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A Random Gordon Jenkins Memory

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My Dad told me that in Gordon Jenkins arrangements, when Gordon would play those single-line counter-melodies in the medium-low register of the piano, he would rapidly shake his finger back and forth as he held the final note, as if to give it a vibrato.  Obviously, this is impossible to achieve on the piano, but it must have worked for Gordon, at least in his head.

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I once read something by Roger Kellaway in which he said he could alter the pitch of a note by moving his finger on a depressed key. Someone who knew a lot more than I do about piano playing told me this was impossible.

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58 minutes ago, BillF said:

I once read something by Roger Kellaway in which he said he could alter the pitch of a note by moving his finger on a depressed key. Someone who knew a lot more than I do about piano playing told me this was impossible.

It is impossible.  It exists in the player's head, but if believing this makes them play better, who are we to judge?

 

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7 hours ago, BillF said:

I once read something by Roger Kellaway in which he said he could alter the pitch of a note by moving his finger on a depressed key. Someone who knew a lot more than I do about piano playing told me this was impossible.

They're just envious of horn and string players.Sorry piano boys, you can't have everything.

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Gordon's son Bruce is a long-time sports reporter for the SF Chronicle. He recently retired from full time work, but still writes a weekly column. Very smart and funny.

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7 hours ago, sgcim said:

They're just envious of horn and string players.Sorry piano boys, you can't have everything.

 

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1 hour ago, Rooster_Ties said:

 

Nice one! :lol:

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A friend of mine used to say that one of the best aspects of the modern piano is that you cannot produce a vibrato on it!

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