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#1119260 - 08/02/06 11:14 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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  • Kawaiigirl: Weren't you the one that posted a few days ago that you needed help with a couple of the bars in the song Vigil? :p It didn't sound to me like you needed any help at all! You did SENSATIONAL! I am proud of you and you did that in 2 days! wow What can you do in 5 days??! eek

  • yamaha great job on that rag! Is that Scott Joplin? Those rags are awfully hard to play too! wink

  • Psychpianoman wow I am impressed! How long did it take you to compose that? You may find me also in line one day waiting to buy your music! So relaxing too! I almost fell asleep with my head on my laptop just listening to you beautiful touch. Just what I need before I close for the night! yawn

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#1119261 - 08/02/06 11:28 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by ARIAS:
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[*]<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Kawaiigirl: Weren't you the one that posted a few days ago that you needed help with a couple of the bars in the song Vigil? :p It didn't sound to me like you needed any help at all! You did SENSATIONAL! I am proud of you and you did that in 2 days! thumb

I hope I can get my other one done soon as well. I have fun playing it but it is only about 1 min. long right now. It needs more.

Thanks for all the great words everyone.

#1119262 - 08/03/06 05:41 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Oops..., please forgive me. I had to edit my previous post. The name of the piece that I submitted is Palm Leaf, not Pine Apple Rag. I was concentrating so hard on playing it without mistakes that I assigned the wrong name to it. I also play Pine Apple Rag and many others, but they are not up to speed, so-to-speak. I have been devoting most of my time to classical music lately.

Mike White

#1119263 - 08/03/06 06:43 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Originally posted by ARIAS:

[*]Kawaiigirl: Weren't you the one that posted a few days ago that you needed help with a couple of the bars in the song Vigil? :p It didn't sound to me like you needed any help at all! You did SENSATIONAL! I am proud of you and you did that in 2 days! wow What can you do in 5 days??! eek

Txs Arias. It was one of those sections that just drove me crazy until Psycho suggested the fingering and then everything just clicked smile

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#1119264 - 08/03/06 07:53 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Mike, nice, I enjoyed that!

Psycho....very beautiful, I'll join the others and say I'll be buying your sheet music one day!


When I reach the place I'm going, I will surely know my way.
#1119265 - 08/03/06 12:16 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Kawaigirl: that piece was stunning laugh ..I am totally blown away...you play beautifully and in only 2 days!!

How do you follow that?


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#1119266 - 08/03/06 12:26 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Kawaigirl: that piece was stunning laugh ..I am totally blown away...you play beautifully and in only 2 days!!

How do you follow that?


regards


Lee smile
Txs Lee. In those 2 days I played nothing but this piece.. frown My hubby was ready to put his ear plugs on...lmao

#1119267 - 08/03/06 12:35 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Mike:

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They're not that hard to play, but difficult to make a recording without mistakes, as you are well aware from listening.
I can imagine that is waay difficult to record without a few bloopers wink , I think I only noticed one spot but on the whole it was some incredible playing.

To be honest not my favourite style of piano music...but, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you play as always


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#1119268 - 08/03/06 12:39 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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This will be my first Christmas that I can actually read the music, instead of just chords!
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#1119269 - 08/03/06 12:57 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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My hubby was ready to put his ear plugs on...lmao
at least he listened smile , my "better half" refuses to listen to me playing full stop, I have to play with headphones on at all times (she even complains I thump to loud....good grief!)


Lee smile


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#1119270 - 08/03/06 12:59 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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This will be my first Christmas that I can actually read the music, instead of just chords!
Yes, you are building quite an arsenal of talent there...Mike smile


very cool indeedy cool


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#1119271 - 08/03/06 01:03 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Lee - my lovely bride wanders by my office every once in a while. I am trying to get ready for the recital, so she offers her support to me this morning by saying "perhaps you should learn another song, it might be easier than the same one over and over. How come you only play that one song?"....I'm thinking headsets might be a good thing....


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#1119272 - 08/03/06 01:08 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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You need to be thinking about recording your first album!! wink

David Nevue...look out!!! ha

In a word "awesome"!


Lee laugh


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#1119273 - 08/03/06 01:14 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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I'm thinking headsets might be a good thing....
and...I'm thinking..."I wonder how much I could sell my beloved on "Ebay" for"? wink


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#1119274 - 08/12/06 01:44 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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After hearing Shirokuro play this piece, I had to learn it for myself. It really is a pretty piece to play - River Flows In You by Yiruma.

BTW The last few measures are not quite as written, not quite improv though, just a main theme an octave higher!

http://www.box.net/public/mnflj76bko

#1119275 - 08/12/06 08:05 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Stephenc - that was a beautiful recording! I very much enjoyed listening to it. The tone of the piano was really nice (what piano do you play?). I thought the ending worked well!

#1119276 - 08/12/06 08:18 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Since the Bar is open to recordings of pieces which aren't finished yet, I tried a couple of them which I'm currently working on. Plenty of mistakes!

http://www.box.net/public/4c09t0pxn8 - Mother's Journey by Yann Tiersen (a bit slower)

http://www.box.net/public/uf34257a41 - Le Onde, by Ludovico Einaudi (incomplete).

(please don't kill me for posting it, Monica!) It feels wrong to listen to my attempts compared with the fantastic original recording, but hey, this the Piano Bar and it's an open session! Anything goes. smile

#1119277 - 08/12/06 08:23 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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I'm not going to kill you, Euan. Rather, I lift a glass to toast you. You have accomplished something that I have tried but not succeeded in doing, which is to make that top melody line sing out clearly.

It's such a lovely piece, and I have gotten so far on it, that I'm not going to give up, and your recording gives me inspiration that I can get there at some point. smile


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#1119278 - 08/12/06 08:48 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Thanks Monica, and congatulations on the 4000th post! So I raise my glass back to you in return smile

#1119279 - 08/12/06 09:12 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Hey Euan

thanks, recorded it on the roland 107 digital.

Really enjoyed your pieces also... is there a lot of repetition in Le Onde, or is it that annoying repetition where its basically the same but for a few minor note differences?

#1119280 - 08/12/06 09:32 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Hey Stephenc , that was BRAVO!! I had really enjoyed listening to it thumb

Euan , my wish finally came true and that was to here you play "Le Onde". You did a fantastic job bringing out the melody of this piece. smile


Monica , CONGRATS to your 4000th post!!!

#1119281 - 08/12/06 10:29 AM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Stevenc - almost forgot ya.... very nice job - with all the great music here in the bar, I am getting very worried about my recital submission...if this is "not worthy", boy.......you guys amaze me - I know how hard this "banging the keys" is, and you and Euan make it sound so easy.....

Would you guys be willing to quit playing for a few years to let me catch up??? OK OK, a few decades, then????


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#1119282 - 08/12/06 03:04 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Okay, maybe I can't play "Le Onde," but here is Una Mattina. It's also by Einaudi, and it is a very simple, spare piece. It's one of the most minimalist of his works that I've heard so far. It also looks a lot easier to play than it is. Most of the time the left hand is just hitting single notes on the downbeat. But getting it to sound good is a different story.

This is not a recital-worthy recording, for two reasons: (a) I messed up big time around 2:45, and (b) if you listen closely, toward the end you will hear my son opening and closing his door and--I believe--a toilet flush. eek

Monica\'s recording of "Una Mattina" by Ludovico Einaudi

p.s. You may be wondering what I was doing recording today. I had a last-second case of the nerves and was trying to come up with a better recording of my recital piece. It wasn't to be, but at least I got this and a couple of others down.


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#1119283 - 08/12/06 03:25 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Monica, again I loved how you brought out the melody and played it delicately. smile

#1119284 - 08/12/06 03:43 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Monica, that was lovely to listen to! I have been playing around with that piece and the end section does look tricky - it sounded great on your piano. Were you playing from memory, or did you have the sheet music?

I don't think you have to worry about the background noise - apart from a single creak after you had hit the last note, I didn't hear anything else. I was expecting a *whoosh* sound as the toilet flushed, but it never came. You must have great hearing to pick up those sounds!

#1119285 - 08/12/06 03:47 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Well, I heard it going on while I was recording and was thinking to myself, "drat, there goes my decent take!" I guess my condenser mic does a good job of picking up mainly the piano noise, whew!

I was playing off the sheet music, Euan; I photocopy it and spread it across the music desk so I don't have to turn pages. smile

This piece has too many subtle variations that it's going to take me a very long time to memorize it.


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#1119286 - 08/12/06 05:28 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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I am loving the einaudi music! You peaps are doing great.

I am somewhat upset at my digital. It really lacks in the resonance area. I can not get the tones to resonate the way they should or sustain as long as they should on my digital. I have been happy with it up to now but the expression of it just does not cut it for music like this.

I need to look into getting an acoustic but have no idea of what would be more exressive than a digital Yamaha Clavinova or if I could even afford a real piano.

I just got my book and cd and the song I want to play last a whopping 12 min. I do not sight read very well and I do not think I can remember that many pages. I might just give it a try though.

I want to thank everyone for turning me on to this dudes music, he rocks! I have been listening to the CD for 2 hours straight. I have not been so moved since my first encounter with George Winston music.

#1119287 - 08/13/06 03:30 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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This piece is called "I DO" by Rob Costlow. There are a mistakes so please excuse those.

http://www.box.net/public/guutccplnd

#1119288 - 08/13/06 05:32 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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Kawaigirl - that was stunning! I know you haven't been working on this one long, so I have to ask - how many MINUTES did it take to get the piece sounding like that?!

Didn't hear a single mistake anywhere, it flowed brilliantly and sounded great!

Definately have to add that one to the 'sheet music stacked beside the piano' collection!

Well done smile
Euan.

#1119289 - 08/13/06 05:44 PM Re: August Piano Bar  
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That was beautiful, kawaigirl. I agree with Euan; I didn't hear any mistakes. And whatever secret mic setup recipe you have used to make your recordings, keep it up... the sound quality was awesome. thumb

The intro part was reminiscent of "Overcome."

Too much great music to learn... too little time.

psychopianoman, only you know what your budget and spending comfort zone is. But there is some ineffable quality to acoustics you just don't get with a digital, although digitals have their own advantages over acoustics. Having both would be ideal, I think, and I would hazard a guess that anybody who is "affiliated with music through my hands, ears, mind, and dreams" probably has an acoustic somewhere in his future... smile


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