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    New piano

    I mentioned on the "best bought / given item 2017" thread that I had bought a new piano. In case anyone is interested in hearing this, I managed to find time to make a recording yesterday evening:

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    Very nice indeed! That's a lovely Steinway and played by a talented pianist... well done you

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    Really enjoyed that.

    Were you improvising or do you have a fair idea of where you're going to go before you start?

    I'll definitely listen to this a few times.

    I must get our upright tuned this year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    Really enjoyed that.

    Were you improvising or do you have a fair idea of where you're going to go before you start?

    I'll definitely listen to this a few times.

    I must get our upright tuned this year...
    Many thanks. This is a written arrangement that I recently put together with a (sparse) improvisation in the middle section.

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    ^Even more impressive.

    It's a beautiful arrangement.

    Thank you for posting.

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    Beautiful!! What a lovely sound and gorgeous arrangement.

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    Lovely looking piano and beautiful playing, thanks for posting that.
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    That's very impressive. I enjoyed it immensely.

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    Many thanks for the kind comments. I put the videos for my own enjoyment but it is nice that others enjoy them too.

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    That's a very nice version of one of my favourite melodies. My wife plays (but not to that standard) so I'll show it to her. Don't suppose you can do one of Autumn Leaves??

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    Beautiful, many thanks.

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    Piano

    Beautifully and musically played on an equally beautiful Piano.

    Thanks for the performance and sharing, I enjoyed that immensely.
    Please play and show more!

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    Many thanks for the kind comments chaps they really are appreciated.

    Quote Originally Posted by brigant View Post
    That's a very nice version of one of my favourite melodies. My wife plays (but not to that standard) so I'll show it to her. Don't suppose you can do one of Autumn Leaves??
    I've played Autumn Leaves many times - I'll consider recording it in the near future.

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    Just to add to the other compliments above, that was excellent. Full of musicality and a pleasure to listen to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BEZELBOY View Post
    Beautifully and musically played on an equally beautiful Piano.

    Thanks for the performance and sharing, I enjoyed that immensely.
    Please play and show more!

    Andy
    Thanks Andy - I have made other YouTube recordings although on an inferior piano and using poorer recording technology:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjZPKBqCi7b5f_TzAVmdfaQ

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    I really enjoyed that, thank you for sharing.

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    Smashing! do you do requests? a bit of Scott Joplin next time

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    Thank you for the kind comments - here is a further recording I made yesterday evening.


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    A rather impromptu on-the fly arrangement and improvisation on a Disney classic (subscribers to my channel always welcome!).


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    Just listened to the first piece, didn't expect myself to want to play through the whole thing but am now going to play through the other two as well.

    Very talented! Is there a watch under that cuff or do you prefer to keep your wrists unweighted?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Complex View Post
    Just listened to the first piece, didn't expect myself to want to play through the whole thing but am now going to play through the other two as well.

    Very talented! Is there a watch under that cuff or do you prefer to keep your wrists unweighted?!
    Many thanks. I tend to hide watches under my jumper and wear a 14060m (4-liner). While I have a small number of other nice watches, I always seem to wear this one - partially because it sits well on my puny wrists!

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    Nice on both counts: playing and piano. You could have bought a nice Patek for that

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    Really enjoyed the latest pieces.

    Hope you upload more - perhaps some organ works as well if you have time? I expect they'd be difficult to record though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier View Post
    Nice on both counts: playing and piano. You could have bought a nice Patek for that
    Thanks - yes (at least!)

    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    Really enjoyed the latest pieces.

    Hope you upload more - perhaps some organ works as well if you have time? I expect they'd be difficult to record though...
    Thanks you. The digital organ is easier to record because it will record direct to disk as played, whereas the piano microphones setup which can takes a little while. Here is an example of one of my organ recordings recorded in this way:


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    Love the piano, if I could play I'd take that over a Patek!

    Not that keen on organ music TBH but I admire your ability - doesn't look easy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Love the piano, if I could play I'd take that over a Patek!

    Not that keen on organ music TBH but I admire your ability - doesn't look easy!
    Thanks - what I would say about church organ music is that - even if you're not religious - hold judgement until you've heard it played live in a large space on a good organ with a great organist. Call into a large cathedral such as St. Paul's before Evensong and listen to the quiet improvisation of the organists and listen to how it moves the building. Both as an organist and listener it can be a marvellous sound and feeling.

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    I love the sound and the especially the feel the low notes make, when you hear an organ played live in a big space.

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    This Thursday is the 88th day of the year and is therefore piano day! By way of my contribution here is a recording I made of Billy Mayerl's "Marigold". Enjoy!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jwillans View Post
    This Thursday is the 88th day of the year and is therefore piano day! By way of my contribution here is a recording I made of Billy Mayerl's "Marigold". Enjoy!

    After a long day that was most pleasant to listen to, thanks for the time and effort to post


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    Quote Originally Posted by LRB255 View Post
    After a long day that was most pleasant to listen to, thanks for the time and effort to post


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    Many thanks!

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    Blimey! We've got some talent in this place, haven't we?

    Interesting to see an organ with 'digital' stops too. Neat.

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    I'd love to hear Widor's Toccata on that digital organ (at the correct speed).

    Widor was 88 when he recorded this.



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    Impressive playing - particularly without moving his arms! I've played Widor's Toccata although not frequently enough to memorise it and page turning is impossible therefore I end up using a tiny score which is not fun. I may record it at some point in the meantime here is someone else's recording using the same technology and sample set (complete with page turner):





    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    I'd love to hear Widor's Toccata on that digital organ (at the correct speed).

    Widor was 88 when he recorded this.



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    Quote Originally Posted by brigant View Post
    That's a very nice version of one of my favourite melodies. My wife plays (but not to that standard) so I'll show it to her. Don't suppose you can do one of Autumn Leaves??


    A trio version I recorded last night of Autumn Leaves. Bonus points awarded to identifying the artists on drum and bass!

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    that is brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron View Post
    that is brilliant.
    Thanks Byron - I'm rather pleased with this latest recording. It is a while since I have done any trio work. The freedom it gives us quite liberating!

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    So so so enjoyable a watch OP. Great. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 200mwaterresistant View Post
    So so so enjoyable a watch OP. Great. Thanks.
    Many thanks!

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    The piano tuner has been - the day is hot - so here is an improvised version of Gershwin's Summertime that I recorded this evening. I hope you enjoy!


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    Fantastic. What a talent. My father used to love, and play in the style of, Oscar Petersen. He's 82 now and fading which is heartbreaking for me to witness.
    Last edited by Skier; 25th July 2018 at 22:32.

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    Op. You Sir, are a very talented man indeed.

    Thank you for taking the time to post those clips, which I have thoroughly enjoyed watching/listening to.

    I would love to have been able to play the piano, which has only really appealed since I was around 35YO. However, my arthritic fingers, total lack of musical talent, lack of available time and predisposition for giving up on things far too quickly mean I am very happy to watch others who can play the piano instead!

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    Many thanks for the kind comments - the more I work with great musicians the more my limited abilities pale into insignificance, but I am delighted that you enjoy the recordings.

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    Wonderful stuff.

    Especially liked the slow start to Summertime.

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    Thank you for sharing your talent

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    Extraordinary talent and many thanks for sharing your passion for the piano with us all

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    Thank you for all the kind comments. I very much enjoy creating these videos and would really appreciate additional subscriptions to my YouTube channel and liking of the videos if you genuinely enjoyed these - I don't have many subscribers at the moment (21!)

    In the meantime here is a link to an improvised arrangement of "When I fall in Love" which I recorded earlier this evening:


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    Not piano this time - but a tribute to those that risked and lost their lives in the Dam Buster raids during World War 2.


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    Fantastic stuff! Beautifully played and arranged. Really enjoyed your performance. Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpjsavage View Post
    Fantastic stuff! Beautifully played and arranged. Really enjoyed your performance. Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks - it does work rather well on church organ doesn't it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwillans View Post
    Thanks - it does work rather well on church organ doesn't it.
    100% I teach the piano but I have never been able to get my feet working too!

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