? Love the music!
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/19/13 02:46 PM

Very good indeed SwissMS. Good chords accurately conveyed. Have fun!
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/20/13 09:03 AM

Newman - I like your bouncy, upbeat Another Day, Another Drama. The bridge changes the mood a bit but it seems to work.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/20/13 09:10 AM

Peterws - Your Bridge Over Troubled water is outstanding. I was going to post my version for the recital, but glad I didn't after hearing yours. You just nailed the piano part, and I love your bluesy improvised ending.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/20/13 09:20 AM

Mark... The cross hand looks like fun. A very clear and crisp recording.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/20/13 09:30 AM

Jazzwee - very cool. Did you add reverb to the recording or is that the room's natural sound. Either way, this is a fine performance and recording. The piano solo was worth the wait - you saved the best for last.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/20/13 09:53 AM

Bill, I think we`d like to hear you sing this!
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/20/13 12:17 PM

SwissMS - I liked both of your pieces but was really taken by If I Only Had a Brain. Somehow you managed to capture both the playful spirit and the melancholy of this great song. It is now stuck in my head.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/20/13 12:32 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
Bill, I think we`d like to hear you sing this!


I was experimenting with the placement of my Zoom when I recorded this. On this one I sat it on the music desk of my piano. While I liked the sound, being so close seems to have distorted the video somewhat and gave it a fishbowl effect (I'm a young Asian woman). I beat the heck out of the piano on the ending but surprisingly it did not distort.

If I could ever learn to play it as well as you I'd be a happy young Asian woman.

Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/20/13 01:05 PM

This is you,. your own. Full of soul, man Loved your dexterity on the k`board . . .singing at the same time. . . .Well done Bill!
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/20/13 01:09 PM

Wonderful rendition of "Bridge", Bill. I really admire your ability to sing and play such rich accompaniment at the same time.
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/20/13 10:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding

jazzwee~ I'd not heard Beatrice until now. Great combo work. Your phrasing is outstanding
Glen


Thanks Glen! Not an easy tune to play and make a story. I still struggle with it. Seems to work better when I do less.

Originally Posted By: stumbler
Jazzwee, it didn't click the first time I listened to it, but after listening to a couple other versions on you tube, I went back to yours and it made a lot more sense. Nice performance.


Thank you stumblr! It's not a very well known tune.


Originally Posted By: Mark...
jazzwe great stuff, I had it playing as some nice background music while I was surfing the net...


Thanks Mark!


Originally Posted By: BillM
Jazzwee - very cool. Did you add reverb to the recording or is that the room's natural sound. Either way, this is a fine performance and recording. The piano solo was worth the wait - you saved the best for last.


Thanks Bill! As always, your performances bring not only an appreciation for your talent but also memories since your selections are from my youth.
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/21/13 02:34 AM

Jazzwee - I'm curious to know what you mean by "Not an easy tune to play and make a story".
Bill - You seemed to free up a bit more than usual on this one. Nice going. I've been working on it on and off for a good while but it's beyond me. Well done.
SwissMS - I really liked Splash of Indigo (who wrote it?)
Posted by: Euan Morrison

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/21/13 06:08 AM

Originally Posted By: BillM

I was experimenting with the placement of my Zoom when I recorded this. On this one I sat it on the music desk of my piano. While I liked the sound, being so close seems to have distorted the video somewhat and gave it a fishbowl effect (I'm a young Asian woman). I beat the heck out of the piano on the ending but surprisingly it did not distort.

If I could ever learn to play it as well as you I'd be a happy young Asian woman.





Round of applause from the guy sipping the whiskey at the 'Bar'. Bill, that was a pleasure to listen to. Absolutely fantastic performance, really enjoyed it. Bravo!
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/21/13 07:44 AM

Bill-
That was so very entertaining! Your accompaniment and delivery combined with your voice goes so well together - lots of passion. Without question, this is your best yet, and they keep getting better all the time.

Glen
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/21/13 08:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Newman
I really liked Splash of Indigo (who wrote it?)


Dennis Alexander, I believe. It is in Alfred's Premier Level 5. It is a fun little piece!
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/21/13 10:00 AM

Originally Posted By: Newman
Jazzwee - I'm curious to know what you mean by "Not an easy tune to play and make a story".


Hi Newman. As you know we have to improvise a solo over it. The particular "changes" (chord progression) to Beatrice are unusual. They are not the typical ii-V's of most standards and yet it changes keys constantly. Also it's a slow swing which requires typically more 16 notes and a very precise timing when playing eighths.

Most of the musicians who've played it the first time with me don't do so well.

A good solo tells a story and there's some buildup. It is composition in real time. And we learn to do it based on experience with similar progressions we've worked on before. Being a unique chord progression, we tend to have nothing to draw from in terms of "vocabulary" (learned approaches).
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/21/13 10:46 PM

BillM, the fishbowl wasn't distracted. Nice take. The singing puts you hands down over peterws, but you did get crazy at the end.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/23/13 01:13 PM

I've been focusing PW time listening to e-cital submissions lately - so much wonderful music!

Here's an audio clip from the other night I added to my folder - a very short idea, with ample sustain pedal.

https://www.box.com/s/go714db2bghhik92kw23

Glen

Posted by: SwissMS

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/23/13 02:12 PM

Very nice, Glen! I am amazed at your ability to just sit down and create something as beautiful as this.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/23/13 02:16 PM

I like that too Glenn...it seems you have a few sections in this piece, that could be developed into pieces onto them selves.
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/23/13 04:07 PM

Geln - Yes, I agree with Mark. There's something in there to develop.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/23/13 05:49 PM

You play beautifully, full of presence, on a really nice piano! I`m just about to find out what it is . . .Heck, yer not saying!
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/23/13 06:05 PM

Inlanding, is that an improvisation? If so, it has some strong melody.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/23/13 06:07 PM

Somebody on the Recital posting wanted to hear the full piece that I`d done (I only submitted the first part) so here it is, if you have a minute or six to spare (you can fast forward to the half way point if desired).

A reflection on life maybe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TKXWEd-U5M
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/23/13 08:48 PM

Lots of great music so far. The piano bar sure has been busy. smile

Here's my own arrangement of Just As I Am. I did not put a lot of work into it or spend that much time on it but it still turned out okay. Hope you enjoy!

https://www.box.com/s/xv1avw3uivlced30364b
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/23/13 11:33 PM

pertersw - the full piece is good. I like the shift in mood.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/23/13 11:50 PM

ladypayne, nice arrangement. Very heartfelt playing.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/24/13 02:52 AM

Beautiful arrangement, Ladypayne. You captured the feel of the piece very well.
Posted by: Elssa

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/24/13 02:52 AM

Still catching up here...

BillM; Loved your singing/playing of the classic song, Bridge Over Troubled Water.. You make it look so easy, though I know it's not. thumb

If I Loved You (Carousel/Rodgers & Hammerstein)



Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/24/13 06:16 AM

Ladypayne
There are several different tunes to this well known Methodist Hymn. This is my favourite. And it`s Sunday Morning. Thank you, missy! Well played!
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/24/13 06:28 AM

Elssa - Blimey, playin` the ole joanna`s hard enough without all this other stuff! Very well done. It reminds me of the days of the electric organ, some of which were hugely expensive . . . like the price of a house!

I was thinking of saying "Why not try playing the bass melody (which is so effective) wi your left hand instead of crossing them?" but it might scramble your brains like it does to me . .

So I won`t say it. . . .
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/24/13 08:42 AM

Inlanding - you have created a quiet, peaceful mood with your piano musing. I am amazed that you can spontaneously compose such interesting music.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/24/13 08:56 AM

Peterws - Wow! This is really well done. The middle section has a cool island vibe and you flow seamlessly between the three sections. The video was fun - I thought my computer screen had gone blank at the beginning until the eyes started lighting up.
Posted by: BillM

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/24/13 09:04 AM

Elssa - If I Loved You - Great choice! One of my Youtube faves is Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones' version of this great song from Carousel. Your rendition has the same feel - well done!
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/24/13 10:26 AM

Bill - Youtube sometimes gets video sequences out of time . . . dunno why but it ruins the intended effect. The original video is so much better but at least the sountrack`s OK!
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/24/13 03:02 PM

peterws, some great stuff...its more than piano...its the accompaniment and the video work as well. You should share your tricks over on the video/audio production thread.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/24/13 03:04 PM

Elssa...when I was listening to it my wife started to sing...
Posted by: Elssa

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/25/13 01:02 AM

Originally Posted By: peterws
Elssa - Blimey, playin` the ole joanna`s hard enough without all this other stuff! Very well done. It reminds me of the days of the electric organ, some of which were hugely expensive . . . like the price of a house!

I was thinking of saying "Why not try playing the bass melody (which is so effective) wi your left hand instead of crossing them?" but it might scramble your brains like it does to me . .

So I won`t say it. . . .


Thanks, Peter.. Yes, it's always easier for me to play the melody with the right hand, being right handed, so I cross the paws now & then with the melody and avoid the "brain scramble", as you say. LOL I loved your "Contemplation" video... I'm a semi-retired electric organist and think the variety of sounds/settings is a lot of fun. Great arrangement:)
Posted by: Elssa

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/25/13 01:16 AM

They don't make musicals like this anymore, I guess smile

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Posted by: SwissMS

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/25/13 10:41 AM

peterws - Contemplation is really beautiful. You clearly have a lot of talent1 I like the transitions. The mix of instruments and waves is really nice.

Elssa - Your right, they do not make musicals like this anymore. I really liked you styling of this piece, and the crossed hands was an interesting effect.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/25/13 10:51 AM

Ha ha - I`m not quite old enough to remember those old musicals. They never did back flips in those days either, and the clothes stayed on! HOW times have changed!!
Posted by: Elssa

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/25/13 12:51 PM

Well, I'm only 50, so before my time, too, but sure is nice to watch these great old clips on YouTube. smile
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/25/13 01:03 PM

Elssa~ Such a sweet song. Beautifully done, indeed.

Peterws - I very much enjoyed the full version of your e-cital piece. Nice multi-media production. Great work on dubbing over the tracks!

ladypayne~ Your playing has gotten so much more solid. That was a wonderful rendition.
Posted by: Augustina

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/25/13 01:14 PM

I have to play this piece for my final exam in May. I can only play the first two pages so far. There are plenty of mistakes, and rhythm issues. But here is what I have so far;)

Hungary Rapsodie Mignonne Op. 410 by Carl Koelling

https://www.box.com/s/ndcy1zk28hos5blqk84a

Posted by: Inlanding

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/25/13 01:25 PM

Beautiful, Augustina! I look forward to hearing the finished product as you make your way through to the next pages of the piece. It's very nice.

Glen
Posted by: Mark...

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/25/13 04:11 PM

Augustina, sounds like a big project that is going very well...
Posted by: Newman

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/25/13 04:23 PM

Ladypayne - Your best piece to date I think
Elssa - I watch old movies all the time - including old musicals. Keep it up.
Augustina - Sounds very tricky to play. Well done
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/25/13 11:34 PM

peterws, jazzwee, Mark,SwissMS, BillM, Inlanding, ladypayne, Elssa, Augustina,

Thank you for the contributions. Listening to the music is enjoyable.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/27/13 10:53 PM

Elssa, thanks for sharing your version of If I Loved You.
I like the original too.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/27/13 10:56 PM

Augustina, nice start.
Looking forward to the rest.
Posted by: peterws

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/28/13 04:53 PM

That is coming along very nicely, Augustina. I could do with a music teacher myself. But would I do what I was told? ha ha
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/28/13 08:56 PM

I am here 1st day of March. Who will had off the March Piano Bar?

9:57AM
1-Mar-2013
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: February Piano Bar - 02/28/13 09:44 PM

Before the February piano bar spins to a close and makes way for the March bar, let me tell you I got to listen to a few contributions, unfortunately not all, of which I'm sure all are of fine quality.

BillM and Peterws, great jobs on that Simon & Garfunkel classic. Especially Peterws rendition, with no shadow cast on BillM's performance, the former was just so outstandingly good. Fine performance on the beautiful hymn Just As I Am, by ladypayne. Wasn't that hymn always performed at Billy Graham's crusades?