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#1092443 - 11/03/06 05:36 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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This is a little composition of mine
Very nice, stephenc! It sounds like the tune has a very simple structure, but it works. smile

Some bits remind me of "I'm a Barbie Girl" by Aqua ("Life in plastic, it's fantastic!"). laugh


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#1092444 - 11/03/06 07:26 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Stephenc - very nice indeed. I am a sucker for slow, smooth, easy on the ears pieces. Makes me want to turn off the lights and attack the wife.


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#1092445 - 11/03/06 11:08 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Stephenc- OOh, how very lovely! I agree with the comment about the bass work in the middle section- really gives it a dreamy quality and fits so well with the title.


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#1092446 - 11/03/06 12:42 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Stephenc - very nice indeed. I am a sucker for slow, smooth, easy on the ears pieces. Makes me want to turn off the lights and attack the wife.
laugh laugh laugh


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#1092447 - 11/03/06 06:35 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Thanks for listening and for your comments!

Some interesting ones..Barbie Girl (I wish I could write something THAT good) wink

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Stephenc - very nice indeed. I am a sucker for slow, smooth, easy on the ears pieces. Makes me want to turn off the lights and attack the wife.
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smokin Glad to be of service.

Thanks again

#1092448 - 11/04/06 09:47 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Stephen,

I really enjoyed your song. Longing is a good name for it, too. Very nice.


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#1092449 - 11/05/06 02:35 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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I wanna be like...Stephenc! Just great.

Now, before I go on a shooting spree with my BB gun, can someone please respond and let me know if you hear this tune in "STEREO" !

I am having a huge problem with my Audacity program and hopefully, I have this issue resolved.

I am also still trying to figure out a good mic position for recording.

Forget commenting on this tune as it is just a sample to test my mic positions and to see if my "stereo" is working.

BTW, this is called "After the goldrush" by Neil Young. Is is a brief example of playing by "figuring it out!", as I don't have any music for this.

www.pinnaclepeakllamaranch.com/AfterTheGoldrush.mp3

#1092450 - 11/05/06 03:19 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Mono. It might help if you actually encode it as a *stereo* MP3. smile

EDIT: I wonder what problems Audacity is giving you. I'm no expert with the program, but I recorded two mono tracks (one after the other, because I only have one mic). Then I panned one fully left, the other fully right, and did export as MP3. Et voila, a stereo MP3 file. Is this what you are doing as well?


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#1092451 - 11/05/06 04:10 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Nay!

Ik ben zo vermoeid van dit stomme opnameprocede!!

(I'm from Holland too!)

Anyway, I AM recording in the audacity "Microphone mode". I did try the line in and also the "stereo" mode with no luck!.

My left AND right channels are both set at 100% input levels!

I don't get it!. I'm gonna load my bb gun now as I'm getting so frustrated! mad

EDIT:

Just as I was going to start shooting up the town, Mrs Hunky went into the Audacity program under "file", and then "preferences" and noticed that my settings were placed on "Mono"!!

Good news: I probably found the problem
Bad news: Now I have to go re-record....EVERYTHING!

Oh well, hopefully this info may help someone else if having same problem!

#1092452 - 11/07/06 12:06 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Here is one that will probably try your patience. It's the aria from the Bach Goldberg Variations. I was going to record it for the next recital but as it's a holiday recital I'm putting it here. I just recorded it this morning and I'm curious about a couple of things. First of course if any one likes it and second...how the recording quality sounds. I'm using the sterio bar for the first time. I've moved the mics away from the piano and put them together. They are not matched mics (that's the next aquisition) but decent mics none the less.

FYI- I play the repeats but try to do them different each time.

http://www.box.net/public/7n5imiuxya


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#1092453 - 11/07/06 07:16 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Longing...is just gorgeous, very beautiful and if you don't mind I'm placing it on a minidisc to listen to in my car (and thats an achievement in itself laugh )

Could have been longer for me, I was enjoying it so much

thankyou for the wonderful music


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#1092454 - 11/08/06 02:30 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Hi Peyton,

I enjoyed listing to your recordings. I'm learning how to do basis recording now so your recording is crystal clear to me. Also I love the way you bring out all voices in this piece. I have been playing piano for 3 yrs and just started learning to play some of Bach little pieces about 6 months ago so I really understand that you have done a great job. Balladeer and Stephen have also done a great job recording sweet and soft music. .
I hope I'll be able to figure how to post recordings one of these days.

Mr. Hunky- Its amazing how can you play so beautifully by ears only. I enjoyed very much listing to your piece.
Thanks

#1092455 - 11/08/06 05:42 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Peyton, I am already a fan of yours, I was even before I heard you play Bach.
You are a true musician, and it just seems like everything you touch turns into gold(berg). wink

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#1092456 - 11/08/06 06:17 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Hi Peyton,

There is a slight hiss on the recording and I also hear some pops and cracks. And maybe the stereo field is a little narrow, but that's just a matter of taste. The piano sounds nice, though. smile


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#1092457 - 11/08/06 08:33 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Thanks Haizel, Ragnhild and mahizeit. I remember from when I took lessons being told how different it is to play Bach. I tend to want to approach everything in a "romantic" way with lots of pedal and I believe there are many that use no pedal at all when playing Bach. Anyway, I really love this piece and hope to keep improving on it. (I'm working on the variations but not not getting very far).

mahizeit, what do you mean by "the stereo field is a little narrow"? And I hear that hiss too. I can't figure where it is coming from. You would think I was recording analog rather than digital.


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#1092458 - 11/08/06 08:38 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Mr_SH- that was really a great version of the Neil Young tune. Those rolls/gracenotes(?) are a nice touch. Did you work it out playing along with the cd or just in your head? Nice recording too.


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#1092459 - 11/08/06 10:10 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Hi S-H ...

Your recent tune was "hidden" under the recording questions and I didn't see it until just now.

It's very interesting how your particualar style is beginning to emerge and take on its own S-H signature. Probably due to your listening preferences, you are quickly becoming our own "New Age Icon!" thumb

Nice work.

Balladeer

#1092460 - 11/08/06 11:45 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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mahizeit, what do you mean by "the stereo field is a little narrow"? And I hear that hiss too. I can't figure where it is coming from. You would think I was recording analog rather than digital.
Heh, I *did* think you were recording analog, that's why I mentioned those two things. Are you using the Line Out or the Phones Out on your digital piano/keyboard? Line Out (preferably to your computer's Line In) will give better results and less hissing/noise.

About the stereo field: I listen with my headphones on and the recording seems nearly mono. There isn't much difference in what is on the left channel and what is on the right. Hence, a "narrow" stereo image.

Had you been recording analog, you could have panned your two microphones more. But since you're using a digital, you probably cannot control this, unless you use a filter to post-process your recording. It's possible to widen the stereo image that way, but I found that this lowers the overall volume. Of course, you can amplify again, but that also increases the hiss.

So don't worry too much about it, unless your digital has a setting for how stereo the output should be.


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#1092461 - 11/08/06 12:05 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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First off, I'm recording from my acoustic grand. I put two mics on a sterio bar about 5 feet away from the partially opened top. My mics then go into a mixer and from there to a firewire interface. The only analog device wold be the mixer so that might be the extra noise.

I have always used two mics, one on the treble end and one on the bass and right up to the strings in the past. This is the first time I've tried it this way. I'm recording to two tracks so I pan right on one and totally left on the other but since the mics are now so close together I can see why there wouldn't be all that much difference. I'll have to play around with it.


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#1092462 - 11/08/06 12:40 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Peyton,

Your playing of the Goldberg is absolutely beautiful.

I've listened 4 times already this morning.

So peaceful.

I especially like hearing your rubato.

The piano sounds great.

Mel


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#1092463 - 11/08/06 01:12 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Ah, I mistook "analog" for "acoustic". Silly me. Well, at least both words start with an A. laugh


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#1092464 - 11/08/06 05:42 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Hey Mr S-H

I missed your posting too...

Wow! Hunkster you are really developing a nice style...it sounds effortless for you smile

Nice playing, I like it thumb


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#1092465 - 11/09/06 04:38 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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TX-Dennis, Balladeer, Mahlzeit,Gmm1,IrishMak, Kent B, Mr S-H, Seaside Lee, Hazel

Thanks all heaps for listening and your encouraging comments!

Seaside Lee - Wow, what an honour to make it on to your mini disc, that really made my day!!! (I'll have my agent contact you for royalties etc.)

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Wow, what an honour to make it on to your mini disc, that really made my day!!!
laugh ...only one of a select few too wink

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No problem, I'll be making big bucks anyway, when I sell my story to the papers "that I knew you before you were famous!" wink laugh


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#1092467 - 11/09/06 10:37 AM Re: November Piano Bar  
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I'm obviously too new to comment technically on anyone's playing (I'm impatiently awaiting piano delivery in 8 days!) but I just wanted to tell you all how much I'm glued to this thread! Wow, how long have you all been playing!? Beautiful, all of you. 3hearts

And Mahlzeit - jeesh, I've had your Travoltas piece stuck in my head for a week now! What a sweet tune. I'm crushed, however, knowing that you play by ear and there's no sheet music for me to learn it from! frown

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#1092468 - 11/09/06 01:13 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Hi TThomas. Glad you like the tune! smile

As it happens, I always record in MIDI, so here's the MIDI file: http://www.box.net/public/x5ry48p1yn

Download the Van Basco MIDI player and you can see what I'm playing on its piano display. smile


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#1092469 - 11/09/06 01:57 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Wow, that could be an addicting little program, thanks! I think I did not blink the whole 3:18! Now, if I could just find an additional program that can somehow read the fingering and transfer it onto paper smile

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#1092471 - 11/09/06 03:24 PM Re: November Piano Bar  
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Wow again - that is the BEST! I obviously have much to learn. I'll get back to you in, oh ANOTHER YEAR, when I'm actually able to play it! :rolleyes:
Thank you thank you thank you!!

Tina


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