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#457448 - 09/04/18 10:03 AM Re: I now know why I'm not a Piano player or [Re: Fran Carango]
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Originally Posted By Fran Carango
Too much of any instrument or type of music can bore us..

If I go to see/hear an act/show.... one or two sets and I had enough smile

Doesn't matter who or talent level, I just had it after an hour or so..

Sinatra, Elvis, Streisand , You , Dave, Kath, Just in Time.... There is a saturation point for me.. grin

Vocals will bore me quicker than instrumental.. I can listen to a piano, bass, drums and guitar jazz band.. the longest smile

Classic rock band not so much... and todays music (hip hop etc) NOT at all.. eek



At this stage of the game...Sometimes it's better to just close the door of your bedroom, fire up your keyboard, etc, and start playing by yourself drifting off into oblivion all by yourself
to Shangri-la.. cool2



Edited by Dnj (09/04/18 03:00 PM)

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#457478 - 09/04/18 03:01 PM Re: I now know why I'm not a Piano player or [Re: Dnj]
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But the question is how does he play so good with those
Giant Diamond Rings on his fingers confused1

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#457484 - 09/04/18 04:28 PM Re: I now know why I'm not a Piano player or [Re: Mark79100]
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Mark

I get it on the riffs being a lot of standard blues stuff but Liberace does it with such speed and precision. He had a protege "Linda Genteel" who settled near me when I was in Cape May. She had a steady gig in AC and I saw her ther a few times. She could do all the fancy runs and showy stuff like him. Really entertaining.
Not trying to sell you a digital piano but I too am working on some LH riffs ala Jeryy Lee Lewis. I find that changing my FP90 piano sound to a brighter piano makes it so much easier to play those riffs. Jerry Lee never liked grands and use to request an old upright. One, so he could beat it up and I think the second becasue the sound and action allowed him to play faster.
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#457497 - 09/04/18 09:47 PM Re: I now know why I'm not a Piano player or [Re: Dnj]
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Originally Posted By Dnj
My thoughts are if you don't start out from the beginning as a Piano player it is so difficult to adapt and be proficient later on after you have been playing something else, arranger kb, organ, or whatever...

Listening to just Piano playing after a while bores me as it's only the same sound I am hearing only the technic and style of playing Piano dynamics make it interesting to me to bear it if at all.


Donny, your intense optimism and enthusiasm for things outside of your own circle of music overwhelms me. I don't think you would ever make it as a "muse." smile I would suggest you read more of what John (Bruno) has to say in his posts and maybe you'll feel differently.

Originally Posted By Dnj
And many times the audience feels the same way after an hour of just piano playing as the try to stay awake during sorry..


Are you kidding? There are many cultured people who spend hours on end mesmerized listening to good pianists showing their wares at piano recitals and concerts. It's the only instrument that can replicate a whole orchestra.

After my love for the piano, I developed a subsequent love for Opera very late in life. Never dreamed in a million years I could enjoy the Art in any way, much less sit through a three hour performance like Rigoletto or La Traviata like I do now. But, with an open mind , I took the time to listen to "beginner pieces" and Operetta, until I became a devout follower. I’m glad I never stayed oblivious to different genres of music. Opening yourself to various styles of music enhances you both as a musician....and, as a.....person!

Originally Posted By Dnj
Liberace & many others make it pleasing to a point


“to a point?” Liberace is an entertainment icon embraced by millions. An absolute legend. Probable one of the last of a great era for music and entertainment. Forget his mastery of the piano. His performances and personality alone should be studied by every musician who strives to be an entertainer. Not just a musician, but an “entertainer.“ He just did everything right in the Liberace domain. Shame he doesn’t do anything for you, but.....you're entitled to your opinion.

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#457499 - 09/04/18 10:11 PM Re: I now know why I'm not a Piano player or [Re: Bill Lewis]
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Originally Posted By Bill Lewis

I get it on the riffs being a lot of standard blues stuff but Liberace does it with such speed and precision.


Hi Bill.....that didn't come out right. What I meant was when I watched Liberace's ease of playing just about everything (and Lucas/Swanee River Rock), my thoughts became "what's the use...I'll never be that good." Then, my "fear" dropped down a notch or two when I started to think "maybe I could do that in just F,C, and G." And maybe, just maybe, that's the only keys Liberace plays boogie woogie in. I know Jerry Lee doesn't stray much from those keys, though I heard a great rock version of his of Sweet Georgia Brown (other chords).

Originally Posted By Bill Lewis
Not trying to sell you a digital piano but I too am working on some LH riffs ala Jeryy Lee Lewis. I find that changing my FP90 piano sound to a brighter piano makes it so much easier to play those riffs.


That’s what I was trying to say about playing on a grand piano. For some, like myself and you, it’s....change the keyboard, change your life.

Originally Posted By Bill Lewis
Jerry Lee never liked grands and use to request an old upright. One, so he could beat it up and I think the second becasue the sound and action allowed him to play faster.


Great trivia for Jerry Lee lovers!

Now how are YOU doing with the JLL piano riffs? I’m still working on them every day (about six months now).....it’s painfully slow and sometimes discouraging, but I’m determined to learn to play like him before I take my last breath. Actually, I was determined to play like him since Whole Lotta Shakin came out back in the 50’s but never got around to it until recently. If one could do what he does, you’ll draw an audience any place you play.

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#457500 - 09/04/18 10:19 PM Re: I now know why I'm not a Piano player or [Re: Fran Carango]
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Originally Posted By Fran Carango

A great piano player, playing the right material can be most interesting to appreciative musicians.. grin

What separates the boys from the men on piano... "voicing" .. No not vocals grin

Not just dynamics in your playing, but how you voice a chord... yes both hands smile Most of the keys on a piano (real piano) use three strings as you strike a key... this is rich in overtones..

Combine the overtones with the smart voicing of a chord... and most musicians should not be bored so easily grin


Wonderfully put, Fran. That's what I miss most about my piano lessons. Learning and experimenting with different chord voicings and chord structures. It was an adventure every day to see what I could come up with that would please my ear. I miss both the challenge and the sheer beauty of listening to "modified" chords. And those "overtones" floating through the air....indescribable!

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#457508 - 09/05/18 05:31 AM Re: I now know why I'm not a Piano player or [Re: Dnj]
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FYI............
Liberace was always going to be in showbiz
He became a pianist, vocalist, actor and WWF announcer (more on that later), but Liberace was born Władziu Valentino Liberace (or just "Lee" to his friends), which is a slightly more showy name than, say, Reginald Dwight.

Mind you, his older brother was called George, signalling that his parents knew they had to step it up name-wise if they wanted a showbiz breakthrough.

All the signs of his genius were there from an early age
Liberace was born with a caul, which, as you well know, is a piece of birth membrane that remains on the head and was thought to be an omen that the child was destined for amazingness. Other famous "caul-ists" include Lord Byron, Napoleon and, erm, James Iha, who used to be in the Smashing Pumpkins.

He wasn't exactly a classical music purist
A prodigious talent, Liberace learned to play the piano at the age of four and was able to memorise difficult classical pieces by the time he was seven. By the time he started touring America in the early 1940s, his flair for improvisation and a good pull quote emerged after he claimed he'd only play "classical music with the boring parts left out".

Like most musical megastars, Liberace struggled to make the move into film
At the height of his fame, Liberace was keen to move into film, starring in his first movie, Sincerely Yours, in 1955 for Warner Brothers. Rumours are that Doris Day was initially asked to be his leading lady, but the idea was scrapped because the studio felt Liberace's name alone would be enough to sell it. In the end the film performed so badly that Warner bought out the remainder of his contract.

He found a more receptive home on TV

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Ignoring a career on the radio because no one could see him on the wireless, Liberace went straight to TV, landing his own show, prosaically called The Liberace Show, in 1952 (the show was broadcast in the UK and was apparently quite a big influence on a young Elton John). Perhaps his oddest TV appearance came in 1966 when he played a dual role as concert pianist Chandell alongside his evil twin, Harry, in the "slightly camp" TV version of Batman. The two episodes he starred in – The Devil's Fingers and Dead Ringer – were the highest-rated episodes in the show's history.

Liberace was adamant he wasn't gay and often sued people who claimed he was
With a penchant for ludicrous fur coats, diamanté-strewn two pieces and, at one point, a fetching purple rinse, Liberace hid his supposed heterosexuality well. In 1954 he announced his engagement to actress Joanne Rio, but the nuptials were swiftly curtailed by her father, who was put off by rumours about Liberace's sexuality. In 1959 the Daily Mirror referred to Liberace as "a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love". He promptly sued them, winning £8,000 in damages, and telling reporters he "cried all the way to the bank".

He wasn't comfortable with being bald
According to a TV documentary released in 2001, Liberace was so traumatised by his hair loss that he would sleep wearing one of his many hairpieces, and apparently once almost refused to undergo a planned facelift after the doctor asked him to remove his toupee.

He was apparently quite the fan of the World Wrestling Federation
In 1985 Liberace appeared as the guest timekeeper at the first ever WrestleMania, joining other guests Muhammad Ali and dance company the Rockettes. Wrestlers scoring wins on the night included the Junkyard Dog, André the Giant and Hulk Hogan.

He had his own museum
In 1978 Liberace opened his own museum, the Liberace Museum, which housed many of his pianos, cars, jewellery and costumes. At its peak, the museum brought in an average of 400,000 patrons a year. One specific exhibit was devoted to fan tributes and included a Steinway piano made out of 10,000 toothpicks. The museum closed in 2010.

Liberace's last meal was breakfast cereal
Liberace died on 4 February 1987 from an Aids-related illness. According to his cook, his last meal consisted of Cream of Wheat hot cereal (it's sort of like porridge), made with half-and-half milk and seasoned with brown sugar.


Edited by Dnj (09/05/18 05:31 AM)

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#457514 - 09/05/18 06:41 AM Re: I now know why I'm not a Piano player or [Re: Mark79100]
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Chas
Working on a few,specific riffs slowly with a metronome. Then trying to lay down some RH stuff. Much more difficult then Jerry Lee makes it sound. I know I can do it but find it hard to sit down everyday and put some time in on it. And yes a good piano will inspire you and make playing totally enjoyabe.
I remember one of the best Baby Grands I ever played was at the Surburban Country Club in NJ. Only got to fill in there a few times but I actually told the manager that I liked playing that piano so much I'd play it for free. Ooops !
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#457515 - 09/05/18 06:48 AM Re: I now know why I'm not a Piano player or [Re: Bill Lewis]
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Originally Posted By Bill Lewis
Chas
Working on a few,specific riffs slowly with a metronome. Then trying to lay down some RH stuff. Much more difficult then Jerry Lee makes it sound. I know I can do it but find it hard to sit down everyday and put some time in on it. And yes a good piano will inspire you and make playing totally enjoyabe.
I remember one of the best Baby Grands I ever played was at the Surburban Country Club in NJ. Only got to fill in there a few times but I actually told the manager that I liked playing that piano so much I'd play it for free. Ooops !


Bill, I'm sure you meant Mark but yes, I agree with you that a great piano definitely has a positive impact on your playing.

chas

PS: I'm sure Mark is excited about being 'me' even briefly smile smile.
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#457516 - 09/05/18 06:56 AM Re: I now know why I'm not a Piano player or [Re: cgiles]
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Well to get back to the OP Title.....
I'm so glad I am a pro arranger Keyboard player and proud to be one cool2

So we can all agree that PIANO PLAYER & ARRANGER KB PLAYER
are very much two different entities entirely in so many ways.
I fell so much better now wink

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