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Recital #49 is now open for submissions!

Believe it or not, it’s time for the 49th quarterly “Beginners and Beyond” recital hosted by the Piano World Adult Beginners Forum! smile The recital will be posted some time on the 15th of February, which means that submissions must be in by 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, February 14. Please note this deadline is very firm; I cannot start working on the recital until it is closed, and once it is closed, no new entries can be added.

While any and all styles of music are welcome, we do ask that it be piano related. Only one recording may be submitted per forum member (although that recording may consist of a medley of two or more very short related pieces).

Editing or digital alteration of your performance (other than minor edits such as trimming long silences at the end or beginning of the piece) is counter to the 'live recital' spirit of the AB Forum Recital and is thus strongly discouraged. In any event, any editing should be disclosed in the "additional information" section of the recital submission template.

If you are fairly new to the piano, please do not be intimidated by some of the talent here in the ABF. We all consider ourselves to be beginners even though we may have been playing for some time. And, we LOVE to hear recordings from folks new to the keyboard. So even if you’re on your first Alfred’s method book, we would *really* enjoy hearing from you. heart

Recital submissions must be in MP3 format. The maximum size of the file is 20 MB. We recommend encoding the recording at 192 kbs with a constant bitrate, as that works best with the online streaming player. At that bitrate, a 20 MB file works out to be about 7-9 minutes in length. Your recording will be normalized when placed in the consolidated zip files, but your original link will still be available for those who want it.

If you are new to recording your music, there are several threads in the forum archives that address the ways and means. See the "Important Topics in the AB Forum" thread stickied at the top of the AB forum page. Audacity is an excellent free recording application that can be used.

If you’re new to the forum and the recitals, I encourage you to browse through a few of the past recitals to see what they’re like. An easy way to find past recitals is to use Sam S.’s extremely helpful recital index, located here:

http://recitals.pianoworld.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page


Submitting Your Recording:

We will be using again the absolutely marvelous automatic web-based recital program that mahlzeit wrote for us. You will upload your mp3 file to the recital server as part of the recital submission process.

When you have your mp3 file ready, go to:

http://recitals.pianoworld.com/


and follow the instructions there. Please note that the software does not cope well with international characters, so please convert any such characters to standard American characters. Once you have uploaded your info to the automated recital software, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You will have the opportunity to revise your submission any time up until the deadline. If you have any problems at all using the website, or if you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within a few hours, just PM me. If you have not participated in past recitals using this software, I strongly encourage you to submit your recital piece at least a day in advance in case you run into any problems with it.

The recital website uses the following submission template to be filled out along with your attached music file. You may want to have your responses to these fields prepared in advance so all you have to do is cut and paste:

Performer's Name: {forum ID and real name if you’d like}
Where you are located: {optional}
Avatar image link: {optional}
Experience: {Yrs/Mos of piano playing experience}
Link to YouTube or other video: {optional}
Home page link: {optional}
Title of piece/composer:
Source of music: {sheet music, improvised score, play-by-ear, etc}
Instrument used: {Piano make, keyboard model, etc.}
Recording method: {audacity, Zoom, digital to PC, etc.}
Constructive technical feedback wanted: {Yes/No}
Additional Info: {Your thoughts on the piece, what you had for lunch, etc.}


The due date for all submissions is 9:00 pm US EASTERN STANDARD TIME on February 14, 2017.


Did I mention that the 9:00 pm deadline was firm?

Think "consistency of concrete." smirk

By submitting a piece to the recital, you are certifying that it is a recording of your own performance.

Again, the recital order will be presented in the order the pieces were received, so the sooner you send in your piece, the higher you will be on the list! You can revise your entries on the template (e.g., thoughts about your piece, adding YouTube links, and the like) any time and not lose your place in the recital queue, but if you resubmit your recording at any time, for any reason, you will be bumped to the end of the list.

An AB Forum Recital FAQ thread exists that contains this and other information. Should you have any questions at all on what to do or how to do it, do not hesitate to ask. Remember, there are NO stupid questions, as we have a steady flow of new members in AB Forum for whom this is their first recital, so your questions will probably help to eliminate other members’ problems. Please ask away! smile

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I'm in! Just loaded my first ever recital piece on Piano Forum. WooHoo!

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Originally Posted by Tootles
I'm in! Just loaded my first ever recital piece on Piano Forum. WooHoo!


You might well be in pole position . . . . .


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Originally Posted by peterws
Originally Posted by Tootles
I'm in! Just loaded my first ever recital piece on Piano Forum. WooHoo!


You might well be in pole position . . . . .


No, there's 18 submissions already - you snooze, you loose.

I'll probably be number 61...

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Hi Sam,
I have not recorded in a long time. I went to the link How to Record Your Piano and it did not open. I have a Zoom recorder and Audacitry is loaded on my Mac. I probably need to update that software, and need a refresher on How To.
Thanks,
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I submitted this time; I wasn't planning on it, because my favorite pieces on which I'm working weren't quite ready, but I picked something from a couple months ago and recorded last night.....glad that's over smile. It wasn't my best but I just had to do it and move on. Can't wait to listen to everyone's work!


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My submission went through twice - not sure what happened, can you fix it ? :S

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Originally Posted by salzdt
Hi Sam,
I have not recorded in a long time. I went to the link How to Record Your Piano and it did not open. I have a Zoom recorder and Audacitry is loaded on my Mac. I probably need to update that software, and need a refresher on How To.
Thanks,
Salzdt


When the server got upgraded, I guess we lost that file somewhere. I am not an expert at recording, but this is what I do with my zoom and audacity:

If you have a zoom, then set it up near the piano and hit record. When you are happy with the recording (I know, that never happens), load that file to your computer. I do that by taking out the memory card and inserting it in my laptop, which has a slot for cards. Then open the file with audacity, trim the ends so you just have a clean recording, then export as an mp3 file. I think you need the LAME mp3 library loaded into audacity to do that. That's all you need for the recital - an mp3 file.

Anybody want to volunteer to write a new recording guide?

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Originally Posted by Moo :)
My submission went through twice - not sure what happened, can you fix it ? :S


That's no problem, Monica will fix it...

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ok thank you Monica.

I will draw a smiley face as a thank you.

Here he is:

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Originally Posted by Sam S
Originally Posted by Moo :)
My submission went through twice - not sure what happened, can you fix it ? :S


That's no problem, Monica will fix it...

Sam


Monica is the best!! smile

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Originally Posted by Tootles
I'm in! Just loaded my first ever recital piece on Piano Forum. WooHoo!


You might well be in pole position . . . . .


No, there's 18 submissions already - you snooze, you loose.

I'll probably be number 61...

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Originally Posted by Tootles
I'm in! Just loaded my first ever recital piece on Piano Forum. WooHoo!


welcome to the forum and your first submission Tootles. I am looking forward to hearing such a Lennon/McCartney classic.


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ok thank you Monica.

I will draw a smiley face as a thank you.

Here he is:

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Aw, thanks! Your duplicate submission has been deleted.

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Medden, if you're reading this... your submission is lacking your mp3 file. Let me know if you're having a problem uploading it and need me to do that for you.

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Originally Posted by Sam S
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I'm in! Just loaded my first ever recital piece on Piano Forum. WooHoo!


You might well be in pole position . . . . .


No, there's 18 submissions already - you snooze, you loose.

I'll probably be number 61...

Sam


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Hi Sam,
I have not recorded in a long time. I went to the link How to Record Your Piano and it did not open. I have a Zoom recorder and Audacitry is loaded on my Mac. I probably need to update that software, and need a refresher on How To.
Thanks,
Salzdt


When the server got upgraded, I guess we lost that file somewhere. I am not an expert at recording, but this is what I do with my zoom and audacity:

If you have a zoom, then set it up near the piano and hit record. When you are happy with the recording (I know, that never happens), load that file to your computer. I do that by taking out the memory card and inserting it in my laptop, which has a slot for cards. Then open the file with audacity, trim the ends so you just have a clean recording, then export as an mp3 file. I think you need the LAME mp3 library loaded into audacity to do that. That's all you need for the recital - an mp3 file.

Anybody want to volunteer to write a new recording guide?

Sam



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I don't have time to write such a guide right now, although I think it would be very useful! Here's a couple of links I found doing a quick "zoom audacity how to" google search that might be useful:

https://snapguide.com/guides/use-a-zoom-h4n-handy-recorder/

https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tutorial_editing_an_existing_file.html

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Sam,
Thank you, I will have to play around with the Zoom since it's been awhile. I still have Audacity on my Mac from my last recording. I will have to see if it needs updating. Looks like I will need more time and will have to wait until the May recital.
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Originally Posted by Sam S
Originally Posted by salzdt
Hi Sam,
I have not recorded in a long time. I went to the link How to Record Your Piano and it did not open. I have a Zoom recorder and Audacitry is loaded on my Mac. I probably need to update that software, and need a refresher on How To.
Thanks,
Salzdt


When the server got upgraded, I guess we lost that file somewhere. I am not an expert at recording, but this is what I do with my zoom and audacity:

If you have a zoom, then set it up near the piano and hit record. When you are happy with the recording (I know, that never happens), load that file to your computer. I do that by taking out the memory card and inserting it in my laptop, which has a slot for cards. Then open the file with audacity, trim the ends so you just have a clean recording, then export as an mp3 file. I think you need the LAME mp3 library loaded into audacity to do that. That's all you need for the recital - an mp3 file.

Anybody want to volunteer to write a new recording guide?

Sam


I vaguely recalled a guide that ShiroKuro compiled years ago; I've just dug around and found the thread:

Zoom guide

I know it helped me.


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