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great videos there...
alt. link:

an interesting jazz phenomenon.  thanks for sharing nor.
that was nice.  a little jazzier than the original, probably because of the minor mode and the flat 7ths in the bass.  how old are you? (nm, your youtube page says 19).

do you ever play it with the original bass riff and in major?
i also think it's a good jazz resource, however nor, i have one request-

when you're posting this sort of thing, please keep the heading normal, that is, not all caps and don't start/end it with !!!.  it looks like email spam the way it is now.
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i can't sightread- i just do the basic blues in the left hand and improv in the right. i know the melody by ear.
exaltly what i've been looking for. thanks man
the playing on this cut suffers the same weaknesses as your other videos.  not grounded.  it shows you rarely if ever work with a metronome and have a undeveloped sence of time. you go into into your pieces like many of my begining students without even giving what your tempo or beat is going to be a fleeting thought.  your melodic sence and improvisations are also imature.  you play no melodic lines at all.
you say you play by ear, yet all your right hand lines are mindless blues scales that are typically played by someone who has learned that those are the scales you play out of a book and has never considered whether they sound good or not.  improvisational skills are developed in jazz by serious study of melody... we develop our inner ears and learn to transfer our ideas.... basically compositions
in real time to our fingers.. frankly i do not know what to call what it is you are doing... but it is not improvisation and it is not jazz.
is (and not what you imagine it to be).

you have a certain degree of talent, but a lot more work is needed on your part to take it to the next level(s).  

many have said that the journey is really the destination. learning jazz piano might be a long road, but it is one heck of a cool journey!

all the best!
titanic's time is not bad, mike is being way too harsh. the left hand is pretty steady, although there are a few glitches along the way. the right hand is sloppy though and it sounds like it's all being over-pedaled. try it with no pedal at all and it will sound cleaner.
well, mike's not beating around the bush, that's for sure.

i'll add my 2 cents.

as i said before, your enthusiasm is excellent.  you do have a gift, your ear seems to be very strong at a relatively young age.  seems like you can pick up tunes fairly well also, by ear, and that's a great talent to have!  keep it up as much as you can.

some things i would definitely work on to improve, and i'm going to include things the other guys said, are:

1. practice with a metronome. go as far as making some videos while the metronome is on.  having good, solid time is more important than knowing what notes to play. learning notes is science, time is art.

2. your playing is great for what it is. enjoyable, fun at a party, jamming hours into the night i'm sure, all of that and more.  i can tell you have fun playing the piano and that's the most important thing.  to help you progress to the next level, you're going to need to learn the vocabulary of the music you're playing.  it sounds like you listen to the tune in general, but you're not listening to the piano player in the tune.  your right hand just kind of meanders over the blues.  hey, i'm not knocking it, that's what i was doing when i started out in jazz.  riffing on the blues scale is fun, but there is oh so much more you can do!

watch the following youtube video and learn it.  not just the song, but learn what the pianist is doing, play one or two choruses exactly like him.  if you do that, your playing will immediately progress to the next level.  copy how this man plays this song note for note if you can (really, anyone could learn from this one :)



3. stretch your hands and mind by trying to play your stuff in the hardest keys you can imagine.  gb, b, e, etc...  

4. keep on keeping on!  don't get discouraged if some people blast you and others love you, just believe in what you're doing and keep it up!
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i agree with all 7 wrote and all scot wrote.
jazz + is simply wrong...   your time is bad... with a capital b.
it is quite obvious it is something you have never worked on... or even considered the fact that all good musicians have at one time in their lives worked hard... very hard... very very hard to develop a good sence of time.
pitch.... notes mean nothing even they are not placed in the right place in time.  the notes you are playing are rarely being placed in the right place in time... sometimes they are close to the right place in time.  sometimes they are early,  sometimes they are late,  but they are almost never right where they should be.  so almost every note you play quite simply sounds wrong.
i didn't say it was perfect, yes it does slow down and speed up, but she's not tring to be dave mckenna, lighten up!
i agree with scot when he says "i am not beating around the bush"
i would have a lot more students if i was the type of teacher who did "beat around the bush".  i would make a heck of a lot more money than i do...  but you said you were an adult and you wanted an honest critique  so i am giving it to you as i give it to my paying students..
honest and straight from the hip.  if you want to become a good pianist in the jazz idiom you have some serious work to do and for you it starts with a metronome.
she is a kid (is she 14?) with raw talent who could benefit a lot from a good teacher.  think about the kids her age who are shredding to guitar tabs!

keep it up, sweetheart.  i think you're ahead of the curve, but you will need to work even harder and could use some help to stay that way.
actually, i'm 19.
read the threads before you post.  she has said she is 19 and has asked to please be treated as an adult!  dont be an ass after that and call her sweetheart.
as a teacher and student of playing the piano, i see people with various levels of talent and musicianship. some are very disciplined but at the same time imprisoned by it, while others are free improvisational players and seem imprisoned by the notion that they are blessed and should not mess with their gifts.  these folks tend to avoid or resist discipline. in my opinion (and experience) the folks that blend the two seem to get the most out of their gifts.  

i think you, titanicpiano14 seem fall into the second of those categories.  you seem to be a free spirit with a lot of love and enthusiasm for music and your gift.  it is entirely possible to learn some of the tried and true basics of piano playing without throwing a wet blanket on your enthusiasm, but it might require finding a good mentor or two.  

why re-invent the wheel?  why not learn the conventional major scale fingerings and practice them with a metronome?  why not practice your existing arrangements with a metronome?  why not transpose your existing arrangements and licks in the other 11 keys?    

i know through my experience as a player (i started out much like you) that spending a little quality time with those things will only improve your playing.  of course, the learning curves you encounter from time to time can be quite humbling, but if your realize that those are growing pains as opposed to stumbling blocks, you'll come out a winner every time.  playing music is a lot like math.  no matter what number you have, you can always add 1. it never ends:)

please keep us posted on your progress.
very well stated dr. i hope that something is gleaned from all the posts here as there is beneficial direction for nearly each and every one of us. thanks all.
here's some great blues piano from the "johnnie" in johhny b. goode, johnnie johnson, as well as clapton, richards, and berry himself.
(this was supposed to go with the message above, and as a suggestion for some authentic jj blues piano to go with what you do already.)

clapton is a lwmf
well i like all his stuff with cream,  layla and let it rain... stuff like that he did was great... but when he started to pretend he was a legitimate blues player it was such bs.  turned him from a legitimate great rocker to just another lwmf.
it's funny how people can prescribe hard work and instruction of some, and slam others who paid their dues in the same thread.
i personally don't consider clapton a light weight and neither am i
to assume what his sexual habits are.
piano johnny b goode:

why are you talking about his sexual habits?  i have never heard anything about them.
i asked a lady at the convent if she had any nasty habits.

"nun" she replied.
lol
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