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Re: July Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2749967
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Excellent, Greener! smile

Not sure what you mean by making bobbles or mistakes... I certainly didn't notice any. Also, I observed a great deal of relaxation, comfort and confidence as you played. You are certainly NOT a beginner by any means. smile

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Re: July Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2750181
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Greener - Breaking up is hard to do Oh, this is interesting. You have converted this song into a slow Swing number with strides. I never thought the piece could be played in this manner. Wonderful, although I could not sing along "Comma, comma, dum doobe doo dum dum", sigh. I learned from Wikipedia that Sedaka re-recorded the song at a slower tempo in 1975.

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Thank you, Gents. Yes, true enough, I didn't pay much or any attention to the original or the singing of it. I listened to it once. Rather, just came across a couple of old lead sheets and thought this would make for a fun instrumental and stride seemed to fit well enough. It has an interesting enough built in moving bass line with the natural progression I thought. So still, lots more could be done with it for sure and maybe could try to incorporate the dum doobe doo dum dum at some point. You're right, there is no place for it in this version. I suppose it would be important for some in recognizing the piece. Currently, in my rep. now, it is just another stride piece.

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Re: July Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2750237
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Great to have a few more submissions!

Riddler -- I'm pretty sure that Jerome Kern conceived "The Song Is You" as one of those effusively romantic songs sung in a semi-operatic style. I, however, always have preferred this in a gently swinging Jazz format, because the chord changes are so ingenious and interesting, particularly in the bridge. Your own take on this justly deserved American Songbook standard tends to gravitate towards the latter style, which is for me greatly appreciated.

Glen R -- I think the second take on George's piece is a very nice enhancement -- it somehow makes it feel a little more three-dimensional.

Greener -- Neil
Sedaka is one I particularly remember as writing several hits using a bubble-gum Pop style in the late 50s-early 60s -- and "Breaking Up..." was one of his biggest. Later on, he began to write in a more cocktail-lounge style with Jazz chord changes and rhythmic feel, and simply adapted some of his early hits into that style. If I recall, he and his daughter put out one of these revised versions, enjoying some commercial success in that venture. Good composer, good pianist.

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Re: July Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2750287
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This could be my first post in the ABF. I really like the idea/purpose of this thread both for finding new music/genres and as a motivation to actually record piano performances more often. I'm not sure the song fits the current submissions so far but it is a romantic song from a musical/movie released this year. The video recording didn't go as well as I wanted due to some audio issue and the actual way I mounted the camera. I'll try and fix these issues for the next recording/upload.




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Re: July Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2750297
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Wow, bravo, Jay017! thumb

Not only was that some very nice piano playing, but you have a really nice, modern, high-tech keyboard recording set-up! Your recording almost sounded like a multi-instrument orchestra!

Enjoyed it much! smile

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Re: July Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2750321
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Jay017 - Never enough Bravo, bravissimo! Your rendition is extraordinarily professional in every way. A marvellous performance with those strings accompanying the piano. I like the tune, too. There is only one issue I would like to raise. I have the perfect pitch (which is not your fault) and after the first seconds I knew the recording is in E-flat major. Then I looked at your hands and saw you were touching the keys of E major. So what happened? Did you change the pitch of your keyboard a half-step down, if so, why?

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Rickster - Thank you smile My digital piano setup is quite improvised. I really enjoyed listening to your blues piano composition. In fact I think it would be really cool if there was a blues / boogie woogie themed piano thread on here sometime.

Pianist685 - Thank you smile I’m glad you like the strings/orchestral accompaniment I written in Cubase and the overall mix. Nicely observed regarding the key. It’s played in E Major and transposed down a semitone to Db. I mentioned this in the YouTube description also. ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ is a very nice composition. I’ve never heard it before, really nicely played.

Tim – I’m not familiar with the ‘Listen to my heart’ composition but it seems to have a Disney vibe about it which I like and is something I would definitely learn. Beautifully played.

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Jazztpt – Wow. I love the chords and different variations/ extensions throughout AnotherSong, the overall arrangement and the piano runs towards the end. I Look forward to listening to more of your compositions.

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Great playing -- you seem to just glide across the keys without having to thinking about it -- I'm jealous smile

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Thanks Tim. While playing it, it feels like the first part (unmodified) is the "lament", my first variation is "oh, maybe it's not so sad", the third part (again, unmodified) is back to being a lament, and then the final variation is a triumphant celebration of victory.

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I agree about the motivation to record performances more often, that's my goal with participating in the Bar!

That's a great piece you played! Sounds like you've layered strings with piano, but there's also another bit in there that sounds like your computer is "playing" -- I'm assuming sending Midi to your keyboard?

Quite the computer monitor you've got there! Looks like around 60 inches!


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Re: July Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2750492
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Glen R. - Nice improvisation. It actually sounds quite cinematic to me. Sent you a message about the accompanying orchestral part I wrote. Close enough lol It’s a 55 4K TV

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Glen R, appealing variation, very musical and well-executed.

Greener, what a good swing feel you created on that one. Sounds really relaxed and genuine.

Pianist685, what an awesome composition! I would really like to hear it played live. Love that counterpoint!

Jay017, you have created a very full and rich musical texture. Wonderful music-making! Impressive that you did all that by ear, too.

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Re: July Piano Bar [Re: -Jay-] #2750517
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Originally Posted by Jay017
I’m glad you like the strings/orchestral accompaniment I written in Cubase and the overall mix.
Ah, you are using Cubase. I got a brief introduction to Cubase some months ago, just for fun because I was curious. For those who are not familiar with it: it is a virtual recording studio with very good synthetic sounds that plays any musical score entered; one can also record real instruments and add them to the score and edit the sound of each instrument. There are 2 versions, a relatively cheap "light" version and a more expensive professional one. David Bowie produced his last album with Cubase.

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Riddler - great Bar music with The Song is You, the George Shearning style statement of the tune at the beginning fits perfectly and the little tempo changes make for an interesting arrangment before the full chord two handed style at the end. I have never really tried this one, off to find the lead sheet.

Glen R - welcome to the Bar, nice to hear some new contributers. Love the idea that you changed the music that was written, well played and I look forward to hearing more.

Pianist685 - what a shame your piece has not been performed , a lot or work involved even just writing the music out let alone composing it, its a lively piece and I assume you were quiet young when you wrote it which highlights your musical talent. Curious to know what it was that would ruin a violinist's technique, the speed of those 6ths possibly? Thanks for sharing I really like hearing original compositions.

Greener - Great playing on this, you look and sound so relaxed , loved the stride section, it transformed the pop song into something quiet different. One of your best I think.

Jay017 - welcome to the Bar, Impressive playing and production , pretty much perfect in everyway. I dabbled with midi about 25 years ago using a Yamaha SY35 synth connected to an Atari computer which had 1meg of on board memory ( the good old days lol ). I would be interested to know what equipment you have in your setup and to hear more of your music.

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jazztpt -- ................... I liked your second submission quite a bit more -- that type of song is really the music I would attempt to write if I had the energy and inclination to do so. How is it classified? I've seen it in both Jazz and New Age sections of CD stores, but for me neither one quite fits.

Tim - I am a big fan of Keith Jarrett and John Taylor ( a British Pianist who sadly died in 2015) and I would say they have influenced me more than anyone, at least as far as writing goes. At times both of them sit between what would (likely)be called Jazz and Classical music (but never stray into the New Age label IMO). Another Song is not really jazz but certainly comes from the jazz end of things, mainly I suppose because that's where I am coming from.

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Re: July Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2751478
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Originally Posted by jazztpt
Jay017 - welcome to the Bar, Impressive playing and production , pretty much perfect in everyway. I dabbled with midi about 25 years ago using a Yamaha SY35 synth connected to an Atari computer which had 1meg of on board memory ( the good old days lol ). I would be interested to know what equipment you have in your setup and to hear more of your music.


Thanks for the positive feedback jazztpt smile

Regarding your question, sure, Ill let you know soon.

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Should have re-recorded this but I’ll post it anyway.

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