Thanks so much, Pierre, Hayden, and Jose! Very much appreciated, especially the constructive criticism from Pierre (we need more of that). Pierre I’ll look forward to hearing your quartet–I’m jealous, because where I live it’s hard to find people to play with.
P.S. The Stanford workshop can’t be too selective because they accepted me earlier today. Hayden and Tuomo deserve all the credit!
Ugetsu is a difficult song, with interesting and challenging harmony and a bit unusual form.
This is definitely a song we could talk for a long time; it has modal sections, as well as some tonal movements, which are common in Cedar Walton’s compositions.
Just curious, when you have a moment, can you do another take where you just play with your right hand and don’t comp on the left? This is an exercise I find helpful when dealing with difficult changes; it gives me more focus on the melodies, and later on left hand is easy to add to it.
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared anything in this thread…
This is a version of Spring can really hang you up the most that I’ve been working on as an exercise–the assignment is to apply the “Peace piece” comping pattern to a ballad of one’s choice. It’s a work in progress and a little bit off the beaten track of my usual fare. I’ll be interested in any feedback/advice/comments.
As mentioned in another thread, this is recorded with a Garritan CFX VST, which I think works well for ballads.