Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thoughts of Autumn

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This is the first song posted here that I have 100% written.  The others I use a well known melody and then work into my own improv.  In this tune the entire thing is mine.  It is also 100% made up on the spot.  I'm happy to have written a tune in a semi classical manner. Enjoy!

Chopin's Gran Valse Brillante

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Chopin was an excellent composer and performer. This has a very weird feel to it and was a lot of fun adapting from the piano to the banjo.  Enjoy!

Please remember that I am no trained classical musician. I play the melodies and then add my own flavor, style, and improv.  Improvising or making music up fresh, new, and on the spot is one of my favorite things to do. It was also a favorite of many of the great composers as it puts the player to the test to be flawless in the moment.

Bach's Fugue in Em

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A lovely tune from Mr. Johann Sebastian Bach captured by myself on the banjo and of course twisted with my own improvisational style.  This one is fun to play and I felt like I nailed the recording but I still have some mixing to do the sound pops about 5 times but it goes away please endure.It will be fixed soon. Enjoy!

Please remember that I am no trained classical musician. I play the melodies and then add my own flavor, style, and improv.  Improvising or making music up fresh, new, and on the spot is one of my favorite things to do. It was also a favorite of many of the great composers as it puts the player to the test to be flawless in the moment.

Tchaikovsky's Old French Song

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Tchaikovsky was one of the most famous composers to ever live without being known.  We have heard of Bach, and Beethoven, however, Tchaikovsky wrote famous pieces such as the Nutcracker's Sugar Plum Fairy.  Enjoy this wonderful piece interpreted and played by me on Banjo.

Please remember that I am no trained classical musician. I play the melodies and then add my own flavor, style, and improv.  Improvising or making music up fresh, new, and on the spot is one of my favorite things to do. It was also a favorite of many of the great composers as it puts the player to the test to be flawless in the moment.

Vivaldi's Storm

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The wonderful beauty of Vivaldi's style of writing is apparent in his pieces.  This was a piece I never thought I would play but here it is.  It's not easy to make one banjo sound like 100 orchestral violins in syncopation.

Please remember that I am no trained classical musician. I play the melodies and then add my own flavor, style, and improv.  Improvising or making music up fresh, new, and on the spot is one of my favorite things to do. It was also a favorite of many of the great composers as it puts the player to the test to be flawless in the moment.  I do believe that the banjo has a strong expressive capability quite comparable to the piano being that they share the same notes. So they share the same possibilities. Of course the banjo does not have the octaves the piano has but still does hold the same ability in the hands of a skilled player. These particular pieces I have played however, should not be placed in the same category as the originals for two reasons. One being I am not a classically trained musician and am only playing these tunes by ear b/c I cannot read music. The second being that I do not approach the tunes in the traditional note for note sense. I come at it from more of a 'jazz' like approach in that I play the melody and work into some improvisation and then return to the melodies. I am fusing more of my personal style with some of these wonderful epic styles.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Partitia I for flute Allemande on Banjo

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This is one of my favorites from my classical banjo pieces. It's not so technically challenging but I love the feel to it. It's almost romantic! Enjoy.

Please remember that I am no trained classical musician. I play the melodies and then add my own flavor, style, and improv.  Improvising or making music up fresh, new, and on the spot is one of my favorite things to do. It was also a favorite of many of the great composers as it puts the player to the test to be flawless in the moment. 

Beethoven's 5th Symphony on Banjo


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Beethoven's 5th on a Banjo. Perhaps one of the most well known classical pieces and is such a blast to play on banjo. It has some wonderfully challenging parts.

Please remember that I am no trained classical musician. I play the melodies and then add my own flavor, style, and improv.  Improvising or making music up fresh, new, and on the spot is one of my favorite things to do. It was also a favorite of many of the great composers as it puts the player to the test to be flawless in the moment.