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About SergeOfArniVillage

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  • Birthday 05/07/1991

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    Zach Eaton
  • Musical Influences
    Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, "JohnBucket", "Arrow", "Woodruff", "PertinaciousOne"


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  1. GREAT post, I completely agree.
  2. Well, here's a clip of me playing another Chopin Etude at the concert, Op. 25 No. 12 ... http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JsJLPcnbIu8 I hope you enjoy :-) (That concert was one of the most terrifying things I've ever done!)
  3. HAHA. That is funny. My fingers are naturally quite short and fat. They are even more so in the second video, because I have dry skin that gets swollen in autumn and winter :-( I have very bad eczema.
  4. Thanks Rudi, I really appreciate your taking the time to listen :-) Sharp eye! It looks like Venice, but it's actually Paris, where Chopin composed much of his work. Op. 10 No. 4 is "Presto con fuoco", meaning, fast, with fire! Tempos vary; I actually chose a snail's pace compared to some pianists, haha! (*cough*RICHTER) Again, thanks ^_~
  5. It has been a long time since I've been around â˜ºï¸ I have been EXTREMELY busy honing my skills at the piano over the past four months. I felt that simply being a composer wasn't enough; I needed to actually PLAY the piano as well. The Chopin Etudes are an excellent way to gain muscle strength, dexterity, control, along with the feeling of accomplishing a very musically enjoyable piece to the ears. I have memorized 6 of the 24 Etudes so far, and I am loving it. Here are some videos of me playing a couple of them: In a couple of weeks, on November 17th, I will be performing many pieces in a concert at a local community hall. If possible, I will share that concert here, once it is over I hope you enjoy!
  6. Doomeus: I know, right? I noticed the same thing in the bass notes. Do you have any idea how I could remedy that? I don't have a good handle on how these kind of programs work. I'm a Sibelius child. Simon: Thanks for the comment! I think I'll stick with Sibelius for the complicated stuff, and stick with this piano roll for little, simple miniatures like this. I'm trying not to end too much money on these things, LOL ... They don't call them starving artists for nothing.
  7. I love the subtlety of your voice, the slight catch at the end of your words. The only thing was I would have liked a little more power in the phrase, "When your heart feels like home", a little bit of resolve. It seemed like that would be appropriate. Nice lyrics: I especially like "I feel so confined when I'm free to find my way" -- Ain't that the truth? Thanks for sharing -- you've got a great voice!
  8. I just recently purchased an app-version of Garage Band. I had never worked with a piano roll before, so it was interesting to try and get a feel for how it works. This is just a little piece I decided to make, to sort of "test the waters" so to speak.
  9. Now I have finally gotten around to putting up my music on a website, to listen to it for free. Here it is on YouTube: I hope you enjoy it! =)
  10. MusicBanter: The words "music theory" probably conjures up images of a studious professor type analyzing every detail and note in a piece of music, much like a high school student dissects a frog. Music is math. There are a myriad of ways you can perceive a quantity, or a formula/equation, and there are a myriad ways you can perceive music. Some form of understanding of music theory really is necessary to create true art, whether the artist realizes what he or she is doing, or not. It's not like you have to know how every chord relates to its tonic -- some people are more intuitive than others. I should probably clarify I'm somewhere in the middle, personally. I know some level of "academic" music theory, so to speak, but half of me is more intuitive as well. No. Never. In fact, classical music is where theory is really most important. A performer excels when they understand why the composer chose to make this particular section crescendo or diminuendo, or why the composer chose to add an accel. or rit. marking, or why the music trains of thought are voiced the way they are voiced and phrased the way they are phrased. There is no room for McDonald's-style performance in classical music. Do you really imagine this performance would be possible if the pianist did not fully understand the story of the music, rather than "just the notes"? And just imagine how difficult even straight-up memorization of the notes would be if you didn't see how they related to each other!
  11. This is a great idea for a forum thread -- I'm surprised I actually haven't seen one like it until now. Personally, I seem to go through long periods of music writing slumps, where I don't do much of anything, except simply listen to music. (That's where I happen to be right now.) And then I go through long periods of the opposite, where it's nothing but a crazed frenzy to write music, making sure it's structurally sound, harmonically/rhythmically appropriate for what I'm striving to convey, and melodically strong. I try to avoid writing a whole lot of ideas at once -- for me, focusing on one piece of music on a time is most effective. What did I do with music today? Listened to Beethoven's Op. 131 for the first time. Listening to music by composers you respect is an education in and of itself, even when your inner "musician mode" isn't engaged.
  12. I was speaking from the standpoint of someone wishing to compose music, and from the standpoint of one wishing to enjoy music that deviates from what is obvious. I wasn't even talking about performers -- pianists, guitarists, violinists, etc. Yet even then, knowledge of music theory, combined with muscle memory, makes learning and retaining a piece of music much easier than just seeing music as random notes on a page the composer decided to throw on there, or as just a motion you make to cause a sound you want. Like you said, it makes a performance better when you know what it is you're "saying" in the music. It's like the difference between reading words on a page, and comprehending what you're reading. However, I think what you're saying is that it would be detrimental to a performance to over-think it while performing. I'd definitely have to agree -- straightforwardness in performance is a good thing, a lot of times.
  13. *sigh* Now every time I will eat popcorn, I will hum to myself quietly, "When Popcorn came to town". This song is really funny -- good country music tends not to take itself too seriously. I could definitely imagine hearing this on a country radio too, the mix sounds great! =) Thanks for sharing!
  14. An understanding of music theory is of the utmost importance to a musician... period. Great music can come in all shapes, forms, and sizes, just like living, breathing people. The more one understands the various angles you can look at music, the more doors open to appreciation of music that may never have even been conceived of before. Anyone can enjoy a song with a good melody and a good harmony -- there's certainly nothing wrong with that. But music theory expands the comprehension of music on a deeper level, so one can enjoy pieces of music that would cause others to simply tilt their head and think to themselves, "What utter nonsense". To say that this piece by Beethoven is a sublime masterpiece is still, somehow, an understatement. Knowledge of music theory is definitely required to appreciate it fully, however.
  15. You derived real inspiration from a tragic circumstance. This is one of the most difficult things to do, I personally believe; there are many obstacles that can arise. It's hard to bare your soul to an audience like this, and it can also be hard to be objective with your music writing with something so close to your heart. I think you managed to overcome both of those potential roadblocks. I agree with Abby on this one, I think it is fine the way it is; I like the addition of the sparse piano, as well. I thought it was tastefully done. Thanks for sharing, I think this is wonderful