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Originally Posted by wayne32yrs


Aren't you tempted just to submit something that you can already play, and just try and do a good job of it? (Same question to you Casinitaly)

I'm considering doing that, as I originally planned to play Rob Dougan's Clubbed to death, but I'm not really that happy with it, so may resort to playing Radiohead's Creep, least I can play that well(ish).

It's like 'cos I've participated in the May recital, I don't want to miss out!


Wayne, you are encouraging me to reconsider. I do have a couple of pieces I love to play. I'll play "Prelude in G minor," by J.S. Bach. Thanks for the idea!




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I will NOT miss the August one that's for sure. Going to try to get some choices down for recording and I also got a new "wide angle" lens I'm looking to try out on the Flip video.

Been super busy with work/life but have still been trying to get 30mins of (somewhat) useful practice in each day..

Missed you guys and will hopefully be back to more regular posting/activities/participation soon..
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[quote=casinitaly] Hey Mr. Super-Hunky, Looking forward to your new piece - what ever happened to the tear-jerker you promised me ???
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Well, to be honest, I did learn several pieces I was (and still can) play for you but I'm not sure if they qualify as "tear jerkers". I tried to think of the sappiest tunes I could think of and just make a big joke out of it. The problem is after learning some of these tunes, I actually started enjoying playing them and no longer want to make a joke out of playing them.

The songs I'm talking about are:

1.) Color my World...Chicago (Jimmy Pankow)
2.) Mandy.... Barry Manilow
3.) Send in the Clowns... Stephen Sondheim

Maybe I'll just mush them together in some kind of sappy medly, I'm not sure. I need to get this debt off the books however so lets do something. Cheryl, your call. What will it be?

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Originally Posted by mr_super-hunky
Originally Posted by casinitaly
Hey Mr. Super-Hunky, Looking forward to your new piece - what ever happened to the tear-jerker you promised me ???

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Well, to be honest, I did learn several pieces I was (and still can) play for you but I'm not sure if they qualify as "tear jerkers". I tried to think of the sappiest tunes I could think of and just make a big joke out of it. The problem is after learning some of these tunes, I actually started enjoying playing them and no longer want to make a joke out of playing them.

The songs I'm talking about are:

1.) Color my World...Chicago (Jimmy Pankow)
2.) Mandy.... Barry Manilow
3.) Send in the Clowns... Stephen Sondheim

Maybe I'll just mush them together in some kind of sappy medly, I'm not sure. I need to get this debt off the books however so lets do something. Cheryl, your call. What will it be?


Pretty please: Colour My World. Not a tear jerker, but it was THE song to finish up school dances when I was in highschool... You can take me on a trip down memory lane smile


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My tune will hopefully be ready for the recital.... eek I had one in the works, but changed my mind this last week, so we'll see.

Mr. Super H, of those 3 "sappy" (as you call them) choices, mine would be "Send in The Clowns", but since you promised Cheryl, I think she takes precedence. smile

**Good to see Ttigg will be here, too!

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Could someone please tell what is the difference (if any) between the ABF recital and the one at Pianist Corner? I apologize for my ignorance before hand. blush


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The biggest difference is the attitude. Honestly, that's it. The rest is personal preference. Abilities are all over the map but if you follow a particular performer in the ABF over time you can actually hear their progress. That's kind of cool to do.

Also, refreshments at our recital are not served afterwards because everyone usually shows up loaded anyway.

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Originally Posted by mr_super-hunky
The biggest difference is the attitude. Honestly, that's it. The rest is personal preference.


Thank you! I think that I understand.


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Also, refreshments at our recital are not served afterwards because everyone usually shows up loaded anyway.


That accounts for the great performances that I have heard so far. laugh



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Originally Posted by mr_super-hunky
The biggest difference is the attitude.


The biggest difference might be in the commentary - here in the ABF we typically try to ignore flaws in performance (if any laugh ) and find something good to say about each submission (even if we have to stretch a little to find it) in order to encourage, while "over there" it's often the opposite - they tend to ignore the best parts of a performance (if any laugh ) and go out of their way to find flaws, no matter how trivial (even if they have to make it up) in order to discourage. smile

This is all very general and largely unsubstantiated, and there are, of course, refreshing exceptions...

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haha I've only been in one recital at Pianist Corner and for my piece and all the others I looked at there were only positive responses. It was very different to how it is if you post a piece in Members' Recordings. But maybe that recital was different.

The main significant difference is that pianist cornerers show up in satin gowns, lounge suits, tiaras and crampons, the ABFers wear speedos, goggles and flippers etc


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Originally Posted by TrapperJohn
The biggest difference might be in the commentary - here in the ABF we typically try to ignore flaws in performance (if any laugh ) and find something good to say about each submission (even if we have to stretch a little to find it) in order to encourage, while "over there" it's often the opposite - they tend to ignore the best parts of a performance (if any laugh ) and go out of their way to find flaws, no matter how trivial (even if they have to make it up) in order to discourage. smile


Now I know that I understand! shocked Thank you! I thought that it had to do with the difficulty (or grade level) of the pieces presented. What you mentioned is scary. eek


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Originally Posted by Canonie
The main significant difference is that pianist cornerers show up in satin gowns, lounge suits, tiaras and crampons, the ABFers wear speedos, goggles and flippers etc

haI did get a mental picture of satin gowns and tiaras. I have not worn speedos in 40 years, so I shall pass on that one. Goggles and flippers I can do. laugh



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Originally Posted by Canonie

The main significant difference is that pianist cornerers show up in satin gowns, lounge suits, tiaras and crampons, the ABFers wear speedos, goggles and flippers etc


smile That's only Mr SH & we wouldn't think of infringing on his exclusive "outfit rights" - but Mr SH does personify another major difference with his quick and keen sense of humor, which you'll find in abundant supply "over here", while "over there" it's a rare commodity indeed, and when discovered is usually the unintended consequence of some unfortunate post being totally unencumbered by the thought process...

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Originally Posted by mr_super-hunky
My piece is coming along and this time it will be a Super-Hunky original!

It will have very dramatic and unique melodies that will mesmerize you and put you in a trance. I promise; you'll see.
Only thing is I need to think of some gimmick that will make everyone want to listen. Then again, maybe I just did. hmmm.

Anyway, I try and perform tunes that have melodies that are very dramatic, sometimes haunting. I tried to incorporte these same sounds into my original piece that has no name yet but I'll think of something. I could go with some corny typical new-age name like "Gentle Sunsets" or "Soothing Memories" or something like that but it just sounds so drippy. Who knows, I'll come up with something.



Looking forward to your original, but in a way, most of yours are original.
BTW you and Monica were "in the gossip" at our party yesterday... most of it was good! smile



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I will NOT miss the August one that's for sure. Going to try to get some choices down for recording and I also got a new "wide angle" lens I'm looking to try out on the Flip video.

Been super busy with work/life but have still been trying to get 30mins of (somewhat) useful practice in each day..

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Mr. Super H, of those 3 "sappy" (as you call them) choices, mine would be "Send in The Clowns", but since you promised Cheryl, I think she takes precedence. smile


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Best quote ever! laugh

For me, I have just about got Chopin's Prelude #20 pounded into shape. It has been a stretch for me and with my hands, I mean that figuratively.








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I am not submitting anything this time. My work is too crazy right now to do anything else. The best I could do is to find practice room in a city I happened to be in in a given week (feel like a travelling sales man). I am content with the fact that I am not quitting. I practiced almost every day while on the road for an hour or so. Had practice in front of the public (piano store, lounges, etc) so it's not an ideal situation. I felt compeled to play scales and hannons beautifully since I was doing in front of people. It was not ideal but funny. To please the crowd (or not to annoy the crowd) I arranged scales similar motion to contrary to back to similar motion adding some basic dianmics to it along with the contour of the music. Some people thought it sounded so good (lol). I hope I could participate an ABF recital again... maybe the latter part of next year. I know the craziness will last for an year at least. I will be looking forward to listening to everyone.

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I may re-record the piece that I did last year for the Schuman e-recital. I have worked on a Chopin Nocturne, Bethoven Sonata, and most recently Faure's "Song Without Words". However, I do not have the time to polish them for recording.
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I have a pretty satisfying recording smile It has quite some mistakes but I like the overall picture. I can't say it has not been performed here before though laugh

When exactly opens the recital? August 1?


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I'm planning Schubert Op. 9 waltzes Nos. 1-3 that I played in a June competition, meaning I'd better record now before I forget them. eek


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Originally Posted by Strings & Wood
For me, I have just about got Chopin's Prelude #20 pounded into shape. It has been a stretch for me and with my hands, I mean that figuratively.


I look forward to your playing, Mr. Strings & Wood. I love Prelude No. 20.


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