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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Solo Piano

No ranting. No wordy pronouncements. This time some actual music. In response to some people who have asked me to post something on composition I decided that I could leak something from one of my own practice tapes. Lately I've recorded myself practicing just to try to get a better look at my technique.

This is an excerpt of a piece entitled "Separation" which is part of a solo piano song cycle. In this piece a basic ostinato rhythm is played between the two hands while a simple melody is kept in the upper voice. One of the challenges playing the piano is to balance the dynamics of different melodies simultaneously almost like your hands become a live real-time mixer. J.S. Bach didn't think it was possible. Some days I agree with him! I know the video sucks a bit. I'll try to use a higher resolution next time. But anyway enjoy....


  1. whoah, the ostinato reminds me of another tune... maybe jeff johnston's nuage? can't quite place it.

  2. I think it's actually a bit similar to a Crosby Still Nash Tune called Guinnevere which was on around the house when I was growing up. Very heavy band. Every once in a while I channel their music without knowing it.

  3. I have always loved the play between an ostinato and melody, especially if it has an emerging sound - like giving birth. The movement of melody between the hands is even more pleasing. Beautiful!