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Title: [MIDI] RTS - Ascent of Stan
Post by: greenwire on October 08, 2005, 03:50:12 AM
crazy version for pianists with mutant hands.

 ;D
Title: Re: [MIDI] RTS - Ascent of Stan
Post by: benfoldspianoplaya on October 08, 2005, 12:05:45 PM
nicely done!  \m/
Title: Re: [MIDI] RTS - Ascent of Stan
Post by: dranscht on October 09, 2005, 05:08:35 PM
And why must the pianist have mutant hands? I can't really tell just by listening.
Title: Re: [MIDI] RTS - Ascent of Stan
Post by: greenwire on October 10, 2005, 08:41:05 AM
this was transcribed from the album version, so it's a combo of the two piano tracks, (maybe three in places), and possibly some banjo too :)
it's certainly not how ben plays it.
i really wouldn't suggest that anyone should try and learn to play it like this, unless they're a sadist.
might make a good mobile phone ringer tho.

Title: Re: [MIDI] RTS - Ascent of Stan
Post by: spuy767 on July 02, 2006, 03:52:04 AM
this was transcribed from the album version, so it's a combo of the two piano tracks, (maybe three in places), and possibly some banjo too :)
it's certainly not how ben plays it.
i really wouldn't suggest that anyone should try and learn to play it like this, unless they're a sadist.
might make a good mobile phone ringer tho.

The player piano at work makes rather quick work of it.
Title: Re: [MIDI] RTS - Ascent of Stan
Post by: rccody on August 22, 2006, 05:54:28 PM
i took a look at it, and those are some pretty spread out intervals though i always see that kind of thing in piano books and wonder how or why people transcribe stuff like that

and my hand can only barely reach an octave

but the intro part, i play it sort of as transcribed in the songbook, minus the doubling of the bass, so the left hand is doing some alternating 16ths between each tone in the chord and the bass note so i'd do Gmin like G2-D3-Bb2-D3-D2-D3-Bb2-D3 (i don't remember octave number things) and loop that and then do the same for the next chord

but i like the midi, and it's nice to have an ascent of stan midi

edit this will probably better illustrate what i mean
Title: Re: [MIDI] RTS - Ascent of Stan
Post by: Patrick on September 01, 2006, 04:39:36 PM
When I play it solo, I kind of cheat.  I just take the chord positions and there's a certain pattern to playing it that it's the same thing over and over again, but it sounds pretty awesome.  I'll post a MIDI of it if you want so you guys can judge how it sounds?
Title: Re: [MIDI] RTS - Ascent of Stan
Post by: greenwire on September 02, 2006, 05:51:13 AM
the live version in the completed transcription board is a lot more accurate.
im gonna have another look at it though, coz there's something wrong in the first verse.

the big intervals are hard when you first start playing it, but its surprising how quickly it becomes easy. its kinda in the wrist, and using your middle finger as a pivot. (hard to explain)

jesusland is a good warmup for ascent of stan, because it has a similar left hand pattern but its not as big a stretch.
Title: Re: [MIDI] RTS - Ascent of Stan
Post by: Patrick on September 02, 2006, 10:24:25 AM
Here's the MIDI the way that I play it.  Now that I listen to it, I guess I sort of combinded the live and album version?  I don't really know.  As for the speed, I know it's really fast and I apologize... I always wind up playing things faster than I mean to.  But I don't know, this works for me.
Title: Re: [MIDI] RTS - Ascent of Stan
Post by: greenwire on September 04, 2006, 11:42:30 AM
good stuff! better than i can play it at the moment. i lose it in the verses.