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Prelude (Piano Lesson)

Here are a couple of pieces from my piano lessons as its been a while since I’ve recorded any.  These have taken a while to learn as they’re classical which keeps both hands busy (and twists my brain).  Anyway, they both happen to be called “Prelude”.  The first one “Prelude in C” is noted as attributed to Bach and edited by Richard Jones, so here it is.

The second one has no noted credits on it, but the way I play it here its probably best they don’t know.  This needs a lot more work to get the hands working together, but as a record of progress, here it is warts and all.

I’m working on a new “proper” track using a great new hybrid analogue/digital synth, the Roland JD-Xi.  I’ve only had it a week, but am getting on very well with it.  The track (inc. drums) will all be created using that synth and its vocoder (!!) and is warming up to be a bit of a dark drum’n’bass / hip-hop type track.  In fact I’m going to record a few bits for it now…..


Here are a few more pieces I’ve been playing in my piano lessons.  Whilst I am actually learning/playing parts that are a bit more complex than this, one thing I’m finding challenging generally is getting them up to the standard needed to be able to record them with no mistakes.  I don’t expect everything to be perfect (you may have noticed!), but to record something I at least want to be able to get through it in one piece! 🙂

Practice, practice, practice I guess, but it seems some pieces i’ve had for ages which i can sort of play, but I can never seem to get through them entirely with some kind of mess up.  Perhaps once (if!) my skill level increases i’ll be able to go back to them and get through them easier.  Here’s the ones I can get through: –

Tarantella (P.Hall)

A type of Itallian folk dance in quick 6/8 time.  I need to get the speed up a bit, but its a good work out on the fingers, especially the second-half.

Country ballad (Unknown)

Can’t help thinking this sounds like the start of some American sitcom!

Scarborough Fair (Folk music standard)

Straight out of my first keyboard book, it was only a few lessons in so pretty challenging back then to play the arpeggios with left hand and melody with the right.  Still a challenge now i suppose!

A Tender Flower (F. Swinstead)

Not my favourite piece…. relaxed, but not particularly “exciting”.  We can’t love ’em all i suppose!

AND!!! Whilst I was all set up at Abbey Road I thought i may as well bang out a quick moody 2 chord blues solo.  No idea what scale it is, but it has a kind of darkness i like.  Probably because its a scale i’m playing wrong! 🙂

Moody Blues (under the power of Carlsberg)

All the above were recorded though an Art Tube MP Studio 3 valve pre-amp.  The valve is meant to “warm” up the sound.   I’ve done some side-by-side comparisions of line-level instruments and it certainly does seem to help (even if relatively subtle).  Particularly “synths” sound that bit less electronic..y.  Will be useful for recording the acoustic band with mics.