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 Post subject: Debussy - Suite Bergamasque, Prelude
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:19 am 
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Dear all,

I'm new to Piano Society..., officially... :-)
Actually, I've always listend, read, and enjoyed... but...
(crying a bit...)
.... had no piano....

Now, It's been almost 2 weeks since I've got my piano.
Not a "Brand New" or "fancy" one. It's 1940's upright piano, free from old lady.
So, here I am, getting back into playing piano.
(crying again...)

Even though all parts of the piano and my muscles squeak together,
I'm happy enough, and trying to sing with my old but new piano.

Please understand the quality of recording.
My piano's too old and weak, and I recorded with no external mic but only my iphone.
Feel free to comment.


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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Suite Bergamasque, Prelude
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:11 am 
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Hi Byun,

Nice when someone who's been reading PS decides to become an active poster. Welcome.

Great that you obtaineda piano, and a free one at that. It does not sound so bad to me, I hear no obvious problems with it. Perhaps its age would be more apparent with a more direct sounding recording.

You playing sounds rusty but musical and with good expression and dynamics, I guess you have had lessons at some stage, and you know this particular piece well ?

This recording is promising but would need some polishing before being acceptable for inclusion on the site. If you are serious about recording for PS you should consider buying at least a portable mp3 recorder (Zoom, Edirol, Tascam or similar). The iPhone sound quality, while not exactly bad, does not quite cut it.

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Suite Bergamasque, Prelude
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:04 pm 
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Hi grafpiano and welcome!
I think you play very well! This would be fine for the site if the sound-quality was better. Since we already have some good recordings of this piece, we can be picky. Your new/old piano sounds pretty good, except it's a bit thumpy. But that may improve with a better recorder.

This file has only been up for a few hours, yet there are so many downloads already. Interesting.....

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Suite Bergamasque, Prelude
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:59 pm 
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pianolady wrote:
This would be fine for the site if the sound-quality was better.

No it would not, there's a number of flubs that we would ask to correct first. Nothing really drastic, but as said, we are a bit picky in Audition room. Especially when it comes to such popular and often-recorded repertoire.

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Suite Bergamasque, Prelude
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:18 pm 
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techneut wrote:
pianolady wrote:
This would be fine for the site if the sound-quality was better.

No it would not, there's a number of flubs that we would ask to correct first. Nothing really drastic, but as said, we are a bit picky in Audition room. Especially when it comes to such popular and often-recorded repertoire.

Ok, I don't know this music as well as you.

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Suite Bergamasque, Prelude
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:24 am 
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Glad you finally got your piano! The piano sounds pretty good, I agree that a better recording setup will be helpful for you (and for your listeners :) )
I remember my first piano, which my grandparents bought for me for $200. It was an upright grand piano made by the Becker Bros in 1895. Although the piano was old it was capable of producing a lovely tone.

Overall, a nice performance here. As Chris has said, there are areas that need to be cleaned up, but it is obvious that you have an affinity for this piece and this type of music. I look forward to more recordings from you.

Best,
Dave

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Suite Bergamasque, Prelude
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:20 am 
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Hi Chris and pianolady,
Thanks for your kind comments and warm welcome~
Yes, I've had lessons for many years, but it's been almost 10 years since I stopped playing.
I Know my fingers are weak and clumsy. Need more work from the beginning...
Just wanted some comment, advice, or encouragement, (etc.) from others :-)
Thanks for all your advice. I'll polish this piece as well as start practicing my daily bread, Bach.
Hope to submit good recordings in the near future.

and Thanks Dave,
It's actually not my First piano. I left My beloved one in my country.
I'm lucky enough to have this piano at home, and finally, I can play whenever I want. That means everything for me. :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Suite Bergamasque, Prelude
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:21 am 
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grafpiano wrote:
Yes, I've had lessons for many years, but it's been almost 10 years since I stopped playing.

I had that impression. Don't worry, it will come back sooner than you think. I speak from experience, having stopped playing for many years and then picking it up again almost from scratch.

grafpiano wrote:
Thanks for all your advice. I'll polish this piece as well as start practicing my daily bread, Bach.

That is surely the best thing any pianist can do :!: Nothing gets the fingers and mind in shape better than this. I can honestly say I owe everything to Bach.

grafpiano wrote:
Hope to submit good recordings in the near future.

I am sure they will be good.

grafpiano wrote:
I'm lucky enough to have this piano at home, and finally, I can play whenever I want. That means everything for me. :-)

I can well imagine that !

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - Suite Bergamasque, Prelude
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:13 am 
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Let me express my admiration for your perseverance and for the fact you managed to solve your problem in such a way! I will not pretend that your piano is good and that the recorfing will do, but I believe your spirit will overcome that. If nothing, you can practise on this one and record on a better one.

I for a time had the same problem, so I can understand what it means to leave your piano behind when going to a new copuntry, though, in my case, I now have a better one than the one I left behind.

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