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#976852 - 12/05/08 02:12 AM December Bar  
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Woot first time I get to start a bar laugh

Got home tired from work and recorded this on first try...not trying for anything really, just a relaxing thing to do after a long day. Short and sweet, hopefully somewhat like the original...

http://www.box.net/shared/1gflvunkza


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#976853 - 12/05/08 07:24 AM Re: December Bar  
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Hi Van,

A very enjoyable listen - well played also. The LH part sounded quite tricky.
p.s. what is the name of the piece - I like it

#976854 - 12/05/08 08:02 AM Re: December Bar  
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Van - Very nice! That is a Paul McCartney tune isn't it?


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#976855 - 12/05/08 08:12 AM Re: December Bar  
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Hey Van, very nice...

Like b528nf7, I think I know it, but can't place it...(not a comment on your playing but on my memory or lack thereof).

TOTALLY OFF TOPIC....

Anyone else see Bill's name (b528nf7) and think of Sharon? It gets me every time.


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#976856 - 12/05/08 10:42 AM Re: December Bar  
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Thanks guys, it's Love by John Lennon. There's a second verse and a couple of iterations, lol I should stop being lazy and sit down and do the piece in entirety. The LH is a pretty simple arp in the original, Euan, this is just how I improvised :p


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#976857 - 12/05/08 11:16 AM Re: December Bar  
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Excellent playing Van. I like the mood you created, perfect for the song. It was nice and relaxed, smooth, and had a great subtle rolling feel you created with dynamics and accents.

Great job.


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#976858 - 12/05/08 03:14 PM Re: December Bar  
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Beautifully played. Very snooth and soothing, Thanks for sharing. Gaby Tu

#976859 - 12/05/08 03:16 PM Re: December Bar  
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Whoops, that was Smooth, not snooth. Gotta watch what I type. Gaby Tu

#976860 - 12/05/08 04:24 PM Re: December Bar  
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I'll jump in. Here is a cover of a 1971 Don McLean tune.

Vincent


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#976861 - 12/05/08 06:21 PM Re: December Bar  
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Van, where have you been?

#976862 - 12/05/08 07:03 PM Re: December Bar  
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Van, that was easy on the ears - really good mood and feeling throughout. And a great song.

Bill, excellent, beautifully done. Yet another McLean song that really grabs me, even though I'm a bit mystified by the lyrics. Can we look forward to American Pie next month? BTW, where's your little friend this month?


My piece is George Gershwin's Prelude II. I have always loved this piece, and used to play a very simplified version by ear. When I asked my teacher if he had an easy-piano arrrangement I might be able to play, he pulled out the original Gershwin score and encouraged me to tackle it. I had to simplify it a bit, since I only have two hands, and only five fingers on each! The center section (rhythmic part) is played cross-handed, which was a new experience for me.

http://www.box.net/shared/hojkxo96ob

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#976863 - 12/05/08 07:34 PM Re: December Bar  
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Riddler/Ed - Fantastic! You captured the bluesy, syncopated style of this piece perfectly. Nice job with the tricky rhythms.

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BTW, where's your little friend this month?
She was hiding upstairs - I think she has given up trying to stop me from playing.


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#976864 - 12/05/08 10:25 PM Re: December Bar  
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Bill, I have always thought that this piece, which I always thought was called Starry Night, was very sad and moving. Your version is quite nice (even though you left out a good deal of the piece) laugh .


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#976865 - 12/05/08 10:28 PM Re: December Bar  
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Van, that is very enjoyable. At first I thought it was going to be Wayfaring Stranger. The intro bears a certain resemblance. I am not familiar with the song, but I like it. thumb


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#976866 - 12/05/08 10:31 PM Re: December Bar  
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Riddler, I have tried to play this piece, and I know those rhythms are devilishly tricky. You did a great job on it.


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#976867 - 12/06/08 12:16 AM Re: December Bar  
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These were all great!

But Riddler - I aspire to this kind of music some day. I'm at the piddlin' around with honky-tonk and a little western swing stage, but this was terrific.

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#976868 - 12/06/08 01:52 AM Re: December Bar  
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Wow, everyone sounds fantastic this month so far. thumb Bill, I'm really impressed how you're able to sing and play so well all at the same time.. Not many people can accompany themselves like that. smile

Well, hope nobody minds another sentimental old ballad:

Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme)
http://www.box.net/shared/gzere4zl3p

Note: I held off on adding in the strings until the end of the song. laugh

#976869 - 12/06/08 08:55 AM Re: December Bar  
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Elssa - lovely piece beautifully played - where did you say you used to play professionally? wink

Dennis - really nice that you comment on everyone's efforts, but aren't you overdue for a submission of your own? smile

Question: when I click on the "play" button in Box I've started getting this message: "Stack full at line 16" and the piece won't play (I have to download to listen). Does anyone know what this means and what to do about it?

Regards, JF


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#976870 - 12/06/08 10:07 AM Re: December Bar  
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Elssa - This is Awesome - I hate to use that overworked word but in this case it is appropriate. Your playing has a harp-like quality that is really unique and beautiful.


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#976871 - 12/06/08 04:40 PM Re: December Bar  
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Van - you created a beautiful and moving mood. Too short though!

Bill - Out of all your pieces to date (and I missed several piano bars), I like this best. May be it's the high bell like RH, or some of the low LH bass notes, or may be it's the more sentimental mood you put in - you pulled me into this performance more than any other. I also quite like that you happened to not be looking at the camera. (May be you just had to look at the score continuously for this one! :p )

Riddler - very cool harmony and rhythm.


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#976872 - 12/06/08 04:41 PM Re: December Bar  
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Anyone else see Bill's name (b528nf7) and think of Sharon? It gets me every time.
Now that you mentioned it, I won't be able to see Bill's name withOUT thinking of Sharon!


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#976873 - 12/06/08 11:40 PM Re: December Bar  
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Elssa, as usual, you sound like a full orchestra, and a good one at that, expertly conducted. You really have mastered the art of adding fills in all the empty spaces, and your endings are perfect.

To me, Bill's name, b528nf7, looks like something out of the random character generator I use to create passwords.

Pardon my ignorance - can't help asking - who is Sharon?

Thanks to all for listening and for the kind comments.

Ed


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#976874 - 12/07/08 01:03 AM Re: December Bar  
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hi friends...
seems like time is accelerating for me lately..
a day feels like an hour

this is an audio painting, and perhaps I added too many colors..
http://www.box.net/shared/r2lit6agv2

wanted to seewhat it would feel like to play guitars.... not sre this works either
http://www.box.net/shared/k6iklr7anr


-cheers!!!
#976875 - 12/07/08 02:41 AM Re: December Bar  
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- really nice that you comment on everyone's efforts, but aren't you overdue for a submission of your own? smile
Regards, JF [/b]
Indeed, it is. I promise you will have to suffer through one soon, I hope. laugh


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#976876 - 12/07/08 02:42 AM Re: December Bar  
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What's up everyone! Long time no see(or in this case talk to lol)! I know it's been ages since I posted anything, and sad to say, my piano playing has been put aside for most of the year due to my nursing school. I still do try to play just to try to keep the rust away as much as possible. Anyways, just wanted to drop by and post a quick song I managed to record today.

It's from the anime Bleach, and is entitled "Going Home." It was originally meant to be played on the guitar, but I found it sounds decent on the piano too lol! Anyways enjoy!

Going Home

#976877 - 12/07/08 03:10 AM Re: December Bar  
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Nicely played z32 and it's good to see some posts from you again.

I bet it sounds nice on guitar too, but I guess that's another forum!


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Anyways, just wanted to drop by and post a quick song I managed to record today.

It's from the anime Bleach, and is entitled "Going Home."

Going Home
Nice piece z32 - enjoyed that.

2 questions: (1) are you the z32 who posted a number of recorded pieces from Alfred Book 2 on the OP of that thread? If so, they were very well played! (2) fearing that I'm showing how far out of the loop I am, what is anime ?

Regards, JF


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#976879 - 12/07/08 09:03 AM Re: December Bar  
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z32 - I'm not familiar with this tune but I like the romantic feel and emotion of the piece and your performance. Very well played!

Is the echo a function of your DP settings or did you add it to the recording?


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#976880 - 12/07/08 01:15 PM Re: December Bar  
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Thanks for the comments everyone! Glad you enjoyed it!

To JF, yea those were my pieces in the Alfred's thread(thx again for the kind words), and anime is short for animation, which is the term used to describe animated shows originating from Japan.

To b528nf7, yep those settings are all directly from my DP. I use a "Hall" setting to make that sound.

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Gaffster,
Hi, it's been a while - I've missed several piano bars.
I don't know what "drone-ship" means, but it's a very interesting piece. It's quite mesmerizing.
Very dynamic and high energy "guitar" piece. I especially like the harmonies around the 1:00 point. But then around 1:10 the whole piece suddenly transformed to something else and I didn't get it!

Z32 - very happy to hear your playing again. You always make everything sound so wonderful, expresive and professional.


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