CyberGene Nice. Definitely worth a visit to spend some time on the beach! I just got back to the US and it is a huge culture shock. It's all very quiet here and seemingly not a whole lot of people around.
jdg78 Thank you very much! I think I especially lucked out on the mics.
Del Vento Thank you! I appreciate all the feedback.
Recording is indeed very difficult for me. Given the logistics and for various reasons, I'm very time constrained for the performance itself, but it is indeed a big effort. Due to all the setup involved, I pretty much have to plan it for a long weekend, and on the day of the shoot, get folks out of the house for as long as they can tolerate.
In this case I had about 10 takes I could have used but I finally picked the very last one. Even so, there are things I had wanted to perform differently, so the take doesn't really perfectly match my intention but I don't have a whole lot of opportunity for reshoots.
In the past, the piece I had the most difficulty with was Gymnopédie No 1. I think that one I ended up having to reshoot the next day or the next week.
I definitely have to work to be able to get the point where I can perfectly perform a piece the first time. That would make my life a lot easier. I'm not at all there and don't really know how to get there. It just ends up being a compromise for me.
HZPiano Wow, nice! Someone apparently put a whole lot of work into these arrangements many years ago to make them both interesting and accessible. There are some channels on YouTube where they have recorded some of these demo songs.
dore_m This is extremely valuable advice and information! Thanks very much for this, I'm deeply appreciative. I will note all this down and experiment for next time.
Rubens I live in the US, so I recorded piano performance there, and then I recorded the beach parts in Mauritius. I've got some Casio keyboards in Mauritius but not an acoustic piano. I suspect there would indeed be some unique challenges there! I've seen a single Yamaha GB1K for sale in Mauritius.
SouthPark Thanks. I'll see if I can do better for next time. 🙂
Mindbullets Thank you!