March Piano Bar

Posted by: ladypayne

March Piano Bar - 03/01/13 01:22 AM

March used to be a great month for me.. Meant spring was coming. Up here in Alaska though, probably not for a few more months frown

Here's my contribution. I arranged two hymns (Be thou my vision and Fairest Lord Jesus) and put it into a medley. I used a fake book for both hymns. I made up a video of pictures too from winter up here in AK. Hope you enjoy!

Posted by: Michael_99

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/01/13 07:36 AM

Very nice music and video. I was surprised by the Alaskan posting. Grew up in the Yukon from 1955 - 1969. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/01/13 10:40 AM

ladypayne: the arrangement is very nice. The Alaska scene is very nice.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/01/13 04:51 PM

You live in a nixce place, LP . . . I love those runs you do, it punctuates and lubricates at the same time giving a good atmosphere. And - temperatures in Summer?
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/02/13 01:08 AM

Very beautiful music, playing, and scenery.
Glen
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/02/13 01:11 AM

This is my contribution this month.



Thank you watching
Weiyan
Posted by: Newman

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/02/13 07:00 AM

Weiyan - I was wondering, as you so often play without sheet music, do you learn without it too (ie. play by ear?)
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/02/13 10:08 AM

Originally Posted By: Newman
Weiyan - I was wondering, as you so often play without sheet music, do you learn without it too (ie. play by ear?)

I hope I could play by ear. grin
I am a sight reader and play by memory.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/02/13 02:00 PM

Weiyan - 1960`S . . . Used to play this in the band wi other dance stuff. I see you have no front on your piano, and are unincumbered with reams of music! A good memory is essential. . . . an enjoyable flashback which reminds me of how young I`m not . . . !

Keep `em rollin, man!
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/02/13 04:50 PM

Good playing, Weiyan! Keep practicing getting those unisons to sound calm and consistent.

Here is a take on an Einaudi piece with a few errors, then my own improvisation towards the end. There are a few places where I lost track...

https://www.box.com/s/jkcuf1q9gt17b703xafw

Glen
Posted by: rnaple

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/02/13 05:08 PM

Weiyan...thank you, that was nice. Admire your piano.

Ladypane... That was really good. At times, I started forgetting I was supposed to be listening to the music. It blended well. I would have expected some darker pictures for winter from up there?
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/02/13 06:30 PM

inlanding - Mood music. Love the way there`s a constant framework of notes offset against a varying (lower) register. Has modern feel. This sort o` music will swallow me up some day. . . .soon!
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/02/13 06:42 PM

Here y`are guys! First time wi the overhead camera. If I have it any closer, funny noises come out o` the piano . . The film is of a later attempt at this piece since the one you`re listening to; I forgot to switch on the video . . .see if you can spot the discrepancies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS0sIqRWWEA
Posted by: Mark...

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

ladypayne that was a nice sound track for your video...good job at panning those pictures...what software do you use?

Weiyan...I like the sound of this piece especially on your piano. When you clean it up it will be sweet!

Inlanding, you really have the Einaudi mood with this piece. I assume it with your grand. Sounds really good.

peterws...wow...well done and smooth...liked the overhead shot...what did you use?
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/02/13 11:39 PM

Glen: Very nice moody piece. The ending is soulful. There are a few notes, F3, G3, I can't make them sound like others. The piano need to soften the voice too.

Peterws: Jesus Joy of Man's Desire is well played. Its not easy to play. For there seems many repetitions and easy to lost in music.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/03/13 06:45 AM

Mark Mobile phone holder for car windscreen. Fixes onto a glass cupboard door above my `ed . . .
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/03/13 07:20 AM

Ladypayne - your arrangement was beautiful, and you played it very well. The music fit the mood of the video. I cannot imagine driving over a lake.

Weiyan - Good job on an old classic.

Glen- Nice Einaudi rendition, and you improv was seamless.

Peterws - I really like Bach, and I enjoyed your version of Jesu Joy. I love the camera angle. I have been trying to figure out how to do an overhead shot. Yours was perfect.

Here is a little blues piece I have been playing around with called Missouri River Ballade.

https://www.box.com/s/vve9ht4smu4ls2prece5
Posted by: Mark...

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/03/13 11:13 AM

SwissMS I really like this one, are the sheets available for sale anywhere. I love slow bluesy stuff...well played too.
Posted by: Rerun

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/03/13 11:36 AM

Originally Posted By: Weiyan
Originally Posted By: Newman
Weiyan - I was wondering, as you so often play without sheet music, do you learn without it too (ie. play by ear?)

I hope I could play by ear. grin
I am a sight reader and play by memory.


Here you go:

https://www.pianomagic.com/


It's worth every dime ... plus some.

Posted by: SwissMS

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/03/13 11:51 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark...
SwissMS I really like this one, are the sheets available for sale anywhere. I love slow bluesy stuff...well played too.


It is from the Alfred's Premier Performance Grade 5 book. It has a lot of fun pieces!
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/03/13 05:08 PM

Thanks for the comments on my beginning stages of learning one Einaudi piece - Looking forward to geting the rest going over the next months, time permitting.

SwissMS - great blues ballade. Very nice to listen to. Love that ending note! wink

Glen
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/03/13 05:22 PM

Swiss Your balad had a French flavour . . . a bar room somewhere in Marseilles. Dunno why I thought o` that; I`ve never been to Marseilles . . .
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/03/13 08:48 PM

SwissMS, Wow, romantic blues piece. Really enjoy listening to your music.

Rerun: Thank you for the kindly suggestion.

This is a song I play by ear. Originally for a post in another thread.
https://www.box.com/files/0/f/0/1/f_6670277903

The original song:
[video:youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQss-EbCYcQ#![/video]

Disclaimer: The song may choke you, or brain wash. grin
Posted by: Elssa

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/04/13 01:09 AM

Ladypayne ~ Gorgeous arrangement and graphics! Stay warm up there smile

'S WONDERFUL! (Gershwin)

Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/04/13 02:55 AM

Elssa: Like the 'S Wonderful. Your playing is really wonderful. Thank you.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/04/13 06:54 AM

Elssa~ Very nice rendition of a great Gershwin tune!

Glen
Posted by: Rerun

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/04/13 08:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Weiyan



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQss-EbCYcQ#!

Disclaimer: The song may choke you, or brain wash. grin



Yep, that's like eating 10 pounds of chicken bones. : )
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/04/13 10:22 AM

Ladypayne: not a fan of hymns, but I must admit the music was good on the rars while looking at all the pretty snow pictures.

Weiyan: I wonder, do you always play with the piano open, or is it just for performances. It's fun to watch!

Inlanding: nice Einaudi improvisation. Making mistakes and forgetting the score hardly matters if you can keep playing so nicely like you do.

Elssa: 's wonderful indeed. The extra voice added nicely to your music without distracting.
Posted by: scorpio

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/04/13 11:10 AM

Originally Posted By: SwissMS

Here is a little blues piece I have been playing around with called Missouri River Ballade.

https://www.box.com/s/vve9ht4smu4ls2prece5



SwissMS - I really enjoyed this! I plan to look into the Alfred Premier series, thank you so much.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/04/13 01:10 PM

Love those runs up the keyboard . . .might`ve said that last time. . . .love those runs down the keyboards too.
That`s new!
Yer havin fun, lass.
Time for another glass?
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/04/13 01:52 PM

Elssa - Great rendition of S' Wonderful. I like how you mix in the other instruments. Very nice!
Posted by: JimF

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/04/13 04:28 PM

Weiyan.

Way to go. You just keep gettin' better each month. keep at it.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/04/13 08:15 PM

Allard: I often play with cover in practice mode. For each phrase repeat for minutes is inviting complain. Always play with cover opened may damage to hearing.
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/05/13 12:49 AM

Originally Posted By: peterws
You live in a nixce place, LP . . . I love those runs you do, it punctuates and lubricates at the same time giving a good atmosphere. And - temperatures in Summer?


Roughly anywhere from the 50s to the 70s F or 10C to 23c for all of you metric users. The highest temperature it got last summer was about 75F. Strangely enough, it felt really hot.. like 80s or 90s.. Really weird feeling.

Originally Posted By: rnaple
Ladypane... That was really good. At times, I started forgetting I was supposed to be listening to the music. It blended well. I would have expected some darker pictures for winter from up there?


I thought Winter was going to be dark and gloomy myself when I first moved up here. And the months of Nov and especially Dec, there are some days where you only see about 4 or 5 hrs of daylight. The thing is, when it is really clear up in Alaska during the winter time, the temperatures drop considerably.. Usually down below zero anywhere from 0F and below. The coldest it got this winter was -30F. There were a couple of weeks it was -20F. The past month has been pretty good temperatures. About 20F or so all of Feb. All of the sunny pictures you saw in the video.. it was insanely cold lol.

Originally Posted By: Mark...
ladypayne that was a nice sound track for your video...good job at panning those pictures...what software do you use?


Just plain old Windows Movie maker.

Weiyan: That's a very nice arrangement. Very beautiful.
Inlanding: That sounds really good. A very pretty piece.
peterws: I always love listening to this piece. Well done.
SwissMS: That's nice blue piece. Good work on this one.
Elssa: Very nice work. It's sound very beautiful. Nice and smooth.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/05/13 10:33 AM

Lots of great stuff this month.

laydypayne - nice arrangement; beautiful scenery

weiyan - Love is Blue - good playing. I like this piece

Inlanding - Indaco - nice start on this piece; I like your improv too.

peterws - Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - well played. Sure looked relaxed, maybe due to the overhead camera giving it an angel eye view.

Elssa - 'S Wonderful - this one really fits your style.
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/05/13 04:28 PM

Peterws, great job on Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. Elssa, don't know how you make your hands slide so effortlessly across the keyboard, but as usual terrific job on that jazz standard.
Posted by: Newman

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 02:21 AM

LadyPayne - your best yet I think
In landing - classy as ever
SwissM - That has a nice feel to it
PeterWS - I just love those old hymns I used to sing at school, which your piece reminds me of.
Posted by: David Ruzicka

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 05:09 AM

Hi everyone. It has been a while since my last post in this forum. This is my own composition. I hope you'll like it.



View directly on Youtube


and here's a beautifull piece by Carl Czerny:



view directly on YouTube
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 05:15 AM

David Ruziks: Although my windows phone can't see YouTube, I think your composition us beautiful. I will enjoy it. Thank you.
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 07:15 AM

David: Always nice to hear Czerny that isn't myself struggling with études. Your composition sounds a little sad. It's nicely played. I would like to hear a little more dynamics in there.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 08:39 AM

ladypayne - beautiful pictures and a fine recording.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 08:43 AM

Weiyan - I like your slower tempo on this piece. Your piano has a cool, honky-tonk tone. I bet it would sound great busting out some Jerry Lee Lewis.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 08:46 AM

Hello David. Did I detect a trace of Pink Floyd amongst the Winter Romance? It really does sound like she`s moved on, and you`re a tad miffed, man . . . .

Both songs were well played on a lovely sounding instrument!
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 08:47 AM

Inlanding - normally I'm not a big Einaudi fan but you bring an intimacy to this piece that is very appealing. I have pretty much liked everything you have posted here in the ABF. You have such a wonderful, warm style.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 08:54 AM

peterws - Very nicely done! I like your relaxed yet powerful rendition of this great piece. High quality recording as usual.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 09:01 AM

SwissMS - my favorite of yours so far. You have a good feel for this style - you let the tune breath and did not rush through it.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 09:06 AM

Elssa - fabulous arrangement of a great tune. The Elssalisation of this tune is a perfect match.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 10:20 AM

David Ruzicka - I listened to both pieces and must say I enjoyed them very much - the recording was first rate. You have composed a very accessible tune. Well done.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 01:59 PM

I was inspired by Elssa's submission last month of If I Loved You from Carousel to try a version of this great song. I figured I might as well add my other favorite song from the musical and do a medley of If I Loved You and You'll Never Walk Alone.

Posted by: stumbler

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 04:21 PM

David
- Winter Romance - beautiful piece, poignant
- Czerny - I've mostly ignored Czerny, but this prompts me to look into his works.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 04:31 PM

BillM, two lovely pieces. I enjoyed "If I Loved You" all the more because of its inclusion last month. Smooth segue into "You'll Never Walk Alone", another classic.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 06:11 PM

Two excellent songs Bill. These get better, the songs are made for you and ya select well.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/06/13 09:25 PM

David~ Those were two very nicely played pieces. Your original was wonderfully composted and your Czerny was fantastic. Great to see you at the bar again!

Bill~ That medley of two is simply fantastic. You continually create wonderful arrangements and express them so very well. You outdo yourself every month!
Posted by: David Ruzicka

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/07/13 05:28 AM

ladypayne: Your arrangement is very beautiful. I must say that I would enjoy it even more without accompanying instrument but like I said: Beautiful piece of music, very well played.

Weiyan: Nice piece of music. Well done. Also fun to watch your piano working smile

Inlanding: I'm not a big fan of Einaudi but this one got me. Very nice playing. Also your piano has a beautiful sound.

peterws: Exactly the type of music I love. And very well played I must say.

SwissMS: Nice, calm and very pleasant to listen piece of music. Good job!

Elssa: Wow, are you sure you're not professional pianist? smile It's very good, really.

BillM: Your performance is flawless and very emotional. I played it several times. Thumbs up.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/07/13 08:45 AM

David: I view your playing. They are lovely as expected.

Bill: Don't know how to express my feeling of the singing. You sing with your heart. Thank your for introducing me Jerry Lee Lewis. I don't know how to play rock piano yet.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/07/13 02:03 PM

David - Winter Romance is a lovely composition, sad and pensive at the same time. The Czerny was very well played as well.

BillM- I liked the medley very much. The transition from one to the next was seamless. You really put your heart into your singing.
Posted by: Newman

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/08/13 06:28 AM

I thought I'd give you poor folks a rest from my original tunes.

You know, I invariably end up posting a different song to the one I was intending. I struggle with something for a while and then turn to another song for relief. As I did with this one. (Though I will come back to what I was working on). I've always loved the song and the haunting nature of the melody and lyrics. I was also pleased to work out some piano chords as an alternative to the finger picked guitar part - but because the song was clearly so powerfully personal to John Lennon I felt like I was 'trespassing' and just kind of stopped where I was. But I figured I'd post it anyway (it's short).

Julia
Posted by: Greener

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/08/13 03:07 PM

Fine entertainment coming from the bar this month which I've come to expect.

Great Einaudi piece Glen. I'd never heard this before. It is very nice. Great job with it.

Noticeable improvement each time I hear you Weiyan. Nicer recordings these days too. Good job.

The joy is really well done Peter. Working on this one myself and we've been chatting about it in the Sonata analysis thread. I was thinking of you actually when I started with it and figured it would be right up your alley. Thanks for sharing it.

Fabulous singing Bill and Newman. It is always a nice treat to hear your singing performances. Both, very good and enjoyable listens.

ALL ... are SWonderful (fabulous tune) and I'm enjoying very much.

I've not had much to contribute of late. But always a keen follower. With that said though, I just received a new piano yesterday and of course, I'm busting to try it. It still needs tuning (noticeable) and that will be in two weeks.

My excuse for this one, is it is just a sound test. I didn't work much on the recording of it and a few rough areas. It's an easy Bossa not demanding perfection, so there isn't any. But, should suffice for getting a sense of the new machine.

So here is, and hope you enjoy:

Meditation
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/08/13 03:23 PM

Newman - a fine rendition of this often overlooked song. As usual, you nailed the vocal. Your Lennon is outstanding.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/08/13 03:30 PM

Greener - you caught a nice groove with this gentle Bossa Nova. You really have a good sense of rhythm.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/08/13 03:33 PM

Newman - Simple Lennon McCartney done well as usual Newman. You do sound like him; their songs were always outside the "box" of standardised musical thinking, and all the better for it.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/08/13 03:39 PM

Greener Was that it`s original name? Bit like "Girl from Ipanema" ... fine job man!
Posted by: Greener

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/08/13 03:55 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
Greener Was that it`s original name? Bit like "Girl from Ipanema" ...

It's the only name I know it by. I seem to recall (I think it was Bill) saying the same thing about Corcovado that I did here once. Must be that the way I play Bossas', they all sound the same smile

Thanks for listening and nice comments
Posted by: Newman

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/08/13 04:10 PM

Bill – another couple of great songs. (I've got to work on filling out my playing more, the way you do)
Greener - I really liked that. Why not do it again when your new piano is fully set up
David - Nice work. I wish I had your long fingers.
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/09/13 07:38 PM

Here's another submission from me. I used a lead sheet from a Disney Fake Book that I have. The song is When you wish upon a star. Enjoy!

https://www.box.com/s/lagz7a2v728b3lnvqnus

And here's one more song I recorded. This one is by David Nevue called Down by the Sally Gardens

https://www.box.com/s/129s5gdb9i2ztr1p08ku
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/09/13 08:20 PM

Jeff~ You've got a great sense of time and you play Meditation with a great deal of sensitivity. I like this one a lot!

Newman~ Julia is very nicely done. It has wonderful changes and your voice is terrific, as it's one of my favorite tunes. Really good work, short or not!

ladypayne~ Your sense of musicality has really emerged in the past few months! I very much enjoyed both pieces.

Glen
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/09/13 10:36 PM

Not perfect, but my first contribution for a long time. Yesterday (once more!) but still having trouble with some of the chord shifts.

This is also my first video, with audio and video synced from different streams. The audio is mp3, rendered from MIDI in Pianoteq and the video is from my webcam. Please tell me if you notice any improvements in the quality of the sound, from my previous videos, which you can find in my YouTube channel.

Posted by: Newman

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/09/13 11:22 PM

Pianonotehead - the chords at 57 secs and 1:09 are they intentional?
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/09/13 11:32 PM

Yes, Emin7sus4 and A7. I probably could and should have skipped some of the middle notes, to make it easier to play and put more emphasis on the melody notes.
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/09/13 11:59 PM

Yet another month with a lot of great submissions here! I'll post comments shortly.

Here is my contribution this month. I had a blast learning it.







Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 12:40 AM

My comments on the latest additions.

BillM, that Medley was played with so much emotion, with the correct dynamics in all the places. I took the opportunity to watch your Here There and Everywhere cover. I'm a Beatles fan and you capture the beauty and spirit of the ballad very well.
David Ruzicka, those two pieces are not familiar to me, but very beautiful.
Newman, great job on the Lennon ballad, Julia.
Greener, I enjoyed Meditation, kind of jazzy. Well done.
Ladypayne, very well played, When You Wish Upon a Star and Down By The Sally Gardens.
Amaruk, that was beautiful, the Lord of the Rings theme and the shots from the movie added an extra flavour.
Posted by: Newman

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 01:22 AM

Amaruk - Lovely
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 10:10 AM

Ladypayne Great arrangement! Lovely pictures of Alaska too. What camera do you use?

Weiyan Your own composition? I must say that you are advancing very fast. Loved it!! Great job! It is always great to see your piano action in your movies.

Inlanding I love Einaudi's new age style of music and you do him great justice with this performance. Great job!!

Peterws Famtastic performance of a great classic. I really like your camera angle. Windscreen holder for the camera… great idea!!

SwissMS What a great tune! I loved it and you play it very well!!

Elssa It sure was wonderful and your trademark arm crossings are nice! Great job!!

David Winter romance - what a great original piece! Loved it!! The music really flows thru your fingers. Your Czerny performance was equally good. Your piano sounds great. What model is it? Thanks for sharing!!

BillM What a great medley. I like it how you can get inspired by posts here and go off and create something like this. Great playing and singing as always! I always look forward to hear your tunes here.

Newman It is not easy to perform after Bill like this but your Lennon/Beatles performances are equally amazing! I am impressed how you can pull one hit after another like this. Great job Newman!!


Greener Sound test? I was expecting… 1 - 2 - 3 or something like that. This performance was very good. What ever recording parameter you tested I think the end result came out great!

Pianotehead Great job! I liked it. You managed to sync things up perfectly which can be quite tricky. Great angle for the camera too. How did you secure your webcam in this video? Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 12:50 PM

Thanks Amaruk, for the kind words. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll post a picture of my setup. I put an iron I had across two of the legs of a tripod and let the webcam sit on it. Quite unorthodox, as you can see, but it worked!

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/255/webcamount.jpg/
Posted by: scorpio

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 01:10 PM

Amaruk, I always look forward to your uploads. You are so talented. Thank you so much for sharing!
Posted by: Codi

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 01:26 PM

Hello, this thread I think is amazing! I enjoyed every recording. I have only just joined this forum yesterday, I hope it is OK if I add a video here. My camera is not fancy and I had to move it so far away to avoid the 'fuzzy' sound from the loud notes. I will work on a solution to that.

This is Sally's Song from Nightmare Before Christmas movie. It is my 'take a break' song when I am getting frustrated with what I am working on. I apologize for it being so choppy, I am still just learning.

Posted by: Mark...

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 02:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Codi
Hello, this thread I think is amazing! I enjoyed every recording. I have only just joined this forum yesterday, I hope it is OK if I add a video here. My camera is not fancy and I had to move it so far away to avoid the 'fuzzy' sound from the loud notes. I will work on a solution to that.

This is Sally's Song from Nightmare Before Christmas movie. It is my 'take a break' song when I am getting frustrated with what I am working on. I apologize for it being so choppy, I am still just learning.



This video is private...you need to make it public for us to see and hear it.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 03:16 PM

Lady Payne -Good work LP as usual. I liked the second song best; a kinda Celtic feel to it. . . .great for piano!
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 03:22 PM

Pianotehead Yer doin` just fine, man! Those chords don`t sound easy. If you`re playing what`s written, you`re doin better than I would; I play what I find amenable and I`m too old to change now!
Things will flow soon, believe me. You`ll find yer own style.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 03:28 PM

Amaruk You obviously had a great time putting this together. I know how ya feel; it is fun. But it also leaves you with little time to do other things . . .

Good stuff on a good piano! That reverb is one o` the best I`ve heard.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 03:31 PM

That looks very technical . . . .
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 03:38 PM

Codi Sally`s doin well this month, she`d be pleased! That piano`s loud! What sort is it, a Bechstein? Have you tried placing the Mic a bit further from the piano? . .It has a lovely tone to it. Keep practising; it`ll come realsmooooooth soon enough!
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 03:40 PM

Thank you peterws, this was played from memory. It's basically home chords in F major. Mostly major, minor and some sevenths plus one sus chord, Em7sus4. It seems to me the Beatles songs are a good way to study and learn chord progressions in rock and pop music.
Posted by: Codi

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 04:08 PM

peterws - It is a Wurlitzer circa late 1920's. Thank you I keep practicing! I can play it fast until I get to that last part it always gets me hung up.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 08:27 PM

ladypayne - I love When You Wish Upon A Star (I did a version of it for the last recital). Nice job.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 08:31 PM

Pianotehead - this is coming along. You might consider slowing down the intro chords a bit - there seems to be a slight tempo shift when you get into the verse. I really like your chord choices. The sound is very crisp. What I like most about the recording is that I heard no high end hiss or low end rumble.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 08:35 PM

Amaruk - I won't even ask how you put together such a professional looking and sounding video. As an old fogey I've never seen the Lord of Rings movies but the music is a delight. Fabuous job.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 08:40 PM

Codi - A captivating piece. What a cool looking piano - I also like the looks of your room. The wing chairs in front of the fireplace look quite cosy.
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/10/13 09:48 PM

Thank you BillM, the intro was actually taken from another version. In the tutorial video I used, the teacher came in with a few half note chords, but I decided to go with eight note chords in the right hand. I'll probably Get Back to Yesterday later. cool

I'm happy with the sound though some of the guys in the digital forum thought it was lousy. Pianoteq does a fine job of rendering from MIDI to WAV, and their samples are way better than my former recordings straight from the room. I used FFMPEG to sync the two sepereate sources, the MP3 I made from the Pianoteq WAV file and the video file, with the video's sound track muted.

Codi, this was very well done. It's amazing - as I've been on the hunt for better recording sound via the digital road - that the acoustic pianos always sound good, no matter how primitive the recording gear is. However, if you want improvements, I understand many people use a Zoom H4, or place microphones on or close to the piano.
Posted by: Newman

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/11/13 04:18 AM

Hi Codi - Welcome!
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/11/13 02:08 PM

"I'm happy with the sound though some of the guys in the digital forum thought it was lousy."

Ignore those guys. They`re more interested in dissecting their pianos than playin` `em. They spend £10k on a Digital Piano and then criticise it . . . ! Bloody mental . . .
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/11/13 03:07 PM

Very true, peterws!
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/11/13 07:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Codi
Hello, this thread I think is amazing! I enjoyed every recording. I have only just joined this forum yesterday, I hope it is OK if I add a video here. My camera is not fancy and I had to move it so far away to avoid the 'fuzzy' sound from the loud notes. I will work on a solution to that.

This is Sally's Song from Nightmare Before Christmas movie. It is my 'take a break' song when I am getting frustrated with what I am working on. I apologize for it being so choppy, I am still just learning.



Welcome to Piano World Codi!
Great piece you brought to the bar! I too really like your piano and your piano corner. Very stylish!!
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/12/13 07:28 PM

Originally Posted By: BillM
Amaruk - I won't even ask how you put it together….


smile It was actually not that bad. Did you know that the first step in making my video was to iron one of the kids bed sheets...
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/13/13 12:24 PM

Wow! Lots of good music here!

Newman - That was a very nice, sensitive rendition of "julia".

Greener - I really liked the steady rhythm and free melody. Nice job!

Ladypayne - I especially liked you take on "Wish Upon a Star". You gave it kind of a whimsical touch which really fit the piece.

Pianotehead - It sounds like "Yesterday" is really coming along. Some interesting harmonies in there.

Amaruk - You are a wizard of producing a fun video. I really enjoyed this. The mix of your playing and the movie clips was great!

Codi - Welcome to the piano bar. That was a fun, edgy piece!
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/14/13 09:53 AM

For my mid-month Piano Bar offering I recorded a version of the Beatles (really John Lennon's) great song Strawberry Fields Forever. I think when slowed down and played as a piano solo it takes on a more somber mood but it all works out. It doesn't matter much to me if it isn't like the original as long as you like it.

Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/14/13 11:05 AM

BillM, this should revive the piano bar - really enjoyed it. You added your own nice flavour to the song, and I especially liked your runs.
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/14/13 02:09 PM

Got my new piano tuned yesterday! I made a few recordings to celebrate. Here is one I like:

Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/14/13 02:27 PM

Ladypayne: I particularly liked the David Nevue song, but Disney is also fun to hear.

Amaruk: once more amazed by the effort you put in this. Well played, nice video.

Bill: my mother didn't like your changes, hehe. I on the other hand, unfamiliar with most Beatles songs, think it's pretty good! The piano part comes out well at the slower pace.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/14/13 09:48 PM

Allard - Congratulations on the new piano, it looks very nice. I thought you did a good job with this interesting piece.
Posted by: Newman

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 06:18 AM

BillM - You had me mesmerised. I like your interpretation.
Allard - nice piece. What is it?
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 08:03 AM

Newman, this is a simplified arrangement of "Return to the Heart" by David Lanz.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 12:28 PM

Good arrangement of Lennon`s thoughtful piece. Dammit, Bill, you must be as old as me . . .
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 12:32 PM

You`re doing great, man! Good tune, and some super touches to it. Your piano`s lovely. Think I `ve already said that ./ .
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 01:42 PM

Allard well done, steady tempo and your piano sounds great.
Posted by: Whizbang

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 03:49 PM

Allard, that piece doesn't sound very good on your piano. I suggest that you get another piano and send the one you have to me. No worries, I'll take it off your hands.
Posted by: Saranoya

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 03:53 PM

Hi all,

This is the first time I'm participating in a piano bar, and I don't know that it will become a regular habit. But on this occasion, I was inspired by two joyous happenstances:

1) My new apartment, which was supposed to be ready in August (2012), but remains technically unfinished, has nevertheless now become more or less habitable. It has heating (though without a thermostat, and with a boiler that stops working and has to be reset roughly every twelve hours or so), a working toilet (though without a seat), and a mostly-furnished bedroom (though no kitchen). More to the point: it has become mostly stable in temperature, and mostly free of dust, which means I've finally unpacked my one-month-old grand piano. This recording is the first one I ever made on the Boston. It's not very impressive (short and simple piece, recorded by an iPhone), and my piano could definitely do with a tuning, but it is a milestone, of sorts.

2) I recently discovered that two people on the Achievement of the Week thread are working on this piece. Being the social animal that I am (ahum), I thought I'd share my own efforts here.

This recording is far from perfect, and that's not just because of the equipment used (iPhone leaning up against the music stand, out-of-tune grand piano). The beat is a little more uneven than I'd like, and there's one obvious flub, as well as many little ones. But it will have to do. Enjoy:

https://soundcloud.com/saranoya/handel-impertinence

ETA: fixed the link!
Posted by: joyoussong

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 05:03 PM

Saranoya, your Impertinence sounds great; the trills are awesome! I listened to it twice & couldn't pick out any flub, & I know the piece very well. Whatever you did, I think you could call it an "interpretive gesture" or something, instead of a flub.
Posted by: JimF

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 07:02 PM

Great job, Saranoya. thumb With all the trials and tribulations you've been through it is amazing you were able to pull this together so nicely.

I'm laughing now to think that there is a pub full of people where you live who have probbably heard your Handel many times. wink
Posted by: Ragdoll

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 08:46 PM

Saranoya, I listened to both of these pieces and thought you did a terrific job with both. So glad to hear you're getting settled in your new apartment.
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 08:53 PM

BillM - Great playing as always Bill. I liked your version of this classic! You gave it a new dimension by performing it like this.

Allard - Congratulations to your new piano!! It looks and sounds great! I can tell that you like David Lanz's music as you play it really well.

Saranoya - Great playing! I can hear that your piano is happy to be in its now home finally! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/15/13 08:56 PM

Saranoya, goed bezig laugh

It's so good to hear you can start playing and sharing music on your grand. It doesn't sound nearly as out of tune as mine was. Must have been well packaged!
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/16/13 04:51 AM

Soundcloud isn`t working today . . . well, not at the moment anyway. . . I could do wi a bit of impertinence
Posted by: Kristina1

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/16/13 05:11 AM

Originally Posted By: ladypayne
March used to be a great month for me.. Meant spring was coming. Up here in Alaska though, probably not for a few more months frown

Here's my contribution. I arranged two hymns (Be thou my vision and Fairest Lord Jesus) and put it into a medley. I used a fake book for both hymns. I made up a video of pictures too from winter up here in AK. Hope you enjoy!



Thank you so much for your wonderful introduction to Alaska !
Your video and piano music are very calming and inspiring
and make me hope to have the chance to visit Alaska one day !

Best wishes and thanks again from Kristina.
Posted by: Kristina1

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/16/13 05:20 AM

Originally Posted By: Allard
Got my new piano tuned yesterday! I made a few recordings to celebrate. Here is one I like:



Thank you, David for your dreamy contribution,
your piano-playing sounds very gentle.
What sort of piano do you have, how old is it ?

Thanks from Kristina.
Posted by: Kristina1

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/16/13 05:27 AM

Sorry, Saranoya, could not listen to your Handel-contribution
because I am not registered with Face book.

Best wishes from Kristina.
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/16/13 07:23 AM

Whizbang: laugh

Kristina: it's a brand new Perzina 152cm grand piano. It has been in my possession for a little over three weeks now and I love it!

You shouldn't need Facebook or a Soundcloud account to listen to Saranoya's contribution, but it requires Firefox with Flash, or Internet Explorer 10, or Chrome to play.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/16/13 08:20 AM

Got to hear it. Great job; yer piano sounded fine to me. Handel/ Bach? Same period I guess. Love the stuff . . keep it up . . .

Here`s another from me. I`m working on stuff at the moment, there`s nothing ready yet. But there`s a piano in there somewhere . . be patient! You`ll hear it .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBz9NbAlavI

Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/16/13 08:59 AM

peterws - Your video is really well done. There are few things as relaxing as looking out a train window as lush, green countryside flies by. Your music is the perfect complement to this wonderful video - sure looks different from the Washington, D.C. to New York City views I'm used to seeing on the Amtrak. Once again, I'm deeply impressed by your talents.
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/16/13 09:09 AM

peterws Outstanding! I really liked this! Is it you playing all instruments? If so, please let us know how you did this. The music was really good and it fits your video perfectly. It was really beautiful to see the landscape like this. And we didn't even have to pay for a ticket for this virtual trip! The only thing missing is a clip of the cloned cows... Maybe next time... Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Ragdoll

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/16/13 09:33 AM

Very nice LadyPayne,

I just recently found this song (Sally Gardens) while looking for Irish songs to play for a St Patricks Day party. I haven't gotten too far with it yet but really like this melody.

Now I'm gonna go listen to Wish Upon a Star which I'm sure to love too because you play so well.

Yep, just as lovely as the first laugh
Posted by: stumbler

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/16/13 04:01 PM

I've fallen way behind on this month's piano bar. I've been off fighting with the read dot, or rather my lack of readiness for the red dot. For a change this is not a Scottish fiddle tune. There are still some problems with my playing, but don't want to wait until April or May's piano bar.

This is Lee Evan's arrangement of Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So"

https://www.box.com/s/7ivx1rtlockdazd91b5e
Posted by: Mark...

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/16/13 09:35 PM

I've fallen behind again...hope I didn't miss too many.

SwissMS- loved the swing sound on your piece...very musically done!

David Ruzicka- I see and hear you often on my you tube feed. You really play well.

Codi- nice playing, like the piece. Just need to clean up the recording placement, sounded a little distant.

Amaruk- I commented on your video in the other thread, but as always you sound like a pro, and your video work is always excellent.

BillM - your voice is perfect for this Beatles song. Really like it a lot.

Allard - Congrats on the new piano...not familiar with that well played piece, but you and the piano sound good...

stumbler- love the jazzy piece...thanks...
Posted by: Newman

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/17/13 01:03 AM

Peterws - very relaxing. nice work.
Posted by: Kristina1

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/17/13 06:03 AM

Originally Posted By: Allard
Whizbang: laugh

Kristina: it's a brand new Perzina 152cm grand piano. It has been in my possession for a little over three weeks now and I love it!

You shouldn't need Facebook or a Soundcloud account to listen to Saranoya's contribution, but it requires Firefox with Flash, or Internet Explorer 10, or Chrome to play.


Thank you David for the information, how to listen to
Saranoya's contribution
and thanks for the information on your new piano.
I am very impressed about the dreamy sound and beautiful tonality of your new Perzina 152 grand piano
and I shall look out for them.

Best wishes and good luck from Kristina.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/17/13 07:55 AM

Stumbler Relaxed start but gets lively at the end. Jazz isn`t my forte but I wish I could do it better. sounded great, man. But a dusky husky singer would be the icing on the cake . .
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/17/13 10:49 AM

There are many good music.

Laypayne: Your cover of Disney is very good. All of them are very good.
Pianotehead: Good. Yesterday(also yesterday once more) is my favor song. Should you try using sustain paddle during chord shift?
Amaruk: Well played. Try Concerning Hobbits next time. The song is "Love is Blue". Its a very old song. I played it very slow so the chordal notes become melody.
Codi: Nice to see your movie. Your playing is very nice. Keep on sharing.

Will going to listen to music on page 4 and afterward.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/17/13 11:14 AM

I love the mix of music. Great stuff!

Bill- a very dreamy delivery of Strawberry Fields. Very nicely done.

Alllard - Your new piano sounds great! I really liked you playing of this piece.

Saranoya - Congratulations on finally being able to play your piano! You did a beautiful job on the Handel - Impertinence. Your piano sounds wonderful.

Peterws - Outstanding music! Did you play all of the instruments? You have impressive talent.

Stumbler - I loved "Ain't Necessarily So". You really have the feel for it. I am just beginning to play around with a little jazz and I am having fun with it. Sounds like you have it mastered!
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/17/13 11:31 AM

BillM- I so very much enjoy listening to your arrangements! You continue to bring such wonderful choices to the Piano Bar. This is another one of my all-time favorites from you - the list is growing!

Allard- Never heard of David Lanz. Great playing and I am sure you find yourself playing more and more with that freshly tuned piano. It's clear you are listening very carefully to the music you play - it goes well beyond simply playing notes as it adds so much to the result.

Saranoya~ Welcome to the Piano Bar. Very fine Handel playing. It's even more fantastic you share learning some of the same music as are two of my favorites PianoWorld enthusiasts. Your sensitivity to dynamics really shows with , then Haydn - what a treat! Look forward to more from you.

peterws~ a very fine multi-media, multi-voiced presentation! I really enjoyed your work. You've got some fantastic talent there!

stumbler~ Gershwin is one of my favorites and you picked a very nice arrangement of this old standard to play. I liked it a great deal.

Glen
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/17/13 11:51 AM

Here's a short improvisation called, Trailing Lights. It started as an experiment with the sustain pedal. I hope you find it relaxing as background music, not sure how else to categorize it.

https://www.box.com/shared/fpgtnalti1

Glen
Posted by: rnaple

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/17/13 12:09 PM

I gotta say. I general. I'm impressed. You people are putting your hearts into your playing. It's music! You people are getting it. I'm beginning to like this piano bar.

I hope nobody feel left out by not mentioning individuals in a list. I listened to all of these. I enjoy this piano bar. You all deserve congratuations.

One person I just can't go without mentioning. BillM... That wasn't good...it was beautiful. Your heart showed in it. Thank you.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/17/13 12:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding
Here's a short improvisation called, Trailing Lights. It started as an experiment with using the sustain pedal. I hope you find it relaxing as background music, not sure how else to categorize it.

https://www.box.com/shared/fpgtnalti1

Glen


Wow...such clarity...your improv gets better by the piece Glen. It's like a mix of jazz and new age.

Jazzage! smile

I'd love to see this on a you tube video...
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/17/13 03:27 PM

Inlanding - Love it, man! Long sustain, modern chords (wi unusual root notes) give it a dreamy thoughtful atmosphere. Now what does it make me think of? Not saying on the grounds that it may incriminate me. M`lud . . .
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/18/13 10:57 AM

stumbler - very good job on the Gershwin - love how you bend the notes in the bluesy sections. This is well done. Nice big finish!
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/18/13 11:02 AM

Inlanding - This has too much soul to be relegated to background music. As always, I find your composition captivating in its musicality. It is sort of relaxing but in a thoughtful and contemplative way.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/19/13 08:59 AM

Enjoy great music tonight.

BillM: Really enjoy your Strawbery Field Forever.
Allard: Your new piano is very nice. The Return to the hear is very nice.
saranoya: Welcome. The Hedel Impertinence is well played. According to the text in the sound file, you learned only half. Its amazing you progress very fast.
Peterws: The scenery is very nice. The music is very good.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/19/13 03:17 PM

Inland - Trailing lights is a very fitting name for your composition. Very enjoyable listening! You have a real gift for improv.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/19/13 03:26 PM

Here is a little jazz piece called 12 o'clock jump that I have been playing around with. It is a kick to play. Quite a change from my usual classical, and a lot of fun. I am still very new at this jazz thing. This was recorded on my Avant Grand. I still haven't figured out the optimal placement of the new ZoomQ3HD to record my new Bechstein. Maybe next time. smirk

https://www.box.com/s/w7b16lz551wer07zgo81
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/19/13 07:08 PM

SwissMS - I listened to this a couple of times while I was cooking dinner tonight. A catchy and fun tune which you play with precision and clarity. Are you playing without pedal?. Love the jazzy chords. Nicely done!
Posted by: TromboneAl

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/19/13 07:08 PM

Well, I've added something new to my trio: Me Singing!

A few months ago I decided to add singing to my playing, and I think it's going to work. Here's a video from a gig last week:



Any comments would be appreciated!
Posted by: Mark Green

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/19/13 07:32 PM

very talented.amazing voice.Keep it up!
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/19/13 09:15 PM

SwissMs: The 12 oclock jump is very interesting. Keep on the good work.
TromboneAI: Your singing is soulful.

Thank you for those who contribute to the bar.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/19/13 11:13 PM

This is my mid-month contribution.
The Moon Is My Heart
Some translate to The Moon Represents My Heart
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/20/13 04:23 AM

TromboneAl: waaaaait a minute, that isn't a stage piano! Nice playing though.

Weiyan, sounds like pop music. Quite different from the Bach you played before smile
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/20/13 04:34 AM

Originally Posted By: Weiyan
This is my mid-month contribution.
The Moon Is My Heart
Some translate to The Moon Represents My Heart


Teresa teng all time classic: Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin. Nice! smile
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/20/13 08:32 AM

TromboneAl - Your voice suits this piece nicely. This is an excellent performance - you got my kitchen swinging this morning!
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/20/13 08:39 AM

Weiyan - this is a very pretty piece. Your phrasing is very good - you might consider a little lighter touch to let this lovely melody "breath" a little bit. Your playing gets better every month - you are obviously working at your music and it is paying off.
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/20/13 10:03 AM

Originally Posted By: peterws
Got to hear it. Great job; yer piano sounded fine to me. Handel/ Bach? Same period I guess. Love the stuff . . keep it up . . .

Here`s another from me. I`m working on stuff at the moment, there`s nothing ready yet. But there`s a piano in there somewhere . . be patient! You`ll hear it .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBz9NbAlavI


I like that idea, synching a train journey to music! Are all the sounds from the keyboard?
And this reminded me of a query of mine-how does one synch music to a video?
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/20/13 02:54 PM

lLarryshone tHanks. The instrumnents are all from the little digital I play. Use Videopad to combine a music track with a video. You can line `em uo, seperate, all for free . . It`s fun. I did this for some contemporary dance scenes, notorious for the crappy music they use, It comes out real good without undue effort on my part . . .
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/20/13 03:33 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
lLarryshone tHanks. The instrumnents are all from the little digital I play. Use Videopad to combine a music track with a video. You can line `em uo, seperate, all for free . . It`s fun. I did this for some contemporary dance scenes, notorious for the crappy music they use, It comes out real good without undue effort on my part . . .

Thanks for the info. I have a few old mp3s I made on my keyboard and a synth but I wanted to make it into a video but I lack the software. I tried the stuff that came with windows but got nowhere!
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/20/13 11:55 PM

LarryShone, if you're willing to work from the command line, ffmpeg is a very powerful tool.

http://ffmpeg.org/download.html

Look for the FFmpeg Windows Builds, down the page.

Here are the commands I used to sync the video and audio files in one output mp4 file, in my last submission.

"C:\Users\User\Documents\ffmpeg-20130310-git-586ae70-win64-static\bin\ffmpeg.exe" -i "C:\Users\User\Videos\Piano\pianoLog\Yester131003.mp4" -an -itsoffset 00:00:04.5 -i "C:\Users\User\Videos\Piano\pianoLog\Yester131003b.mp3" -map 0:0 -map 1:0 "C:\Users\User\Videos\Piano\pianoLog\Yester131003sn.mp4"

pause

Just put this in a batch file (for example syncAudioVideo.bat) and run the batch file by clicking it. Note that the file and folder names are different on your computer.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/21/13 01:08 AM

Originally Posted By: BillM
Weiyan - this is a very pretty piece. Your phrasing is very good - you might consider a little lighter touch to let this lovely melody "breath" a little bit. Your playing gets better every month - you are obviously working at your music and it is paying off.


Thank you. Take your advice seriously. I hope to develop strong pulse with water flow melody.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/21/13 03:19 PM

SwissM - A tricky piece. I find it difficult to play chords like these with precision. Takes a long time to feel comfortable with. Your work now will be well rewarded in the future . . . good stuff! Enjoyed.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/21/13 03:25 PM

I love the tinkling of the melody improvisation. Darned wish I could do that . . .must be fun playin` wi the other guys there! Yer piano was right good. What is it?
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/22/13 06:59 PM

A bit o` fun . . .me setting up a video recording, etc . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eno1l1QMfjA

The final offering with both recordings (phone and piano onboard) operating but - slightly out of synch! Not many DPs have an echo function - mine has now!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnN3rj75WyU

And the one without echo, ie piano recorder operating only . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B9tncHezsE

Fun for an old fella heh heh
Posted by: Newman

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/23/13 08:20 AM

Weiyan - A lovely tune.
Posted by: Newman

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/23/13 04:46 PM

Peterws

Ah Inkspots. Terrific - and Smoke gets in your eyes is one of my all time favourite songs. Well played.

PS Interesting, you have a whole shelf above your piano not just a music holder. hmmm
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/23/13 05:55 PM

Newman, I kick myself daily! That music stand (it`s located into the stand slot on the digital) could be a whole 6 inches wider . . . . !
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/23/13 07:00 PM

Peterws - loved your Inkspots medley. We have similar taste in music as these are favorites of mine as well. I like your upbeat arrangement of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. I also covered this here in the bar a few months ago but at a slower tempo - your arrangement is very well done. You do a wonderful job on these romantic ballads.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/23/13 07:05 PM

Weiyan~ Your playing is wonderful with The Moon Is My Heart arrangement. Excellent!

SwissMS ~ very nicely done! Great sense of time. Sounded to me like you were enjoying playing it.

PeterWS - that was a great arrangement of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. You play with great precision and clarity.

I made this improvisation recording of a jazz standard (with virtual bass and drums) a few months ago and didn't to write down the name.

https://www.box.com/s/ldf4665vw2hko1psv45p

Glen
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 01:04 AM

Inlanding.. that is a nice soothing sound.. very jazzy imho...

anyway.. before i post a recording, if i'm looking for more technical feedback of a not perfect recording, should i post here or create another post? Dont want to crowd the piano bar that sounds for more experienced players. So what's the norm? Thank you
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 02:31 AM

ty.beginner, I've always felt if I can post here, anybody can. cool I know there are mistakes in my performances, and I don't mind if anybody tells me so. In fact I want to be told about that.

I don't think many of the people who post here feel they are at some level few can reach. Most consider themselves beginners, though they've been playing for many years. Nevertheless there are many quality pianists here, but they don't regard themselves as above everybody else.

What I mean is you can allow yourself to be human here and make mistakes.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 06:27 AM

ty.beginner - don`t worry about anything. Post if you feel ready. Your own feed back will tell you; recording and playback is a good way to improve things. And no matter how good you think you are, there`s loads who are better who`s brain you can pick . . . No matter how bad, there are loads who are worse who will improve to who knows what height?

But we all have a style which is unique. Nobody can emulate it. So go for it man; Have fun!!
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 07:04 AM

thanx for the encouragement, this is the first piece i learned when i started learning piano from scratch. I've just started playing for around 6 months. But i think i've hit a dead end with this piece. I wanted to learn harmonics, but have no idea where to place them. It's not a perfect recording as there's no hiccups in it (but i seldom play flawlessly anyway). So any critiques are welcome. maybe some suggestion as to improvements as well smile

canon in d
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 07:34 AM

TromboneAl - You have a great singing voice. What a nice relaxed version of this classic. I enjoyed it!

Weiyan - Nice arrangement of Moon is my Heart. You gave it a nice feel.

peterws - I loved the echo effect that you created. It was a nice touch. I liked that version best.

Inlanding - Wonderful, soothing jazz and very nice improv. It kept my interest to see what you would come up with next. Very fun!

tv.beginner - Welcome to the piano bar! Your Cannon in D was very nicely done, especially for your first piece. You have a nice touch.
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 07:35 AM

Thanks for the info above Theodor!
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 07:55 AM

Love the Canon in D, ty.beginner smile
Try to play the melody a bit louder so it stands out more. It got drowned out a bit in the middle parts, especially with the long sustain in the chords.
Posted by: rnaple

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 10:43 AM

Originally Posted By: ty.beginner
... I wanted to learn harmonics, but have no idea where to place them. ...


I like how you did this. I can see you're at a dead end for now. I hear you on using harmonics. Not sure how. One suggestion... What you and I want to play on this is actually a duet. Try recording the more stacatto painisimo notes in both hands. Then over the top of the recording...or you can use another track on the recorder (better). Add your harmonics with sustain. Follow your heart on the developing it. I hear the same development in this. I'm confident I'll end up with a duet. I can't figure out how else it can be done?
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 11:21 AM

I can see that `ll come along well with practice It is merely the passage of time. There`s a lot of resonance on the piano; is it time to back off a bit on the foot pedal, perhaps? I am always amazed to find this tune is hundreds of years old .. .
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 01:26 PM

You're welcome Larry. If you try out ffmpeg, please let me know how it works out.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 01:49 PM

ty.beginner~ Welcome to the Piano Bar! Thank you for sharing your rendition of Canon in D. I can hear you are being careful to control the tempo and you do a great job of it - you have a very nice touch. If I were to recommend anything from the start it would be to use your sustain pedal with greater economy to allow the voices of the music to shine - you play them very well. Try playing/recording the entire piece without touching the pedal, then listen to your dynamics, etc. to get a better idea of how/when to use the pedal. I really look forward to hearing this piece again after it's matured under your fingers more. Great job on your first submission - keep 'em coming!

Glen
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 06:57 PM

Originally Posted By: ty.beginner
thanx for the encouragement, this is the first piece i learned when i started learning piano from scratch. I've just started playing for around 6 months. But i think i've hit a dead end with this piece. I wanted to learn harmonics, but have no idea where to place them. It's not a perfect recording as there's no hiccups in it (but i seldom play flawlessly anyway). So any critiques are welcome. maybe some suggestion as to improvements as well smile

canon in d

Very nice, excellent first recording and I love that piece.
I like the ambience in the room too!
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 08:02 PM

Ty.Beginner Great job on your first posting! Looking forward to listen to more from you. What version of Canon in D is it that you are playing here? It sounded great!

Inlanding Loved your jazz standard! Improvisations like this are a real treat!! Thanks for sharing. Your music is really inspiring!!

Peterws Great idea of posting a behind the scenes video like this!! It just shows how much goes into creating the lovely pieces that you create for us here. Great piano playing as always!!

Weyian Great job! Nice touch on the video with the sepia effect. And your action is covered up this time? The sounds turned out great anyway!!

TromboneAl Comments coming up… stay tuned. wink Great job! Loved it. You sing really well! Great band you have too!!

SwissMS Loved it!! Great that you widen the music styles that you play!! There are so many great jazz players here and perhaps you got inspired by them. The audio recording sounded just fine to me.
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 08:11 PM

Saranoya, well done. Peterws, I liked the train video/playing. Also liked Inkspots, you make it appear easy to play, but I know it isn't.
Stumbler, good job on the Gershwin standard.
Glen, as usual your improvisations are great. The later one sounded a bit like Sinatra's The Lady Is a Tramp, which I tried to sing it at a karaoke last night. Didn't do very well actually. Jazz IS hard to play and sing, so many 7ths, 9ths, 11ths and even 13ths.
SwissMS, your jazz selection was also very well played.
TromboneAl, nicely done. Really liked playing and singing.
Weiyan, great job on The Moon Is My Heart. You've improved a lot. Impressive that you've memorized the song. The piano sounds pleasant and the audio is very clear. I usually listen to the submissions with a headphone, so I hear the details well. I didn't notice any hiss in your recording.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 10:41 PM

peterws: thank you for sharing about the technical of video recording. The piece in the demonstration is very good.
Inlanding: Very nice standard.
ty.begginer: Sharing is a sure way to improve. Cannon in D is well played. I am not an expert, can't give you much suggestion. There seems stress during the recording session, this is normal to most of us. We call this red light syndrome. Its not easy to overcome. Keep on posting.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/24/13 11:27 PM

Thank you for all those give me feedback and suggestions.

I am preparing next month's submission.

Bach's Minuet in D min. The playing is different from my previous Bach pieces. This piece is expressive and require the legato technique.

The another piece is Embracing Love, a theme song of a soap opera. I am pulling out the score from youtube. This may be somekind of play by ear.

This is my last submission this month: Love is Blue Melodian Cover


Thank you watching.
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 01:08 AM

Originally Posted By: SwissMS

tv.beginner - Welcome to the piano bar! Your Cannon in D was very nicely done, especially for your first piece. You have a nice touch.


SwissMS: Thank you smile

Originally Posted By: Allard
Love the Canon in D, ty.beginner smile
Try to play the melody a bit louder so it stands out more. It got drowned out a bit in the middle parts, especially with the long sustain in the chords.


Allard: I will try smile the sustain is a big problem since i have no idea on how to learn it. hence i have a lead foot on the sustain most of the time.

Originally Posted By: rnaple
Originally Posted By: ty.beginner
... I wanted to learn harmonics, but have no idea where to place them. ...


I like how you did this. I can see you're at a dead end for now. I hear you on using harmonics. Not sure how. One suggestion... What you and I want to play on this is actually a duet. Try recording the more stacatto painisimo notes in both hands. Then over the top of the recording...or you can use another track on the recorder (better). Add your harmonics with sustain. Follow your heart on the developing it. I hear the same development in this. I'm confident I'll end up with a duet. I can't figure out how else it can be done?


thanx rnaple. I'm sorry but i dont really get what you mean by duet. Is that recording two different times and then trying to blend them together via post processing the mp3s? i can't keep the same tempo at 2 different playing which is a big problem for this technique. thank you for the idea though smile

Originally Posted By: peterws
I can see that `ll come along well with practice It is merely the passage of time. There`s a lot of resonance on the piano; is it time to back off a bit on the foot pedal, perhaps? I am always amazed to find this tune is hundreds of years old .. .


This tune is my main motivator to learn the piano smile and you got me with the foot pedal. As that is my biggest concern now. I have no idea on when to use it as in the section that needs it. The moment i use it for some section, the sections i left it out feel so shallow if you know what i mean. I'm still searching the web for tips, helps on the pedal to see if something clicks. So far, i've come up with nothing frown

Originally Posted By: Inlanding
ty.beginner~ Welcome to the Piano Bar! Thank you for sharing your rendition of Canon in D. I can hear you are being careful to control the tempo and you do a great job of it - you have a very nice touch. If I were to recommend anything from the start it would be to use your sustain pedal with greater economy to allow the voices of the music to shine - you play them very well. Try playing/recording the entire piece without touching the pedal, then listen to your dynamics, etc. to get a better idea of how/when to use the pedal. I really look forward to hearing this piece again after it's matured under your fingers more. Great job on your first submission - keep 'em coming!

Glen


Thank you Glen. So many people caught my weakness on the first recording smile i'm glad for the critique. I'm still learning via researching the web on the pedal information. However nothing so far clicks yet. I will play around with the pedal and hopefully come up with something.

Originally Posted By: LarryShone
Very nice, excellent first recording and I love that piece.
I like the ambience in the room too!


Thanx Larry. The ambience is due to not having a good mic smile i'm using my android phone for the recording.

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
Ty.Beginner Great job on your first posting! Looking forward to listen to more from you. What version of Canon in D is it that you are playing here? It sounded great!


Amaruk I found this version from http://www.onlinepianist.com/songs/piano_tutorials/1266/Pachelbels-Canon-Johann-Pachelbel.php . I have no idea where they come up with the arrangement from since the original canon i believe is not for piano.

Originally Posted By: Weiyan

ty.begginer: Sharing is a sure way to improve. Cannon in D is well played. I am not an expert, can't give you much suggestion. There seems stress during the recording session, this is normal to most of us. We call this red light syndrome. Its not easy to overcome. Keep on posting.


Weiyan: Thank you. I hope to post more. At the rate i'm learning things though, It'll be an achievement by itself if i can post 3 to 4 pieces a year. My last piece took me 3 months to memorize and another month to increase the tempo to a very low standard. I'm still not happy with some sections of it even till now.
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 03:30 AM

Syncopated pedalling should work here, ty. It's relatively easy to do. Press down the sustain pedal during the first note of a chord. Keep it down while you play the rest of the chord. When you start the next chord, release the pedal and immediately press it down again, before you release the first note of the second chord. Repeat with every chord. This way, no more than one chord should be sounding at any time.

You could practice it on single notes first:
Press D, pedal down, release D, press A, pedal up, pedal down, release A, press B, pedal up, pedal down, release B, etc.
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 05:32 AM

Meant to include ty.beginner's submission in my review, but forgot to. Well done, ty.beginner, keep up the good work.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 08:52 AM

Inlanding - this is way cool! You have such a wonderful laidback style of playing. The piano is front and center but not overpowering - this is a professional quality effort although the ending was a bit abrupt.
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 08:55 AM

ty.beginner - I like how you took your time with this and let the majesty of the piece come through. A fine effort!
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 08:59 AM

Weiyan - I am pretty sure this is the first Melodian Cover ever posted here in the piano bar. A very unique sound which I enjoyed very much.
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 11:52 AM

OK this is my first attempt at recording the keyboard, and I used the soundcloud app on my smartphone. I managed to play it through with no mistakes, then I hit the record button! crazy
It is played by ear, from memory as I have no sheet music as yet.

Ode to Joy practice piece.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 02:53 PM

SwissMS nice bluesy piece...well played, nice crisp recording.

TromboneAl nice singing, playing and combo...I wish I could of seen it live with a bottle of wine. Love that sound! Professional all the way. You must tell us the history behind your band.

Weiyan nice sounding piece...sounds familiar at times...keep up the good work.

peterws Nice Pete...you have a great touch and feel...

Inlanding somestandard has such a nice swing and feel...excellent recording too.

ty.beginner enjoyed your cannon in D, I've been working on the Alfred book two version and this one sounds better. Have to agree the sustain made certain areas "muddy". I also have to fight from over doing the pedal. When stuff gets muddy, just re-pedal earlier.

LarryShone- good job Larry. Keep up the practice.



Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 06:25 PM

Thanks Mark!
Do the pieces in here have to be classical? I know there's a seperate non-classical area but those are finished pieces. I've just begun practising a Elton John piece to practice for building up hand independence and I was wondering if its OK to put in here-at the moment its just the main melody repeated. I've no sheet music so its all guesswork and memory (I used to play the melody years ago on a Bontempi reed organ)
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 06:59 PM

Originally Posted By: LarryShone

Do the pieces in here have to be classical?


Absolutely not!! smile Anything goes here!
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 07:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
Originally Posted By: LarryShone

Do the pieces in here have to be classical?


Absolutely not!! smile Anything goes here!

Good to hear! Because I think recording when learning is a great progression tool.

So here it is complete with red dot mistakes!

https://soundcloud.com/cameraman59/song-for-guy
Posted by: Mark...

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 07:28 PM

LarryShone nice job on "Song for Guy"...some history on the piece is Elton said this in the sleeve notes of the 7" single:

"...As I was writing this song one Sunday, I imagined myself floating into space and looking down at my own body. I was imagining myself dying. Morbidly obsessed with these thoughts, I wrote this song about death. The next day I was told that Guy (Burchett), our 17 year-old messenger boy, had been tragically killed on his motorcycle the day before. Guy died on the day I wrote this song."


And years later a another "Guy" from Elton's band, Guy Babylon passed away.
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 07:32 PM

Hmm spooky!
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 08:16 PM

Weiyan- sounds like a mouth organ! You`ll be doin sea shanties next! I love `em . . . .
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 08:20 PM

Hello Larryshone - what did ya play "A song for Guy on?" sounded very interesting . . . sorry I sound like an optician; I just been to see one . . .
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 08:23 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
Hello Larryshone - what did ya play "A song for Guy on?" sounded very interesting . . . sorry I sound like an optician Ive just been to see one . . .

My trusty Yamaha PSR 225 home keyboard with default voice 'Portable Grand'.
Sounds a bit iffy cos I recorded straight to my phone with the Sound cloud app.
Its my only keyboard.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 09:11 PM

ty.beginner: You are very serious in piano music. For difficult pieces, may take months to learn. During the period, supplement with some shorter and easier piece.

Below is my LH of Bach Minuet in D min. Its end of month and traffic is low, so I post semi-product grin

Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 09:19 PM

Originally Posted By: LarryShone
Originally Posted By: Amaruk
Originally Posted By: LarryShone

Do the pieces in here have to be classical?


Absolutely not!! smile Anything goes here!

Good to hear! Because I think recording when learning is a great progression tool.

So here it is complete with red dot mistakes!

https://soundcloud.com/cameraman59/song-for-guy


Larry: The red dot mistakes are very nice!
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/25/13 10:52 PM

theodorn no worries. and thank you

billm. thank you. i used to play as fast as possible like it is some kind of a race. after a recording i think it sounds reallly bad that way. smile

mark. i have no method book since the book store here does not stock them.. i learn mostly from the internet and trial and error. how i envy you guys who can easily obrain these books.

larry. nice phrasing on the ode to joy. i enjoyed it much. amazing how you can play by ear on these two pieces. i'm thinking though if you wanted a sheet for ode to joy, the website i learned on has a free copy available. just letting you know

weiyan. since i am learning this as a past time and not to be a pro, i only play pieces that interest me very much. unluckily those pieces as usually the harder ones to learn. so it takes me a very long time to learn them well enough. and having no music background with minimal exposure to music, i didny know the name nor interesting pieces until i stumble upon them. nice playing on the soap opera song. the tune is so familiar but i cant say where i heard them before.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/26/13 05:34 AM

We got a whole 5 days left. . . . .
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/26/13 06:00 AM

Thanks for the encouragement guys!
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/26/13 06:54 AM

Ha it seems I was playing Ode to Joy in the wrong key! I play the melody starting on E going E F G G F E D but when I downloaded the sheet music I see it actually starts in F!
Posted by: Mark...

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/26/13 08:47 PM

A piece I've been working on for a while. This version is a little cleaner than a previous version. Nice part about staying with a piece it seeing gradual improvement over time as we improve. It's fun piece to play too.

Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/26/13 10:26 PM

Mark, That is very nice playing... very soothing sound... makes me feel bad about posting the following smile

after seeing weiyan about his bach work in progress, i thought i post a similar one of the song i'm currently learning... to keep a record of how each month progress so to speak. I took this a few days ago during practice to see the hands position and i changed a few things after looking at the video. Please forgive the wrong notes and mind farts/hesitations along the way. As always, i had a lead foot on the pedal as well which i'm really really trying to correct smile



appreciate all critiques and help provided. Thanx

Edit: Please forgive me for hacking a beautiful piece by debussy to all his fans out there..
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/26/13 10:27 PM

Mark, this was very well played and you managed to get a good recording from the piano, which can be tricky with acoustics.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 02:21 AM

Mark: the Fantasy is very good. Thank you for the good music in the end of the month.
ty.beiginer: The Debussy piece is very difficult, but you can play it! You are working very hard. I am not expert so can't give you suggestion.
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 04:51 AM

Originally Posted By: Weiyan

ty.beiginer: The Debussy piece is very difficult, but you can play it! You are working very hard. I am not expert so can't give you suggestion.


you mean i can hack it smile thank you for the compliments. i have a long list of things i need to fix:

1. add dynamics to the chords near the middle
2. split some of the left hand arpeggio to the right hand so it can be faster and smoother
3. make the key change section faster
4. figure out the melody among the arpeggios so i can play it louder
5. that's the big changes i hope to make with lots of other things to improve on

Well.. i've put this in back of my mind to practice as time goes. I'm learning the bridges for fur elise now since my wife liked the piece. So i'm guessing the progress wont be as fast now for this one.
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 07:52 AM

ty.beginner, a valiant attempt at Debussy's famous piece. I'm sure you know the arpeggios need to be a lot faster (though slow it sounds decent). The pedal obviously needs to be toned down a lot, but you know that too. Nice going, you'll get there.
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 07:55 AM

Mark, sweet piano laugh I'm not familiar with the music. Who is Bossa again?
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 07:58 AM

Weiyan is getting so good, he can play with one hand tied behind his back laugh

Eager to hear the finished product!
Posted by: Allard

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 08:01 AM

LarryShone, you're missing a few notes - listen again or peruse some sheet music - but this sounds like a nice start to your piano career smile

Is the high pitched noise from a metronome?
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 08:27 AM

LarryShone~ Welcome to the Piano Bar! Excellent submissions. Be patient with yourself and don't worry about the recorder. You are playing very carefully and listening to the music you are playing, which is a very good. The notes are one thing, the music is another. Keep up the good work!

Mark~ A fine improvement with your Bossa. This time around, it sounds like you are capturing a Bossa rhythm, which is a diffiult one. Keep listening to lots of Bossa Nova music to get a good feel for the accented rhythms and syncopations. It's great to see how much more music you bring to this piece.

Weiyan~ Thanks for sharing your left-handed Bach. Keep the tempo and the dynamics.

tybeginner~ Thanks for sharing your practice session! Your comments on Claire de Lune are all spot-on. My main comment is to take your foot off the sustain pedal. The music calls for it, but your dynamics and arpeggios get lost in the sustain soup. Yes, many of those arpeggios start with the left hand and end with the right as it plays the main melody up top. Keep playing it to get it better under your fingers. Do it in sections and focus on the more difficult passages singly to get those secure under your fingers. Good job!
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 08:36 AM

"Who is Bossa again?" This is a common term understood only by those over a certain age . . . .we were brought up on it. "Bacharach" is the same.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 08:42 AM

That is a superb piano; beautifully tuned. . . .the music? doesn`t have to be a bossa. It`s really good anyway. Keep `em comin` man. . . look forward to more!
Posted by: Daily Piano Pieces

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 08:54 AM

Hi everyone,

I would like to share this piano piece with you, and I would love to hear what you think about it. I'm not the most accomplished pianist, but I do create a new piece every day.

Thanks
DPP349 - Stories Of Love And Dance
Posted by: TheodorN

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 09:43 AM

Very good.
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 01:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Allard
LarryShone, you're missing a few notes - listen again or peruse some sheet music - but this sounds like a nice start to your piano career smile

Is the high pitched noise from a metronome?

Ah that's probably my nose whistling, lol,full of cold at moment.
Posted by: JimF

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 05:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Allard
Mark, sweet piano laugh I'm not familiar with the music. Who is Bossa again?


Allard,

wiki page for bossa nova

Oh, and Mark, that was very nicely played. Thank you.
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 07:17 PM

Mark That was a lovely piece very well played! Great job! Your recording is great too!! These Zooms are so small but they provide such great recordings! Amazing.

Ty.Beginner Loved it! You play very well. Was this all from memory?
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 10:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding

tybeginner~ Thanks for sharing your practice session! Your comments on Claire de Lune are all spot-on. My main comment is to take your foot off the sustain pedal. The music calls for it, but your dynamics and arpeggios get lost in the sustain soup. Yes, many of those arpeggios start with the left hand and end with the right as it plays the main melody up top. Keep playing it to get it better under your fingers. Do it in sections and focus on the more difficult passages singly to get those secure under your fingers. Good job!


inlanding: thank you for comments. I will need more help as i delve more into the piece. I think the current goal of moving some arpeggios to the right hand and a better sustain foot should be crucial to not fall into a bad habit of memorizing wrongly. smile
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 10:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Amaruk

Ty.Beginner Loved it! You play very well. Was this all from memory?


Amaruk: yes. i memorized it 2 weeks ago. and for the past 2 weeks i've been trying to smooth the transitions between the sections i learned. i still make mistakes now and then. Hopefully i'll make less errors in the long run.
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/27/13 10:10 PM

DPP: sounds very good. That's one of the very few original pieces i hear, and i enjoyed it till the end. Reminds me of a game soundtrack and i meant that as a compliment smile
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/28/13 09:15 AM

This is my first video of my keyboard playing. Its very cramped in there so getting a good camera angle isnt easy-you have to share the view of my Tarantula tanks too wink
After a brief watch of a tutorial that a friend made for 'Song For Guy' by Elton John I had a go at the first verse. I'd had a few good runs with no mistakes, then the camera was rolling and I hit bum notes!!
Yamaha PSR 225, Portable Grand, Octave-1, Reverb level 12/127.

Posted by: stumbler

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/28/13 03:42 PM

I fell far behind in responding to this month's submissions, but not
in listening. I meant to respond earlier smile

Newman - Juilia - much appreciated

Greener - Meditation - well done

LadyPayne - When You Wish Upon a Star - very playful
- Down by the Sally Gardens - beautiful

TheodorN - Yesterday, nice work.
I find the overhead view a bit uncomfortable.

Amaruk - LOTR Into the West
I really enjoyed that.

Codi - Sally's Song
That was one of my daughter's favourite movies.
I like you video, the room makes me think of a movie set.

BillM - Strawberry Fields Forever. I like your interpretation.
Looks like you were injured (bandaid on one finger), but I couldn't tell from your playing.

Allard - Return to the Heart, well played.
Congratulations on the new piano, sounds great.

Saranoya - Handel, nice steady tempo and good dynamics

peterws - contemplation 2
This has the characteristic peterws feel. I enjoyed it.
Am I correct in assuming the white dots were cloned sheep instead of cows?

Inlanding - Trailing lights
I like your improv. Nice job on the repeated notes, I've been having a but of trouble with those lately.

SwissMS - 12 O'Clock Jump - this one is lot's of fun

TromboneAl - If I Only Had a Brain - and more fun

Weiyan - The Moon Is My Heart - nice effort, your playing is
progressing

peterws - you certainly are versitile

Inlanding - some standard - more great playing

ty.beginner - Canon in D - good tempo, very musical

Weiyan - Love is Blue Melodian Cover. This made me smile.

LarryShone - Ode to Joy, Song for Guy
- you have good steady sense of time

Weiyan - Minuet in Dm (left hand) - good start

Mark - Fantasy Bossa - nice piece, sounds quite polished to me.

ty.beginner - clair de lune
We've all hacked well loved pieces. You at least kept to a tempo you can manage. When I hack a piece there is usually a lot more blood and gore. blush
My only comment is regarding the arpeggiated chords around 2:29. These are usually played rapidly, effectively rolling the chord. Here is the description from the wkikpedia entry on List of musical symbols:

"Arpeggiated chord A chord with notes played in rapid succession, usually ascending, each note being sustained as the others are played. Also called a "broken chord".
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/28/13 03:51 PM

Thanks stumbler! smile
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/28/13 05:22 PM

Larryshone You`re a brave man Larry, strolling up tp the keyboard and playing! I use 10 attempts, swear, get told to stop swearing, mutter and try some more. . . then I have to edit out the previous failed attempts . . .

Ya doin` alright! Weh Hey man whats the weather doin` in Darlington?
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/28/13 05:36 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
Larryshone You`re a brave man Larry, strolling up tp the keyboard and playing! I use 10 attempts, swear, get told to stop swearing, mutter and try some more. . . then I have to edit out the previous failed attempts . . .

Ya doin` alright! Weh Hey man whats the weather doin` in Darlington?

Thanks!
As for the weather,its trying to emulate spring, and failing miserably!At least the snow has stopped!Down in the midlands where I hail from they've had lots of snow!
Posted by: BillM

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/28/13 05:55 PM

Mark... - I enjoyed your selection and your performance of this cool piece. It has a nice, romantic feel to it and a catchy melodic line although I think I'd let the final chord ring out a bit at the end. Speaking of ringing, your piano really sounds good on this recording - full, lush and with a gutsy bass. Nice sound.
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/28/13 08:05 PM

I'm quite tempted to study Debussy's Claire de Lune next. The only trouble is its a piece I find that effects me emotionally..
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/28/13 10:16 PM

Really great music this month!

LarryShone~ Most excellent go at Song for Guy! Great job on your first video - it just gets better and more fun from here. Look forward to more!

Thanks for the comments on that SomeStandard from before, it is called, All of You, by Cole Porter. To update the file is next.

Here is my last effort this month.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 09:24 AM

Daily Piano Piece: Thank you for sharing. You are a talent.
LarryShone: You have a good start. Waiting for the rest verses.
Inlanding: Your last effort is very nice. The ep sound very nice. you area good improvisor.
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 11:30 AM

inlanding.. wow... i dont know what you played, but it sounds very nice. is that original piece? jazzy and blue-ish... i'm sorry, i'm very amateur in musical terms. i just know it sounds pleasing to the ear. thanx for sharing.
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 11:32 AM

Originally Posted By: LarryShone
I'm quite tempted to study Debussy's Claire de Lune next. The only trouble is its a piece I find that effects me emotionally..


larry.. isn't a song that effects you emotionally a good song to learn? wont that be more motivation instead of a hindrance in the progress?
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 11:37 AM

stumbler: thank you for your comments. It's just the way i learn it. I let natural progression of the speed as time goes. So i dont really force it to be faster. to be honest, i'm quite satisfied to get to my current speed as i have set a very low expectation of learning this piece. But of course i would hope for the best that the more i play it the closer it'll come to the real tempo. I'll be just as happy to see improvements in the months ahead even if i probably will never reach a performing level for this piece. smile
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 11:41 AM

Originally Posted By: ty.beginner
Originally Posted By: LarryShone
I'm quite tempted to study Debussy's Claire de Lune next. The only trouble is its a piece I find that effects me emotionally..


larry.. isn't a song that effects you emotionally a good song to learn? wont that be more motivation instead of a hindrance in the progress?


Yes that is true, but Im hyper sensitive, certain pieces can bring me to tears! And yet I prefer melancholy music, I favour the minor key, and I love blues music, cant stand happy pop music!
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 12:42 PM

You`re teasing us wi those jazzy bits . . . .a cracker!
Posted by: stumbler

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 02:12 PM

ty.beginner I didn't mean that you were playing it too slow. I was confessing that I lack the self-restraint to stick to a tempo I can manage. The result being that I have a tendency to make ugly messes.
Posted by: stumbler

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 02:21 PM

Inlanding, nice improve. I really like the bluesy feel.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 03:48 PM

"cant stand happy pop music!" Oh Larry! You`ll have a hard time finding any o` that these days! Bring back Kylie . . . and of course, this . . .my favourite . . . heh heh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw1P7gdtAeY
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 04:26 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
"cant stand happy pop music!" Oh Larry! You`ll have a hard time finding any o` that these days! Bring back Kylie . . . and of course, this . . .my favourite . . . heh heh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw1P7gdtAeY

I don't mind a bit of Kool and the Gang but...Kylie! Nooo.
Or this Justin Bieber kid. Barfville
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 08:09 PM

Inlanding That was fantastic!! I assume it was another improvisation? Great to see you play it too. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: ty.beginner

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 08:13 PM

Originally Posted By: stumbler
ty.beginner I didn't mean that you were playing it too slow. I was confessing that I lack the self-restraint to stick to a tempo I can manage. The result being that I have a tendency to make ugly messes.


hi stumbler.. you mistake my intent. i hope i didnt come of as defensive. i appreciate your comments very much. i was just sharing a little of how i try to learn a song hoping maybe someone could correct it if i go about it wrongly. i didnt mean you are saying im playing it too slow. well i know i am anyway smile so please, i didnt take anything negative in your comments. i hope neither do you find anything negative in mine. smile hope i could participate more in the future
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 08:25 PM

LarryShone Great job on the Elton John pice. I like you piano corner! I just hope your spider enjoys your music too... I noticed the tank was empty and I saw something walking up your back toward the end of the song ... smile Thanks for sharing and I look forward to hear more of your recordings here!
Posted by: stumbler

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 09:36 PM

ty.beginner, I didn't find your post negative, but worried that my post might be have been taken negatively. This piano bar has a welcoming positive atmosphere, and I worried I might have unintentionally disturbed that. Please feel welcome and participate freely. smile
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 09:47 PM

I've been completely AWOL this month, including the end of the recital. Life intruding on art. Rats. But I've just been able to listen to this months entries now. WOW. really good stuff, and a wide variety of genres.

Before the month closes, here is a take on 'Round Midnight
'Round Midnight

The blog post for this one is 'Round Midnight
Posted by: stumbler

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 11:05 PM

kenjazz, there is a CBC radio show airs Sunday mornings. It rebroadcasts Sunday night (Monday morning) at midnight. It uses this piece, which I love, as the theme for the midnight rebroadcast. Your rendition is great.
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/29/13 11:58 PM

Hi,

This is my last contribution this month. Will refine and take a video.

Romance
Peter Tchaikowsky
https://www.box.com/s/eqt95411vn2mnwbiuxdj
Posted by: Weiyan

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 12:00 AM

Kenjazz: Before month end closing, enjoying your Round Mid Night. Your playing is professional.
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 05:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
LarryShone Great job on the Elton John pice. I like you piano corner! I just hope your spider enjoys your music too... I noticed the tank was empty and I saw something walking up your back toward the end of the song ... smile Thanks for sharing and I look forward to hear more of your recordings here!

Thank you! I have 4 tarantulas, one in each tank. They were downstairs but the cats kept getting curious!
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 05:48 AM

Originally Posted By: kenjazz
I've been completely AWOL this month, including the end of the recital. Life intruding on art. Rats. But I've just been able to listen to this months entries now. WOW. really good stuff, and a wide variety of genres.

Before the month closes, here is a take on 'Round Midnight
'Round Midnight

The blog post for this one is 'Round Midnight

Fabulous playing there! See thats what I like about this place, it caters to all tastes and all abilities! Beginners mixing with the likes of you.
I wasnt keen on the ryhthm track mind but the playing , can't fault that!
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 06:09 AM

Ken I had Autumn Leaves playing on my tablet from your blog, went out of the room, came back and found my 6 year old son listening in!

Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 06:41 AM

Originally Posted By: kenjazz
I've been completely AWOL this month, including the end of the recital. Life intruding on art.


Same here -- hopefully I'll do better with next month's Bar, which I just initiated.

Quote:
Rats. But I've just been able to listen to this months entries now. WOW. really good stuff, and a wide variety of genres.

Before the month closes, here is a take on 'Round Midnight
'Round Midnight

The blog post for this one is 'Round Midnight


I didn't mean to pre-empt you or this month's players by beginning the April Bar prematurely. I have listened to several of the terrific contributions this month and wouldn't have missed them or yours, as its one of my favorite jazz songs and I love your laid back free flowing style on it.

For some reason, I just now discovered your Blog on learning Jazz piano and boy can I relate to the theme of learning it late. I started a jazz theory and improv class less than three months ago, but unlike you we're supposed to play a lot of scales, although so far I've mainly only done it in class and study group. You're lucky to have found someone like Ed who can work around your hatred of them. smile
Posted by: stumbler

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 11:15 AM

Weiyan - Romance. You are very prolific this month. Good work on this piece.
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 11:28 AM

Larry, I hate to do this to ya but . . .put yer headphones on, man. And watch out for a cool drummer doin` the business! She squawkes bit. But who cares? . . . .This is the best version of this song. I think. .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPbPlLEhFq4
Posted by: Mark...

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 12:48 PM

ty.beginner that was a good job playing a great piece of music. Excellent choice of music. PBS TV used this music to open up an astronomy update short every week. Add the fact that it isn't short makes it tough to get it all down. It's a piece you can probably work on for a lifetime constantly improving it. My only comment was the sustain seems heavy, but it could be just the recording setup.

Daily Piano Pieces Enjoyed your improv, very well played and very clear recording. You must tell us about your back round and music setup.

LarryShone nice job on the song for Guy. I'm a huge Elton fan.

Inlanding On You Tube I called it "Sweet"...which sum it up pretty good. I'd also like to hear it on the acoustic to compare the sounds. Keep it up Glen...love this stuff.

kenjazz nice jazzy sound with nice drum accompaniment. So professional sounding. I'm jealous!

Weiyan Brought back memories of me playing this piece. Sounds like you just need to clean it up a little and its done. Heard some interesting background stuff too...Piano sounds good too. Keep working!

And a note to Bill, on my Fantasy Bossa the music said to play the last chord "dry"...lol...it took me a long time to not just hold onto it. Good pick up!

I hope I didn't miss anyone...I real enjoyed the March Bar.
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 01:47 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
Larry, I hate to do this to ya but . . .put yer headphones on, man. And watch out for a cool drummer doin` the business! She squawkes bit. But who cares? . . . .This is the best version of this song. I think. .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPbPlLEhFq4

My partner has the DVD! As pop acts go she's not bad I suppose. Puts on a good show at Ieast! But I find her voice objectionably sqeeky!
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 06:38 PM

Kenjazz Good stuff for the kids, Ken! Is this what you could call "elevator music"? Good drinking music . . . I`m not clued up on jazz sufficiently to appreciate it fully. . . .but I enjoy what you do, and other similar stuff ya hear from time to time.
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 07:07 PM

Originally Posted By: peterws
Kenjazz Is this what you could call "elevator music"?


Thank you everyone for the kind comments!
This is a really good question. You should look at the Wikipedia page for Smooth Jazz. It is full of conflicts and acrimony. I think it stems from a desire to find a way to bring instrumental music to the masses by using more of a pop/R&B beat and simplified improvisation. This is why purists truly hate it.

I only tend to like it if there is something interesting harmonically going on over the top of the pop beat. You can't get any more harmonically challenging than round midnight, so I thought it worked when I heard it done by Marlena Shaw.
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/30/13 07:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys

For some reason, I just now discovered your Blog on learning Jazz piano and boy can I relate to the theme of learning it late. I started a jazz theory and improv class less than three months ago, but unlike you we're supposed to play a lot of scales, although so far I've mainly only done it in class and study group. You're lucky to have found someone like Ed who can work around your hatred of them. smile

It is wonderful to find a teacher that you can relate to. We will talk about what scales might work over a particular change, But he won't ask me to sit down and do drills for hours. Some day my lack of dexterity may make me want to do drills - but not today :-)

I hope you have great fun and learn a lot with your new improv class!
Posted by: peterws

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/31/13 05:47 AM

The purists have nothing to be upset about. Beethoven, Mozart et al years ago improvised in street café society in Vienna, I believe. Competition was the name of the game, everybody loved it.

Imagine doing that today in classical circles . . . nothing`s really changes, has it?
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: March Piano Bar - 03/31/13 05:58 AM

Ken, what you play is far above elevator music!