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Thanks all for listening and nice comments on my last entry. See I have more catching up to do already and will try and keep pace this month.
Welcome, Debbie. It's always great to see new folks joining and glad you've taken the stage.
Originally Posted by slpianoproject
Greener - ... Where you get this tune? From sheet music or by ear? Never heard it. Its good!
None of the above actually. More like "monkey see, monkey do". I was shown how to play these pieces years ago and later made into a medley. Not unlike learning from YouTube tutorials I suppose.
If interested in either, you should be able to find arrangements for them, I would think, fairly readily, as neither are too obscure. The proper name for Windmills is "Windmills of Your Mind" and even Sting has taken a crack at this one.
Thanks for your interest.
Originally Posted by BillM
Debbie - I watched both of your videos and enjoyed them very much - I'm partial to videos where you can actually see the artist, not just their "dancing hands". You have a very relaxed playing style. Very impressive work after being away from the piano for so long.
Originally Posted by kenjazz
A lot of good music to catch up on!
Greener - Nice medley on Windmills/How Insensitive. I would never have thought to put those two together. You kept the bossa rhythm going and that last transition came out nicely!
Tx-Dennis - Three of my favorites in one fell swoop! You brought some different arranging ideas to them all. They sounded great. Loved it...
Newman - I know what you mean about the pop melodies all seeming to conform to the chord triads. Those moments of discovery and clarity make learning music a lot of fun, don't they?
Slpianoproject - Welcome to the piano bar! Songs Without Words Op. 30 No. 1 was gorgeous and full sounding. That piano is some instrument. I love how the camera work caught the reflection not only of the keys, but of the hammers. The whole setting is very Zen...
Weiyan - Minuet First Lessons in Bach was very well played. Keep up the good work.
Cyan - Just a bullet-proof, beautiful treatment. Thanks for sharing.
Debbie - Welcome also to the Piano Bar! Good job on the two pieces and on overcoming your nerves. I hope to hear more from you in the future.
Ladypayne - Come Thou Font of Every Blessing was inspirational and well played. The images were breathtaking.
Originally Posted by Newman
Bill - I think you and I like all the same material. That's a nice version (as always).(The version I'm most familiar with is Nilsson). I was listening to 'Crazy' the other day on the train on the way to work - both the Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline version. Hearing you do 'It Had To Be You' - I think you'd do 'Crazy' well.
LadyPayne - an interesting arrangement ( a wee Scots influence in part of that tune)
MusicaMusique - welcome
BillM, yes, I tried out the whole apartment to find the best place, and my cat keeps on yelling the whole time during recording, so I ended up to go to the other room. The only thing is, from the latest video, I forgot to turn on the light, so it is slightly dark.
BillM~ Very fine work on It Had To Be You! I really like that song and once again you bring out the best in the music you choose to share. Nicely understated accompaniment, perfect for your voice. Another great one!
Weiyan~ Your first lesson in Bach was very excellent. Tempo was pretty good and I am sure you will bring out dynamics as the piece becomes more comfortable under your fingers. Look forward to more of your Bach!
Newman~ First time I've heard, Walking On The Spot. You are gaining some good dexterity with those accompaniments, for certain. I think if you can bring out your voice over the accompaniment, it would be even better. I know the mic placement is always variable. I like your voice.
I'm not sure if I'm punishing you the listeners or myself by doing another song so quickly. But after doing something that took a while to 'almost master' (ie Walking on the spot) I tend to find another but easier song for me to play. So, almost naturally, my thoughts turned to this one and after seeing a You Tube clip of Neil Finn performing it live on piano I figured I'd give it a go (although he fills it out more than I can presently do.
I spent absolutely all day Saturday working this one out - although I was cheeky enough to change one chord and add a few in on the chorus - and half the night to record it without (too many) mistakes.
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... Newman~ ... You are gaining some good dexterity with those accompaniments ... if you can bring out your voice over the accompaniment...
Thanks, Glen. Yes, just when I thought "I must work on my LH" I found I was able to do more with my RH. It's related to my comment earlier about discovering how much you can do within the 'geography' of where the RH chord is (or notes very close to eg. a 6th).
Still working on getting the balance between voice and piano with my H1.
Great stuff, Glen - The first piece has such clarity - and put me in the mood of a movie theme/opening scene piece ... you know, dawning in a small town street (one of those intersections with the traffic light hung in the middle), street lights just turning off, lone figure emerges from a bar - last piano note.
The second really swings (but just kind of stops ...)
Elssa - I haven't heard that in decades - and very suited to your style - nicely done. Bill - Thanks for the compliment. I was surprised myself. I didn't think I could hit that top G in natural (ie not falsetto) voice anymore. Yes, I was going to do another chorus. But maybe you know how it is - after so many attempts and failures you tend to go for an easier route. I quit while I was ahead in the errors department (only two that I can hear).