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Thank you both for listening and commenting. I was not going to post this tune. Then someone posted Friday and said "Dolphin Dance, the tune plays itself". I thought wth, let me see if it does. So you kind of get stock voice movement on a tune that is indeed very pretty with very little dressing.
This week is "Easy week" again. All familiar tunes. I haven't decided which I will play yet. I love Cole Porter. Gotta pick a tune, and a style. Thinking of going back to some stride..?
For your enjoyment: [video:youtube]o79qkgBfISA[/video] o79qkgBfISA
Does it get any better? Stuck on an island, wouldn't this be it?
A couple of weeks ago I played two pieces at my teacher's annual recital. As we looked over the video, it reminded me of a couple of very important points about performing:
Dolphin Dance: I was pissed at myself after playing this because I had some EGREGIOUS mistakes. Yet, my teacher said several other students asked about playing the piece after hearing me play it. What I realized is that I got the spirit and feel of the piece right and even a somewhat educated audience really doesn't care about mistakes, as long as they don't cause you to lose the overall feel of a piece.
Crystal Silence: I was very pleased with my performance and my teacher agreed. Her intriguing comment was that I had intense concentration while I was playing and the audience recognized this and really paid close attention, as a result. This reminded me that audiences are very affected by what they think the performer's experience on stage is.
These are just reminders that we obsess about individual notes and mistakes when performing, when note choices are way, way down on the list of what affects an audience. Far above that are: (1) did we get the feel of the piece right, and (2)what are we communicating about our own experience on stage. Are we enjoying it? Are we deeply involved in each note? Do we like the other band members? Remembering these points takes a lot of pressure off and keeps me, at least, always focused on what's important: make sure to swing and have fun!
Just noticed that Jam of the Week is feature Wayne Shorter. At a jam last week, Fee Fi Fo Fum was called and I haven't learned that. So I decided to learn it for gigs coming up. Cool tune. Looks like the original just ignored the complex changes and just stuck to blues.
Hello folks. My name is David and I play jazz piano. I stumbled on this thread months ago but strayed. Came back recently and there seem to be a healthy mix of musical people. I'd like to communicate with you guys. First, I might be able to learn something from someone. And second, I have few people to talk about music with.
I just recorded some efforts at InMySolitude. I'm trying to develop a Ellingtonish/Strayhornish descending arpeggio thingy. The link below didn't seem to light up, but I copied and pasted the link and it worked.
I'm just trying to introduce myself musically. Sorry if I'm interrupting any conversations.
This weeks Jam of the Week; Caravan. Never played it before, never solo'd with the Harmonic Minor scale either . . . there's a first time for all.
Sometimes it's when you try something new that it sounds so fresh and that's what this is. Really great approach to the tune. I've played this once at a gig though I didn't really think it through. You give me something to think about here and work on. Loved it!
I play piano. Fool around with a baritone ukulele (tuned like a guitar) and various hand drums. My absolute favorite music in the 20th century might be Ellington/Strayhorn circa 1940's, Keith Jarrett in the 70's (especially the American quartet), and the Beatles. I mostly play around with jazz standards. But also do some blues (I recorded "Blue Light Boogie" today with vocal harmonies).
A favorite quote of mine from the Poetics of Music by Stravinsky is "a composer improvises aimlessly the way an animal grubs about. Both of them go grubbing about because they yield to a compulsion to seek things out".
I'd like to have a dialog with other pianists and share knowledge. By the way, I ordered "Reading Jazz" used off amazon.com about $8 for a library copy.
I'd like to ask some of you some nuts and bolts questions about your harmonic logic sometime. I think there are areas of jazz harmony that I'm not much aware of. I play using voice leading that seems to work. Never had a course in jazz harmony. I have a book called "The Jazz Harmony Book" by David Berkman that I plan to begin studying in a year (after I retire).
I live in Orlando. Play a gig occasionally but hope to be getting more active after retirement. My plan is to spend 4 hours per day working on music. Playing it, studying it, listening to it, whatever.