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Nice piano music





maxzim
I recently started playing "Song for Sienna" by Brian Crain. I really enjoy it, but I can't find any other piano arrangements like it. Does anyone know a song like it that wouldn't be too hard to play?

Here is the song:
deanhills
I also like piano music. I really like this rendition by Maksim Mrvica of Chopin's Etude in C but it probably would be really difficult to play.



Maybe this one would be easier.

Dialogist
Really liking it isn't really loving it otherwise its difficulty to play would eventually become something you look back on and laugh at. All I'm saying is that it sure looks difficult, but clearly not impossible as I am looking and listening to it. I guess if you want to be able to play like that, you will one day, right? And if you just want a party piece to win friends and influence people, then maybe chopsticks is more suited? I don't really think (procedurally), that any music is difficult to play. What you have is a set of steps and order. First you get each note down (slowly and carefully) with respect to transitions and their correct order in sequence and relationship to one another (similar to sounding out every syllable of a Japanese phrase for example) and then you rinse and repeat until you can do it without looking/thinking about it all, so it can be completely ran through with only 30% error. Then 20, then 10. Once you arrive there, you're already confident enough to speed it up anyway. Pretty soon you're even adding ad libs and improvising with embellishments and personal interpretations making your own individual expression of something that was once too difficult, now seen as an mere influence or inspiration.

You probably know all this if you're a pianist. The piano is not exactly the weekender hobbist's novice instrument of choice is it? So I imagine that I'm not telling you anything new, just reminding that what you do already is seen as nearly impossible to some (most even). Learning anything is just simple repetition enforcing familiarity, not only instilling confidence to learn but also to develop it. Like any learning progression, you have to play your dues and hit the books hard first. Find your technique before you find your freedom. The problem with musicians (and a lot of so called "specialists") is that they don't realize that the true freedom of their discipline is found from locking yourself into it and shackling your every waking breath to it religiously and obsessively - until you own it, completely and wholly, ironically, to the point of passively and capriciously, until it's just second nature. Like follicles in your flesh. What's so difficult to a man who simply insists?

The next youtube in this thread, a year, two, three, four years from now (doesn't matter), should be you playing that silly song flawlessly. Get enriched or die trying.
deanhills
Dialogist wrote:
The next youtube in this thread, a year, two, three, four years from now (doesn't matter), should be you playing that silly song flawlessly. Get enriched or die trying.
Great post Dialogist. I like can-do any time of the day.

I'm curious, do you play the piano or any other musical instrument? Smile
Dialogist
deanhills wrote:
Dialogist wrote:
The next youtube in this thread, a year, two, three, four years from now (doesn't matter), should be you playing that silly song flawlessly. Get enriched or die trying.
Great post Dialogist. I like can-do any time of the day.



People get intimidated by watching somebody like Hendrix play guitar. Two arms, one head and ten fingers. Guess who else has those? I mean imagine a young Hendrix watching somebody like Chuck Berry or Robert Johnson. Was he thinking "I'll never be that good"? "Besides, I'm left-handed and the guitar is upside down. I can't even reach the 22nd fret"?



"Also, I'm poor and black. Where am I gonna get an electric guitar from? And if I do, who's gonna give a black hippy a chance in 60's Amerikkka? Also, I can't read. How am gonna look at music notation and chord progressions, lyrics and tutorials?"

Moreover...

"How am I going to become the kind of musician capable and confident enough to turn all these negative aspects of my beloved 'land of the free' upbringing into pure artistic expression that drips with irony?"



I guess you just have to sit with it.

Quote:
I'm curious, do you play the piano or any other musical instrument? Smile


I can play a few instruments, all self-taught. I can't bedazzle you with a rendition on any of them because I learned those in youth and since then my inclination and motivation is directed 100% in another specific area which inhabits most if not all of my time. It's something I was born good at and it's the only plausible reason as to why I'm on this stupid spinning ball. But I can play those instruments (mostly all band instruments as I used to make full band tracks). That was out of desire. I didn't have a band so I formed my own. Ten fingers, ten toes. Once you can play one instrument, you can pretty much play them all. The premise is the same. Chords, notes, changes, timing, just different finger formations. I like the piano but I find it laborious to play individual notes. One error and the whole effort is wasted. It seems like Driving Instructor's instrument, rather than an artist's. And I never had the freedom to improvise like guitar on piano/keyboard. Nor does it have feedback, which is my favourite chord.
tingkagol
Dialogist wrote:
I can play a few instruments, all self-taught. I can't bedazzle you with a rendition on any of them because I learned those in youth and since then my inclination and motivation is directed 100% in another specific area which inhabits most if not all of my time.

The same reason why most of us 'aspiring' musicians aren't really that skillful and probably why it's common to hear 'i wish i could play like Hendrix' et al. It's because we can't devote 100% of our time into practice. Even 60% is passable for a 'pro' in my opinion, but yes, the most skilled devote most if not all of their time practicing all day / all night.

Also, I actually think the piano is easier to play than the guitar. All you need is to push down a key and a perfectly tuned note comes out of it (provided the instrument itself is not out of tune), whereas for the guitar you have to worry about the fretboard/action. I'd bet not many people can even play a clean F chord on the guitar as they would on a piano. But, yes, although it's easy as hell to produce notes, it also needs the most accuracy- but at least you won't have to worry about muted notes. Even unintentional notes can sound 'intentional' at some points. Smile
deanhills
Although I agree that with lots of practice someone may be able to play the piano, I'm not sure that everyone would be able to play the piano equally perfectly. Depends on how gifted and passionate they are. Not every one has the same gift to express their music with passion. I'm sure one could perfect technique but not talent and creativity.

For someone who is passionate about music, whether poor, he/she will always manage to find a guitar or a guitar will find them as per below with Hendrix.

This is what I found in Wiki answers:
Quote:
Electric Guitar:

Hendrix's first electric guitar was a 1957 White Supro Ozark that was stolen at Birdland, Seattle in 1960. After he lost that one he got a 1956 Red Danelectro that he later sold in Nashville in 1962. I saw his Danelectro guitar at the EMP (Experience Music Project) museum in Seattle Washington.

Acoustic Guitar (His first guitar ever):

At the age 15, he got his first acoustic guitar for $5 from a friend of his fathers.


Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_was_Jimi_Hendrix%27s_first_guitar#ixzz1ieWozgiN
standready
Dialogist wrote:
The piano is not exactly the weekender hobbist's novice instrument of choice is it?

If should be. Easier to learn than the fingering for guitar. Piano is just 'target' practice. Take a piece of music, learn the chords then then melody then put the two together. I enjoy playing the piano including performing on stage. Also play drums and guitar. Now, on a challenge/dare, learning the xylophone!

@maxzim: plenty of piano arrangements out there. You just need to search.
rodexa
I like Richard Clayderman and especially the great number Mariage d'amour.

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