Download (direct link):
You: “Can I borrow your Complete Bill Evans boxed set, Fred?”
Fred: “You must be crazy!”
You: “Oh, come on, please?”
Fred: “You’re not that good a friend.”
You: “Well [dramatic pause] . .. how ’bout this little Thelomous Monk at Carnegie disc?”
Fred: “Whatever. But not my Bill Evans boxed set!”
Got it? Enough said ... enjoy the free music.
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Attending Live Concerts
If you have a symphony orchestra in your city, buy a ticket. If not, it’s worth driving to the closest town that does have one. They will invite at least one pianist to appear as guest soloist each season. To see and hear a pianist live is wholly different from listening to a recording.
Listening to a recording gives you the most important part of the performance but not the entire picture. Watching a pianist play, you gain insight into playing habits, posture, finger dexterity, intensity, emotions, and overall skill. You subconsciously take this gained knowledge home with you and apply it to your own playing technique.
If you aren’t into classical music, find a jazz club, go to a hotel bar, visit a shopping mall during the holidays, or attend a rock concert. Just find live piano players, other than your Uncle Dave — unless, of course, his last name happens to be Brubeck — and watch them play.
Exploring the Internet
The World Wide Web is a fabulous and mysterious place. Full of sites and home pages no one even knows about, it’s always fun and informative to just start surfing.
Among the many music-specific sites on the Internet, a plethora of piano and keyboard Web pages exist. The following sites are some of the best in both content and entertainment value:
Piano Parlour: www .hits . net/~pi ani sts/pi ano . html J' Piano Education Page: www .unm.edu/~lori taf/pnoedmn .html J1 Piano Page: www. ptg . org
S’ Piano Home Page: www. serve, com/marbeth/piano. html
J1 Billy Taylor Jazz Lectures: www .town.hall .org/Archives/radio/ Kennedy/Taylor
J1 Jazz Central Station: www .jazzcentralstation.com
If you author a Web page on pianos or keyboards, or if you find a really cool one that I haven’t listed, please e-mail me at B1 a keNeel y@aol . com. I’ll look forward to catching a wave over to your site.
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In addition to Web pages, many newsgroups center around the topics of pianos, performance, electric keyboards, MIDI gear, audio recording, and more. Subscribe to these newsgroups (usually free) and make friends who care about what you care about:
J' alt.music.midi J' rec.music.classical.recordings J1 rec.music.makers.marketplace
Pianos at the Monies
Hollywood has made many, many movies with the piano, or a piano player, prominently featured. Whether it’s a mute woman who speaks through her piano or a deaf composer who can’t hear his, movie makers sure can make a dramatic story out of 88 keys.
Check out these fine films:
J' Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould: One of them is less than one minute long; the other 31 give you insight into this reclusive and mysterious virtuoso performer.
J' Amadeus: It’s about that Mozart guy.
J' Casablanca: Bogart didn’t say “Play it, Sam” to a tuba player!
J1 The Competition: Amy Irving and Richard Dreyfuss are pianists competing for the same prize and falling in love.
J' The Fabulous Baker Boys: Jeff and Beau Bridges play duet cocktail pianos and search for a singer. They find one in Michelle Pfeiffer, who manages to crawl across a piano like no one has before.
J' Five Easy Pieces: Jack Nicholson is a piano player with five easy pieces to play.
J' Immortal Beloved: Gary Oldman plays Beethoven, and Beethoven plays his “Moonlight Sonata.”
J1 Impromptu: The story of Chopin’s love affair with author George Sand.
J' Madame Sousatzka: Shirley MacClaine plays a reclusive but passionate piano teacher in London.
J1 The Piano: Holly Hunter plays a mute woman who expresses herself through her clarinet. . . no, wait, I mean piano.
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^ Shine: David Helfgott practices Rachmaninoff’s concerto so much that he goes a little loco.
J' Song Without End: In the height of Lisztomania, Franz has an affair with a countess and ponders giving up performing. Oh, the humanity!
- Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser: Documentary on the great jazz legend, featuring films shot during his 1968 sessions and tour.
Realizing you’re Not Atone
I thought it would be fun to give you a sample list of famous people who also play (or played) the piano. Now you know that you’re not alone in your quest for piano perfection:
J1 Steve Allen, comedian - former host of TV’s The Tonight Show J’ William F. Buckley, writer J' Clint Eastwood, actor-director J’ Jeff Goldblum, actor J’ Jack Lemmon, actor
J1 Denny MacLaine (organ), former pitcher for the Detroit Tigers J' Dudley Moore, actor J1 Richard M. Nixon, former U.S. President J1 Paul Reiser, comedian-actor
J' Fred (Mister) Rogers, beloved children’s TV personality
J' John Tesh, recording artist-former host of TV’s Entertainment Tonight