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Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? #2799887
01/08/19 09:17 PM
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I realize this is a bit bold of me, but I have often wondered about the great players, of all genres, that attend this forum. We don't know who they are. We don't get to enjoy their talents. So I am thinking I will throw down a challenge to perhaps get some of these talented folks to come forward and show their stuff. And to make it a little more fun ( and slightly tongue in cheek) I will make it competitive. I am the best player on PianoWorld!

I might be the best original improviser here. Don't laugh! I might be. I might even be one of the best players in these parts ( can you beat this guy! Who the F does he think he is!). Anyway, I feel sheepish about this but I will plunge ahead, for the sake of us all hearing some of you who think you are better than me! I know one jazz guy who is sure he is better than me. Dave Frank might be better.
..... anyway, I welcome all challengers, and for each serious contender I suggest several pieces entered. I offer two I did in the last three days, but if necessary will demonstrate more.

Don't think of me as the best, think of me as the fool you hit with a baseball who falls in a tub of water. Even I feel better looking at it like that. Really I just want to hear some of the fabulous players who must be here. And if no one takes me up on my challenge this thread will simply fade away and none of us will be any the wiser.

( and please don't tell me music isn't a competition. Especially when competitions are mentioned in this forum's description! I will gladly acknowledge those who are better, but so far I am it! And yes, these are not just piano pieces, but all the parts are generated from the original midi piano track) Good luck out there in Pianoland. Come and get me!

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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799892
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I am Spartacus.

Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799895
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Some of the world's greatest amateur pianists (and some incredible professional pianists) visit these forums.

I'm not one of them!

That being said, in a boorish sort of way I like the idea of this thread just to have samples from all the best players available in one place for listening. But I think a lot of the best will be too sheepish to participate!

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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799897
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There are four or five members of this forum who I have heard and would easily qualify as among the best...


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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799898
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I'm impressed––your improvisations are really good and your fingers are fast smile Well here's my latest original piano piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpZqgxf_d1E

Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799899
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This reminds me of when I, as an early intermediate (or possibly advanced beginner) tennis player joined a ladder tournament in Atlanta. I was randomly placed 2nd, and immediately challenged by someone I didn't know (I actually didn't know anyone). Well, this guy was a division 1 tennis player, and to say he beat me doesn't do the story justice. I basically couldn't even return one serve, win one point. It was a little demoralizing.


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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799902
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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799903
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The actual point of that scene in the movie is that the bad guys wanted to kill Spartacus, and all the good guys claimed to be him..... I hope that's not really applicable here! ;-)


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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799906
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Off the top of my head, here are a few players I really respect based on previous history and a quick cruising of the members recording forum. And I am 100% positive I am forgetting a bunch of others.

Jeffrey Biegel
Brendan
Luke Jones
CanCakmur
lilp
SiFi
coaster
Ken Iisaka


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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799910
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[quote=IosPlayer][...]I will throw down a challenge to perhaps get some of these talented folks to come forward and show their stuff. And to make it a little more fun [...] I will make it competitive.

I will be the grouch in the crowd and say that to make this a competition among PW contributors to see who is "the best" is somewhat ridiculous; I don't see the fun in it. "The best" by what or whose standards? Who will emcee this show?

Many of "the best" may even stay away from such a sophomoric idea. So, what's the point?


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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799914
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This would be fun .Do not count me in I only play for my husband,my dog and the goldfish .There was a time at university when I thought
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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: BruceD] #2799916
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Originally Posted by BruceD
[quote=IosPlayer][...]I will throw down a challenge to perhaps get some of these talented folks to come forward and show their stuff. And to make it a little more fun [...] I will make it competitive.

I will be the grouch in the crowd and say that to make this a competition among PW contributors to see who is "the best" is somewhat ridiculous; I don't see the fun in it. "The best" by what or whose standards? Who will emcee this show?

Many of "the best" may even stay away from such a sophomoric idea. So, what's the point?
Agree 100%. It's impossible to imagine anyone and especially the best professional pianists making this claim.

Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: computerpro3] #2799922
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Originally Posted by computerpro3
Off the top of my head, here are a few players I really respect based on previous history and a quick cruising of the members recording forum. And I am 100% positive I am forgetting a bunch of others.

Jeffrey Biegel
Brendan
Luke Jones
CanCakmur
lilp
SiFi
coaster
Ken Iisaka

Here's one who definitely needs to be added:

(.....and I was going to say he hasn't been around for a while but, total coincidence, I see that he just posted a recording....)

fnork

Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799923
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Jeffrey Biegel (I'd link his channel, but you can find him all over YouTube)

Those are five superstars of this forum that immediately come to mind. Jack Gibbons also posted here for a brief time, but hasn't in years. A professor at Indiana University also posted here once.

I'm sure there are other accomplished professionals that have posted here... I'm not fully aware of the earlier days of this forum.

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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799925
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Wow, can't edit again (when did the edit time limit shorten so much??) so I'll just make another post to say that I just discovered for myself Luke Jones. Wow, another fantastic talent here.

Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: pianoloverus] #2799929
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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799953
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I'm not keen on making it a competition and finding "the best", but I *would* like to get a better idea of who around here plays on that kind of level. I've come across one or two but would like to know more. And hear/see samples, of course!

Not that it makes much of a difference to how I view people - as long as someone's got a love for the piano, I'll automatically enjoy chatting to them - but it would be nice to know.


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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2799959
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Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: Sibylle] #2799974
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I do love it when forum members compete in competitions that we can follow in real time. I'll always root for them over non-PW people. The Cliburn where we had Coaster. Ken Iisaka and a few more was such fun to follow
So my request to forum members who do participate in these events, is please let us know so we can enjoy cheerleading and feeling connected to your achievements through this community!

Re: Are You The Best Player On PianoWorld? [Re: IosPlayer] #2800043
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I'm pretty sure that if you claim to be the best whatever, then you're not. There is always someone better than you, no matter what area of human endeavor we are talking about.

One forum member that hasn't been mentioned, who has contributed some wonderful recordings here and is a worthy inspiration to the older player, is Tim Adrianson.

Sam

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