Untitled Piano

Here’s something I put together in the last month.  This is the first solid playthrough I have captured (seems to go well when I am *not* recording), and it has a number of issues.  But  I will leave them for you to pick out.  I have three in mind, off the top of my head — things for me to improve.  Do your criticisms match mine?

Thanks!

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Also, I can cite SEVERAL “formative” influences on it, and actually had to dodge one.  However, only one of them directly contributed that I know of — it’s some no-royalty music that features in a YT series I like.  I didn’t “base it off of” that, but as soon as I heard it again, I knew that I had swiped the lick.  Other influences are of the “you know, it also kinda sounds like…” variety.  Can you name any?  I’ll add them to my collection 🙂

 

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9 Comments

  1. Well done! Makes me wish I had learned piano before RA set it.

    I hear parts that feel familiar, but I can’t put my finger on why or what. I’ll have to give another listen later.

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  2. Impressive.

    I hear a bit of ragtime in there. Does that make sense?

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  3. Actually, ragtime is one of the things I consider when trying to figure out just what it is I do on piano. The obvious problems are that I don’t really know what ragtime is, and I can’t play any ragtime that I do know.

    After looking up what ragtime actually is, you may be on to something.

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  4. Very nice! It has a gospel/soul feel and groove, I’m imagining a backup choir.

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  5. As to derivation, I think that’s something to look at but not overanalyzed. Everything is derived – and also contributes to the language of music at the same time. But if you are beta-testing, it doesn’t sound like any specific licks (and I haven’t listened to your reference yet) on the whole it sounded original, although at points somewhat generic stuff – but why re-invent the wheel? And there’s a nice implied melody.
    Nice playing! Yes, it’s very different when the red light is on. Very strange phenomenon. The longer the piece, the more chance of making a mistake.. The closer to the end, you can’t have the random thought.

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  6. Thank you! Appreciate the comments.
    Problems with this recording are that it’s too darned fast, and therefore much of the punch is lost in sliming around within chords where there should be better melodic noodling. I can do it sometimes, but as Franco says, when the red light goes on, it’s different.

    I have another thing I’m working on in Bb (“April”), and I have some introductory meander that goes Eb, Dm, C#, C, but uses Csus4 to get into C (because major to major by half-step). Which pleases me to no end. It also matches a sus4 -> major movement coming home several times in the piece: Vsus4, V, I.

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  7. I think I speed up when recording in an attempt to stop thinking, which causes awful dragging.

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  8. Nice.

    Snooks likes it.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. MJB, Thanks! Glad the lady digs it.

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