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    They all laughed when I sat down at the piano - but ...

    Does anyone remember the series of adverts (1920s/30s/40s) in the press? The slogan is reckoned to be one of the advertising world's "greats". You can see the advert here: https://swiped.co/file/they-laughed-when-i-sat-down-at-the-piano-by-john-caples/ But what was the "method"? Was it perhaps...
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    Smoke Gets in your Eyes (middle 8)

    My version of the above is in Eb ... but then comes the dreaded middle 8 ... where off it goes into what I suppose is B. It's by far the most difficult piece that I have in my Great American Songbooks and I've never been able to get through without pausing and/or fluffing. Am I alone in finding...
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    Fats Domino Accompaniment Style (?)

    Thanks for all the replies ... all interesting. However, I still find it hard to do! Did Fats Domino originate this style, I wonder? M
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    Fats Domino Accompaniment Style (?)

    For starters, I should say that I play straight piano and not keyboard. But hopefully someone will nevertheless come forward with a comment. What I call (for want of a better term) "the Fats Domino accompaniment" is characteristic of him. He does it nearly all the time. You even hear it on old...
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    Please don't talk about me when I'm gone

    Things to catch up on. Thanks, Ray, for directing me to YouTube, where I found Sleepwalk. And yes, I recognised it at once. With regard to Lazy River I bought the download from Musicnotes this morning but it doesn't include the lyrics. I do like to see the lyrics because they help me to read...
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    Please don't talk about me when I'm gone

    Thanks for your comment, Ray. I don't know Sleepwalk but can see what you mean from the examples. I once heard George Shearing ... don't remember what he was playing ... some standard or other ... but all of a sudden it changed to Get me to the church on time. He went on for a few bars and...
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    Please don't talk about me when I'm gone

    Thanks for pointing me towards Up a lazy river. I remember this was a favourite of Ken Colyer - spent many an evening at his club in Great Newport Street in the 1950s. Looking at the single flat in the key signature I would suppose it's in F but perhaps it's in Dm? In the latter case, I guess I...
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    Please don't talk about me when I'm gone

    I was playing around with Please don't talk about me when I'm gone when, all of a sudden, 'Five foot two eyes of blue' popped up out of nowhere. When I look at the chords I see that they run in the same way: C - E7 - A7 - D7 - G7+ - C I believe this can be expressed as I - III - VI - II - V7+...
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    Middle 8 (In the Blue of Evening)

    Not been looked at this thread for a while but I'd like to thank you again for your patience and explanations. I'd often noticed that middle 8s sounded different. It's only recently that I've started to explore what's actually going on. Thanks again. M
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    Middle 8 (In the Blue of Evening)

    Thanks again. I'll look at your comments in detail a bit later. Right now, I'm reminded of the line in Every time we say good-bye (Cole Porter) "How strange the change from major to minor". Does the melody at that point really change from major to minor?
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    Middle 8 (In the Blue of Evening)

    OK and thank you. I must say that I do find this business of major/minor a bit confusing. As with the above song, I ask myself, "Is the middle 8 in G or in Em?" People say, "Oh it's the way it sounds." Or they say, "Minor sound darker or sadder." The key signature is the same for both. OK it...
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    Middle 8 (In the Blue of Evening)

    Many thanks for the replies. I've got quite interested in songs which, in the middle 8, go off into another key. It's only recently that I've noticed what's going on. In many (most?) cases there's no change of key signature but simply accidentals. Just this morning, I found a new one: If I...
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    Middle 8 (In the Blue of Evening)

    Thanks very much for taking the trouble to reply in such detail to my query. Yes, the term 'signal chord' is something I made up but I'll read your explanation more thoroughly later. It's only in the fairly recent past that I've noticed when a song goes off somewhere else ... even when there's...
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    Middle 8 (In the Blue of Evening)

    Again, not "My Music" but people here are always kind enough to answer my questions. So ... The version of 'In the Blue of Evening' (Tom Adair + D'Artega - 1942) that I have starts out in F and for the middle 8 I reckon it goes into Db. The second chorus ends with C7b9 - F and then then...
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    Backing tracks (with acoustic piano)

    Thanks for your reply - I'll check that out. M
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