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Hello! The Dec Piano Bar has dropped off the leader board already! I remember this tune. Sung in Pentecostal Churches by the oldest members surviving . . .who were heavily influenced by the 1904 "Revival" which spread throughout the Western world followed by the upheaval of war. . . the merry sound of out of tune pianos (I had to play one, lol it was a shocker) which didn`t sound bad at the back of the room!
You really got into that well, lass! A "pop" classic of yesteryear, paves the way for much more recent stuff. Way ahead of it`s time in it`s simplicity and concept. Enjoyed greatly! . . AND you got all those comments on Youtube! I`m insanely jealous!
Ladypayne, a great performance of that wonderful hymn.
Candlelightpiano, very well played and that grand looks good. About how to make the preview, just click the fifth button from the left on the posting form and paste the YouTube link in the text box that pops up.
This song is titled –“Winter Light" and was the first song I wanted to learn on Piano. The score is from the movie the “The Secret Garden “at MusicNotes .com I am now learning the original score, which is beautiful -composed by Zbigniew Priesner “Winter light.” Someone very nice who I’ve know for a long time told me his name is pronounced Ziegtiev,(ZIEGTIV) with a “T” not “B”. And no WAH for the “W” I do regret the poor video quality but my camcorder works best in daylight, and I have to convert the “vid” to upload for dial up. Please comment,- positive or negative It is played on a Casio PX 100 thru a Marantz amplifier then directly to Dell computer. No music effects or editing (nor video) .
I've just found this thread and had a listen. LadyPayne, I wish I could play so freely - but I know it takes a lot of practise.What a lovely view you have. I'd be there all day if I could. Candlelightpiano, that was so beautiful and full of peacefulness. Here in Kelowna B.C. it was -10 c 4 pm today and dropping. I'ts not supposed to get that cold right here!
I've been working on this piece for some time now, and was going to submit it for the last recital but it wasn't ready. Anyways I had to play this piece for my final exam two days ago. Unfortunately I wont be taking piano lessons anymore, but I had fun with them for the past year. As always I recorded the piece with my cell phone.
That was lovely, Augustina. Lots of spirit. It brought back memories of playing Clementi long, long ago. I hope you'll keep playing piano even if you're not taking lessons anymore. You play beautifully.
Pianonewbie1, this was good, I definitely notice improvement. Candlelightpiano, nice performance of Ave Maria. Augustina, that was very good, a lively piece.
Decided to put up a classic I've been working on, Can't Help Falling In Love, before turning to Christmas stuff. Without the bridge though, still having trouble with the chords therein. Recorded with an electric piano voice, no pedal, tried it first, but felt the sound became overwhelming.
Truly enjoyable to listen to, the winter sparrows outside are likely chirping to your elegantl playing of “Ave Maria”. I heard the ending dynamics very well, whether they were your‘s or marked on the score, it was swell. (Applause, Applause)
It is exciting to see so many great entries this month!
candlelightpiano - That was a great performance of Ave Maria! I like how you manage to play so smooth and with so much emotion. Great job! About two years ago, when I just got started with playing the piano again, I recorded this piece with a friend who plays the trumpet. Here is our interpretation of this lovely piece of music:
Thank you Amaruk. Even though Can't Help... has some tricky chord changes, it't quite regularly structured and treble and bass are not completely out of proportion with each other, unlike some of the Beatles tunes I've been studying. They often have such an irregular right hand, that I always mix up. At least when the melody is included.
Wonderful rendition of Ave Maria, from you and your partner. I love your videos, it always makes the listening more enjoyable to put in a good video with the song. That's why they invented music videos I guess!
Musically excellent to me , the trumpet gives it a different feel, (than an solo organ or piano) I have heard it played duet like this at a wedding,-and it wasn’t military. (first son getting married kind of thing) The music video is artistically provocative. Super cool video, and juxtaposition of themes. Somehow it gave me a breath of fresh thinking (air) Thank you.
Shared my video on Facebook and a good friend of mine, who is an experienced keyboard/piano player, was inspired to put up this tutorial video of how to use the pedal (which I must shamefully admit I skipped altogether in my performance!) Thought I'd share, if it helps anyone.
Augustin[b][/b]a I`m sat in the drawing room of this country house; it`s Sunday and I`ve had a fine meal and am pleasantly inebriated on port wine (damn this gout lol) whilst the beautiful daughter of the host is playing piano. That`s you, of course. Truly delightful! Bravo! More! (host moves over and whispers "Shut up Peter; the Bishop`s here . . .) Lovely performance! Bravo! More . . .
Elssa, that was very lovely, Waltz Of Two Flowers.
Just have to let this link follow, it came up as a related video on YouTube. A duo of the same piece, it's amazing how they play it in perfect unison. Obviously not beginners, but what makes it special to me, is that this is a performance in Dunkers Kulturshus (house of culture.) It's played at the Helsingborg Piano Festival. This house of culture is close to where I live and I've been there a few times, though not at a piano concert.
Last Friday, 12/6, my piano professor had scheduled a recital of his secondary students (of which I am one). However, it was canceled due to the ice storm that was due to hit us that day.
It was rescheduled for last evening, but due to an email mixup I didn't get word until it was too late and had to miss.
Here's the email I sent to my professor and the other participants in the recital.
I was supposed to be in the recital last night, but due to email mixups I wasn’t able to be there. Too bad for me since I was really looking forward to hearing each of you as well as playing for you.
This crazy thing called music… we work hard and it’s important to share what we do, warts and all.
After I got home, I decided to record my part of the program with the provision that no matter what happened (the warts part), I would post it on youtube and send each of you a link. My son Gavin and his friend Zach Michaud showed up unexpectedly, so along with my partner Greg I had an ‘audience’ and made them suffer through it!
(btw, sorry for the iPad recording… one of these days I’ll get a better setup… you hear clipping on the peaks in this)
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Thanks, Amaruk. Yes, I always make up my own arrangements.. Sometimes I play by ear and other times might take a basic lead sheet and reharmonize the chords, add in runs & fills, etc. I really enjoyed your "Ave Maria" - cool arrangement and video, as always!
I loved your "Ave Maria", too, Candlelightpiano.. beautiful flow - mesmerizing to listen to.
TheodorN: That was a terrific version of my favorite Elvis song.
Woodog: What a terrific performance, warts and all. It wouldn't be as human without the warts, frankly, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to you, especially at 6:06 at the crashing chords! Made the whole piece seem more human, which is what Beethoven was to me, the most human of all composers, the greatest composer of all time. You did justice to the great man!
I had to put it up as it was because I have a tendency to shy away from playing in public, even though I've been in bands and a church musician for EVER. Go figure...
It's a strange mixture of wanting to share the music, but getting freaked out the minute I think anyone might be listening. Don't know if that makes sense or not... but it's certainly NOT a healthy way to go about this music thing.
That's another reason I was looking forward to the recital, because I had braced myself, psyched myself up and was feeling good about being able to play for my fellow students, knowing that there would be mistakes, knowing that I would get nervous, rush, whatever, and feeling okay about that too. It was a good feeling and I was so bummed out that I didn't get to go through with it.
So when my son showed up with his friend unexpectedly - and both of them are anything BUT classical music buffs, LOL... I figured that was the next best thing, to record it and send it to the folks who were in the recital as well as my teacher.
again, thanks for the compliment! made me grin inwardly today!
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Lady Payne- beautiful Candlelight= for some reason I couldn’t see Canon- Pianonewbi1- Winter Light is one of my favorite pieces. You played it very well Ave Maria- this is a very pretty piece and you play it so well. TheodorN- Can’t Help Falling in Love- you played very well Elssa- Waltz of the Flowers- lovely!:) Woodog- you played it very well!
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After a long break, I've finally decided to upload another video. I'm the proud owner of a Yamaha P105 portable piano, which is a decent upgrade from another Yamaha keyboard (that didn't have full piano keys).
A short background about me: almost 3 years of piano (mostly self taught), and in the last couple of months I've been learning to read sheet music, with the help of a piano teacher
Thanks, Augustina, on my Ave Maria. Really appreciate your kind comments.
Tequilla85: Beautiful rendition of River Flows in You. You have a lovely touch. Maybe it could be a tad bit faster in the middle section but otherwise, it's definitely getting there. For someone who is only learning to read music, you're doing fabulous. Plenty of notes to read in this piece! Keep the music coming!
Chopin Op 28 No 4. I was more concerned about doing the recording than the playing Input would be appreciated, my upright isn't that great, and I'm still not sure I've got the mic setup right. (Fishtank and dog don't help either...)
FATE: You played this tragic piece the way it was supposed to be played! I love Chopin even though many of his works are choked with heartbreak and I love this piece. You played it beautifully, with a lovely singing tone and with great feeling.