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 Post subject: Debussy - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:14 pm 
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Hi Everybody,
Hope you are all having a nice holiday weekend! I've had a few days off last week so I decided to re-record "Girl with the Flaxen Hair"....something on my re-do list. I made a video of it too. Here is the link if anyone is interested....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPeYx81 ... fVnX5BuRtg

Debussy - "La Fille aux cheveux de lin"

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:45 am 
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Had a listen to this popular piece by Debussy, nice job! I think you made this piece sound freewheeling, and that is how it should sound to me. This is as good as impressionism gets, IMO :) Btw, did you put a candle in your piano? Looks like the soundboard is glowing! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:40 pm 
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Very good. I listened to the MP3 through speakers, and the resonance was great, which means that you got the pedaling right. (Not easy with Debussy).
Sorry that I don't remember your last recording of this, but this one's good enough that it's probably an improvement.

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:15 pm 
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Thank you, Riley and Stu!

@Riley - my husband said the same thing about the glowing piano. No, it wasn't a candle....hahaha....it was just the lamp that I had placed nearby that somehow REALLY reflected off the insides of the piano. Now that I think about it, maybe I can play around with placement of lights and get even more special effects. Hmmmm..... :)

@Stu- My rhythm was a little weird in my first version. I'm glad you think my pedaling is okay. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:45 am 
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Girlfriend, You OWN this piece. Of course La Fille aux Cheveaux de Lin is playing it. I think he wrote it for you, though he didn't know it.

Your playing was beautiful, your pedaling worked well. I liked the glow in your piano (of course the radiant glimmer must have been from the glow of your golden hair <tee hee>.

My only issue (it is PS and someone has to have one) is that the lower registers sound "boomy", as does some of the reverberation. I know that this is a recording issue, not an issue with your playing.

Other than that, I loved it and it is YOUR piece.

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:48 am 
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Oh, Scott....you are so sweet!!! Thank you!!! :D
I'm very interested in what you said about the sound. Lately, I've been taking out the hiss, boosting the bass, and then adding reverb. Maybe all that is too much... I do know that when I listen to my recordings while wearing different ear buds, things sound much different. Still, thank you for your comments. I may have to tweak my sound further....

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:28 am 
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I was listening through speakers. I discovered a while back that what may sound good in ear phones does not always translate to sound in space. I've somewhat learned (though I'm sure I will forget at some point because I'm getting old) that I must edit in such a way that the sound that I want will translate to speakers and headphones. Granted one could do a "Headphone" version and a "live sound" version, which may be an interesting exploration in itself when I am retired and have nothing better to do. But, be sure to listen to your production through speakers (and probably the cheaper the better since that will tell you how good your work sounds in the worst situation).

Just a thought, and I have been thinking too much today. :wink: I'm going to stop because I have had too good of a friendship with Mr. Beam this afternoon. I started this post over an hour ago and am just now finishing.

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:58 am 
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That's a good idea about listening with cheap speakers. I don't have any, though. But I could probably find some cheap ear buds in a junk drawer somewhere. I like the idea that if you can make your recordings sounds good on cheap speakers, then they will sound real good on better speakers.
Thanks again for chiming in, Scott. But I bet you weren't on such friendly terms with Mr. Beam later when you woke up.... :wink: :)

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:29 am 
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Monica,

I did fine with Mr. Beam this morning. One of my problems is that I don't really get hangovers. And I slept till almost ten (I have been waking up at some un-holy early hour for most of the last month when I didn't need to.)

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 Post subject: Re: Debussy - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
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Monica,

And of course you don't have cheap speakers. You are too classy. :wink:

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