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    Hi All,

    Just curious regarding difficult keyboard songs that many of you have learned. You know, the ones that you have spent hours upon hours sitting in front of a tape player or sheet music learning....... Here's my "woodshed" list:

    1. Hoedown - ELP
    2. Foreplay - Boston
    3. The Entertainer (original version) - Scott Joplin
    4. The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby
    5. Smokin' - Boston
    6. Joy - Apollo
    7. Fanfare for the Common Man - ELP

  • #2
    Chopin - Waltz In F Minor
    Scott Joplin - Elite Syncopations, Maple Leaf Rag
    Booker T and the Mgs - Time Is Tight, Green Onions
    Debussey - Reverie
    Ben Folds - Landed
    Vince Guaraldi - Chritmas Time Is Here (extended insrumental version)
    And just about evry Beatles song with piano, organ or synthesizer

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Rocksnob
      , Maple Leaf Rag


      Yeah, I once knew the Maple Leaf Rag.

      Toughest piece for me was probably a tie between 'Piece Heroic'
      by Cesare Frank and the Gothic Suite by Boelman.

      Parts of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor are a bit heavy as well.

      I don't even remember that stuff anymore.

      -Sheryl

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      • #4

        Vince Guaraldi - Chritmas Time Is Here (extended insrumental version)


        Is he the guy that did all the Peanuts music ? I love thst stuff. I picked out 'Linus and Lucy' ages ago but I do it in a different key than it was written.

        -Sheryl

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        • #5
          Genesis - "Dance On A Volcano"
          Booker T & the MG's - "Green Onions"
          Steely Dan - "Aja" (most of it), "Peg", "Green Earrings"
          Vince Guaraldi - "Christmas Time Is Here"
          http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...m?bandID=73567
          Soul On Tap
          The Coupe De Villes
          Chris Beard Band

          current gear list:
          Yamaha MOX8, Korg Triton, Korg CX3, Korg X2, QSC K12, Rhodes Stage '73(needs new tines), Ventilator, Reason 3

          "Leave the ego, play the music, love the people.." - Luther Allison

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Trillian


            Is he the guy that did all the Peanuts music ? I love thst stuff. I picked out 'Linus and Lucy' ages ago but I do it in a different key than it was written.

            -Sheryl


            Actually I perform Vince Guaradi's entire "Charlie Brown Christmas" album during the holidays - there's some very challenging stuff in there.

            The biggest challenge isn't the actual difficulty skill-wise but the ability to play music in a manner that conveys emotion.
            A wise man knows the difference between opera and barbeque...

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            • #7
              Foreplay (I play it better on piano)

              Linus and Lucy

              Barrelhouse Shakedown

              Maple Leaf, Elite Syncopations

              Valley Road (Hornsby)

              Toccata (Aram Katchuturian)

              Clair de Lune

              "Lush Life" and "Theme for Ernie"

              Harry Connick's version of "Little Waltz"

              about 3/4 of David Maxwell's version of "HonkyTonk Train" paired with Dr. John's "The Honeydripper".

              about 2 1/2 bars of "Spider Fingers" by Hornsby


              to add: "Rhapsody In Blue" in it's entirety, so I can kill about 10 minutes of a solo piano gig before someone walks up and asks for "Piano Man"

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              • #8
                Can't say as I can really play it, but at least after seeing the transcription, I know that I never would have figured it out on my own.

                http://www.musicplayer.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/ubb/get_topic/f/18/t/009027.html

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                • #9
                  I can play the first 2 measures of "mary had a little lamb" quite well.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Pawnz
                    Hi All,

                    Just curious regarding difficult keyboard songs that many of you have learned. You know, the ones that you have spent hours upon hours sitting in front of a tape player or sheet music learning....... Here's my "woodshed" list:

                    1. Hoedown - ELP
                    2. Foreplay - Boston
                    3. The Entertainer (original version) - Scott Joplin
                    4. The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby
                    5. Smokin' - Boston
                    6. Joy - Apollo
                    7. Fanfare for the Common Man - ELP


                    Actually the Entertainer in its orginal form and script is one of the hardest ragtime pieces to perform.
                    "Danny, ci manchi a tutti. La E-Street Band non e' la stessa senza di te. Riposa in pace, fratello"

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                    • #11
                      The Ancient - Yes.

                      It may not be technical difficulty, but the voicing and chord structure was a bit tough. I don't know of anyone who has even attempted it.
                      I am ...
                      Words with no voice
                      Vision with no eyes
                      Love with no heart
                      Perfect, if only I didn't exist

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by program_insect
                        I can play the first 2 measures of "mary had a little lamb" quite well.
                        Hot crust buns too!

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                        • #13
                          As a conservatory musician I'm not sure where I fit in all this, but when I was younger I learned Billy Joel's Root Beer Rag which is really fun! Also, the intro to Angry Young Man.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Trillian


                            Is he the guy that did all the Peanuts music ? I love thst stuff. I picked out 'Linus and Lucy' ages ago but I do it in a different key than it was written.

                            -Sheryl


                            yes he did the Peanuts music, but Vince Guaraldi was also a very nice sounding jazz pianist from the 50s to the 70s.

                            Oh yeah, I can also play Rhapsody In Blue, seeing the title reminded me (heh, I have played it on one of 24 limited edition Rhapsody In Blue Steinways made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of George Gershwin's birth. Beautiful piano, maple, stained deep blue, inlayed with over 400 mother of pearl stars, the cast iron plate is silver guilded and has the opening line of Rhapsody in blue cast into it, in addition the music stand has a lovely silver guilded New York city skyscape. The piano sounds lovely and is simply a joy to play)

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                            • #15
                              My playings not that great. I'd love to be able to play a lot of Doors stuff but I'm not up to it right now.
                              Originally Posted by Metrosonus


                              working in a library I wish women would just come right out and say "where do you keep your soft core / torture porn at?"









                              Originally Posted by swardle


                              Well, I've never seen such filth in my entire life. Disgustation!!!



                              That's called pain. Get used to it.

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