Play ‘Battle Of The Ads’ On Your Digital Piano

Hey how’s it going? … We’re on the countdown to Christmas from tomorrow and you should have four digital piano melodies up your sleeve. ’Jingle Bells’, ‘Ding Dong Merrily’, ‘Call Of Duty’ and the more recent ‘Power Of Love’ are all courtesy of TV Christmas adverts for 2012.

Another One To ‘Asda’ Your Collection

Thought I’d drop a controversial advert in today. As we know John Lewis topped the Christmas TV Ad Charts 2012 as Mr Snowman ‘bares all’ to buy a present for his snow lady.   Continue reading “Play ‘Battle Of The Ads’ On Your Digital Piano”

A Christmas Repertoire On Your New Digital Piano

So you’ve read the manual of your new digital piano, you’re sitting comfortably on the new, plush piano stool, powered her up and she’s ready to go. The layout is unfamiliar – having not driven one like this before. It’s an automatic in that as soon as you press the key it will play! Find the white note middle C in the centre of the keyboard ‘to the left of the two black keys’. The keys are named alphabetically from A to G, starting with C etc. These ascend using their note names stepwise and likewise as they descend down the keyboard.    Continue reading “A Christmas Repertoire On Your New Digital Piano”

The Digital Piano Plays It’s Part – VIII

Continuing the alphabetical listings of the lives of digital piano players (tongue in cheek) exploring letter M – P:

The Digital Piano and the Mephisto WaltzThe Mephisto Waltz (1971):

Liszt wrote his four ‘Mesphisto Waltzes’ during the mid to late Romantic period. They were scored respectively for orchestra, some to be later arranged for digital piano and then later two digital pianos. The first Waltz has the greatest audience ‘pull’ and is recognisable for it’s dissonant quaver motif that dominates the manuscript like a heavily-patterned wallpaper. The scoring for digital piano is brash and unsentimental as Faust and Mephistopheles are drawn into the frenzied wedding celebrations. Continue reading “The Digital Piano Plays It’s Part – VIII”

The Digital Piano Plays Its Part – III

Continuing the alphabetical listings of the lives of digital piano players (tongue in cheek) exploring letter F:

Fingers (1978)

You may recognise this film as being remade in 2005 as The Beat That My Heart Skipped’. Jimmy Angelelli comes from a complex parentage. His darker side reflects his father’s dominance as a loan shark as the aggressive side of Jimmy’s character is revealed. His sensitivity as a talented digital piano player comes from his mother’s ‘cut of the same cloth’. Continue reading “The Digital Piano Plays Its Part – III”

The Digital Piano Plays Its Part – II

Continuing the alphabetical listings of the lives of digital piano players (tongue in cheek) from B-C:

Beyond 88 Keys (2004)

This is a documentary film about the life of Michael Arnowitt, a Vermont peace activist and digital piano player. The film contains footage from live concerts both in the United States and in Europe, along with interview segments with Arnowitt, musical colleagues, arts presenters, and audience members. The film also looks into the backstage life of a concert digital piano player. Continue reading “The Digital Piano Plays Its Part – II”

Film Focus – All About The Digital Electric Piano

Have you ever stopped to think just how many films use the digital piano as their main focus be it in the title, or as a specific scene. For example, the following  films have titles dedicated to the electric piano;

The Digital Piano Teacher (2001)

This is a psychological drama about a failed concert digital grand piano player Erika Kohut. She is a dowdy spinster who lives with her elderly mother in an apartment in Vienna and teaches digital piano at the conservatory. Her life is an entangled web of solitary and less than moral kicks. Then she meets Walter, a student, who is attracted to her – the attraction leads her into a sado-masochistic relationship, carried out on Erika’s terms. The digital piano score comprises predominatly of Schubert electric piano scores. Continue reading “Film Focus – All About The Digital Electric Piano”