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#1866742 - 03/22/12 05:07 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]  
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Originally Posted by Starr Keys

Here is the second attempt on another Irish favorite that was, after "Clover", the second half of a two-song medley. It is done in a completely different style and one pretty new to me. I lose a little focus towards the end, but considering its my first real attempt at jazz improvisation and is, due to tendonitus, performed only with my left hand, I'm not unhappy with how it came out. Hope you like it:



Starr keys - that is really quiet beautiful, your musicality shines through, and played with one hand , remarkable. How much of this is improvisation ? I am not sure about calling it Jazz improvisation ( we could start a whole debate about that one)but you should be proud of this, very well done.
Oh and I didn't notice a loss of focus, it all flows beautifully.

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#1867213 - 03/23/12 12:38 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt]  
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BillM I almost missed your kind comment on my first piece. Thank you:)

Elssa, I'm so pleased you liked the second piece. I love "How Are Things In Gloca Mora." I have the sheet music and had transposed the key of the long intro and was considering using it as an intro to Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral, before I turned the latter into a more modern meditation.

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Starr keys - that is really quiet beautiful, your musicality shines through, and played with one hand , remarkable. How much of this is improvisation ? I am not sure about calling it Jazz improvisation ( we could start a whole debate about that one)but you should be proud of this, very well done.
Oh and I didn't notice a loss of focus, it all flows beautifully.


Jazzpt -- You made made my day! No, it wasn't strictly speaking an improvisation. I did memorize several things and had an overall structural design for the piece, but there were places where I only had a general idea of what I was going to do and let go and didn't do something specifically planned. I was pleased I could do that and still find my way back to or into maintaining the melody. What I meant about losing focus towards the end was it was the one place where I played what I considered too many notes trying to find my way back to the melody before the final run. (I'm glad to hear you thought it all flowed despite this:). I just felt I took more risks than any other piece I've done, and the fact that jazz players (what I call "jazz" anyway) of your and Inlander's caliber liked it did make me feel proud indeed.

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Originally Posted by Starr Keys

I did memorize several things and had an overall structural design for the piece, but there were places where I only had a general idea of what I was going to do and let go and didn't do something specifically planned.


Starr Keys - I reckon that's pretty much how most people do it(I know I do), I doubt very many create everything on the fly , apart from the real geniuses that is. Listened to your piece a couple more times, love the bit that starts at 37sec. Look forward to hearing some more.

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Originally Posted by jazztpt
Originally Posted by Starr Keys

I did memorize several things and had an overall structural design for the piece, but there were places where I only had a general idea of what I was going to do and let go and didn't do something specifically planned.


Starr Keys - I reckon that's pretty much how most people do it(I know I do), I doubt very many create everything on the fly , apart from the real geniuses that is. Listened to your piece a couple more times, love the bit that starts at 37sec. Look forward to hearing some more.


Interesting! That was a place where I had a general idea but it never really came together until the event of this recording which was captured on my dp's built in tape recorder, and which was one of the reasons I basically said the heck with it and didn't bother to try to do a video.



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#1867565 - 03/24/12 01:17 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]  
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I learnt this a little while ago, originally because it was good chord exercise for me. Now I've captured it and listened back to it, it's a bit 'plonkety-plonk' - but fun (I think).



PS I do learn songs other than Beatles songs. If you look closely you will see that Blue Moon comes after this one in my song book.


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#1867566 - 03/24/12 01:17 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Starr Keys]  
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Originally Posted by Starr Keys
Wow! Elssa, watching you ride those keys in Love Letters in the Sand is like watching an expert surfer ride the waves that leave those letters in the sand.



Thanks again, Starr.. I think it's all about keeping the flow, which you do beautifully - jazzy harmonies without losing the melody. Just catch the wave... smile

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A little song we put together after our last concert with a friend of mine. It's not too good but it was fun, I feel like my singing is getting a bit better but I still can't relax and let my voice out most of the time but I have been having some good moments! The guy on the piano is a pop & jazz singing major in the conservatory, he'd probably sing it better than me if he tried laugh


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#1867696 - 03/24/12 11:46 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]  
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#1867732 - 03/24/12 01:07 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]  
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Captain K - It's too late for me to play guitar for 40+ years in preparation to learn piano, but the accelerated skill your singing seems to have produced by helping you connect to the keyboard has helped convince me to take the time on developing my voice. You literally don't miss a beat.

Elssa - Perfect introduction and musical example of your encouraging advice! This is one of my favorite Jobim songs and I loved your arrangement and the South American rhythm you added, taking it back to its roots. Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks so much, Starr. smile I really enjoy those Latin rhythms, Bossa Nova, etc. Well, wish me luck... I've just signed up for ballroom dancing lessons with a focus on Latin dances.. Last time I took ballroom lessons was about 25 years ago at the Y in NYC, so I'm very rusty. Remembering what trouble I had with the Rumba back then, beautiful as it is, as well as other things.. oh well, should be fun anyway hopefully. My feet seem to have more trouble than my hands - bad ankles. grin Hope your elbow is feeling much better now.

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#1868024 - 03/25/12 01:53 AM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Elssa]  
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Originally Posted by Elssa
Thanks so much, Starr. smile I really enjoy those Latin rhythms, Bossa Nova, etc. Well, wish me luck... I've just signed up for ballroom dancing lessons with a focus on Latin dances.. Last time I took ballroom lessons was about 25 years ago at the Y in NYC, so I'm very rusty. Remembering what trouble I had with the Rumba back then, beautiful as it is, as well as other things.. oh well, should be fun anyway hopefully. My feet seem to have more trouble than my hands - bad ankles. grin Hope your elbow is feeling much better now.


Good luck! Sounds like a lot of fun. My husband and I have talked about doing that for years, but we have more trouble with our feet then our hands too (and I'm still having more trouble with one of those--thanks for your well wishes). Maybe you will inspire us. smile

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I treated myself to a evening of music last night and jotted some notes as I was listening...then was too tired to write them up properly... smile

Thanks for a lovely relaxing Sunday evening folks!


Ladypayne: Your performance of Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring was really lovely. _The score is very modern in some ways, yet still faithful to the spirit of the original – you show great steadiness in your playing which I envy! I thoroughly enjoyed your variation on Heart and Soul, that was great fun indeed!

Glen- Inlanding – I enjoyed your April8-004 – the music was delicate, and slightly reminiscent of a “music box” without being cutesy or cloying. Most enjoyable. The Man I love – soothing and I could hear the lyrics as you played! Small Minor is a favourite of mine,without a doubt. I also enjoyed your “bit of blues”. You have a real talent and it is always a pleasure to hear what you are working on .

BillM – Always a Woman – I’m a Billy Joel fan from way back – I very much enjoyed this – and your Daydream Believer was another trip down memory lane. I was one of the starry-eyed teens with a crush on Davy Jones – this was a lovely memorial tribute. Danny Boy has to be one of my favourite songs to sing – in fact the only one I’ve had the nerve to do at a karaoke event! I really liked your version of the score – a truly super hat trick!

Amaruk – Your Ave Maria was lovely indeed (and the video was fun – I liked the snowmen singing jinglebells  ) – The Galloway Cannon in D was a delight. The Cannon in D is in my top 3 of all pieces of music I love to listen to and your performance was moving. Yes, there were a few little glitches, but not many and I’m sure you’ll have them worked out in no time – the rest was so very good!

Elssa – You’ve been busy! I was fascinated watching your hands in the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto theme! Sleeping Beauty, Exodus, Can’t help loving Dat man, Windmills of your Mind, Wave--- so many familiar and well loved pieces played so well.

Augustina – Hua De Wixiao – What a charming , delicate and soothing piece. I could picture misty mountains as you played. I am really enjoying the selection of Chinese compositions you’ve been playing lately. (and congratulations on holding your focus while your kitten was getting up to tricks!)

Studio Joe – Gone with the Wind – I just loved this piece – I loved the hint of Spanish flavour and found it very very moving. There is real heart in this music.

Beechcraft409 – Good for you! I enjoyed your camera angles, that was fun – but of course the real treat was the music. I know how much work has gone into getting this piece up to speed and I want to thank you for introducing it to me – I just loved listening and particularly enjoyed seeing how smoothly you got over that deadly triplet-quintuplet section!

Larry Larson – Ledwig Van Zepplinhovin. Well, I hope that’s not the last we’ve seen of that lad  I enjoyed your Blue Smoke piece – some very interesting tone combinations in that piece and I especially liked the bass that started up just after the 1 min mark.

Jazzpt – your I loves you Porgy was mournful and rich – very evocative!

Little Blue Engine – more accordion – that was fun.

Lady Chen – I have always liked Holy Holy Holy. I listened to both versions you played, and while they both had good things going for them, I found the second more somber – I preferred the Kelsey version and the full majesty I heard in it .

Jazzwee – Footprints – Wow, that’s very impressive for on the spot work. It sounds like this was a wonderful session for you on many levels.

Saucermance – I enjoyed that very much! You have a very light touch in this piece that seemed very appropriate.

Trapper John – I loved your Waltz, and I think it is quite something that you were able to put together your own intro. Well done indeed!

Rickster - Loved your blues. But really, can it be the blues when it sounds (and looks) like you are having so much fun? Great stuff!

Polyphasicpianist – I enjoyed the Bertin piece very much – It is new to me and really caught my attention. The Bartok piece was also interesting – and thank you for the warning about the volume! I listen with a headset so it was good to be prepared!

Teodor – great music – and what fun to hear you singing! You really are in the right programme now, aren’t you?

StarrKeys – 4 Leaf Clover, and your first jazz improve (with one hand no less!) Good for you. (I hope your mother’s surgery went well, best wishes for her healing.)

CaptainKawai – Hasten down the Wind – Wonderfully done! I don’t know the name of the second piece you played, but I think you did a super job. Your voice really suits both of these pieces. Both were great listening pleasure!



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Thanks Casinitaly. FYI The second piece is 'Being for the benefit of Mr Kite' a Beatles song (written by John Lennon) on the Sgt Pepper album.


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Originally Posted by casinitaly


Trapper John – I loved your Waltz, and I think it is quite something that you were able to put together your own intro. Well done indeed!



Thanks Cheryl - but the intro was nothing especially creative - it's just several of the earlier measures of the piece played a little more slowly and dramatically - this is, however, slightly different from the very typical practice of using the last phrase of a piece as an intro - glad you liked it all though.

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Elssa The Sleeping Beauty Waltz- SO pretty!:) Awesome!
Can't Help Loving Dat Man - another cool piece! Your cat was just making sure she got in at the last minute!:)
The Windmills of Your Mind- Another enjoyable to piece to listen to! At first I wasn't sure I knew the song.. Now That I listened to it. I'm sure I have heard it somewhere.. Not sure where..
your other pieces are good to!:)
Beechcraft409- Waltz in A minor- wow! That was really good! really enjoyable to listen to:P

Larry Larson - What fun! Nice job on both pieces!



Jazztpt- You are right. It is a pretty piece:) very relaxing to listen to!:)

Inlanding- Small Minor- Very nice!:)
Man I love- another relaxing piece to listen to! thanks for sharing this:)


LadyPayne- Heart and Soul- Very cool!:P

LadyChen- One of my favorite Hymns! I really like this arrangment. You played it beautifully!:)
I think I like the second arrangement better actually! Both are played very well!

Jazzwee- What fun!:P Very nice!:P

Saucermancer- Always With Me- What a happy tune! I thought you played this piece well:P

TrapperJohn- Watlz in B Minor- You played this piece very well. It was very relaxing to listen to this morning:P


Polyphasicpianist- Awesome job on both pieces!:)

Teodor- I love The Final Fantasy X Music. So pretty! Great playing!:)
Your singing is good! Nice job on both pieces:P

BillM-Danny Boy- one of my favorite songs- very well done smile

Amaruk- I think I like your AP version:P A very nice piano!:P Both are played very nicely:)

CaptainKawai- Hasten Down the Wind- A very good singing voice! smile Hope to hear you singing more:P Well played!

Being for the benefit of Mr.Kite- Once again. You sing so good!:) It is a fun little piece indeed;P
Rickster- I was thinking I haven't heard from you in awhile:) You always make me smile when I listen to you singing and playing. You always seem to be having fun! What a fun song!^_^


Starr Keys- I'm looking over a Four Leaf Clover- I love the set ups you do for different pieces! Very enjoyable to listen to:P
Too Ra Loo Ra Loo- Ral-Nice!very pretty.

Whew I think I got everyone? Also thank you all for the kind comments on my pieces;)


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I've been learning chords at my piano lessons.. So I thought I'd try and come up with my own arrangement of a song:P So here it is..
Loch Lomond

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There are plenty of hesitations still and I'm not entirely sure if I got the some of the chords right.. smile don't mind the background noise as well^_^


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Thanks, Casinitaly. My mom's surgery was postponed after what seemed to turn into a 3 hour biopsy--not quite sure why, something to do with something they found in lungs they didn't expect which they need to clear out first. Now she has a bad cold, so we're waiting for doctor to call with the next step. She was feeling well enough to call me this morning to tell me she listened to my song and liked it, though.:)

Thanks, Augustina. I enjoy the visuals on your videos, too. I think getting creative with them helps motivate me to finish the song so I can show them off. lol

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I want to give a BIG "Thank you" to all who have commented on my submission. I am glad to be able to share with y'all. I feel bad that I haven't had much time to listen to others, I have been real busy lately. I have been traveling a lot, and when not doing that, have been getting slammed at school. I will try to make a point to listen to this month's submissions before the month ends!

To whoever asked about the camera angles: I used my laptop's webcam to capture the side shot, and my cell phone hanging from a string to get the top view. I ran the audio stream straight into the laptop, using only one audio source for the final vid, and clipped different portions from the two video sources.

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Saucermance – I enjoyed that very much! You have a very light touch in this piece that seemed very appropriate.


Thanks! It wasn't easy to get that light touch though, had to keep practicing! smile

Originally Posted by Augustina

Saucermancer- Always With Me- What a happy tune! I thought you played this piece well:P


Thank you! laugh

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Nice playing beechcraft409, and an interesting solution for the positioning of the cell phone camera. Just shows how you can do with what you have, without getting an extra camcorder or video camera.

I have now three devices that can record in HD, a webcam, a cell phone and a digital camera. None of these produce good enough sound, but then again the sound of the DP is not perfect. Still I won't be getting a Zoom H2 anytime soon.

Hope I will be able to view more performances, been busy as well in my studies.


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Thanks, CasinItaly and Augustina for your kind comments! smile

Augustina: Your Loch Lomond was a very bonny tune and arrangement.. great job with the chords! thumb

Well, here's another pretty classical theme..hope you enjoy.

The Swan (Saint-Saens)


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Starr Keys - what a great job you did with Too-Ra-loo-ra-loo-ra. Nice to listen to, and I can't help but think that even tho it's probably a PITA right now, playing with only your left hand is going to boost your other arranging skills by leaps and bounds down the road. Really good work.

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I'm joining this thread at the tail end since I have not been able to get as much PW time as usual this month. I haven't had time to listen to everything yet but I like what I've seen so far.

Augustina - nice job of harmonizing the verses in Loch Lomond - I liked how on the second repeat you made the chords denser.

Elssa - I liked all of your submissions but especially the Jobim piece. It made me wish that I was on a tropical beach right now.

Captain Kawai - that took me back - I bought Sergeant Peppers when it first came out, nice rendition.

Starr Keys - great choice for St Patrick's day and well played.

Inlanding - I liked your bluesy cut - it sounded like a jazzy blues to me but whatever it was it was really good. I also liked the original piece.

Rickster - way to go with the boogie woogie piano. The piano would have been great on it's own but when you add the vocals that was over the top.

Teodor - nice sensitive playing on the piano piece.

Bill M - I can tell that you really felt the lyrics on the Billy Joel song and your piano playing supported the vocals really well.



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Before this thread disappears for the month, let me just say thanks to all the nice words from everyone. Just got too busy so I haven't been able to check back in.`


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Thank you all so much for the kind comments. Lots of great music this month!

KC~ Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite was great! I am always singing along with you as you play with all the Beatles tunes you bring to the mix.

Elssa~ So glad you brought Wave back to the Bar. I am a huge Jobim fan. Your version of Swan was very nice. I love it played on the cello.

Teodor~ Very cute lyrics. Next time, more voice and less keyboard. Nice going - keep on singing'!

Loch Lomond~ "Oh, you take the high road, and I'll take the low road". I like this old, traditional Scottish song.

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Thank you Jotur and Chris G!

Cathy, I am consoled and encouraged by the progress I seem to have made with my left hand. And the support and encouragement I received from you and others in this thread has helped give me the confidence I needed to think about doing more jazz stylings and improvisation and to post in the April Bar.

#1871459 - 03/31/12 01:29 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]  
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I recently joined the forum, recently started playing. I spent some time listening and watching the entries on this thread. Wow, there is a lot of talent on this forum.

Maybe next month after I practice more, I'll upload something.

Thanks to all for sharing your talents.

#1871724 - 03/31/12 11:53 PM Re: March Piano Bar [Re: ladypayne]  
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Augustina, I almost missed your Loch Lomand! You really got those block chords down, and I enjoyed the rest of the arrangement too. I thought it was particularly creative how you blended it with the "spinning song" your sister did.

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