How the cup song should be done.
Beautiful voices and sweet harmonies bring tears to my eyes. <3333
Sweet sweet synchronization.
there’s playing piano, which is difficult
there’s ragtime piano, which involves difficult techniques and at its best involves lots of improvisations on a theme
then there’s stride piano, which involves no sheet music and is fully improvised along a basic melody and chord progression
then there’s stride piano duet, which involves no sheet music and is fully improvised along a basic melody and progression AND YOU CAN’T SEE YOUR DUET PARTNER’S BODY LANGUAGE
basically this is magic
I loved this even more when I realized that as they recognize each other’s chord progressions, they start in on actual songs (“I’ve Found a New Baby” practically right off the bat), and then tinker and toy around along those lines. (I guess that’s what is meant in the description by “basic melody”, actually, which I hadn’t thought when I read it.)
As I’ve done piano duets with tutors and friends, I’ve noticed there’s this sort of fantastic, nameless feeling that happens as you play together. Neither of you are reading sheet music, necessarily, but you’re both on the same page. And through knowledge and instinct it’s possible to play off each other in fantastic, natural (but not effortless, of course, although it almost feels that way) ways like you see here. I’m not saying what I do is at all comparable to this, but it’s like a more perfectly realized version of it, and it leaves me just elated.