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#1992481 - 11/29/12 04:54 PM December Piano Bar  
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It's early and my piece isn't for Christmas, but what the heck...

Been working on this really fun piece that my teacher found for the past month, wanted to finish it, and put it to bed. Not perfect (Red dot always wins)...but they never are...

Interlude by Walter and Carol Noona...


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#1992498 - 11/29/12 05:54 PM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Mark...]  
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Originally Posted by Mark...

Not perfect (Red dot always wins)...but they never are...


It sounds pretty close to perfect to me, Mark. It's a nice piece and nice playing. Some really great changes near the end. Nicely done. Great piano, BTW.

Thanks also for opening the December bar. I need to go out of town this weekend and but have a Christmas Carol all ready for ya's ... will be back shortly ...



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OK, I'm back smile .

Sorry to have to spring this on you so soon, as I am sure you may not quite be in the mood yet. But, I figure once the December Bar opens it is open territory for Christmas Carols tiki .

I do not have much at all in my Christmas line up. This one though, I set out to learn a couple of years ago. At the time I acquired only a partial arrangement for it that did not include the bridge, the key change or the ending tag. I liked it enough, but was not motivated enough at the time to finish it, and there it sat for a few years.

Fast forward to being on PW now, with my new found motivation, and I have completed it this year. I improved the arrangement, changed the key and finished it. It is fairly straight up version, but I am pleased that it is at least complete so I can continue to improve on it.

So here is, and hope you enjoy my rendition of;

Grown Up Christmas List



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Originally Posted by Mark...
It's early and my piece isn't for Christmas, but what the heck...


Man, those lush arpeggios sound great on that piano! Well done.


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Originally Posted by Greener


So here is, and hope you enjoy my rendition of;

Grown Up Christmas List



This one always make me cry. Yes I admit it. Especially the way that Amy Grant sings it, though I can't say that I'm an Amy Grant fan. Your version is no exception, Jeff - makes me well up...


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#1992526 - 11/29/12 06:53 PM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Mark...]  
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Mark and Greener, could you guys re-post your performances in the "Holiday Performances" thread?

This is really good stuff that should be included in it.


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Greener, Have not heard this one. I like how the piece gets strong as it goes. Well played.

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Thanks Ken, no worries admitting it. It used to do the same for me. Not sure if it still will now though. I like Natalie Cole's version. The only one I know though -- know though? --. I will check out Amy Grant now. thanks again


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Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky
Mark and Greener, could you guys re-post your performances in the "Holiday Performances" thread?

This is really good stuff that should be included in it.


Sure thing, Mr Super-Hunky. Thanks. Didn't know there was such a thing. Will go looking for it now.


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The Holiday season is a great time to take stock of the progress (or lack thereof) that we've made over the years. I usually like to try to record two Christmas/holiday-related numbers around this time of year. Since this is my first year on the ABF, I will bore you with my whole holiday catalog. Fire sale - all songs must go!

2012

This one is hot off the presses. I will do one more before the season is over (hopefully).

Christmas Time Is Here

Here is the blog entry for it:
Christmas Time Is Here blog entry

2011

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is a "free jazz" number which one would think should not appeal to most people. But this is by far my most downloaded number. I remember thinking that this was an advancement because the only advice that I got from my piano teacher on the arrangement was to consider using some fourths in the melody.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen blog entry

Auld Lang Syne was done as a solo piano arrangement. This is when I realized that I had hopelessly forgotten the little that
I had learned about improvising for solo piano. I
re-harmonized the beginning and end of this to be as dark as humanly possible, befitting the outlook for 2012.

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne blog post

2010

I was really excited about My Favorite Things. This was way,way beyond what I was normally capable of in 2010. It sounds pretty raw now, and overly long. This is an uptempo jazz waltz. Hopefully we can entice Jazzwee to post his exceptionally beautiful version that is out on Soundcloud.

My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things blog entry

What Child Is This (aka Greensleeves) is done as a bossa nova.
This is old enough that the original backing instrumentation was MIDI, and I had to supply my own acoustic guitar embellishments. I was able to re-mix it to get rid of the MIDI, but I unfortunately had to keep myself on the guitar.

What Child Is This

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These are nice Ken, I particularly like the 2012 Christmas Time is Here. This shows a pretty clear progression of style and your advancement. Good for you. You're going to be hearing another version of "Christmas Time is Here" in a few weeks. As I mentioned earlier, I do not have much in my Christmas line, but this is one of them. It's all good though, we are likely to see a few of this one ... it is a great tune.

Well done. I still have more listening to do, and really diggin' it.

Hey, you know we are supposed to be posting this in the Holiday thread that has been started, eh ?


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Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky
Mark and Greener, could you guys re-post your performances in the "Holiday Performances" thread?

This is really good stuff that should be included in it.



Mine isn't Christmas related...so let me know...

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Great playing Ken, love the full band effect you always add. It takes me forever to get a recoding and you pop out a few in a bunch...

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Originally Posted by Greener

Well done. I still have more listening to do, and really diggin' it.

Hey, you know we are supposed to be posting this in the Holiday thread that has been started, eh ?



Thanks!

Oops. I'll cross-post these...


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Originally Posted by Mark...
Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky
Mark and Greener, could you guys re-post your performances in the "Holiday Performances" thread?

This is really good stuff that should be included in it.



Mine isn't Christmas related...so let me know...



Sorry Mark. I saw Christmas-related and had a brain-fart on the "isn't part.

Anyway, I was surprised at how nice and clear your performance was in that bright room. It sounded really good. My acoustic is also on wood floors in a bright setting but the walls are log (log home) which does incredibly funky things to the sound.

Nice job and nice shiny fallboard too!

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Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky
Originally Posted by Mark...
Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky
Mark and Greener, could you guys re-post your performances in the "Holiday Performances" thread?

This is really good stuff that should be included in it.



Mine isn't Christmas related...so let me know...



Sorry Mark. I saw Christmas-related and had a brain-fart on the "isn't part.

Anyway, I was surprised at how nice and clear your performance was in that bright room. It sounded really good. My acoustic is also on wood floors in a bright setting but the walls are log (log home) which does incredibly funky things to the sound.

Nice job and nice shiny fallboard too!


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Mark..., that's a really pretty piece. You play it very expressively.

Greener, this is a favorite, and I really enjoyed your version.

kenjazz, Christmas Time Is Here is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I really enjoyed your version of it. The "fairy bells" at the beginning and end are a nice touch. God Rest may be a free jazz, but it retains enough recognizable melody to be a joy for those of us who are into less esoteric music. I found myself singing and scatting along through parts of this one. Your Auld Lang Syne is delightfully different. I found myself enjoying a song I normally do not like much. My Favorite Things does drag a bit now and then, but is overall quite a fun listen. What Child is another Christmas favorite, and your bossa version is enjoyable.


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Mark, well played. The red dot effect wasn't noticeable to me. If you noticed it, then I suspect it would be awesome without the red dot.



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Thank you Greener, I hadn't heard that piece before.


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Handel Sonatina - from the Aylesford pieces



I recorded this along with 4 others, including the last recital piece, during the same session in a very short period of time. (perhaps 1 hour)

I came to the realization that I needed to record these 5 pieces to be done with them and get them off my practice schedule (they were consuming too much valuable time for new stuff!) - so I decided I would just play 'em each through a couple of times and select the best take. To heck with mistakes - it's not like these are soundtracks to a movie or anything! laugh

I was very fortunate with this piece that I was able to record this take. I had tried on multiple occasions over the summer to record this, but always melted down spectacularly at some point.

When I finished, I paused for a moment and thought to myself, "Woah, did I really do that?" I had to listen to the recording again later to make sure I didn't selectively forget any major disasters.

(not that it's perfect - at all! But I was just really pleased to finally get this recorded. laugh )


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Nice Ben, baroque I assume...great control and timing...

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Originally Posted by BenPiano

When I finished, I paused for a moment and thought to myself, "Woah, did I really do that?"


Awesome! That is the beauty of recording. No one can ever take that away from you. Even if you don't remember a note of it next week, you nailed it forevermore in digital eternity. Great job.


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Ben,

Wow! You are getting just scary-good these days. Very, very, nice...especially with only a few takes. Boy, do I envy the level of relaxed control you seem to have developed. Good work.


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I haven't contributed to one of these for a long time but I got home early, thought - let's turn on the Zoom and see if I can knock "The Christmas Song." And it's not too bad - I mostly play classical these days so improvising around the chords and melody isn't what I'm usually doing. But it still seems to work OK ...

The Christmas Song


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Ben, that's a wonderful performance on the Handel sonatina. Simply superb.

Andy Platt, you do a grat job with The Christmas Song. I like your arrangement a great deal.


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Originally Posted by Andy Platt
let's turn on the Zoom and see if I can knock "The Christmas Song."

The Christmas Song


Nice job keeping the solo rhythm on this tough song! That is always that hardest part when you flip into pop/jazz solo mode - all of a sudden you are on your own there. It sounded very nice.
Are you going to cross-post this?


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This is fabulous piece, Ben. Excellent control, balance, rhythm you have with this. You're doing extremely well and I think I mentioned this in the recital previously as well. Great piece, thanks for sharing.

Good to see you out to the Bar again, Andy and hope more often now. This is really nicely done and really sets the correct mood for me. I love nice changes and this has it. The trouble for me has been I have never found enough interesting stuff in the Christmas line to bother to work on. But, perhaps have not dug deep enough. This one is a good idea for me now. Thanks.


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I haven't heard many John Denver songs performed here in the Piano Bar but I thought I'd give this one a go. I've done this before on guitar but kind of like the way the accompaniment sounds on piano.

Annie's Song





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Originally Posted by kenjazz
Are you going to cross-post this?

Good idea ... I actually meant to post it in the Holiday Bar anyway and just didn't look carefully!


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Mark... - I dunno - sounded pretty good to me. When this first started I thought it was the piece by Blood Sweat and Tears that I can never remember the name of (an instrumental) but then it took off in a different direction.

An interesting and introspective piece. I can see why you like it. Your piano has a nice full tone. Are you liking it any better?


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BenPiano - I'll admit to not knowing much about Classical music but I would have bet that was Bach - I was surprised to see it was a Handel piece. A precise and crisp performance. You made this look easy.


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Here's a performance from last night with a vocalist. This is my band (6 piece) and of course I'm on piano.

Look of Love (Burt Bacarach)
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Mark - v relaxing. Not sure why you called it a ‘fun’ piece though.
Ben - Wow. Impressive. I couldn’t come near that LH RH independence
Bill – I think you said once before that looking back some songs seem better … Annie’s Song is one of those. Nice work, as always.
Greener - Good work. There’s something very familiar about the recurring passage which first appears at 0:50-60 seconds (reminds me of a Whitney Houston or someone similar)
KenJazz – Haven’t listened to them all yet.
Andy - classic piece.


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BillM- Annie's song - your vocal comping is getting so good it is incredible. I like this version much better than John Denver.

Jazzwee - I was expecting to hear a super slow bossa groove on Look of Love, but this was an excellent treatment. Bacharach is an under-appreciated gift to jazz players. I like the staccato accents in the comp that you and the rhythm section put in. It kept the whole mix interesting. Very nice solo on your part. You must play with that drummer a lot. He (she?) had a lot of empathy for your playing even with what you were doing on the solo. Well, this is another one that has to go on the learn-it list.


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Jazzwee - what a cool arrangement and fine, tight sound your band has. Surely someone in your band has a video camera - I'd love to see you and your band in action and think the commute from Maryland might be a bit much.


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Bill, nice job on Annie's Song. This is one of the few John Denver tunes I enjoy hearing. Your version is excellent.

Jazzwee, your band does this one with style. The singer ain't too shabby, either.


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Ken, Bill and Dennis -- Appreciate your comments!

Ken -- yes, it's my drummer for 2 years now. You're picking up on something important. As you get more into jazz, then the "conversation" between the instruments become very key. We pick up signals from each other. The fact that you noticed speaks nicely of your progress. Anyway, this uptempo and spirited version of Look of Love is really unique sounding I think. We take some old tunes and with a little refashioning of the groove, it sounds different. You may have heard some were we play standards with a funk backbeat.

Bill - there are "poor" videos (snippets). When I found that's a little better, then I can pass it along. Thanks again! BTW - I've been contacted by other ABF'ers who've wanted to catch a gig. Well, the answer is that I have a gig every week and sometimes many times/week so if anyone pops up in West Los Angeles, please come by and visit.

Dennis - so nice of you. Yes the band is getting a little better each time. I'm happy to hear a perceived improvement in quality since it translates to more gigs!

Sorry, I'm a little late in listening to the other tunes. I'll catch up. Just clearing my plate of gigs.



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Mark - Sounds awesome! Beautiful piano sound and playing. Is that some sort of Jazz kind of piece? Really nice harmonies at the end there. Jazzy voicings.

Greener - Very pretty tune and nice transition in rhythm there. Really solid performance. Great job.

Kenjazz - Sampled Christmas time is here. I thought of playing this on a gig this week. I don't know it but maybe will have to learn it on the spot. Your rendition is beautiful with such a realistic backing tracks. Are those BIAB Real instruments? Sounds really authentic. Nice treat on the solo. Beautiful.

BenPiano - That was impressive! The evenness of the notes and touch and tone was wonderful. The piano tone coming out is really good. I like your developing touch here. Great work.

Andy Platt - One of my most favorite Christmas songs. Wonderful sound and really good improvising around the chords, particularly not an easy tune to play.

BillM - Such a treat to listen to you. A great sounding accompanist even if not playing for yourself which is more difficult. Your arrangements are wonderful. Beautiful singing and such a nice piano touch. There's something muddy on the low end though (pedal). Really pronounced on headphones.






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My second time to post something not related but I've been getting back into singing again.



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Sampled Christmas time is here. Are those BIAB Real instruments?



Thanks Jazzwee! These are all BIAB Real instruments except for the bell tree. The bell tree is a wave file from goldwave.com that I got off the internet. I think bought it from iTunes. I don't remember anymore.


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Here's a performance from last night with a vocalist. This is my band (6 piece) and of course I'm on piano.

Look of Love (Burt Bacarach)
https://www.box.com/s/hsnz6z1jbqyz5k19eg2r






Wow...that must be a great feeling to play in a band and sound sooo good...

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Mark... - I dunno - sounded pretty good to me. When this first started I thought it was the piece by Blood Sweat and Tears that I can never remember the name of (an instrumental) but then it took off in a different direction.

An interesting and introspective piece. I can see why you like it. Your piano has a nice full tone. Are you liking it any better?


I enjoyed your Annie's Song very much, your voice really matched up perfect with this song. Your very comfortable playing as always is well done too.

As for my piano, I still have a love/hate relationship with it. The lyre is creaking badly and driving me crazy. Waiting for January for the tech to come out.

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Originally Posted by BillM
Mark... - I dunno - sounded pretty good to me. When this first started I thought it was the piece by Blood Sweat and Tears that I can never remember the name of (an instrumental)

Just a thought.
Eric Satie

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Originally Posted by Rune E

Just a thought.
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I haven't had time to play my piano much in a few months frown I found this song I really liked. Though I only had time to practice it for an hour and half during my lunch break and my last break at work. That said there are mistakes... and the recording skips a bit since my phone was about to die. Also the piano at work has a squeaky pedal! cool Anyways this is a really really pretty song, and I will defiantly be recording it again on my keyboard when finals are over with grin thumb

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Here's something I've been working on to the exclusion of all else for days (driving all around me to distraction). While I'm not too pleased with the vocal performance on this take I've kept it because it's the first time I managed to get through it without my fingers getting completely confused.

It's probably a bit too fast. I put that down to nervous energy to get through it before I make mistakes.

https://www.box.com/s/669r1zew32rfnczyy459

If you're wondering, the sound is piano plus "slow strings".

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Augustina - yes, it is indeed very pretty. Feels like a movie theme. I'm impressed at what you have mastered in such a short time.


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Augustina-very nice new age type piece. Sounds like it belongs to a movie sound track...

Newman-wow...that was extremely well done, both vocals and playing...wish I could play more modern pop pieces.

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[b][/b]Jazzwee - Love the Bacharach.


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Thanks Newman and Mark!


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Augustina, that is a very pretty piece. Nice job.

Newman, strangely this is the first time I've heard this very famous song. Nice job. I can see why it is so well loved.


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Here is a short instrumental piece from Michel Rivard a well-known artist where i live in Quebec Canada. Its a very easy piece to learn and its always a pleasure to listen to. I've learned it years ago and its one of those pieces you can't really forget.

I've recorded it this afternoon by request of my cousin that asked me for another upload saying she needed to listen some of my music smile. Though i'ld share it here.

Finally i've changed my microphones from the last upload i did on the october piano bar (Mendelssohn). Those are Studio projects C4 and they give a wonderful live sound and perform way better than the old ones i had. Note that no reverb or equalisation has been used. Actually, its the straight sound of the mics into the computer.

Enjoy!

[video:youtube]Z32dyzkjMzI&feature=youtu.be[/video]

Edit : Anyone tell me when is the next ABF recital? I have a Chopin Nocturne almost ready to record and i wanna save it for the recital.

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slpianoproject, that's a really nice piece played very well. The mics sound wonderful. A great sounding recording.


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There are many goog music and new friends this month.

Mrrk: Interlude, an interest piece. It seems newage fused with classical.
Greener: Its a nice gospel. Do you arrange it?
kenjazz: Enjoy your jazzy Christmas music.
BenPiano: Very good. I would like stronger left hand.
BillM: I am BM addicted. I had played the guitar cover long time ago.
jazzwee: Your band is really professional.
Teodor: Your voice is touching.
Agustina: Your playing is touching. I have some sad feeling with it.
Newman: Very good.
slpianoproject: I enjoy it.


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J.S.Bach Prelude in C Min: No. 2 from Six Preludes fur Anfanger auf dem
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This is my Bach of this month.

I played it slower.

pp.12 Minuet
First Lessons In Bach.

https://www.box.com/s/t3fgifnibslst712ikup


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slpianoproject - mmm nice. Very delicate. And yes, those microphones sound good.


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This is the blues.

Riff Blues
Tim Richards Improvising Blues Piano No. 21

https://www.box.com/s/ucxf96razrzv1rapndtw

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Am Abend No. 2 from Stimmungsbilder, Op. 88
60s Swing No. 1 from Swinging Rhythms
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I've fallen way behind in this month's piano bar.

Ben Piano, Good clean take on the Handel.

KenJazz, great as usual. In particular, Christmas Time is Here is one of my faves.

Andy, I wish I could do what you and KenJazz do.

BillM, I haven't heard this for a long time.

Jazzwee, I wish I had a sextet! (Though they'd likely vote me off the stage.)

Augustina, This is a pretty piece. I went and purchased it for when the pressure from my assigned pieces get to be too much.

Newman, nice work again.



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Augustina - Sorry to hear you haven't been playing much but I'm glad you found the time to play something here in the Piano Bar. A lovely melody - good job with the descending runs.


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Newman - Man, you really rocked this one out! I like your uptempo arrangement and your rollicking and energetic accompaniment. Excellent vocal.


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slpianoproject I really liked this one! I must get the sheets for it. I must also comment on the great sound quality...very clear, well done!

Weiyan Nice work on the Bach and the blues lick. I also bounce between different types of music. Both should help each other in the long run. Keep it up.

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Weiyan - your playing seems to grow more confident each month. I listened to both your Bach and your Blues and while I enjoyed them both I really liked your blues recording. Good work.


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Originally Posted by BillM
Weiyan - your playing seems to grow more confident each month. I listened to both your Bach and your Blues and while I enjoyed them both I really liked your blues recording. Good work.


Thank you. Friends here help me a lot. I take the advice to use a metronome and take care of dynamic. Sharing make music better.


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Am Abend No. 2 from Stimmungsbilder, Op. 88
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Thanks Weiyan, Stumbler, BillM, Tx Dennis. TxD check out the original, much better yet very different to my interpretation and a great example of how George Martin deserves the title Fifth Beatle - I'm amazed you haven't heard it.


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Michel Rivard does not get much air time in Ontario except maybe on CBC A Propos.
You make this look easy. Great recording

Weiyan
I think your Bach is smoother than I remember from last month.
Nice work on the blues piece.


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My mid-month Piano Bar submission is a song recorded by the Beatles for their 1966 album, Revolver. It is reported to be one of Paul McCartney's favorite Beatles tunes.

Here, There, and Everywhere



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BillM, great job on one of my many favorite Beatles songs. I'm still busy in my exams, so I haven't had time to view all the contributions, all of which I'm sure are good, but have been looking in every now and then.

Newman, loved your Eleanor Rigby. Weiyan, you're achieving more fluidity (is that the correct word in this context?) in your playing, keep it up. Jazzwee, great jazz session from you and your partners.


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BillM - Nice work. I particularly like what you did with the guitar part in the middle eight.(I'll have to copy it and inclide it in my version - no surprise, I've learnt it too).
BTW watch the next post smile


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I logged in a few minutes ago to post this following my regular Friday and Saturday night practice sessions to find BillM has done a Beatles tune too! Here's a song I picked to help me in my current quest to find more material to break out of quarter note chords and add a little colour.

It's Only Love

Taking the tip from Bill ... It's from the Help! album 1965 and is principally a Lennon song.


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Beatlemania in December! Love it.

BillM - Here There and Everywhere has always seemed like one of those highly butcher-able vocals to me. If you don't hit those intervals in the first phrase both on key and with some exhibition of range control it sounds like a train wreck. You did it effortlessly and it sounded great.

Newman - Are you sure that you are not British? Strike that - from Liverpool? Your vocal sounds freakishly authentic. It was a real treat.


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Great music again this month! I have not had time to go to the bar much lately but I will review the pieces shortly.

Here is my bar entry for the month. This is the first video with my new video camera (Sony A57).


[video:youtube]Zo7swXCs0Fg[/video]

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Newman: It's only love
Another great tune from you Newman! Thanks for sharing!! Loved it!! Your music is so full of energy and your passion really shines thru very clearly in your performances.

Bill M: Here, There, and Everywhere.
Awesome! I am not familiar with this song. But anything you touches turns into gold!

Here is a question for Bill and Newman: Do you ever write your own music? You guys have such a potential as you both can sing so well!!

Weiyan: Riff Blues and Minuet
You have come far in a very short time Weiyan! Great job on these pieces!! Do you never use your video camera anymore?

Slpianoproject: Michel Rivard
Great performance and video! You play very smoothly and your piano sounds fantastic with those micas! Great job and thanks for sharing!!


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Thanks, Ken and Amaruk.

Yes, I am English (London) by birth and now live in Australia. Apart from style, another reason I chose It's Only Love was thinking of Amaruk asking for more Lennon.

I might have said before, I grew up on the Beatles and attribute my inspiration to be a musician/singer/songwiter 100% to them. They still inspire me.

And, yes, I spent many years trying to crack a career as a 'rockstar'/songwriter and have a catalogue of over 60 el cheapo demos. You will find some on the website below or box.com.


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Newman - Its Only Love - creative and fun rendition of a rarely heard Beatles tune. You do such a fine job with the vocals on Beatles songs and your piano work is rapidly evolving - your accompaniments are much more complex than your CaptainKawai recordings.


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Amaruk - very fine playing - you show excellent left hand independence and control. Once again, a high quality video to match your high quality piano work


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After several months without uploading any videos to the bar, I appear here again, with my blue robe:

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Very good contributors this month. Just to mention a few...

Amaruk: very well played and nice production.
Bill: Thanks for being an inexhaustible source of songs.
Weiyan: I see great progress. Very well done.
Augustina: Beautiful "Approaching Night"

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Supertorpe - very fine playing, confident, relaxed.


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#2000529 - 12/17/12 02:21 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Mark...]  
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Amaruk - Pretty soon you will have covered the complete movie. I see YT reworked the theme from Coma with a different LH and at a faster tempo. An interesting example of constructing movie music. Well played.


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Hi All. As I noted above I spent many years as a "wannabe" song writer but hadn't written anything in a little over five years. In fact I thought that part of my musical life was over. But I was thinking and noodling at the piano one day in September ... and wrote this, which I recorded this afternoon (before I forgot it).

After So Long (Newman)

After So Long

After so long, you still make my heart, skip a beat
After so long, you still make my breath come short but sweet
After so long

I waited a lifetime to reach out to you
So throw me a lifeline to help pull me through

I think of you always as if time stood still
Remember me only with love if you will

Copyright L Newman 2012

It's nothing particularly special just something that came to me.



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BillM: Here, There, and Everywhere . Never heard this song before. I enjoy your singing.

Amaruk: Both your video and music are beautiful. My Sony video cam don't have win 7 driver. My panasonic fx100 digi cam has video function but the sound quality is too poor. Most videos are recorded with ipod touch. It need a human tripod, so give up.

supertorpe: The Stephen Heller op47 no15 like Moonlight Sonata. All pieces are well played. Your fingers is rather straight instead of curvy. Did you intended to play with this hand shape? The blue rode is nice.



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Newman: I've always envied those who are able to sing as well.

Originally Posted by Weiyan
supertorpe: The Stephen Heller op47 no15 like Moonlight Sonata. All pieces are well played. Your fingers is rather straight instead of curvy. Did you intended to play with this hand shape? The blue rode is nice.


Thanks Weiyan. I keep my fingers straight for two reasons:
a) when I have to stretch the hand (for example, the triplets in the Heller's study)
b) when there are jumps and I need to explore the keyboard with my fingers to avoid looking at the keys

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Supertorpe: Great performances! You look so relaxed when you play. The first piece reminded me of Beethoven's piano sonata no 14 (Moonlight sonata) in many ways. I liked them all! Thanks for sharing!

Newman: Very impressive! I can't believe it is your own original. You are indeed very talented!! "Skip a beat…" that was too funny!! Thanks for sharing!!

Weiyan: I use an ipod touch on a regular camera tripod in my set-up. All you need is a $20 adapter like this one to attach it: Link





Here is my latest Yann Tiersen piece from the German movie Good Bye Lenin. The camera with the close-up angle is my beloved new Sony A57 with a 50mm/f1.7 lens.

[video:youtube]LzFpcJdBnmA[/video]

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[b][/b]Amaruk - nice. There's something hypnotic about the YT pieces isn't there?

(Thanks for the compliment)


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I was once again noodling late last night and came up with this, I've called it "A Christmas Wish".

A Christmas Wish (Newman 2012)

I don't mean to hog all the bar time. So, I'll try and curb myself until January.

Wising you all a happy Christmas.



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Weiyan, both your pieces are well done. The Bach is nice and even, and the blues piece is fun.

Bill, now this one I've heard. Great job on a great song.

Newman, another great job on yet another song I haven't heard before. I must be living under a rock.

Amaruk, great playing. The piece is way too short, though. A57 - nice! I have an old A100-the first of the Sony Alpha series. It's quite a reliable camera, but doesn't do video. I'm seriously lusting after an A65, but haven't been able to convince myself to drop the cash for it yet.


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Supertorpe, I had not heard the Heller piece before. It is rather reminiscent of Moonlight. The Bertini and Schumann pieces are rather more familiar. All are played with a nice delicate touch and admirable control of the instrument.

Newman, nice song. I enjoyed AFter So Long.

Amaruk, another great job on Watching Lara.

Newman, you are becoming quite the attention hog. Only kidding, of course. Christmas Wish is very pretty. I kept waiting for you to start singing. Nice tune.



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Can someone please explain to me what these monthly piano bars are about? Do we only post pieces that we recorded that particular month?

Thanks.

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Hi candlelightpiano.

My take on the piano bar is that it is simply a virtual/online version of a real piano bar, where we post a song or tune for others to enjoy. For me it's a way to share what I am doing and learning with like minded people.

Generally, I believe they are newly recorded pieces. In my own case, for example, I will have been working on a song and when I've got it "under my fingers" I record it and post it. It can be audio only or with video.

It can be in any style.

I hope that helps. Others may, of course, have a slightly different take.


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I'm trying to walk back what I've missed lately. A lot of good stuff this month!

Candlelightpiano - I look at the piano bar as almost anything goes. If it is an older recording and you are trying to tell a story with it, then why not? I've posted older ones, that is for sure. This is just fun musical sharing. The Recitals are a different story, where the idea is that you are showing where you are in your development at a current point in time.

Newman - A Christmas Wish was very Christmassy indeed. The lyrics to it felt like they were on the tip of my tongue. After So Long would have been the perfect song for my 30th wedding anniversary. Really nice. If only I could sing. sigh.

Amaruk - Wonderful playing and production values on Watching Laura once again. Stunning.

Weiyan - Good progress keeping the steady bass on Riff Blue! Keep that up. Keeping that going solid (without sheet music) is one of the hardest things to do in playing solo blues and jazz piano.

slpianoproject - a beautiful piece, played excellently. kudos

Augustina - The Approaching Night was very enjoyable. Nice job.

Supertorpe - Style points for the blue robe smile Style points for your three pieces also, which sounded wonderful!



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Originally Posted by kenjazz


Newman - A Christmas Wish was very Christmassy indeed. The lyrics to it felt like they were on the tip of my tongue.



Thanks. Id' be happy for someone to propose some lyrics. Got a publisher to send it to? smile
Originally Posted by kenjazz


After So Long would have been the perfect song for my 30th wedding anniversary.


Use it for your fourtieth!


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Quote

Amaruk A57 - nice! I have an old A100-the first of the Sony Alpha series. It's quite a reliable camera, but doesn't do video. I'm seriously lusting after an A65, but haven't been able to convince myself to drop the cash for it yet.


My A57 is an upgrade to my old Minolta Maxum 5D that is going on 7 years... It is nice to be able to use the same lenses and flash (Sony bought Minolta shortly after I got my camera). My 5D is still working great but sometimes it has that first-frame-black issue. I also wanted to get a camera with video so I had been looking at the new SLT models for a while before I took the plunge. smile

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Newman - Xmas wish
Great holiday melody! It must be fun to just compose like that. Thanks for sharing!

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Ditto! I've enjoyed listening to everyone's performances this month, but I've been so busy, first preparing for my vocal recital and then my Youtube Christmas video for friends in family, I haven't had time to do more than listen.

Anyway here's said Youtube video. I previously posted the same song as an audio of my live recital performance. I didn't have time to work on the country trills (towards the very end) for the recital and I do them here. Also here I am playing and singing at the same time. (Note--I didn't have time to memorize or arrange something in time for Christmas, and I discovered it's a lot harder to read music and sing at the same time.) The balance between piano and voice could have been better. So, if you already heard it and aren't interested in seeing my hands or simultaneous voice and accompaniment, feel free to ignore this one.


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Starr Keys - We've missed you. That's a nice little arrangement. As for "I discovered it's a lot harder to read music and sing at the same time" I'm mystified as to how people read those dots and translate them into their hands!


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Merry Christmas everyone. [Linked Image]

Still get a kick out of the old Peanuts holiday specials and music;

Christmas Time is Here


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Merry Christmas and Happy holidays everyone!

Newman: I'm now splitting my time at piano with my time working on the vocals, hence the decreased activity here. But thanks for the kind words. They are much appreciated.

Elssa: Gorgeous rendition of one of my favs! I hear the Eddie Duchin influence and I love it!

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Amaruk: The Yann Tiersen piece and the video are very nice. Thank you for the suggestion. I will try to buy one ipod holder.

Supertorpe: It seems you can play with eyes off.

Kenjazz: Thank you for your suggestion and encouragement.



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Ellsa: Thank you for the Christmas Time is Here.


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Am Abend No. 2 from Stimmungsbilder, Op. 88
60s Swing No. 1 from Swinging Rhythms
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Thanks, Newman and Kenjazz. I enjoyed both your ideas of what a piano bar is. Will enjoy participating, too. Kenjazz, thanks too for explaining the difference between piano bar and recital.

I wish everyone a very safe and happy new year.

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A lot to catch up on in this thread.
I got caught up in the Christmas rush.

Bill M, Newman, Amaruk, Supertorpe, Starrkeys, Elssa - I enjoyed the catching up.

I hope you all had a good Christmas and wish you a happy new year.


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