Merry Christmas 2013

I thought I would share a couple of Christmas songs that I’ve practiced this holiday season to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Greensleeves (What Child Is This) and Silent Night have always been a couple of my favorite Christmas carols. I’m working on not being such a perfectionist when it comes to recording music that I play. However, each mistake I make plays out in my head like the episode of Bugs Bunny where Yosemite Sam hits the note on the piano, and it blows up in his face with a loud “boom.” Thanks, David, for that visual, LOL. I’m afraid my focus just isn’t what it used to be.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, everyone!

Best wishes to you all.

Just Give Me A Reason (piano cover)

Just Give Me A Reason (piano cover)

I think this is one of the prettiest songs I have heard in a while. A couple of weeks ago I got this song stuck in my head. What happens when I get a song stuck in my head? I teach myself to play it on the keyboard. Within half an hour of listening to it over and over again, I had most of the song down; but I struggled with the bridge. I’m still not convinced that I translated that part as perfectly as I would have liked, but I finally got a decent recording tonight. Feedback is welcomed!

Tuesday Tune: Shostakovich – Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz 2

This has to be my favorite waltz. I’ve tried to get a decent recording of me playing it for months. I know, it’s still not perfect; but I swear, put me in front of a camera (or people, period) and I get as nervous as squirrel on coffee! Being a self-taught pianist, I struggle with rhythm. Lately, I’ve been using different drum settings or the keyboard’s metronome in order to assist me in understanding this aspect of music. Any suggestions or advice anyone could offer me to help train my ear for rhythm would be greatly appreciated.

Classical Music Playlist

I thought I would share this playlist of classical music that I put together from various YouTube channels. It’s over 3 and a half hours long, but you can pick and choose from the list here: Classical Music in Piano Bank of Casio CTK-800. Classical will always be my all time favorite style of music because of my love for the piano. I got the idea to put this particular list together from the Piano Bank of my Casio CTK-800. A few were new to me, but all are treasures that I think are worth sharing. Enjoy!

Music Box Dancer

This has been one of my favorite songs to play ever since I heard it as a child. I love this song. My version is nowhere near as good as Frank Mills original song; but if I don’t start sharing what I’m playing, I’m worried I’ll never get over my fear and anxiety of playing piano in front of people (or playing in front of the camera), lol. Constructive criticism is always welcome. I could really use some hints & pointers on timing. Since I don’t read music, this has always been my biggest challenge.