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Old 09-29-2012, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Even though I am classically trained, I love early American music, particularly the piano. Swing (a.k.a. Shuffle) did not become popular until the late 1910s. Boogie evolved from Blues by the late 1920s, using the same twelve bar measures repeatedly. The chief difference was that Blues was played using the dominant seventh chords, and Boogie used major chords. That gave Boogie Woogie a more upbeat feel than Blues.

This piece has fourteen repetitions of the same twelve bar measures, with four measures in C major (tonic), two measures in F major (sub-dominate), two measures in C major (tonic), two measures in G major (dominate), and two measures in C major (tonic).

While the left hand plays a relatively static Stride style throughout the piece, I used piano "riffs" in the right hand for each of the fourteen repetitions from the great Boogie and Swing artists of the 1930s and 1940s, all of whom appear in the video. While it is an original work, it is heavily inspired by these great artists. This is my tribute, or homage, to these great composers.

I kept this work simple. Besides the acoustic grand piano there is an acoustic bass and brush set drums. Once again, the photos are courtesy of Google.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing this piece.


A Swingin' Alaska Boogie in C - YouTube
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Excellent work, Glith!

Is that you, the guy playing the piano just before the music starts?
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Homer ak.
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Very nice reminds me of the first time I heard this type of music I was stationed in Spain in 72. Thanks for bringing alive that old memory.
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:19 PM
 
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Awesome!
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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Love it !!!
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Excellent work, Glith!

Is that you, the guy playing the piano just before the music starts?
Thanks. No, I am much older, have longer hair, and a beard.
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Very nice reminds me of the first time I heard this type of music I was stationed in Spain in 72. Thanks for bringing alive that old memory.
My pleasure.

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Love it !!!
Thanks.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Do you or will you play for your little owl? Kudos
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Do you or will you play for your little owl? Kudos
Peppe used to sing when I played or listened to my music, more so than when it was just the TV making noise. Of course, he also sang when there was no noise in the house. The volume of his "hoots" was directly proportional to the amount of noise in the house. He always had to be louder. I must be a male thing.

As long as the house was quiet, I had no problems sleeping through his "hooting" at night.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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As a newer fiddler, I'm always impressed with people that can make their own music. And this music is really inspiring. What a talent you have!
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