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The Routine #5 Rag


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michaeljayklein

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I got the idea for this thing from "Eenie-Meenie-Miney-Moe" (I always look to great music for inspiration of this magnitude).

I used a software I had but never found use for it until now, "Notation Composer", which is pretty easy (well, not really--not for me yet) to fix some boo-boos, although I actually added new boo-boos fixing the other boo-boos (I'll get this thing down eventually). It's also very handy because if you're not good at writing directly on manuscript (and admittedly, I've never been that great of a reader--just "good" maybe--so writing music for me is even harder), you can work out what you have so far, play it into a MIDI and then Notation notates it all for you; this really helped me a lot to put this together. Drums and stuff are from Mixcraft.

I'll be taking a bit of a vacation from Macjams and I'm sure you all probably need a vacation from me lately! Enjoy the summer and I'll see you soon,

Michael

Note: Some parts of this got distorted just a little bit--I did not realize it's not a good idea to use the damper peddle too heavily when recording into MIDI (but I'm done with the thing so deal with it--insert smiley face here!)

PS to Impsie: This was the MP I said I was laboring over the past few weeks--now you know!
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Uploaded: Jun 30, 2011 - 06:02:12 AM
Last Updated: Sep 05, 2011 - 06:58:58 PM Last Played: May 31, 2019 - 03:06:34 AM
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Hardware:
Yamaha keyboard ("S" series something or other--I'm too lazy right now to look)
Software:
Mixcraft (for MIDI and loops)
Comments
SCJohnson59 said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
YAY!! Firsties!!!
Is that you wailing on your axe Mike? ... :)
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michaeljayklein said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Thank you Scotty!
Oh no, that wasn't me--not SMOOTH enough! I got that vocal effect off Mixcraft (not much to choose from for something like this, let me tell you!). Very glad you enjoyed this and much appreciated hearing from you. Hope you and Cupcake enjoy the upcoming holidays and keep up the really good work you are doing lately! Take care until next time, Michael
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drakonis said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
always love a good rag
And this is it! You are such an impressive one... just thought you'd "write a rag" and "oh, learn to use Notation Composer" too... sheesh! An unstoppable force, you. And a great result, beautiful little number, though I could probably have done with less drums (made it sound like a Nickelodeon, but you're too young to know what those are, smirk.)

Have a great Summer vacation, we'll miss you here!

ttfn,
Drakonis
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michaeljayklein said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Thanks Eduard
Actually, maybe I was in error, but I wanted to give this a period sound, pretty much like how it would have been played around Scott Joplin's time--I was just guessing the percussion would have been something like that, but yeah, I think I could have cut some out. Oh well, the nice thing is, I can go back and polish this up more. Yanno, I played this over my speakers before posting and there's one horrifyingly bad note in there that really didn't sound so bad on my headphones (UGH!) That was one I added too--I'll be damned! I need to spend a bit more quality time with Notation to work it properly, but that's part of what I'll be doing while I'm on sabbatical. Thanks again--you take care now! Michael
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gadzooks said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
The Routine #5 Rag
These are some nice boo boo's Michael! Great rag time piano tinkling. You are one talented guy.
Love it!
Have a great summer!
SG
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michaeljayklein said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Stan the Man!
Greatly appreciated Stan--especially after having listened to all the stunning work you've put out here, I am humbled. Glad you liked this and if you like ragtime (ragtime, stride and boogie woogie are the things I guess I play best), I'm going to be pulling out the Joplin book and doing some of those while I'm off for a while. You take care now and keep up the great work you do! Michael
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magnatone said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
YAY!!!
i've been DYING to hear you play rag with your new toy michael! i think you're one of the best ragtime players i know - i hope to hear LOTS more of this from you!
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michaeljayklein said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Karen!
I probably should have consulted you (did you hear that one really awful note in there? (See Drakonis Response #2 for details). But it's okay--nothing is perfect no matter how much we try to think it is--I gave up on that bit a while ago! I greatly appreciated hearing from you, as talented as you are at the piano and doing this kind of thing so excellently. You take care now--I will be back! Michael
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RAVENS said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Wowzers
Aha, so here it is. And all the while I just thought you were fooking around trying to learn the ins & outs of your keyboard. This is truly terrific, reminds me of something I'd hear on Coney Island Radio. (don't think it exists anymore) Enjoy your break, and make sure you create a few more numbers like thissun for when you come back! You is da bestest!

Imps ;-)
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RAVENS said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Oh...
Whatta rip-off, no download! I want my money back! ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Thankee Impsie
Once I got a few things straightened out, I was all set--just needed some help (thank Andrew for that!) Remember a while ago I told you about this Notation program? I NEVER could write anything on it--not in my head anyway! So I actually got to use it after all! I have to figure out how to configure notes on it--it wants to take (for example) a whole note and turn it into a half note, etc. This drove me nuts, but I did the best I can. I'll figure this out later. Anyway, I WAS going to title this the "Mo-Mo Rag" and later "The Bimbo Rag", but.....you take care now! Hope your eyelids are clearing up! Moe
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Jarvoid said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Absolutely nothing
routine about this,it's a classic ragtime even if it is only #5 ....I think it should be #1...I am with Drak on the druma....they can be a bit machine gunlike but hey what da funk? It is a genuine pleasure to listen to.Have a nice break.....provided of course that it is not a limb.....

Chris J
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michaeljayklein said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Thanks very much mate!
I'm still a novice with all this stuff--first time I've done something like this, putting the notes on paper so to speak, but it was a very good learning experience, and I think with the way I did this thing, I'll have a much easier time actually composing something. I tend to just play stuff and forget what I did, so this Notation deal was a very good tool for taking down what I came up with as this piece evolved--a real blessing! Great to hear from you Chris--take good care now, Michael
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ShadowofNine said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Rag's
I always like rag's and this is no exception, bravi. Enjoy your time roaming around Michael use lots of sun screen...
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michaeljayklein said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Dave Baby
Well, some have claimed I'm on the rag (you know how bitchy I can be, so this is understandable). Dave you are too kind--thanks again my friend! And oh, I'm what you call an "indoorsman" so no need for the Coppertone! I'll probably be around later next month, so until then, you take good care of yourself chief! Best, Michael
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CC_Connection said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
10 Stars!!!
I am dancing and not going to stop for the night. I love this song. You play the piano so good but no singing on this song.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Tina!
Thanks so very much--now I am glad I put so much time and effort into this! You take good care now--will be gone for several weeks, but hope you have fun in the meantime! Michael
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dave_b said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
The Routine #5 Rag
Cool composition and really nice piano chops. I listened hard after reading the other comments and didn't hear any sour notes.
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michaeljayklein said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Dave
Yeah, especially in the beginning (which I played with when I was first getting the idea of how to use Notation--no big deal though!) As always, I'm very glad and very thankful for your listening and of course, for such kind words. You take it easy partner--thanks again, Michael
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867-5309 said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
yum yum
nice entertainment !
lovin' that yamaha
that 2 minute mark is nifty.
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michaeljayklein said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Thanks very much Scott
There's a similar thing in one of Scott Joplin's rags, which I always liked to kind of "borrowed" that from him (I can't remember the name of the rag, although I think it's the "Maple Leaf Rag"---in the intro there, very similar). Appreciated hearing from you and hope you didn't melt today--whew! Michael
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PeterB7858 said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Yeah...
Jeez MJK, have you been on a roll recently. I can't keep up with your output. Nice ragtime feel. Forget the technical aspects - this is just enjoyable in its own right. Have a great break, but don't be gone too long. Regards, Peter.
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michaeljayklein said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Hi Peter
Yeah, I'm like white on rice lately--just one of those interludes for me (because normally I'm pretty poky, let me tell you. Maybe it's the heat at work over here!) Very grateful to hear from a very talented guy like yourself--makes me beam Peter! Hope things are looking up for you in your own life and that you've been able to somehow keep a stiff upper lip. I know things will get better soon for you, so hang in there! Peter, enjoy the holidays and I'll see you and the rest of the crew here probably in late July. Take care now! Michael
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Keedee said 3028 days ago (June 30th, 2011)
Fancy Fingers....
Watching "The Roaring Twenties" and your music fit in so nicely, I forgot yous was playin'. :D
Love the way your fingers seem to dance about the ivory. This was DELIGHTFUL!!!
michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Thanks again Lyn!
Glad you liked this! I was just a kid when "The Sting" came out and of course, all we piano students were playing ragtime that summer--my specialty was "The Maple Leaf Rag"--I must have played that some 2,021 times at various functions and graduations in school! You take care now and hope the heat is not bothering you thus far! Michael
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ted23 said 3028 days ago (July 1st, 2011)
Whistle
Well played sir.
My work colleagues will be relived (for about 30 seconds) as I now have a new whistling tune. The novelty of that little spanish flea song has worn off for them.
Infectious? Yes.
michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Thanks again Ted
Might be the last! You take care now, Michael
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ShadowofNine said 3027 days ago (July 1st, 2011)
Hahahaha
Oh...
Whatta rip-off, no download! I want my money back!

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michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Hahahahaha
I doubt anybody would want this anyway! I want my money back--you are too much Dave! Thanks!
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DWL said 3026 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
I've been away
but I see you've busy!

This is excellent Michael. Very impressive. It'd the first of your own compositions I've heard but I'm a long way from catching up on things.

I love your humour in this. Brings a smile to me face it does, gor'blimey!

Cheers

Dick
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michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Thanks Dick
You are much too kind--take care now! Michael (Good seeing you again!)
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neilh79 said 3026 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
The Routine #5 Rag
Michael a really great rag and one that Mr Joplin would have been proud of.

Have a great summer its gonna be weird not hearing you stuff for a while (apart from the occasional through your back catalogue).

Take care my friend see you back round here soon.
michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
He should be Neil
Some of the movements here were based on his stuff, but only in style. I greatly appreciated hearing from you Neil (and hope to get working finally on that song project you so graciously volunteered to work on as well). You take good care now! Michael
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mowguy3 said 3025 days ago (July 3rd, 2011)
Yep
some fine piano. Enjoyed the track. Kind of reminded me of the intro to Jeff Beck's "Goin Down. Nice work...Thanks....
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michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Thanks very much Mow!
Much appreciated!
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alackbass said 3025 days ago (July 3rd, 2011)
The Routine #5 Rag
This is fantastic! I never need a vacation from MJK! More music please!
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michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Thanks very much Andrew
I'm working on a few things now (although candidly, I must admit this did not do as well as I was hoping for, but you know how it is). Much obliged to you for your encouragement and kind words--take good care now! Michael
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J_Gretch said 3025 days ago (July 3rd, 2011)
Routine
Sounds like the old upright piano in our livingroom when I was a kid...Sweet memories.
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michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Old upright in living room
Probably because I have one of those myself J! Damned thing is 63 years old but I get it tuned every three months and have it refurbished when needed (this piece was done on an electric keyboard of course). Thanks again--and take good care now! Michael
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finkeldink said 3025 days ago (July 3rd, 2011)
Quirky and great
As always MJK you bring the roof right down.

Good stuff my friend.
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michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Might have been too quirky
I might try some slow moving classical stuff next time to see if it sells better, but thanks again for your kind words Mike! Take care now! Michael
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Moviz said 3024 days ago (July 4th, 2011)
Nothing
like a good rag Michael and this is a good one you nimble fingered fellow you.... excellent and I think the percussion righted itself (or rather, you righted IT) the further into the song.... Scott Joplin-esque it is, regards M
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michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Thanks again Moe!

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Saltaireguru77 said 3022 days ago (July 6th, 2011)
Routine 5 rag
Quality keyboard bashing here Mr Klein! A real foot tapper! Sounds like you got your head around the software no problem! For some reason, in my head I have Sammy Davis Jr. tap dancing in the background to this... The little "whoop"s and the "oh yeah" made me smile!
Routine 118 - class act well written and performed!
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michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Stephen!
Hey--hope is well with you and hope your vacation went well! Mmmmmmm...maybe not Sammy on this, but perhaps one of the older generation of tap dancers like Bill Robinson or Buck and Bubbles, but I know what you mean. Very happy to hear from you (thanks for all the comments Stephen!) You take good care now and will write to you soon! Michael
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Bowman said 3021 days ago (July 7th, 2011)
Shades of Scott Joplin
Don't know how I missed this Michael.
Beautifully constructed and a natural to move to.
What a wonderful treat and gift for the summer from you my friend.
Cheers,
Charlie
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michaeljayklein said 3020 days ago (July 8th, 2011)
Heigh Ho Charlie
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You take care now, Michael
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egobandit said 3019 days ago (July 9th, 2011)
Fixin boo boos
Thats what its all about, this one sounds like you had fun, have a nice vacation, never a dull moment in your music!
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michaeljayklein said 3018 days ago (July 11th, 2011)
Thanks very much Tim!

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Ibstrat said 3015 days ago (July 13th, 2011)
I
love your piano playing!
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michaeljayklein said 3000 days ago (July 28th, 2011)
Thanks Mark
I'm finally getting acclimated to the weight of the keys on this thing so hope to be not relying on MIDI so much to "fix" things...you are much too kind! Take care now, Michael
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