i recorded this after coming up with my own arrangements from whatever little vocabulary i've got.  

this is very short (1 chorus)

all feedback welcome. sometimes i'm not really sure what i play, i tried the 'what sounds good is good' approach.  

take care.
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very nice. keep playing it your way and listen to everyone you can.
i'll second pphilip.  for what it's worth, i've found that soliciting advice or commentary from others can do more harm than good.  doing what pphilip suggested is theeee way :)
i enjoyed your version of stella especailly since you keep the melody very clear. i have enjoyed all you posts and i'm inspired by your growth. if i'm not mistaken, we are similar in that we are both grwon men with family and all sorts of responsibilities. with that in mind, i have a few questions for you:

how much time to normally practice daily?

do you take lessons?

how long have you been playing piano? how long have you been playing jazz piano?

what kinds of things are you working on?

i know, lots of questions. if you have time i'd love to hear from you.
sounds like wise advice from philip.  
paul, yes, you've pretty much described me. what was interesting about stella was that in all of my recordings, noone even bothers to even play the melody at all. that's how big stella is :)
so i ended up picking the melody from an anita o'day recording on youtube :)

i play about 1 hour a day. i really don't count. but i somehow manage to find time every day. i took a few lessons last year, but i'm not such a good student. in a few hours, i picked up enough info to practice for 10 years !! so the rest of the lessons seemed like time wasted...
i started playing dec 06, just over 2 years. i spent a lot of time on trio etudes, you can find them on my youtube channel. they are way above my actual abilities. i can play them, but i could not come up with them :). still, i have really enjoyed them a lot.  

right now, i'm working on a number of things:
- playing tunes through keys. every thing i do i start playing in random keys.  
- i'm learning the chord tone approach, playing just chord tones on tunes. i will develop on that.  
- at the same time, i work on my etudes once in a while.
- and then i try to develop my ear and arrangements by doing these stella kind of things.  

for the stella exercise, i got most of the ideas from 7notemodes on youtube, he has put awesome tutorials on line.  
also i played the steinway series and they have some simple stuff that i could pick up.  

thanks for watching.
take care
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