What were the "first songs" you played in Pianogroove?

Hi :smiley:

Thought it be great to learn and be inspired from other players in the community.
Curious …

What were your first 3… or 5… or 10 songs/transcriptions/scores on your list that you’ve learned/studied from PianoGroove?

Would be really awesome and interesting to find out which pieces you first tried to play when you first came? …whether you were already jazz players or just first time learners and

“Why did you choose them?”

As for me…
I’ve only started learning

  1. My Funny Valentine
    • initially all bec it is/was the month of February :smile:
    • after listening to Hayden’s version and other versions on YT - that melody really got stuck in my head and the “feels” of it

Still on my baby steps … and this has taken me weeks of sight reading it first - still on a slow tempo - and … thinking, later on - I should also start improvising and adding some notes on the spaces provided for the learner – - that was really a brilliant arrangement from Hayden…

  1. When I Fall in Love (whilst am taking a little break from the first piece)
    • started learning this today ! and I’m really happy I did since it’s a song I know well but have only learned other versions before… that didn’t really connect much to me

I’m thinking of…
3. Nearness of You (still on my “to learn” list)
4. Girl from Ipanema will take me a lot of weeks to learn haha! but I love it…
5. Maybe I can get ideas from your list … :heart:

Thanks so much in advance!:slight_smile: Can’t wait to hear yours…!

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Hi Kristeta,

I’m a first time learner two months into my PianoGroove experience. I’ve been spending time learning Nearness of You inspired by seeing Norah Jones perform it at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. She is an accomplished player with a truly unique raspy voice!

I understand the theory part and can play through the piece but for me the biggest challenge is trying to avoid sounding robotic - to be able to impart the emotion of the song onto the piano keys. I guess that will come to me after 10,000 hours of practice!

I’m looking forward to learning all the standards in the courses and pieces like Moon River and Blue Moon.

Cheers,

Patrick

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hi Patrick! :smiley: Welcome to the community! Thank you! Really appreciate the share of thoughts - couldn’t agree more! and wow - nice to hear you got to watch Norah Jones at the Jazz festival … I only have her CDs and vids haha!

Hope you keep us posted -on your progress on “Nearness of You” (great pick!)
Love Moon River too and Blue moon! very soothing to the ears ! with practice - it will only be a matter of time till you get really comfortable with the song/s - don’t worry, we’re all on the same boat hehe :grinning: excited for yah!

Btw, I liked what you said about avoiding to sound ‘robotic’ - fully agree with you on this - I was actually lookin’ at exercises here at PG - on incorporating dynamics when playing or learning a song - this of course is apart from the innate ‘feel’ that we can already add/ put into our playing :slight_smile:

off topic -
I do have that initial feeling when I practice with the click - It’s a work in progress - as I didn’t really use the metronome much before until I started drumming in 2015 where everything is practiced with the click :smile: reason why i started using it too when learning any song on an instrument then later on (after 10,000,0000 hours of practice :smile:) removing the click and being able to play the tune confidently - and hopefully slowly adding the proper feel/emotion to it…

Take care and all the best!

Kristeta,
Mines were Autumn Leaves, Misty, Funny Valentine, Tenderly and My Foolish heart. All were fairly simple. I still play them all in a similar way but I just change the beat, tempo and and style a little. The iReal pro app has helped me with getting the feel,

Adam

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Great to hear the songs that are on your list! Adam :grinning:
Thanks for sharing!

I was just listening to Misty a day ago on YT and probably bec I’ve also listened to this tune in here - I’m kind of really liking it now and also wanting to add it to my list :slight_smile: All the best!