December Piano Bar

Posted by: (Was)TrueBeginner

December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 05:54 AM

Here is my contribution for this month. I tried to make something different this time.

http://www.box.net/shared/p76rsmr08q

TB
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 07:26 AM

TB - Is this another original composition? Very pretty. It does create a "blue feeling".
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 07:27 AM

Hi TB. Nice job on this song. Did you write it? I'm wondering how it would sound if you voiced the RH louder than the LH to emphasize the melody a little more. I went back and listened to your "Story of a Young Girl" which I like very much. Same voicing issue might apply there too. Maybe I'm just thinking about this voicing thing because that's something my teacher is emphasizing with me right now. It's a real challenge for me to voice LH and RH differently. It makes it even harder to play evenly. Did you record these on your Essex?
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 07:33 AM

TB - delightful piece - not so much "blue" as nostalgic - very well played (as we've come to expect) - I admire your compositional skills greatly!

JF
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 07:35 AM

Hi Everybody, here's a song I wrote a couple years ago called "sultry". I remember that the LH came to me first, and I played it over and over for a few days until the RH part "arrived". As you listen, imagine yourself on a hot summer evening relaxing with a glass of iced tea after a hard day's work.

http://www.box.net/shared/6zcz73vdus
Posted by: Rickster

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 07:36 AM

Very nice TureBeginner! Very soothing to listen to, and not so blue, (Hey, I like that rhyme!)

Beautiful piece, and beautifully performed!

Maybe I’ll come up with another original for the December bar. You have inspired me!

Rick
Posted by: Sam S

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 08:09 AM

Laurie has on her Christmas sweater:



The Gounod/Bach Ave Maria. You'll probably recognize the keyboard part, the Bach prelude in C from the WTC book 1. I think it's in the back of Alfred Book 3. Gounod decided that it needed a melody, so he set "Ave Maria" to it. He added a measure in the middle, repeated the first four as an intro, and changed the key. I transposed it back to C to suit the recorder.

Notice my feet tucked up under the bench? No sustain pedal on the harpsichord, or any of the instruments available to Bach. The notes stop sounding when I release the key, so I don't play it as written. Instead I hold the notes until they are plucked again or the end of the measure. Sometimes I have to release a bass note early to move my hand for the next chord. Tuck your foot up under the bench and try this on the piano.

And there are no dynamics on this particular harpsichord, so I can't play any louder or softer...

Anyway, we had fun with it - hope you like it.

Sam
Posted by: Sam S

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 08:16 AM

TB, I thought it had a Christmasy feel to it, like some of the more subtle, subdued Christmas music. Very enjoyable.

Sam
Posted by: Triryche

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 09:32 AM

WoW! You guys don't mess around. It's not even noon yet and already 3 great pieces in the bar!!

Can't believe it's December already!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 10:29 AM

TrueBeginner, that's another pretty composition from you! Very delicate and lilting.

Larry, nice jazzy/bluesy piece! I could see the sitting on the porch with iced tea angle, but I could also see it as a Gershwiny strolling around New York City piece, too. smile

Sam, I really enjoyed that duet. I'm amazed at how well the "Ave Maria" works over the Bach prelude. You make me want to learn it so I can talk force my daughter to play her flute with me on it. Give my compliments to Laurie... she confronts that Red Dot like a pro with no sign of nervousness!
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 10:38 AM

Sam, very nice performance. I enjoyed very much listening. Please give my congratulations to Laurie for a fine performance as well!
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 11:04 AM

Ah, True Beginner, what a lovely gift for this morning. I think I'll listen to it every morning, since December is going to be really busy this year with work, and you piece calms the waters. Beautiful.

Cathy
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 11:08 AM

Larry, loved the piece! Nice use of chords and interesting harmonies. I could really hear this in an orchestra for some reason. smile
Posted by: (Was)TrueBeginner

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 11:51 AM

Thanks everyone for listening and commenting. It is my original. I haven't listened to other pieces this month yet, as I am still trying to finish listening to all the recital pieces. I am way behind.

Larry, I recorded it on my Casio Privia via line-in. Originally it came out ok (RH sounds more distinct) but then it had loud static noises when you turned up the volume, which bothered me very much. I put the file through the low pass filter (Audacity) to reduce the static noise and it modified the tone and made it like that. I tried to use equalizer to increase the higher frequency, but it did not help much. I swear it sounds better on my Essex smile Santa really needs to give me a Zoom H2 or H4 this year wink By the way, I love all your compositions and Chris' (Kalai1)

TB
Posted by: Sam S

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 11:55 AM

Thanks Monica, if you want the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria in the key of C just send me a message. Gounod's version is in F which might be awkward on flute. I entered it into Sibelius so I can supply it in any key.

Sam
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 11:58 AM

Ooh... this could well be my first foray into Bach! Let me ask my daughter what key she'd like the piece in and get back to you.
Posted by: Rickster

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 12:00 PM

Excellent, Larry! I really like your original compositions! (The playing is excellent too!)

That is great, Sam!! You and your wife make a great duo!! I enjoyed the PM from you the other day!

Let's see, I wonder if I should record something new, or post something I already have on YT? Some of the stuff I have on YT is over a year old and I would like to think my playing has improved since then. Decisions, decisions! grin

Take care,

Rick
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 12:50 PM

Truebeginner, Larry, and Sam: all pretty pieces. I enjoyed listening to them smile nice job!
Posted by: Riddler

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 01:04 PM

Truebeginner, great work! Your composition reminded me a bit of an old song called If They Made Me King. You seem to have really good hand independence, keeping those left hand apeggios going while playing different melodies in the right hand. Well done.

Larry, excellent composition. I especially like the ending, where you took a simple line and harmonized it in an unexpected and interesting way. Also - that grace note is in just the right place! Very sultry, indeed! Well done.

Sam and Laurie, I have always felt that was one of the most moving pieces of music ever written. I remember that Duke Ellington said one of the things that drew him to music was that, when he was a kid, his mother played this piece so beautifully that it made him cry. You played it superbly! Nice teamwork.

My piece this month is Blue Trane, by John Coltrane. I am playing the piano, but the drums and bass parts are on a backing track that was provided to me.

http://www.box.net/shared/f1kvi1nk9l

Ed
Posted by: (Was)TrueBeginner

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 01:57 PM

Larry, I agree with Monica about your piece, it is bluesy but with all the interesting harmonic chords, it also sounds at the same time modern and urban. so I definitely get the New York city vibe

Sam, that is a very nice rendition of this piece. I think it works well with this two instruments (harpsichord with repeating chords while recorder playing the continuous melody). In this piece, your harpsichord sounds like an acoustic guitar and with the tone of the recorder, it gives a rural folksy feel.

Riddler, I don't know how you did it, but I guess it must be hard to put the drum, the bass and your playing together and synchronize them. Your pieces always sound great and like a full band.

TB
Posted by: Peyton

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 02:08 PM

TB,

I'm on the road so can't find the time to listen to everything on the bar yet ( I can't believe it's already December!!) but I did listen to yours. You really write some very delightful tunes my friend! It does seem blue, kind of longful, to me. I'm down in NY putting up Christmas decorations for my mom and it's kind of sad as my Dad always did it and now he has passed away. Your tune would have been a perfect backdrop for how I felt out in front of the house this morning putting lights on the bushes and railings.
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 02:41 PM

Originally Posted By: TrueBeginner
Here is my contribution for this month. I tried to make something different this time.

http://www.box.net/shared/p76rsmr08q

TB



Wonderful composition TB. Beautifully played with delicate dynamics and feeling.
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 02:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Larry Larson


Good one larry, a very interesting composition. Like the mood of this one, just not long enough.
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 02:51 PM

Larry - very nice. You are a talented writer and performer. Well done.

Riddler - I really like it when you play upbeat pieces with the band - you are the ABF King of Swing.

Sam and Laurie - Outstanding. I'm glad to see that Laurie finally got to sit down. I love the way the sun is shining on your hands - at first I thought you were wearing Micheal Jackson gloves.

My submission this month is a Piano Bar standard (I think I remember at least two other versions of this song). The introduction was performed by the Roland String Quartet but they left when I started singing - go figure.
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 02:54 PM

Beautiful duet Sam. You and Laurie make a good team.

The cat likes to take advantage of the photo op huh?
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 03:00 PM

Ed: "Blue Train", very well done, sounds professional just like a trio with the backing and all.
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 03:09 PM

Bill, one of my favorites and one of the best renditions of "Georgia" I've heard in a while.

Good job.
Posted by: foxyw

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 03:18 PM

This is the first time I've submitted something to the piano bar. I hope to do the recital some time also. I've been playing with my Zoom H4n recorder and just recorded Tchaikovsky's Italian Song: http://www.box.net/shared/si0n3x5ybp
Posted by: Rickster

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 03:20 PM

That was great, Bill! You do a wonderful job with the playing and the singing on that song! That is a song I like to play, but my version is no where near as good as yours! Your version sounds more like the record!

(By the way, it ain't easy to play that well and sing too!!:-)

I enjoyed it much!

Rick
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 03:28 PM

foxyw - What a delightful piece and performance. I admire the way you kept the tempo bright and lively. The Zoom is working well as the recording was very clean and crisp. Well done.
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 05:09 PM

OK, this is my first time posting a recording, plus my first time using box.net, so hopefully this will work!

This is a piece I wrote several years ago called Trovador:
http://www.box.net/shared/c0bjvfsbbv
Posted by: Rickster

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 05:22 PM

Riddler/Ed, great piece! I enjoyed listening to it.

Morodiene, I enjoyed your original improvision! It was great! Your real piano sounded great too… what kind is it?

IETDPBOTABFT (I’ve enjoyed the December Piano Bar on the Adult

Beginners Forum today!! grin)

Rick
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 05:24 PM

Morodiene - Wow!! You can really play! I love the energy and emotion of the piece. Nice!

ps. The box.net recording sounds fine.
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 05:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Rickster
Riddler/Ed, great piece! I enjoyed listening to it.

Morodiene, I enjoyed your original improvision! It was great! Your real piano sounded great too… what kind is it?

IETDPBOTABFT (I’ve enjoyed the December Piano Bar on the Adult

Beginners Forum today!! grin)

Rick

Thanks, I have a Petrof concert grand. I really don't have a space that odes it justice though. I should move out to the country and convert a barn into a concert hall! lol
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 05:31 PM

Originally Posted By: b528nf7
Morodiene - Wow!! You can really play! I love the energy and emotion of the piece. Nice!

ps. The box.net recording sounds fine.

Thanks! I was inspired by how a lot of Spanish influenced music combines major and minor modes together and tried to write in that way.
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 05:59 PM

Originally Posted By: foxyw
This is the first time I've submitted something to the piano bar. I hope to do the recital some time also. I've been playing with my Zoom H4n recorder and just recorded Tchaikovsky's Italian Song: http://www.box.net/shared/si0n3x5ybp

I really enjoyed your playing, foxyw. This is quite a challenging piece with that jumpy LH!
Posted by: foxyw

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 06:25 PM

Bill - very nice! Enjoyed your singing and playing very much! Such a nice voice.

Morodiene - very nice piece! I enjoyed your playing and your piano really sounds great! I like how the piece is both peaceful and intense and has such energy.

Thank you both for your kind comments about my recording of Tchaikovsky's Italian Song. It is a piece that I am just finishing working on with my teacher. It is fun to play and has helped me with phrasing and to learn to better balance the volume in each hand.
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 07:36 PM

Larry - it evoked more tuxedos-on-the-balcony with stars in the background and a tonic and lime in your hand :eyebrow raising icon here: on a sultry summer night smile Nice composition and playing.

Cathy
Posted by: Canonie

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/01/09 08:32 PM

Morodiene
liked the way it got denser and denser and almost crazy then suddenly (about 2/3 in) it opens out to complete simplicity again. Thanks smile

TrueBeginner, I started listening and thought 'this is nice' then after a while i noticed i had beeen gazing out of the window at the beautiful garden in a dream - I think yours is very calming music. And the end was intriguing, like a little question.

Foxyw, nice tchaikovsky, and a perfect rendition i think, well I didn't hear any misses smile congratulations on nailing it.

Thats all i've time and brain for now, except that sam's (harpsichord, yay!) bach gounod is going to play for me as I make a pot of tea ready for some practice, thanks in advance sam smile
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 01:49 AM

Sam, yours and Laurie's duets are fast becoming some of my favorite music here. This was great - I love your harpsichord smile

Cathy
Posted by: jis

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 05:49 AM

Hi everybody,

What is the idea behind the 'Piano Bar'? do you send in your performances and recordings by month? What is the difference between the piano bar and member recordings forum?

It is good to hear everybody here is enjoying the music!

www.myspace.com/jismusic2
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 07:26 AM

Larry - enjoyed "Sultry", which can be either a hot summer evening or a hot summer evening dress laugh Ice tea would be just fine - or maybe an adult beverage of the Southern kind...

JF
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 07:26 AM

Sam and Laurie, nice job! Brought back memories of my wedding back in '78 when my father in law sang it. What you said about lack of dynamic control on the harpsichord made me think that would be a good instrument for me. Dynamics on the piano is a challenge for me as a recovering accordion player. I think it would be fun to build one from a kit too.
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 07:30 AM

Riddler, that's nice music. Aren't those backing tracks wonderful? I was just noodling around on my synthesizer yesterday and hearing the percussion tracks always inspires new compositions.
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 07:34 AM

b528nf7, very nice job on this one, maybe my favorite of the ones you've posted.. I think the song is very well suited to your voice and style. I love your improvs, you've got good intuitions about this kind of music.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 07:34 AM

Sam (and Laurie) - excellent playing on "Ave Maria" - you guys work well together and it must be fun for you - I know it is for us.

You're correct - the Bach Prelude is in the so-called "Ambitious Section" in the back of Alfred 3, and some really good renditions of it can be heard in recent posting in the Alfred 3 thread by Undone , Waltz and TTigg .

JF
Posted by: Sam S

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 10:25 AM

Originally Posted By: Studio Joe
Beautiful duet Sam. You and Laurie make a good team.

The cat likes to take advantage of the photo op huh?


Poor Squeaky the gray tabby appears at about a minute into the video. She is mostly deaf. Her ears are locked to the front, never swiveling like a normal cat's. She cannot hear low tones, but she can hear high tones. To get her attention we whistle. Her meow is a pitiful squeak, which is how she got her name. Whenever she hears Laurie's recorder she comes running. I can imagine her saying, "I can hear you! I can hear you!"

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. We do have fun playing together, and that's the most important part.

Sam
Posted by: Larry B

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 01:20 PM

Originally Posted By: jis

What is the idea behind the 'Piano Bar'? do you send in your performances and recordings by month? What is the difference between the piano bar and member recordings forum?


I haven't posted to the piano bar myself (yet) but saw no one had answered your question yet and thought I'd take a stab at it.

The member recordings forum seems to be a place where people post for critical feedback. Most of what's there are polished pieces or works-in-progress that a member is looking for constructive critique on. It's kind of a "serious" place (in a good way).

The piano bars are just plain fun. Polished, works-in-progress, just-started-on-it, and everything else in between. Make music. Share music. Enjoy music. It's all good. You can ask for critiques or advice here, too, but mostly it's about the joy of playing and listening.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 01:28 PM

Larry,

I tried but I can't feel the summer heat. smile Great tune though.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 01:30 PM

Sam, That was wonderful. It must be really nice to have someone to play with like that. You make a good team.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 03:57 PM

Riddler - really, really good stuff! - "Blue Trane" is cool, swinging Coltrane - good gravy, I can remember listening to Coltrane and Miles and The Modern Jazz Quartet & Monk and Cannonball Aderly many years ago on the original vinyl - just marvelous playing thumb

JF
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 04:07 PM

Bill - I liked this a lot, as much as anything you've done to date - entertaing version of a great old standard - Ray Charles has to be smiling down on you from that great "Soul Train" in the sky - like the many voices of the Clavinova too (that's what I play).

JF
Posted by: jis

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 04:23 PM

Quote:
[/quote]I haven't posted to the piano bar myself (yet) but saw no one had answered your question yet and thought I'd take a stab at it.

The member recordings forum seems to be a place where people post for critical feedback. Most of what's there are polished pieces or works-in-progress that a member is looking for constructive critique on. It's kind of a "serious" place (in a good way).

The piano bars are just plain fun. Polished, works-in-progress, just-started-on-it, and everything else in between. Make music. Share music. Enjoy music. It's all good. You can ask for critiques or advice here, too, but mostly it's about the joy of playing and listening.[quote]


Thanks Larry B,

That is a very clear explanation. I think it is good to have two seperate forums! critical comments about your playing or compositions when you're just having fun is not fun!

Jis

www.myspace.com/jismusic2 (for fun AND comments smile )
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 04:48 PM

Originally Posted By: John Frank
- like the many voices of the Clavinova too (that's what I play).

JF


John Frank - Thanks for the kind words. Although I still have and love my Clavinova this piece was performed on my Roland digital grand that I got a couple of months ago.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 05:10 PM

Riddler, I think this is my favorite of your recordings so far. It sounds so polished and professional!

Bill, loved your "Georgia"! You made all those runs sound effortless, and your voice suits the song perfectly. I have to say, though, I could've done without the Roland String Quartet. whome

foxyw: Congratulations on your first-ever piano bar submission! With pieces like that, you'd better submit to the next recital! grin Your Zoom sounds good, too.

Morodiene: You wrote that?! wow That was extremely impressive. I loved how it started off with more of a slower, brooding tango air, and then got increasingly more complex, culminating in that section in the middle where it went all wild... lovely! I hope we can hear more from you. smile
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 05:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Larry B
Originally Posted By: jis

What is the idea behind the 'Piano Bar'? do you send in your performances and recordings by month? What is the difference between the piano bar and member recordings forum?


I haven't posted to the piano bar myself (yet) but saw no one had answered your question yet and thought I'd take a stab at it.

The member recordings forum seems to be a place where people post for critical feedback. Most of what's there are polished pieces or works-in-progress that a member is looking for constructive critique on. It's kind of a "serious" place (in a good way).

The piano bars are just plain fun. Polished, works-in-progress, just-started-on-it, and everything else in between. Make music. Share music. Enjoy music. It's all good. You can ask for critiques or advice here, too, but mostly it's about the joy of playing and listening.



Larry's nailed it. A third option for sharing music is our quarterly AB Forum Recitals (look at the top of the forum page for a thread about the current recital we just hosted).

Welcome to the forum, jis! smile
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 05:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Riddler, I think this is my favorite of your recordings so far. It sounds so polished and professional!

Bill, loved your "Georgia"! You made all those runs sound effortless, and your voice suits the song perfectly. I have to say, though, I could've done without the Roland String Quartet. whome

foxyw: Congratulations on your first-ever piano bar submission! With pieces like that, you'd better submit to the next recital! grin Your Zoom sounds good, too.

Morodiene: You wrote that?! wow That was extremely impressive. I loved how it started off with more of a slower, brooding tango air, and then got increasingly more complex, culminating in that section in the middle where it went all wild... lovely! I hope we can hear more from you. smile





Thanks so much, Monica. I'm glad you enjoyed it smile. I'm surprised this forum is really the only active one with posting recordings. I suppose it's a bit more open and friendly about it than the Pianists Corner. Still, there are some valuable things that could be learned from the regulars there. But it was fun posting it here!
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 05:39 PM

So many wonderful tunes already posted up, very enjoyable.

Here is my crack at it.

I will put up a few more (some old standards and some improvs like this one) as the month progresses.

Happy December!

http://www.box.net/shared/xnb8cyu5de

Glen
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 07:17 PM

Riddler/Ed - another great piece. I was groovin' all thru it smile

Cathy
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 09:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding
So many wonderful tunes already posted up, very enjoyable.

Here is my crack at it.

I will put up a few more (some old standards and some improvs like this one) as the month progresses.

Happy December!

http://www.box.net/shared/xnb8cyu5de

Glen

Very nice, Glen...sounds very much like the winter we should be getting pretty soon here smile
Posted by: Rickster

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 09:43 PM

Hi Inlanding/Glen,

I really enjoyed your musical presentation to the December piano bar! It was great!

The bass on your acoustic piano was superb. What kind of piano do you have? (If you don’t mine me asking.)

Thanks for posting it!

Take care,

Rick
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 09:46 PM

Morodiene amazing piece! smile
Inlanding: was very pretty song smile

Here's another Duet by myself and Augustina smile Edelweiss from Sound of Music! We might've played it a bit too fast but we get excited sometimes playing duets :P

Here's a video version:
http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o23/a...t=Edelweiss.flv

Here's an mp3 version:
http://www.box.net/shared/y47v7gabsp
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 10:26 PM

Thanks lady...that's a great duet! One of my favorite pieces, whenever I hear this I always think of when the Captain sings this and gets all choked up laugh
Posted by: Peyton

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/02/09 10:27 PM

I wrote this last year and just made some changes. It's called "faded Scarlet Bow".

Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 12:06 AM

Thank you, Morodiene

It's very definitely cooling off...

Two more to add to December's Bar


Ramblin' On

Moonlight Mvt 1
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 12:13 AM

Bill - I knew when it was you doing this song I was in for a treat smile Just the right piano styling, and definitely the right voice - really great.

Cathy
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 01:31 AM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding


Beautiful Glen, very contemplative and relaxed.
Posted by: jis

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 05:21 AM

Very nice atmosphere you created there Peyton. Thanks for sharing.

Jis
Posted by: PianoU1

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 06:48 AM

my effort for dec and one of my grade 5 exam pieces for this month.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 07:13 AM

Originally Posted By: foxyw
This is the first time I've submitted something to the piano bar. I hope to do the recital some time also. I've been playing with my Zoom H4n recorder and just recorded Tchaikovsky's Italian Song: http://www.box.net/shared/si0n3x5ybp


Very nicely done foxyw - glad you decided to come in to the Piano Bar, where the congenial (and seldom inebriated) patrons always enjoy an Italian song by a Russian composer played on a German piano while drinking an Australian beer and munching on American beer pretzels and Swiss cheese smile

JF
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 07:23 AM

Originally Posted By: Morodiene
OK, this is my first time posting a recording, plus my first time using box.net, so hopefully this will work!

This is a piece I wrote several years ago called Trovador:
http://www.box.net/shared/c0bjvfsbbv


Ha! The first time is both scary and exciting for any number of things shocked , but especially for playing/recording an original composition and submitting it for audition to the tough critics (paper tigers all laugh ) here at the Piano Bar! Good job all around - love the "Spanish flavor" of the piece and your playing was superb thumb

JF
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 07:30 AM

Originally Posted By: ladypayne
Morodiene amazing piece! smile
Inlanding: was very pretty song smile

Here's another Duet by myself and Augustina smile Edelweiss from Sound of Music! We might've played it a bit too fast but we get excited sometimes playing duets :P

Here's a video version:
http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o23/a...t=Edelweiss.flv

Here's an mp3 version:
http://www.box.net/shared/y47v7gabsp


Nice version of one of my favorite's from one of my favorite musicals. Thanks!

JF
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 07:43 AM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding
So many wonderful tunes already posted up, very enjoyable.

Here is my crack at it.

I will put up a few more (some old standards and some improvs like this one) as the month progresses.

Happy December!

http://www.box.net/shared/xnb8cyu5de

Glen


Glen, this one's really fantastic. It seems more cohesive and integrated than some of the others. And there's so much potential for further developing the themes in this song. What you've got is like a great introduction, and I'd love to hear you take the basic themes and noodle around with them. You're really gifted at that, and I think it would be a great longer song.

And that wonderful piano of yours....
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 07:50 AM

Inlanding - very nice piece. I'm with Rickster on this - your piano has a very nice tone - I like the bass and the way the sustain rings out particularly at the end.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 08:49 AM

Ed, I'm always amazed at how professional your recordings /playing sound. I had my sound system hooked up for recording so could listen to your recording through headphones.. Wow, I have to do that more often. Fantastic!

Bill, another classic from the master! Super playing.

Morodiene, Super piece. I love the spanish flavor. What a wonderful composition.
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 09:21 AM

PianoU1 - Very well done. You have a confident and precise touch which suits this piece well.
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 09:27 AM

Peyton - a wonderful song beautifully performed. Your accompanyment is very creative and compliments the song nicely. I like the runs that simulate snow falling - at least it sounded that way to me.
Posted by: setchman

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 09:50 AM

Sam:
I really enjoyed Ave Maria by you and Laurie. It's always been one of my favorite pieces. It immediately reminded me of one of my favorite arrangements of it that I have on a Windham Hill Sampler CD called "The Bach Variations". The prelude was played on a harp and the melody was played on a harmonica. It sounds like a strange combination but, as you'd expect, the artists on the CD made it sound beautiful. Great job.

TB:
Very nice piece. Delicate and tranquil.

Larry:
I really like the chord voicings on this piece. Very cool.

Riddler:
Awesome job on the arrangement. I know how much of a challenge it is to create a good mix like that and you did it very well.

Bill:
That was a great rendition of "Georgia On My Mind". I can't sing so I can appreciate the fact that you can do both.

foxyw:
Nice job on that piece, very well done. And the quality of the recording was great.

Mordiene:
Wow, what passion! That composition was great. I'd love to be able to hear that one in person to get the full effect.

Good stuff!
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 09:56 AM

Fantastic, Peyton. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Glen
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 10:25 AM

Originally Posted By: foxyw
This is the first time I've submitted something to the piano bar. I hope to do the recital some time also. I've been playing with my Zoom H4n recorder and just recorded Tchaikovsky's Italian Song: http://www.box.net/shared/si0n3x5ybp


foxyw~

Absolutely lovely. Thank you so much!

Glen

Ramblin' On
Moonlight Mvt 1
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 03:31 PM

foxyw - What a cheerfully-played piece! Brought a smile to my face as I take a lunch break - perfect smile

Cathy
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/03/09 03:44 PM

Morodiene - that was great. I liked the changing moods throughout the piece.

Larry B - I thought you captured the different flavors of the recording sections perfectly.

Inlanding - I liked this very much - very calming.

Cathy
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/04/09 09:34 AM

Peyton - you set a really nice family scene with your fine song-story of the holiday season - excellent accompaniment as usual! Liked this a lot.

JF
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/04/09 04:22 PM

Greetings!

I was inspired to conjure three tunes last night for this December Piano Bar, improvising around a chord structure, attempting to not lose my place. One, a familiar standard and the others...some broken versions of blues.

I've developed such a bad habit over time of not counting to change at the right time. These examples are my first public attempt at illustrating what I want to fix. wink

Misty Noodling

Major Blooze

Minor Blooze

Thanks - have a great day!

Glen
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/04/09 04:49 PM

"sister linda" http://www.box.net/shared/ezuag1fra9

I was sitting at the piano one morning as usual, noodling around. For some strange reason I started thinking about this portrait photograph of my dad dressed up in his WW2 army uniform. As I thought about the sadness in his eyes, I remembered that around that time (1942) my parents' first baby was stillborn. It's not something that was ever talked about very much in my family, but as I started thinking about my sister, who they named Linda, I wrote this song for her.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/04/09 05:01 PM

Larry - that is a fantastic piece! What a great brother you are!

Very thoughtful, very well played.

You are a fine player

Glen
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/05/09 07:52 AM

PianoU1 - good effort on the delightful Hummel piece.

JF
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/05/09 12:46 PM

PianoU1~~

Very excellent! Very much enjoyed watching your hands move as you played. Thanks for sharing

Glen

My extemporaneous version of Autumn Leaves as another addition to this, the 2009 December Piano Bar. smile

Autumn Leaves
Posted by: (Was)TrueBeginner

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/05/09 03:13 PM

Taking the inspiration from the Christmas songs thread, I wrote this song. In this one, I envisioned people gathering on the holidays, catching up on each others' news, the kids running around having fun. So I called it:

Reunion

TB
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/05/09 05:37 PM

ladypayne - what a nice duet on Edelweiss. I remember sitting down with a friend and just playing thru a duet book - great fun.

PianoU1 - what a fun video - your fingers look like spiders on that piece from that angle smile Cute piece.

Larry Larson - very nice. I like having the melody in the bass.

Cathy
Posted by: Peyton

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/05/09 06:12 PM

Bill, loved your Georgia. Sounds like you wrote it.

foxyw- Very sweet. I love it. Welcome to the bar... give us more!

Inlanding- Glen... that was really beautiful. Great improvising. Really nice recording quality too. What piano are you on? It has a beautiful tone.
Posted by: Augustina

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/06/09 03:44 PM

True Beginner, Pretty Piece, I enjoyed listening to it very much
Larry Larson, good job, it was very nice
Sam, Great job:) I liked the recorder in it also. me and my sister try that sometimes:)
Riddler, Nice Blues song:P
Bill, I like that piece as well, wish I could sing like that:)
Foxyw, Great job, I love Tchaikovsky, we played a lot of his pieces when I was in band during highschool
Morodiene, Awesome:) great piece
Inlanding-very pretty also:)
Ladypayne. well.. what can I say.. we did pretty good;)
Peyton- another singer! nice song:)
I'll catch up with the rest tonight:)
Here is My piece,another song from Lord of the Dance
I was experimenting with changing the sounds on the keyboard. here it is;P
http://www.box.net/shared/r5i7mninek
Posted by: ten left thumbs

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/06/09 04:38 PM

Very medieval, Augustina. Lovely harmonies. smile
Posted by: DragonPianoPlayer

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/06/09 05:55 PM

laugh

OK, this is the way I wanted my recital piece to turn out. Pretty close to a month after the recital.

Chopin Prelude No 4

Rich
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/06/09 06:06 PM

Rich, that was super. Really well phrased and felt.

Only a month after the recital. Mine can be as long as 2 years and still not really be up to par smile

Cathy
Posted by: Rickster

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/06/09 06:23 PM

Hi All,

Here is my contribution to the December piano-bar. I recorded this today. I've always liked the song. I've been flirting around with reading music and this piece is a lot like it is written, but I did add lib a bit. (It's hard to break the "by-ear" habit grin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HreQIuq8xaE

Rick
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/06/09 06:51 PM

Rick - that was a little different from your usual fare, but I liked it very much.

Cathy
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/06/09 10:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Rickster
Hi All,

Here is my contribution to the December piano-bar. I recorded this today. I've always liked the song. I've been flirting around with reading music and this piece is a lot like it is written, but I did add lib a bit. (It's hard to break the "by-ear" habit grin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HreQIuq8xaE

Rick

Rick, that was a very nice interpretation, I especially loved the LH. You've got very good musical intuition. Your voice sounds very good. If you keep losing weight, we're going to have to start calling you "Georgia Slim".


Posted by: Riddler

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/06/09 11:48 PM

Bill, very professional job (as usual) on Georgia. Fun to play with different voices, isn't it?

Foxyw, very well done. Lots of zest and exuberance in your playing, I'd say.

Morodiene, that really grabbed me - quite beautiful, passionate, professional. WRT the recording, I had to turn the volume up a bit, but it sounded fine. Great job.

Glen, boy those deep bass notes sound good, don't they. A very enjoyable, nostalgic improv; the kind of music that brings back memories, for me.

Ladypayne and Augustina, nice work on your Edelweiss duet. Keep 'em coming!

Ed
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/07/09 02:59 AM

Originally Posted By: Rickster


Enjoyed it Rick. You have a good voice and you use it very well.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/07/09 10:20 AM

Rick, nice job on Rainbow. You have a good vocal range. Sounds like a real toughy to sing.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/07/09 11:10 AM

Dragon - Great work on that E-min prelude

Rickster - Fantastic - very entertaining, really enjoyed it.

Rickster, Riddler, Peyton, all. The piano is an original 1917 O Steinway - it is such a responsive and inspiring piano to play.

'Misty' noodling

C-min Blooze

Glen
Posted by: Peyton

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/07/09 03:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding


Rickster, Riddler, Peyton, all. The piano is an original 1917 O Steinway - it is such a responsive and inspiring piano to play.


Sweet!
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/07/09 04:38 PM

Rickster - A nice performance of one of my favorite songs. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/07/09 04:48 PM

Augustina- You are quite creative with your digital. This is an excellent and interesting rendition. I've seen River Dance the last couple of years when they came to Wolfe Trappe near where I live and enjoy this music very much.
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/07/09 05:17 PM

Augustina - I got a kick out of your keyboard sounds. It reminded me of a little field organ/portable organ/pump organ I played Scandinavian music with (2 fiddlers did melodies). The sound didn't come out immediately as you pressed the keys. It also turned out to not be smart to use it on a slick wooden dance floor, because, well, as you pumped, it moved. Away from you. :\ So I was constantly trying to scoot my chair to keep up with it. We thought about tieing it to the chair leg, but finally brought in a small floor mat from the foyer of the building and put the organ and me on it. But it was amusing for awhile smile Any way, your piece was cute.

Cathy
Posted by: tatiana110

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 12:10 AM

Good evening my dear friends!

Having too little time lately to spend at the piano, I only recorded 2 new songs this month, one of which I would like to play for you here (it is my farewell to the Fall season smile :

Stephen Heller. Fluttering Leaves.


Tatiana
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 12:38 AM

Originally Posted By: tatiana110

Stephen Heller. Fluttering Leaves.


First, I apologize for not watching or commenting on any of the other videos. I'm new to the site and still getting my bearings straight.

But I did stumble into this.

Just... Beautiful!
Posted by: Frozenicicles

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 12:42 AM

tatiana: Beautiful playing! I imagined a tree losing its last leaf and thinking sadly of the long cold winter ahead. You have a wonderful touch and tone for RCM grade 6. Are you taking the exams? If you are, you'll do well. thumb Lovely hand and wrist movement as well.
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 12:43 AM

Ben - do what you can with the time you have - we're not ogres here, much as we like to hear talk about ourselves smile But I don't usually make it around to commenting on every submission, either, because, well, I have other stuff going on!

There *is* a lot to PW, and - well, (scuffs shoes, looks furtively around) - it can be addicting :|

Cathy
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 02:32 AM

Originally Posted By: jotur
Ben - do what you can with the time you have - we're not ogres here, much as we like to hear talk about ourselves smile But I don't usually make it around to commenting on every submission, either, because, well, I have other stuff going on!

There *is* a lot to PW, and - well, (scuffs shoes, looks furtively around) - it can be addicting :|

Cathy


Thanks for the warm welcome. Upon joining this forum I was fully expecting to get my meager fingers chomped off by some grizzly green ogres, but fortunately the only green I've seen so far has been the welcome mat.

This forum really has a friendly atmosphere. And, yes, it's addicting...
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 07:13 AM

Originally Posted By: tatiana110
Good evening my dear friends!

Having too little time lately to spend at the piano, I only recorded 2 new songs this month, one of which I would like to play for you here (it is my farewell to the Fall season smile :

Stephen Heller. Fluttering Leaves.

Tatiana


Sweet tune lovingly played - very nice Tatiana thumb

I'm currently working on a Heller Prelude - from Hungary, he apparently had quite a career as both a concert pianist and rather prolific composer in the 19th century - he was a friend of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Listz, etc.

JF
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 07:25 AM

Originally Posted By: BenPiano


First, I apologize for not watching or commenting on any of the other videos. I'm new to the site and still getting my bearings straight.



Some people comment on some or many of the pieces submitted to the Piano Bars - and never or only occassionally submit one of their own.

Others submit one (or more) pieces and never or hardly ever comment on other pieces.

Others submit one or several pieces and comment on most or all other pieces.

It works just fine any way you choose to handle it.

But, in terms of "time management" it is only common sense that if you have time to submit a piece then it would only seem reasonable to assume that you also have time to comment on one or more other pieces - at least. And while this is not a duty or obligation it would be nice...especially if you would like others to take the time to comment on your's...

JF
Posted by: Augustina

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 09:58 AM

Cathy I actually laughed when I read that:) interesting that the little field organ would actually move away from you^_^ Bill Thank you. we also played riverdance for marching band my last year in highschool, I loved it. I would love to see them live!
Tatiana.. you play beautiful:)
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 10:06 AM

Tatiana - That was very beautiful piece. It is a joy to watch your hands. You are a very good player.

Thank you for sharing your music!

Glen

'Misty' noodling
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 10:54 AM

Tatiana, you play so musically! Great job smile
Posted by: Rickster

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 12:19 PM

Nice job, Tatiana! (As usual!:-)

I enjoyed listening!


And Glen.... your 1917 Steinway O sounds superb!

Rick
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 12:26 PM

just to prove I can play something written by someone else, here's Chopin's Prelude in E minor.

http://www.box.net/shared/z7dbis92l1
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 12:47 PM

Very pretty piece Tatiana!
Nice singing and playing Rick smile

Here's my submission: Famous Hawaii song Aloha Oe. Enjoy!
http://www.box.net/shared/t7f6hmnk66

here's video version too:
http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o23/amanda1528/piano%20music/?action=view&current=AlohaOe.flv
Posted by: Rickster

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 12:49 PM

Quote:
just to prove I can play something written by someone else, here's Chopin's Prelude in E minor.

http://www.box.net/shared/z7dbis92l1


Excellent, Larry! The music you write is just as good in my view! (No disrespect to Chopin grin)

Keep up the great playing!

Rick
Posted by: tatiana110

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 12:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Larry Larson
just to prove I can play something written by someone else, here's Chopin's Prelude in E minor.

http://www.box.net/shared/z7dbis92l1


Simply wonderful... thumb
I can keep listening to it all morning.

Thank you Larry!
Posted by: tatiana110

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 12:58 PM

Originally Posted By: DragonPianoPlayer
laugh

OK, this is the way I wanted my recital piece to turn out. Pretty close to a month after the recital.

Chopin Prelude No 4

Rich


Rich,
You have so much feeling in your play, this is an outstanding rendition - thank you so much for sharing! (I wish I could 'subscribe' to your playing on YouTube - if you have your recordings posted there).
smile smile smile

Tatiana
Posted by: tatiana110

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 04:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Sam Smith
Laurie has on her Christmas sweater:

...

The Gounod/Bach Ave Maria. You'll probably recognize the keyboard part, the Bach prelude in C from the WTC book 1. I think it's in the back of Alfred Book 3. Gounod decided that it needed a melody, so he set "Ave Maria" to it. He added a measure in the middle, repeated the first four as an intro, and changed the key. I transposed it back to C to suit the recorder.

Notice my feet tucked up under the bench? No sustain pedal on the harpsichord, or any of the instruments available to Bach. The notes stop sounding when I release the key, so I don't play it as written. Instead I hold the notes until they are plucked again or the end of the measure. Sometimes I have to release a bass note early to move my hand for the next chord. Tuck your foot up under the bench and try this on the piano.

And there are no dynamics on this particular harpsichord, so I can't play any louder or softer...

Anyway, we had fun with it - hope you like it.

Sam


Sam and Laurie,

I liked it so much! Every month I am looking forward to your new piece - I imagine how great it is to play together like this...
Posted by: tatiana110

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/08/09 04:23 PM

BenPiano, Frozenicicles, Rickster, JF, Augustina, Glen, Morodiene, ladypayne - thank you so much for your kind comments!

Frozenicicles - nope, I am not taking any exams, just studying on my own, without a teacher or any ambitious goals. I just love piano music so much, and still surprised I can continue learning it at my age :-)
Posted by: Riddler

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/09/09 12:24 AM


Peyton, great song, nicely played and sung. Nice snowfall effect at the end!

Piano U1, sounds very good! Looks pretty tricky at about the one minute point. Nicely done.

Dragonpianoplayer, isn't that a beautiful piece? I always love it. Well done!

Rick, nice job on Over the Rainbow, one of my favorites.

Tatiana, lovely! You have a very graceful way of playing that results in a very good sound.

Ladypayne, great job on Aloha Oe.

Ed
Posted by: Riddler

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/09/09 12:32 AM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
Ed, .... I had my sound system hooked up for recording so could listen to your recording through headphones.....


Gee, maybe I ought to try that myself. It is a constant source of amusement to my family that, although I am obsessed with music and am, in theory, a very high tech guy, I listen to all my music with the smallest and cheapest speakers that Walmart carries! Anyway, thanks for the comments.

Ed
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/09/09 06:47 AM

Originally Posted By: Morodiene
OK, this is my first time posting a recording, plus my first time using box.net, so hopefully this will work!

This is a piece I wrote several years ago called Trovador:
http://www.box.net/shared/c0bjvfsbbv


Wow, that's a very nice song, I really like it. Great melody, and put together very well. Great melody and I like how you worked with it. I'm anxious to hear more of your stuff.
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/09/09 07:11 AM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
I wrote this last year and just made some changes. It's called "faded Scarlet Bow".





Nice work Peyton. I admire anyone who can sing and play at the same time! That line at the beginning of the song about feeding the chickens reminds me of a funny story. When my great grandfather Sven died, his bachelor son Ephraim was suddenly now in charge of the family farm in Michigan. At the funeral the preacher was droning on and on in Swedish, and Ephraim, who obviously had his mind somewhere else, stood up and loudly exclaimed "I knew it, I knew it, I forgot to feed the chickens!!", and abruptly left the church to tend to his chores...
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/09/09 07:21 AM

Originally Posted By: TrueBeginner
Taking the inspiration from the Christmas songs thread, I wrote this song. In this one, I envisioned people gathering on the holidays, catching up on each others' news, the kids running around having fun. So I called it:

Reunion

TB


TB, I think what you envisioned fits perfectly with the song. Have you thought about writing words to it? Your family holiday gatherings must be more peaceful than the ones in my family. Last year at my cousin's house, while carrying plates of food to the table she tripped and fell, sending food flying in all direction. Her daughter yelled "Mom, I told you not to try to carry all that at once!!" prompting her brother to scream "Don't talk to Mom that way!!" Then they got into a big fight and the brother left the house. Now that would make for an interesting song.
Posted by: (Was)TrueBeginner

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/09/09 09:24 AM

Originally Posted By: Larry Larson


TB, I think what you envisioned fits perfectly with the song. Have you thought about writing words to it? Your family holiday gatherings must be more peaceful than the ones in my family.


Larry, I know I am bad at writing lyrics so I would not try. LOL about your family reunion. Talking about that, my parents have 7 children and 6 of them are girls (I was the only boy), so that sounds like the same as mine. I got used to it when I grew up, it would be strange that we had a reunion without incident.

Tatiana, I love your Fluttering Leaves. Now, I need to find out more info about Stephen Heller when I got time.

TB
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/09/09 11:00 AM

Larry - so very versatile you are, Chopin, too? very nice.

TB - Reunion is very well-thought. You have a very even touch. A real pleasure.

ladypayne - love the Aloha piece - so creative.

Morodiene - Trovador is fabulous. Please post more of your work!

Peyton - I keep listening and watching you play faded Scarlet Bow - a joy. Great work!

Thank you, all of you - such an inspiration to play and practice more!

Glen

ps...a couple of more small pieces

Noodling1

Noodling2
Posted by: Peyton

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/09/09 02:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Larry Larson


Nice work Peyton. I admire anyone who can sing and play at the same time! That line at the beginning of the song about feeding the chickens reminds me of a funny story. When my great grandfather Sven died, his bachelor son Ephraim was suddenly now in charge of the family farm in Michigan. At the funeral the preacher was droning on and on in Swedish, and Ephraim, who obviously had his mind somewhere else, stood up and loudly exclaimed "I knew it, I knew it, I forgot to feed the chickens!!", and abruptly left the church to tend to his chores...


Funny story but I can relate. I really do have chickens and horses. In fact, my original idea for the youtube presentation was to take footage of my chickens and horses and various Christmas stuff and have a music video. It's probably just as well I didn't as it would have been corny as hell.
Posted by: David Ruzicka

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/13/09 09:24 AM

For a moment I thought I wouldn't have time to record anything in December. But luckily I've just had an hour to record and upload March in D major (BWV Anh. 122) by C.P.E. Bach.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc9YiAq2GW8
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/13/09 12:11 PM

David - that's a sweet little piece -

Cathy
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/14/09 12:29 PM

That was very excellent, David.

Thanks for sharing !

Glen

Schumann's Warum
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/15/09 04:33 AM

Lots of good music in the bar this month. I've enjoyed listening.

Here's a short version of one of my compositions called Gone With the Wind

Hope you will like it.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/15/09 10:44 AM

Joe - that was most excellent! I liked it very much.

In response and in honor of your posting, here are a couple of my compositions...(always a work-in-progress)

Not So...Blues

Venerate

Glen

Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/15/09 03:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding
Joe - that was most excellent! I liked it very much.

In response and in honor of your posting, here are a couple of my compositions...(always a work-in-progress)

Not So...Blues

Venerate

Glen




Thanks Glen, and I must say I enjoyed both of your compositions very much. The blues number made me feel like I was sitting at a piano bar and sipping on a brew. So I did.
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/15/09 03:22 PM

Studio Joe - A very nice composition played with feeling and emotion. I am in awe of your ability to write such melodic tunes (you too Peyton, Glen, Larry and Rickster).
Posted by: ten left thumbs

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/16/09 04:55 AM

Glen - Just listened to Not So... - that was amazing! 3hearts

How do you learn to play like that?
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/16/09 12:03 PM

Bill, Joe, Laura ~~

Wow~~ Thank you. Your kind words are very well-received and encouraging me to play more! I hope you are encouraged!

In appreciation, here are a few old standards and a few compositions...all a work-in-progress

What's New

Stormy Weather

That's All

Nature Boy

Blues Silky Style

Two Minutes of Your Time

Glen
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/16/09 03:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Studio Joe
Lots of good music in the bar this month. I've enjoyed listening.

Here's a short version of one of my compositions called Gone With the Wind

Hope you will like it.


Yeah, I did like it. It's very nice as it is, but it also could be developed further, especially with some variety in the LH, like blocked chords instead of the arpeggios. It's a wonderful piece, but to me it's begging for another section--maybe go from D minor to D major in the next part... Or maybe tell me to shut up and write my own damn music!
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/16/09 03:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Larry Larson
Originally Posted By: Studio Joe
Lots of good music in the bar this month. I've enjoyed listening.

Here's a short version of one of my compositions called Gone With the Wind

Hope you will like it.


Yeah, I did like it. It's very nice as it is, but it also could be developed further, especially with some variety in the LH, like blocked chords instead of the arpeggios. It's a wonderful piece, but to me it's begging for another section--maybe go from D minor to D major in the next part... Or maybe tell me to shut up and write my own damn music!


Thanks Larry, I welcome your comments, and I agree there is room for further development. The only variation in this version is the B section in the relative major (F major).

Did you not hear the D major? The very last chord (LOL), I think it's called a picardy 3rd ending.

The song was written with lyrics. That's why the tittle; "Gone With the Wind" which is the hook line. And in that version there is a 4 measure bridge in the key of Bb.

This short version is the best recording I have for piano solo.

Thanks again for your evaluation.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/16/09 03:53 PM

Hi Ten,
Thanks for the encouragement!

There is somewhat a method to the madness. There is quite a bit of intuition involved in its evolution, so it is difficult to describe exactly. I will try map it out when time permits, or send me a PM directly.

Glen
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/16/09 03:57 PM

Joe, true confession time, I actually sat down and wrote a D major part to add to your song, but it wasn't that great, and I thought it might be tacky to post it.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/16/09 04:16 PM

Wow - that is amazing, Larry!

Glen
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/16/09 04:21 PM

OK Glen, here's a proposition, with Joe's permission I'll post it on the condition that you write a section to follow mine.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/16/09 04:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Larry Larson
OK Glen, here's a proposition, with Joe's permission I'll post it on the condition that you write a section to follow mine.


Alright, Larry - - Sounds like a great challenge - I will give it a go!

Glen
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/16/09 05:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Larry Larson
OK Glen, here's a proposition, with Joe's permission I'll post it on the condition that you write a section to follow mine.


Permission granted: I'd like to hear what you come up with.
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/16/09 06:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Studio Joe
Originally Posted By: Larry Larson
OK Glen, here's a proposition, with Joe's permission I'll post it on the condition that you write a section to follow mine.


Permission granted: I'd like to hear what you come up with.


Thanks Joe, here it is, maybe we can call it "Further Gone With the Wind"

here we go...

http://www.box.net/shared/gtxgtqiyya

OK Glen, you're "it"
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/17/09 03:35 AM

That's lovely Larry, I'll experiment with that idea to see if there is a way to blend it with what I have.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/17/09 11:48 AM

Originally Posted By: Larry Larson
Originally Posted By: Studio Joe
Originally Posted By: Larry Larson
OK Glen, here's a proposition, with Joe's permission I'll post it on the condition that you write a section to follow mine.


Permission granted: I'd like to hear what you come up with.


Originally Posted By: Studio Joe
Lots of good music in the bar this month. I've enjoyed listening.

Here's a short version of one of my compositions called Gone With the Wind

Hope you will like it.


Thanks Joe, here it is, maybe we can call it "Further Gone With the Wind"

here we go...

http://www.box.net/shared/gtxgtqiyya

OK Glen, you're "it"


Holiday events will delay a day or two.

Listening carefully now. This is brand new territory for me...This is fun!

Glen
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/17/09 02:06 PM

yes, new for me too, but I think it's a good challenging exercise-- gets us out of our comfort zones.
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/17/09 04:12 PM

Originally Posted By: Morodiene
OK, this is my first time posting a recording, plus my first time using box.net, so hopefully this will work!

This is a piece I wrote several years ago called Trovador:
http://www.box.net/shared/c0bjvfsbbv


very nice!!!
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/17/09 04:12 PM

Originally Posted By: al-mahed
Originally Posted By: Morodiene
OK, this is my first time posting a recording, plus my first time using box.net, so hopefully this will work!

This is a piece I wrote several years ago called Trovador:
http://www.box.net/shared/c0bjvfsbbv


very nice!!!


any sheet?
Posted by: Elssa

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/18/09 12:48 AM

I'm enjoying all the submissions this month - very creative and well played! thumb


This arrangement is a combination of the sheet music and my own fiddling around. (I have trouble with some spots, especially the octave/10ths section):

Posted by: PianoU1

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/18/09 06:05 AM

very impressive Elssa.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/18/09 01:37 PM

Thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing, Elssa.

Glen
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/18/09 01:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Larry Larson
Originally Posted By: Studio Joe
Originally Posted By: Larry Larson
OK Glen, here's a proposition, with Joe's permission I'll post it on the condition that you write a section to follow mine.


Permission granted: I'd like to hear what you come up with.


Thanks Joe, here it is, maybe we can call it "Further Gone With the Wind"

here we go...

http://www.box.net/shared/gtxgtqiyya

OK Glen, you're "it"



OK, Larry and Joe.. Here goes!

Joe's Gone With The Wind

Larry's FGWTW

After a long day yesterday, I compiled these late last night. Here are a few clips slightly varying in flavor for your review.

GWTW Var 1

GWTW Var 3

GWTW Var 4

GWTW Var 5

Glen
Posted by: ten left thumbs

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/18/09 02:07 PM

What a busy bar! smile How on earth does everyone have time in December for all this composing?

OK, here's a short little number. I play it Straight - No Improvising:

http://www.box.net/shared/721vunullt
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/18/09 02:19 PM

Originally Posted By: ten left thumbs
What a busy bar! smile How on earth does everyone have time in December for all this composing?

OK, here's a short little number. I play it Straight - No Improvising:

http://www.box.net/shared/721vunullt



Most excellent playing, TLF! I always enjoy listening to that tune.

Glen
Posted by: ten left thumbs

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/18/09 02:41 PM

Glen, you should come round my place. I've been playing it non-stop. It gets a bit wearing after a while. wink
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/18/09 06:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding

OK, Larry and Joe.. Here goes!

Joe's Gone With The Wind

Larry's FGWTW

After a long day yesterday, I compiled these late last night. Here are a few clips slightly varying in flavor for your review.

GWTW Var 1

GWTW Var 3

GWTW Var 4

GWTW Var 5

Glen



That's great Glen, They are all good, I think I like the last one the best.

Very good improvisation.
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/18/09 07:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding
Originally Posted By: Larry Larson
Originally Posted By: Studio Joe
Originally Posted By: Larry Larson
OK Glen, here's a proposition, with Joe's permission I'll post it on the condition that you write a section to follow mine.


Permission granted: I'd like to hear what you come up with.


Thanks Joe, here it is, maybe we can call it "Further Gone With the Wind"

here we go...


http://www.box.net/shared/gtxgtqiyya

OK Glen, you're "it"



OK, Larry and Joe.. Here goes!

Joe's Gone With The Wind

Larry's FGWTW

After a long day yesterday, I compiled these late last night. Here are a few clips slightly varying in flavor for your review.

GWTW Var 1

GWTW Var 3

GWTW Var 4

GWTW Var 5

Glen


Glen, DO quit your day job.
Posted by: AlleyKatt

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/20/09 10:01 PM

Glen - love your blues!!! This is the type of blues I can only hope to play someday. Your music is so relaxing. I agree with the person who said they felt like they were at a piano bar (only I'd be sipping an old fashioned instead of a brew)!

I also would be interested in knowing how you started playing this type of music. Was it stictly by listening to other musicians or did you have some type of formal training?

Thanks again and I quote Larry above "DO quit your day job"!
Posted by: AlleyKatt

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/20/09 10:11 PM

Thank you to everyone who posted their work on the piano bar this month. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every piece. I am absolutely blown away at the creativity and musical expressiveness. One word comes to mind - Class!!

Hopefully one of these months I'll have something to post on this forum. Until then may you have a very blessed holiday season and a Happy New Year!!

AlleyKatt
Posted by: Elssa

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/20/09 10:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Inlanding


That was terrific, Glen! (I vote for #5) Had a great latin as well as bluesy flavor to my ears. thumb

Thanks all for your kind comments. I'm sort of forced sometimes to be creative and make up my own arrangements with my small hands. It's fun, though. smile
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/21/09 08:55 PM

Hello,

I'm sending this famous and begginer piece just in the spirit of participating, I am quite far away yet to play decently.

Hope you enjoy it.

cheers

http://www.4shared.com/file/178413241/5e1f1699/minueto_-_BWV_appendix_114.html
Posted by: Elssa

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/21/09 10:52 PM

Here's a fun song: Chatanooga Choo-Choo, boogie-woogie style smile

Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/22/09 03:30 AM

Originally Posted By: al-mahed
Hello,

I'm sending this famous and begginer piece just in the spirit of participating, I am quite far away yet to play decently.

Hope you enjoy it.

cheers

http://www.4shared.com/file/178413241/5e1f1699/minueto_-_BWV_appendix_114.html



Well done. A beautiful piece artfully rendered.

Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/22/09 03:33 AM


way to go Elssa!
Posted by: Larry Larson

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/22/09 08:53 AM

Originally Posted By: al-mahed
Hello,

I'm sending this famous and begginer piece just in the spirit of participating, I am quite far away yet to play decently.

Hope you enjoy it.

cheers

http://www.4shared.com/file/178413241/5e1f1699/minueto_-_BWV_appendix_114.html


Hi al-mahed. Thanks for posting this, you did a great job. Isn't Bach fantastic? Simple enough to be within our reach, but still so beautiful. I hope to hear more of your playing.
Posted by: Elssa

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/22/09 11:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Studio Joe

way to go Elssa!

Thanks, Joe! Just my own crazy mix here of sheet music and whimsey. grin
Posted by: Elssa

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/22/09 11:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Studio Joe
Lots of good music in the bar this month. I've enjoyed listening.

Here's a short version of one of my compositions called Gone With the Wind

Hope you will like it.


Love it! thumb Just wondering, is your left hand playing something like this?: a, e, a, b, c, b, a, e. How did you come up with that? Thanks. smile
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/23/09 02:45 AM

Elssa thanks, and yes about the left hand except that it is Dm instead of Am.

You can see the score here http://texas-trax.com/gwtw.htm

I don't remember where I got the 1, 5, 8, 9, 10 LH pattern but it keeps showing up occasionally in my music.
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/23/09 03:29 PM

al-mahed,
I really like your playing - an inspiration. Keep up the good work and keep posting. This kind of practice to get it to your satisfaction is quite valuable.

Elssa,
I very much enjoy watching and listening to your video clip(s). (Chatenooga Choo-choo boogie!) Together, your technique and stylings are wonderful!

Glen
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/23/09 07:42 PM

StudioJoe, Larry and inlanding, thank you for the comments!

I'm trying to play the other minuet, anh 116, also in G major - which I think is more beautifull than the anh 114, but it is more difficult either (I saw some graded pieces material somewhere saying that both are level 2, I disgree because the anh 116 is taking me MUCH more time to get it correct).
Posted by: Manndrew

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/30/09 11:57 AM

A very healthy, happy and musical New Year to everyone. Here's a little nostalgia to set the mood.

http://www.box.net/shared/d4inavs71u

Andy
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/30/09 12:23 PM

Andy,
Spot on!

That was excellent, a great intro, such clean style and wonderful flavorings each round. I liked it so much. That's about as good as it gets!

Thank you, and Happy New Year to all my musical friends - so glad I found you!

Music...we all have it in common.

Glen
Posted by: Manndrew

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/30/09 12:30 PM

Glen,

Thank you so much. Cheers.

Andy
Posted by: Loves Pugs Too

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/30/09 01:23 PM

Andy, That WAS really enjoyable - thanks for sharing and happy New Year All.
Richard
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/30/09 02:21 PM

Originally Posted By: Manndrew
A very healthy, happy and musical New Year to everyone. Here's a little nostalgia to set the mood.

http://www.box.net/shared/d4inavs71u

Andy


Excellent Andy, A beautiful rendition of this seasonal standard.

I enjoyed it.
Posted by: AnthonyB

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/30/09 02:35 PM

At least for a few minutes I'll go ahead and broadcast some of my practicing...

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/anthonyb-piano

It'll be audio only as it is tricky to upload audio and video together on my rather slow internet connection without getting dropouts.
Posted by: Manndrew

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/30/09 03:15 PM

Originally Posted By: AnthonyB
At least for a few minutes I'll go ahead and broadcast some of my practicing...


Very nice recordings Anthony. So, Anthony, I'm curious, since I have the FP-7 as well, what settings did you use for the "Stella" recording? In terms of Grand Piano 1...2....3, multieffects and so on. I use mostly Grand Piano 1 with most of the effects buttons turned on. I don't do too much tweaking. Your settings sound excellent.

Andy
Posted by: AnthonyB

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/30/09 03:26 PM

I'm pretty sure that was a stock Grand Piano 1 setting from the FP-7. I don't think I was messing with pianoteq way back then.

Also, I'm done playing for now. I'll try to give some sort of advance warning if I do that again. Who knows, maybe another round of practice later on...
Posted by: TTigg

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/30/09 04:41 PM

Beautiful playing, very enjoyable and I hope I can play and improvise like that one day. Happy New Year to you and all our music "buddies" thumb
- SC
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/30/09 08:55 PM

Here's a recording of Nella Fantasia, I'm playing and singing:

http://www.box.net/shared/9sl5hvhmf8

I also did Einaudi's Le Onde here. I learned this without ever hearing it (a friend asked me to learn it) and so when I later heard the composer play it I didn't realize that it shoudl be slow! But I just can't get myself to slow it down more, so hope no minds this tempo too much: laugh

http://www.box.net/shared/yi1ipxxa79
Posted by: jotur

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/30/09 11:08 PM

Morodiene, that was beautiful. What a wonderful song!

Andy - that was terrific - I've played that tune, but never so lushly - a great arrangement.

al-mahed - WOW! Charming and delightful! And ornaments! and variations! and lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, no lions and tigers and bears, but I was excited. I love that piece and I loved your interpretation.

What - we left the best till last this month? laugh

Cathy
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/31/09 08:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Manndrew
A very healthy, happy and musical New Year to everyone. Here's a little nostalgia to set the mood.

http://www.box.net/shared/d4inavs71u

Andy

Andy, I really enjoyed your playing! The ornaments were very tasteful and you have a very musical approach. smile
Posted by: Manndrew

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/31/09 08:42 AM

Morodiene,

Your vocal was incredible. Very moving. Thank you.

Andy
Posted by: BillM

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/31/09 08:49 AM

Andy - I enjoyed your Auld Lang Syne very much. You played this with a full and powerful style. Your improvs were a nice touch.
Posted by: Manndrew

Re: December Piano Bar - 12/31/09 09:09 AM

Richard, Joe, TTigg, Cathy, and Bill,

Thanks so much for listening and your comments. Wishing you a joyous New Year......

Andy