Rough Cuts #1

I regularly read the blogs of several independent authors. One of the things they all do that I really like is post regular samples of new work. One of my favorite writers has a new novel in progress and publishes a chapter weekly (or as near to weekly as she can manage!)

I’ve wanted to do something similar for several months now. I’ve held back because of the technical challenges. When we record here (as we have for 3 albums now), we basically trash the music room with soft items to get the trebles not to sound harsh. And I bring in a piano tuner every day during the recording sessions. Setting up to record is just not something I can do weekly or even monthly.

So, I’m trying my first “rough cut” track by recording from the Kurzweil keyboard. On the plus side: In tune. Sitting right there. Easy to hook up to a digital recorder.

On the minus side: The sound is not as rich as my piano, and it doesn’t have the range of tone for me to play with. Also, this week, the pedal is being very finicky and cuts out in the middle of a track, requiring frequent help from my tech guy.

So there are all my disclaimers! The music I’m playing in this track is the final music. (She says that now…) The performance is definitely a rough cut and the quality of the recording ditto.

For our first Rough Cut: Autumn Whispers, the intermediate level piece I created last fall to round out my new Five Easy Pieces ebook. 

Autumn Whispers by Kathleen Ryan © 2015 Indigo Mesa Music

Enjoy! And do let me know what you think!

Autumn Whispers sheet music here.

Five Easy Pieces ebook here.

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