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#2047473 - 03/13/13 04:42 AM Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel!  
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This is pretty cool. Billy Joel was taking questions from the audience, and this guy asks if he can play piano while he sings. It really took some courage to do this!

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#2047497 - 03/13/13 06:21 AM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Oh wow, that is awesome. Very courageous indeed. He plays well!


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#2047522 - 03/13/13 07:33 AM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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#2047534 - 03/13/13 08:03 AM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Wow, what a thrill! What fun!


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#2047539 - 03/13/13 08:11 AM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: casinitaly]  
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That is fantastic. The guy is really good!

#2047547 - 03/13/13 08:23 AM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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I had goose bumps. Especially as "New York State of mind" is one of my favourites too.

#2047596 - 03/13/13 10:17 AM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Wow! This guy will probably not forget that night, for the rest of his life. NY State of Mind is a song I so much wish to learn, but it's far off because it's at advanced level - which disappoints me.


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#2047620 - 03/13/13 11:10 AM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Very cool. He's definitely a brave man.
Thanks for sharing.


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#2047636 - 03/13/13 11:25 AM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Apparently (from the Billy Joel Facebook page) this guy was on the Today show this morning.

Pianotehead It depends what you want to do. The transcription I have is tough and I would have to take it as a piece to do it justice; but I think I could. But if you just bang around with the chords it can sound pretty nice in a simple fashion. If you are OK noodling from a fake book or just the guitar tabs.


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#2047644 - 03/13/13 11:35 AM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Wow, I can't imagine pulling that off in front of a crowd of people, much less in front of the artist himself! Very impressive.

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Thank you Sam!
What a great, GREAT moment.


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#2047690 - 03/13/13 01:08 PM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Great, 15 seconds of preparation and then live shocked


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#2047696 - 03/13/13 01:22 PM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Fantastic opportunity for Michael Pollack.

And i'm impressed so much ever by Billy Joel to offer that young man such a chance. There are so many artists out there with egos that are as big as the universe. Billy Joel remains a down to earth man.

Thanks for sharing! One of my favorite tunes, with some inspiration to boot!

#2047725 - 03/13/13 02:27 PM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Wow, get that guy on the AOTW thread pronto!!

I can see it now.....

My AOTW.... Billy Joel told me I got chops!!!!!

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#2047737 - 03/13/13 02:51 PM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Andy I'll try that, thanks for pointing this out. I have a tutorial video and will do some research on the structure of the song, chords and such.


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#2047821 - 03/13/13 06:02 PM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Is it written in C?

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Originally Posted by Mark...
Is it written in C?


Yes, but the harmonic progression takes us away from there pretty often.

C, E7#9, Am7, Gm7 - C, F, A7#5, Dm, Bb9, C - E7#9/B, Am7 - Cmaj7/G, Fmaj7 - C/E, D9, Fmaj9, Am7/G, Am7 - D9

Just looking at that puts me in a New York State of Mind!


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#2047947 - 03/13/13 10:43 PM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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I did this once, but then I woke up... wink

I am very impressed that Billy Joel said yes, and that he was so good-humored when the pianist milked it a little in the cadenzas (a little too much for my taste).

Ever the performer, I love the sunglasses, and the line, "Now, I feel like Sinatra." laugh


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It's a great story no matter what -- and the kid is dam good!! -- but some things are being left out from how it's being passed along. ha

He's not just a kid from the audience. Even though he's only about 18, he's been a professional pianist and songwriter for several years, including playing in a band with B. Joel's saxophone player since he was 12.

Like I said, great story anyway. But it's a little different than it's being made to seem. smile

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Originally Posted by Andy Platt
C, E7#9, Am7, Gm7 - C, F, A7#5, Dm, Bb9, C - E7#9/B, Am7 - Cmaj7/G, Fmaj7 - C/E, D9, Fmaj9, Am7/G, Am7 - D9

Just looking at that puts me in a New York State of Mind!

LOL, me too!

The student said in the beginning, that he had played a few times with Billy's saxophonist. Could he be more than just a piano hobbyist? One must measure up to a certain standard to get to jam with a professional musician, at least more than once.


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Originally Posted by Pianotehead
....Could he be more than just a piano hobbyist?

He is. smile
He's a budding professional. You could say he's a professional now.

#2048022 - 03/14/13 01:59 AM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: Sam S]  
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Very nice video! Thanks for sharing smile

#2078362 - 05/06/13 01:39 PM Re: Guy from audience plays piano for Billy Joel! [Re: TheodorN]  
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Originally Posted by TheodorN
Wow! This guy will probably not forget that night, for the rest of his life. NY State of Mind is a song I so much wish to learn, but it's far off because it's at advanced level - which disappoints me.


Hi when I read your post, I wanted to say that this is the first song I am actually learning and when it is broken down into easily digested sizes...bit by bit isn't as differcult as it sounds, sure it isn't anything like this guy, but I am guessihg that you can embelish any song once you know the basic song structure melody etc... I only practice once every two days, and then for only 20 mins but each time I practice the section I have trouble with til it sounds better. I did though always think in the back of my mind is this something I should not be learning yet, as it is only been 6 months but the song really touches me so I needed to be able to play it. I had been playing guitar for 7 years off and on and believe this has helped me greatly with the transition to piano. I would like to hear your feedback please? Thanks Daza.

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He might have other plans than play piano for a living, since he is taking calculus. Well, if he doesn't shape up, he might have to do music full time, if he fails more math exams. http://www.tmz.com/2013/03/14/vanderbilt-student-michael-pollack-calculus-test-billy-joel-failed/


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OK... that was friggin great!


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