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Re: "Great American Songbook" Themed Recital Discussion thread
Sam S #2419998 05/13/15 08:35 AM
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Albunea,

I agree with the others that creating your own good sounding arrangement from a lead sheet only is quite a big task for a beginner.

When I was first starting out and wanted to learn some GAS songs, I found
this book of 71 "easy piano" standards
to have simplest, but still good sounding arrangements. (If you buy it, be careful it has "easy piano" in the description...there's another version for voice,guitar,and keyboards that I can't vouch for) Most of the arrangements are just a tad easier than those found in the various books of easy piano arrangements by Dan Coates (also quite good).

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Thank you, Jim. Easy arrangements sounds good. smile

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Bumping back up near the top of the list of threads. Discuss your plans here - you haven't forgotten about this recital have you?

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I haven't! laugh I've got my own melody and know I can't do chords because I would never be able to make it sound nice. My pianist friend read a bit from a score and she automatically could make it sound nice.

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Greener, I hope you are preparing "What are you doing the rest of your life"!!! smile

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Sam, a quick question -- I've completed recording of all my intended submissions, and presently have each one in MP3 format on Box.com, as well as the TASCAM originals, in WAV format, on my private computer Will it be a relatively simple task to upload these into the format you use on the PW site? If I recall, I had trouble figuring out how to upload from Box.com when I participated in the special Schumann recital, and so it might be worthwhile spelling that out for the many folks who are submitting for the September recital.

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Funny, I'd just been working on this before I read from you, Albunea. Thank you. I have more work remaining with this one as I haven't got to figuring out all of the final section, or a decent accompaniment for all of it. Also, I am missing a line of the arrangement entirely which hasn't helped. It's my Dad's arrangement and hopefully very pretty when done.

EDIT: Tim, I can assure you it is super easy to upload MP3's directly from PC. You will need mp3's also on personal device, of course.

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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Sam, a quick question -- I've completed recording of all my intended submissions, and presently have each one in MP3 format on Box.com, as well as the TASCAM originals, in WAV format, on my private computer Will it be a relatively simple task to upload these into the format you use on the PW site? If I recall, I had trouble figuring out how to upload from Box.com when I participated in the special Schumann recital, and so it might be worthwhile spelling that out for the many folks who are submitting for the September recital.


Tim, we'll be using the ABF recital software. Basically you fill out a form and upload your mp3 as the last step. If you can't get it to work I can grab your recording and upload it for you - when the time comes.

It's great that you are ready early! Looking forward to hearing it.

Sam

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I finally located an arrangement that is neither fabulously complicated nor mind numbingly simple; in other words it is at a suitably challenging level for me. It looks okay, is rather long, and has several key changes.

So I've started and hope to have some fun with it.


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I've almost learned the melody and block chords for mine, but Weds I'm going over to a singer-friend's house and we're going to do GASB stuff. So if it kind of works out maybe I'll do comp and she can sing on a recording! That would be a treat. But playing for a singer is a lot of work, so we'll have to see how it goes . . .

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Less than a month until the deadline! Less than 2 weeks to when you can submit your piece!

Submissions will open Sept 1st, and close in the evening (Georgia, USA time) Sept 14th. Recital goes live on Sept 15th.

Guess I should start practicing my piece!

Sam

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Yesterday my clarinet player and I did a first test recording for the sound - lots of mistakes but not too horrible! It's amazing how playing with someone forces you to go on without stopping and without thinking too much. When I grow up I want to be an accompanist! grin

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Originally Posted by sinophilia
Yesterday my clarinet player and I did a first test recording for the sound - lots of mistakes but not too horrible! It's amazing how playing with someone forces you to go on without stopping and without thinking too much. When I grow up I want to be an accompanist! grin


I'm very familiar with the problems of the accompanist, since I also play with my wife the clarinetist. I have a hard enough time playing solo, so I don't know why I think I can play with her, but I do the best I can. We've played in public at teacher recitals 5 or 6 times now - I have not yet had an error free performance, but I have gotten better at not stopping and recovering from errors.

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Originally Posted by Sam S
Less than a month until the deadline! Less than 2 weeks to when you can submit your piece!

Submissions will open Sept 1st, and close in the evening (Georgia, USA time) Sept 14th. Recital goes live on Sept 15th.

Guess I should start practicing my piece!

Sam


I have a recording I'm already happy with but there are always improvements to be made so I'll keep going for now!


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I made a trip to the copy center and copied the music so I can avoid the page turn - that's progress of a sort. No I no longer have that as an excuse not to record something!

Sam

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I am working hard on my submission but it is not behaving! I've been trying to record and can't complete the piece without 1 to 3 to 5 big errors popping up.

Hmmm, I guess I should slow down.


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I thought this piece would come back rather quickly, but no... I struggle with many spots and I don't know where I get the time to work on this while also having many projects with my teacher. But giving up is not an option!

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I thought this piece would come back rather quickly, but no... I struggle with many spots and I don't know where I get the time to work on this while also having many projects with my teacher. But giving up is not an option!


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I have a recording that doesn't have any major errors in it. It also doesn't have much personality, I'm definitely hoping for something with a bit more sparkle, but it's great to have *something* in the bag!


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Originally Posted by Sam S
Less than a month until the deadline! Less than 2 weeks to when you can submit your piece!

Submissions will open Sept 1st, and close in the evening (Georgia, USA time) Sept 14th. Recital goes live on Sept 15th.

Guess I should start practicing my piece!

Sam


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