Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
What's Hot!!
Hurricane Irma & Our Piano Friends!
--------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
(ad)
Tuning a Piano
How to Tune Pianos
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Piano Buyer Spring 2017
(ad)
4th Finger Enigma Resolved!
Schumann's 4th Finger Enigma Resolved!
Who's Online Now
104 registered members (Andrei Kuznetsov, amad23, anotherscott, ando, 24 invisible), 1,859 guests, and 3 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords & Scales
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#2118144 - 07/15/13 06:25 PM Entertainment Repertoire  
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
collinsinclair Offline
Junior Member
collinsinclair  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
Colorado, USA
What are some good pieces for entertaining people. I play classical, but in today's world, that doesn't entertain most people. That's fine, but I'd also like to have some repertoire that people like to listen to too. Any composers or books that you could recommend? Thanks.


-Collin
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#2118156 - 07/15/13 06:40 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]  
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 9,192
Polyphonist Online content
9000 Post Club Member
Polyphonist  Online Content
9000 Post Club Member

Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 9,192
New York City
Who are the "people" that you want to entertain? Sixteen-year-olds who walk around listening to pop music on earphones?


Regards,

Polyphonist
#2118161 - 07/15/13 06:45 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]  
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,446
Derulux Offline
5000 Post Club Member
Derulux  Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,446
Philadelphia
Poly brings up a good point -- the "who" will change the list considerably. smile


Every day we are afforded a new chance. The problem with life is not that you run out of chances. In the end, what you run out of are days.
#2118756 - 07/16/13 08:58 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: Derulux]  
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
collinsinclair Offline
Junior Member
collinsinclair  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
Colorado, USA
People at nice restaurants or classy parties (not like cubs or anything) but it seems like people have gotten bored of straight classical. I want to be able to entertain today's classy, genial people. I couldn't care less about the 16 year olds you mentioned though.


-Collin
(ad ) MusicNotes.com
sheet music search
#2118759 - 07/16/13 09:01 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]  
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 9,192
Polyphonist Online content
9000 Post Club Member
Polyphonist  Online Content
9000 Post Club Member

Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 9,192
New York City
Originally Posted by collinsinclair
People at nice restaurants or classy parties (not like cubs or anything) but it seems like people have gotten bored of straight classical. I want to be able to entertain today's classy, genial people. I couldn't care less about the 16 year olds you mentioned though.

So what kind of music do you want to learn to play? Jazz? New Age? Who do you want to entertain? "Classy, genial people" could mean anything. Are these 35-year-olds? 70-year-olds? People who go to expensive restaurants?


Regards,

Polyphonist
#2118791 - 07/16/13 09:50 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: Polyphonist]  
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
collinsinclair Offline
Junior Member
collinsinclair  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
Colorado, USA
Yes. By that I mean I'm up to anything. I really like Jon Schmidt, and he's "new age classical", so I guess that's a good way to go. And younger people, like my parents friends or family. I'd also like to end up playing in a nice restaurant someday, for a job during high school. My apologies for not being very specific. I'm new here. crazy


-Collin
#2118795 - 07/16/13 10:01 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]  
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 9,192
Polyphonist Online content
9000 Post Club Member
Polyphonist  Online Content
9000 Post Club Member

Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 9,192
New York City
Originally Posted by collinsinclair
Yes. By that I mean I'm up to anything. I really like Jon Schmidt, and he's "new age classical", so I guess that's a good way to go. And younger people, like my parents friends or family. I'd also like to end up playing in a nice restaurant someday, for a job during high school. My apologies for not being very specific. I'm new here. crazy

Wait, so you're what, 11 years old? wink


Regards,

Polyphonist
#2118799 - 07/16/13 10:05 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]  
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 391
Allan W. Offline
Full Member
Allan W.  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 391
Maryland
Arrangements of video game music?

http://www.youtube.com/user/lara6683
http://www.youtube.com/user/Verdegrand

and some on my Youtube.

Not that suitable for entertaining random people in a restaurant though, except some of the jazzier ones.

On that note, maybe you can play some jazz. I have this and a few other books and they're fun to play out of: http://www.amazon.com/Favorite-Jazz-Piano-Solo-Revised/dp/0769212638/

Last edited by Allan W.; 07/16/13 10:07 PM.

1980 Yamaha C7 from Rick Jones (http://imgur.com/a/duLJb)
Kawai MP-10
Previously: 2012 Young Chang Y175, which was quite impressive for the price
#2118842 - 07/16/13 11:18 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]  
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 13,837
Kreisler Offline
Kreisler  Offline


Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 13,837
Iowa City, IA
Great American Songbook stuff tends to work very well. I use a fakebook and improvise, but there are a lot of arrangements of various tunes out there. Cole Porter, Van Heusen and Burke, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Rogers and Hart, etc...


"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)

www.pianoped.com
www.youtube.com/user/UIPianoPed
#2118843 - 07/16/13 11:18 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: Polyphonist]  
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
collinsinclair Offline
Junior Member
collinsinclair  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 7
Colorado, USA
13, actually grin


-Collin
#2118857 - 07/16/13 11:59 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]  
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 13,837
Kreisler Offline
Kreisler  Offline


Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 13,837
Iowa City, IA
For some excellent arrangements, try those by Eugenie Rocherolle. There's a book called "Jerome Kern Classics" and one called "Classic Jazz Standards."

Another excellent arranger is Dan Coates. He has collections like "Timeless Standards," "Beautiful Ballads," "Treasured Broadway Hits."

Robert Schultz is also very good. "On Green Dolphin St. Plus 12 Jazz Classics" is a nice collection. His arrangement of the Pachelbel Canon is probably the best piano arrangement you can buy.


"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)

www.pianoped.com
www.youtube.com/user/UIPianoPed
#2118924 - 07/17/13 06:03 AM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]  
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 5,886
JoelW Offline
5000 Post Club Member
JoelW  Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2012
Posts: 5,886
USA
The only people I care about entertaining are those who enjoy classical.

#2118934 - 07/17/13 07:04 AM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]  
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 142
The Hound Offline
Full Member
The Hound  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 142
Ragtime and boogie woogie are two accessible genres that are also fun to play and learn.

I would like it if more people were enthralled by the classical music I play. It makes up the vast majority of what I learn, and of course I love it. The fact is though that the average person has a lot less patience for and understanding of it.

Recently I did my Trinity College Grade 8 exam. To prepare for the performance I played my pieces - Clementi op. 25 no. 5 1st mvmt, Chopin op. 69 no. 1 and Joplin's Fig Leaf Rag - to tons of people in different environments. The Joplin would always get the best reaction. Then the Chopin, then the Clementi.

Ideally I like people to enjoy whatever it is I'm playing, and there are some who do. But it's nice to have some more accessible yet still fun and challenging repertoire on hand for those people - sometimes friends whom I'd still like to entertain - who aren't going to respond to a classical piece, particularly on a first listen.

Last edited by The Hound; 07/17/13 07:05 AM.
#2119074 - 07/17/13 12:55 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: JoelW]  
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 6,732
Orange Soda King Offline
6000 Post Club Member
Orange Soda King  Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 6,732
Louisville, Kentucky, United S...
Originally Posted by JoelW
The only people I care about entertaining are those who enjoy classical.


I agree, though, I'll still be down to entertain other people that will throw me money..

#2119078 - 07/17/13 01:09 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: Orange Soda King]  
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,446
Derulux Offline
5000 Post Club Member
Derulux  Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,446
Philadelphia
Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
Originally Posted by JoelW
The only people I care about entertaining are those who enjoy classical.


I agree, though, I'll still be down to entertain other people that will throw me money..

Yeah, if your goal is to be a professional "lounge" (meaning, dinner, piano bar, cruise, band, etc) pianist, then you've got to play whatever makes people throw money. What that genre is varies greatly depending on the gig, so you really need a big block of "standard" repertoire.


Every day we are afforded a new chance. The problem with life is not that you run out of chances. In the end, what you run out of are days.
#2119081 - 07/17/13 01:18 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: JoelW]  
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 20,643
BruceD Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
BruceD  Offline

Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2001
Posts: 20,643
Victoria, BC
Originally Posted by JoelW
The only people I care about entertaining are those who enjoy classical.


Each of us has his own taste, of course, but I get considerable pleasure out of playing my own arrangements of standard popular tunes from the first half of the last century, and many people seem to enjoy that kind of music who don't enjoy classical.

What I like about playing that type of music is :
- I never play the same song [1] exactly the same way twice
- I am freed from playing every note exactly as written
- I can experiment with harmonies and chord progressions even as I play
- (some) people who have heard me play only classical are quite surprised that I can play "pop" standards
- many enjoy this type of music.
- it's fun!

[1] Yes, I mean "song," as in popular standards originally written to be sung smile

Regards,


BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190
#2119083 - 07/17/13 01:23 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: JoelW]  
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 13,837
Kreisler Offline
Kreisler  Offline


Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 13,837
Iowa City, IA
Originally Posted by JoelW
The only people I care about entertaining are those who enjoy classical.


Less competition for the rest of us! laugh


"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)

www.pianoped.com
www.youtube.com/user/UIPianoPed
#2119109 - 07/17/13 02:20 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: BruceD]  
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,446
Derulux Offline
5000 Post Club Member
Derulux  Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,446
Philadelphia
Originally Posted by BruceD

- I never play the same song [1] exactly the same way twice

Oooh.... ooooohhh!

Quote
[1] Yes, I mean "song," as in popular standards originally written to be sung smile

Oh...




I agree. I like to play improv and mess around with a piece. It's a nice break from having to be note-perfect "according to the score". (Ugh, let's not go there.) Lead sheets are a ton of fun, though I'm not great at it. I can invent something from it, but whether people actually want to listen to that something is an entirely different story!


Every day we are afforded a new chance. The problem with life is not that you run out of chances. In the end, what you run out of are days.

Moderated by  Brendan, Kreisler 

Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World)
our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, Digital Piano Dolly, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping* on Jansen Artist Piano Benches, Cocoweb Piano Lamps, Hidrau Hydraulic Piano Benches
(*free shipping within contiguous U.S. only)
(ad)
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad)
Pianoteq
PianoTeq 6 Out now
(ad)
Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restorations and sales
ad
Pierce Piano Atlas


New Topics - Multiple Forums
When people think the composer is someone else
by Mark_C. 09/25/17 06:48 PM
The Fourth
by Goof. 09/25/17 05:18 PM
The Secret Life of Pianos
by Grandman. 09/25/17 02:32 PM
What makes me play too loudly?
by Beemer. 09/25/17 08:21 AM
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics182,019
Posts2,660,083
Members88,889
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
(ad)
Accu-Tuner
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Check It Out!
There's a lot more to Piano World than just the forums.
Click Here to
Explore The Rest of Piano World!!
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers


 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0