A “Sanctified Rhythm Blues” from “Southern-Fried Blues”“Sanctified Rhythm Blues”, da “Southern-Fried Blues”

 “SANCTIFIED RHYTHM BLUES” and my book “SOUTHERN-FRIED BLUES” The piece featured today is Sanctified Rhythm Blues, an original composition of mine from my book Southern Fried-Blues, published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company of San Diego, California. Here is a beautiful “Classitronic” interpretation of it, posted by Jim Engel on YouTube (thank you, Jim, and nice to meet you!): http://youtu.be/tezN3ZNTF_s Southern Fried-Blues is a collection of five blues piano originals illustrating various facets of blues piano. Sanctified Rhythm Blues is an example of the much favored slow blues approach in 6/8 time, with left hand “rootless voicings” too. The other pieces in this book deal with the “walkin’ bass” technique, some useful variants and re-harmonizations of the basic 12-bar blues form, Gospel-like colorations, etc.Continua…

Piano arrangement from Vivaldi “The Seasons”Arrangiamento pianistico da “Le quattro stagioni” di Antonio Vivaldi

Just found on YouTube a very nice video of my easy piano arrangement of the Largo movement from L’Inverno of Vivaldi‘s The Seasons, included in my most beloved book  Echoes of Venice—The Music of Venice for Piano Solo or Sing-Along (San Diego, California, Neil A. Kjos Music Company, 1996, pp. 16, WP396, $3.95). Many thanks to jeffozvold for having played it so beautifully and having posted it on YouTube! Now this video (http://youtu.be/wUrCJiXO79w) has been deleted from YouTube. Too bad, because I think it was played very well indeed! You can listen the audio of it here:

Echoes of Venice is available through music dealers and online at the Kjos Music website.

I am using this book with many of my piano students since several years and with great success at schools recitals too. This collection of easy intermediate piano arrangements (with lyrics included) is dedicated to the beautiful city of Venezia and features six famous classical and traditional pieces closely related to it: Il Carnevale di Venezia (Paganini), Largo from “L’inverno” (Vivaldi), Barcarola (Offenbach), La biondina in gondoleta (Mayr), and the old traditional songs Il barcarol del Brenta and E mi me ne so ‘ndao (this latter also known as Peregrinazioni lagunarie or Tragando l’ansana).