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    the way of the sumo pianist

    Hey everybody,

    You probably didn't know I also play and compose instrumental music, ranging from steel-string guitar to classical nylon string, organ or piano.

    A few months ago I had recorded the following short piece of music which should be easy to understand for anybody.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k46ykcJHws4"]YouTube - Bartok way of the sumo[/ame]

    The piece was created by Bartok, but tempo and articulation are unlike anything the world has experienced so far. Positioned like a sumo-wrestler before a match, this somewhat awkward method does enable extra precise and unexpected articulation and phrasing. The ending of this piece was improvized on the spot!

    To be more accurate: I was actually seated like this guy, obviously with my hands touching the piano keys..



    It allows an interesting central point of gravity!
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    Re: the way of the sumo pianist

    Dearest Fa,

    I really like this, honey

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    Re: the way of the sumo pianist

    i hope you haven't eaten that much beans and onions BEFORE you got in that position

    And I really wonder about the piano's manual when you try to play it in that position.

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    Fa will love your answer

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    feeling low

    Quote Originally Posted by Jess
    Fa will love your answer
    Yes I suppose so.. Well, to be honest I'm a lousy sumo-wrestler..

    ..but to play music, I need to digest my food first. The position works out if you know where the keys are - one turns out to be the lowest of the lowest though (among pianists)..

    And remember there are two types of being fat: there is gross obesity and there is cosy chubbiness.

    Thank you two for checking it out.. would you consider rating it on youtube..?
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    I`m listening to the music again...and looking at the sumo wrestler...thing is my brain won`t put the two together in any form!...I`ve got that very same expression I had when I first saw a Rubik`s cube! Nice piece of music though. I`ll throw some stars your way next time I`m on the tube.

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    and a little too much to drink I'm afraid!

    Quote Originally Posted by SleepyJack View Post
    ..thing is my brain won`t put the two together in any form!... I`ll throw some stars your way next time I`m on the tube
    Thank you! It's hard to tell you how grateful I am.. I certainly hope Mrs. Fawlty appreciates how lucky she is!

    I am probably notorious for connecting things seemingly unrelated to each other - to make a long story short, "sumo" is a technique in this case and Bartok the composer of this piece. For some reason his music is suitable for it.
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