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#1007026 - 08/01/08 05:13 AM August Piano Bar  
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In the spirit of and coinciding with the Call for Submissions for the 15th ABF Recital (link here ) the August Piano Bar is hereby launched.

To open the Bar here is a simple version of that classic old Scottish folk tune "Loch Lomond" - they say the lake (with it's "bonney, bonney banks") is as beautiful as the song that commemorates it. Someday I hope to make this determination in person! smile Enjoy.

Loch Lomond

Regards, JF

Speaking of Scotland, thought you might enjoy listening to this beautiful song from there by one of the best singers ever - Jo Stafford:

Flow Gently, Sweet Afton


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#1007027 - 08/01/08 07:27 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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JF,

Your recording always sounds crisp and clear. Strangely, this Scottish folk song sounds, in some parts, a little bit like a Chinese song I heard (In fact, the first several notes are almost the same) That just proves music has no borders or nationality.

As I promised the other day to choose between my two new songs to submit one to the recital and the other to the piano bar, here is the "less-preferred" one. It is still rough here and there, and the fact that I didn't enjoy learning it shows in my playing.

Claudine ( Tonci Huljic )

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#1007028 - 08/01/08 08:30 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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TB - really lovely tune - excellent LH/RH control - the constant LH figurations with variable chords is not easy and you handle them with skill - very nice concurrent contol over the RH melody line too - it's almost like listening to a piano duet! Excellent job thumb

After hearing this (along with your previous efforts) I think you might want to promote yourself from TrueBeginner to TrueAdvancedIntermediate smile

Regards, JF


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#1007029 - 08/01/08 09:04 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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JohnFrank, nice job with Loch Lomond. I remember learning this as one of the first pieces I played in my trumpet days.


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#1007030 - 08/01/08 09:06 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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TrueBeginner, that is a beautiful song, and you played it quite well. Huljic (howdoes one pronounce that, anyway) is quite a talented composer. I didn;t think it sounded tough at all. If this is the rough one, I can't wait to hear your recital piece.


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#1007031 - 08/01/08 09:30 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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JF, nice classic song.
TB, I didn't know that song, it's very nice.

Here's my contribution, it's my own version of Beatles song And I Love Her
and the video

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#1007032 - 08/01/08 10:47 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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JF - nicely done. I actually tapped my foot all through it.

TrueB - also well done - I, too, liked the left hand.

Serge88 - your own arrangement, huh? I still have no skills in that direction without taking enormous amounts of time (read: months) on a single tune. I liked yours.

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#1007033 - 08/01/08 12:37 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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John Frank - That piece is perfect for solo piano. You played it simply and elegantly.

True Beginner - I have never heard this piece before but really enjoyed it. Your playing sounds quite professional for a "True Beginner."

Serge88 - very nice arrangement. I liked watching your video performance.


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#1007034 - 08/01/08 12:57 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Ravel, "Jeux D'eau" (Water Fountains)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDpb0VAbUqY

I played this for a recital, very badly. I played better for this video.

The ending is my favourite ending in any piece of music. When I hear it, I close my eyes and get lost in the imagery of it all. (starting at 5;20 or so)


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#1007035 - 08/01/08 03:21 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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I wanted to play something for this month's Piano Bar but couldn't decide what to record.

Sometimes the answer is right in front of you - Something abridged version (I left out the second verse).


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#1007036 - 08/01/08 03:23 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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JF, thumbs up from me (for obvious reasons!)

And yeah, it's as nice as they say (just be sure to call it a 'loch' rather than a lake wink )

#1007037 - 08/01/08 03:59 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Originally posted by b528nf7:
I wanted to play something for this month's Piano Bar but couldn't decide what to record.

Sometimes the answer is right in front of you - Something abridged version (I left out the second verse).
Lots of good stuff here already this month. Bill, Has anyone ever told you that you sound like the late Charlie Rich? I can hear you singing "Behind closed Doors" Or "The most beautiful girl in the world"

#1007038 - 08/01/08 07:38 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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b528nf7, your video is unavailable from youtube. frown

Theowne, it's really wonderful.


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#1007039 - 08/01/08 08:40 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Originally posted by Euan Morrison:
JF, thumbs up from me (for obvious reasons!)

And yeah, it's as nice as they say (just be sure to call it a 'loch' rather than a lake wink )
Euan - thanks, and do you have any photos of the loch that you could share with us - would love to see them smile

Regards, JF

P.S. I've always been a big fan of singer/songwriter Dougie McClean (sp. ?)- are you familiar with his work?


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#1007040 - 08/01/08 09:06 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Serge - thanks. Youtube was having processing problems. Should be ok now. Here is the link again.


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#1007041 - 08/01/08 09:35 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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very Nice serge...like the keyboard on the top too...

And without sheet music!!

#1007042 - 08/01/08 11:14 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Serge, nice job. I enjoyed watching.


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#1007043 - 08/01/08 11:18 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Theowne, that is very impressive. I really don't enjoy this piece, but I know it is very challenging. Great job.


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#1007044 - 08/01/08 11:24 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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b528nf7, that is a very nice cover of a classic Beatles song. Wonderful job on the playing. The singing, ain't half bad, either. laugh


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#1007045 - 08/02/08 01:08 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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John Frank - good job on Loch Lomond - very enjoyable.

TrueBeginner - I really liked that piece (Claudine). Good job keeping the left hand going at a steady tempo while the right hand did complicated stuff.

Serge, love that old Beatles song, and you played it perfectly. Great set up!

Theowne, awesome, masterful, beautiful. I loved it.

Bill, another great job. And again, I didn't mind the strings!

So here is my piece - the simplest song in all of jazz -- C Jam Blues. There are only two notes, but somehow I still hit the wrong one now and then. (Hey, I once got lost in a town with two streets - I got on the wrong one and couldn't figure out how to get on the other.) I am playing from a lead sheet, using Band In A Box to provide the drums, bass, and vibes.

I suppose I should confess I plagiarized a bit from and old Duke Ellington recording. (There, I feel better now.)

http://members.aol.com/riddlereader/cjamblues.mp3


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I suppose I should confess I plagiarized a bit from and old Duke Ellington recording. (There, I feel better now.)
If you mention the source, it's not plagiarism. laugh

Enjoyed the recording, though. I've got to check out that Band-In-A-Box. smile


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#1007047 - 08/02/08 06:40 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Riddler - Very impressive!

How does Band in a box work? Do you play the other parts (vibes, bass, etc.) on your digital piano or do you play the piano part and Band in a box adds the other instruments based on the chord progression?


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#1007048 - 08/02/08 08:04 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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This is a harpsichord piece by Max Richter, called Jan's Notebook. The ending isn't quite right, as I was working it out by ear:

http://www.box.net/shared/dk7j0mk0oo

(credit goes to Soni Musicae for the soundfont)

#1007049 - 08/02/08 03:22 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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b528nf7:

Beautiful!

May I ask how you have learned the piano? Lessons? Self-taught? How long have you been playing? Did you use a fakebook or sheetmusic for this?

Thanks!

angelojf

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b528nf7:

May I ask how you have learned the piano? Lessons? Self-taught? How long have you been playing? Did you use a fakebook or sheetmusic for this?

Angelojf - thanks, I'm glad you liked it. I am self-taught. I started about 5 years ago but have really been working on learning to read music the last 2 years. I got the basic structure of this song from a fakebook (Hal Leonard).


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#1007051 - 08/02/08 06:22 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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[b]Riddler - Very impressive!

How does Band in a box work? Do you play the other parts (vibes, bass, etc.) on your digital piano or do you play the piano part and Band in a box adds the other instruments based on the chord progression? [/b]
Bill,

You don't actually input any notes. To create an accompaniment, you type in the chord symbols on a grid like this:
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Then you select and accompaniment style, from a large list, on a screen like this:
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You also select a tempo.

If you want a soloist, like the vibes on my recording, you select one from a window similar to the style screen.

You can also tell it to create an intro or ending.

So the bottom line is that you do some pointing and clicking, and minimal typing, and it does the rest.

It really is an immensely powerful tool - I am only scratching the surface in this description.

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Ed - thanks so much for taking the time to provide the detailed description of Band in a Box. I thought it was more like mixing board software but obviously it is quite a bit more.

The music you produce using this tool is a real delight. Please keep it coming.


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Haven't had a chance to listen to any submissions yet - there are so many already and it's only aug 2!

Riddler,
A picture is worth a thousand words. You really gave a very good sense how this Band in a Box works. But then my question is, after you set everything up, and you finally play, it seems like you only play the right melody since the harmony and arrangement, so to speak, are all programmed in. Is that right?


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Wow, Riddler, I love C-Jam (well pretty much anything from Ellington), and you did a great job on this. Now you've got me wanting Band in a Box. How expensive is it? laugh


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Euan, nice piece. I enjoyed it.


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