The Great American Songbook Themed Recital is now open for submissions!

The Great American Songbook is the loosely defined canon of American popular songs and jazz standards of the first half of the 20th century, principally created for Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musical film in the United States, but also sheet music publishers like Tin Pan Alley.

Think broadway shows, musical films, early jazz and blues, even early rock and roll. The cut-off dates are about 1900 to 1959. This includes music as diverse as Scott Joplin and Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter.

The rules:
1) You must decide if your choice fits the theme. Ask for advice in this thread.
2) Any skill level! This is the Adult Beginners Forum, after all.
3) Duplicate pieces will be allowed, since there is hardly a standard way to perform these pieces.
4) Multiple submissions are allowed, for instance several pieces with a similar theme or from the same composer or musical. Be creative!

The recital will be posted sometime on Thursday, July 15, 2021, which means that submissions must be in by 6:00 AM US Eastern Standard Time, Thursday, July 15, 2021. 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.

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 are 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.

Submitting Your Recording:

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:

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.

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.}

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

The recital 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.

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 member's problems.

Looking forward to hearing the recital!


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