(July, 2010) My name is James (although often called Jimmy by friends). I was born in 1960 in a North East Coastal Town called Hartlepool. Moved to London in 1992.
In 1971 my parents were given an old upright piano from an elderly friend. My sisters took no interest but I was fascinated by it and kept hammering away at the ivory's almost daily. My school teacher, at that time, told me that I had an ear for music and a hidden talent. I was always listening to music, be it on the radio or record player at home. Often falling asleep with the radio plugged into my ears at night! The first notes I started to pick out was identified from Beautiful Dreamer, which was constantly being played on the record player at home. I followed it repeatedly and with practice, trial and error, that became my first piece which I picked up by ear.
Over the years I found I was able to listen to most music a few times and pick it up on the piano. I couldn't quite get the left hand too well without 'vamping' too much! My parents then treated me to my first electronic organ. Actually it was a table top Bontempi in bright red with chord push buttons on the left. Bought from the Co-op with stamps, so you can imagine it. Small, plastic and tin box sound but to me was a joy! The rest is history but needless to say I adapted to the organ far better than the piano. I'd never consider myself a pianist, although I have hammered out some old time sing-a-longs at various charity events. But the organ became my foundation and still is today. I never learned to play off music, although I can read it. I don't consider myself a perfect keyboard player but am told otherwise. To me playing by ear holds many advantages, ability just to listen to music and pick it up on the keys. It's also a joy to improvise with various pieces and to create my own renditions.
I am now the proud owner of the Yamaha Tyros 3. Over the years I have owned various electronic organs such as Orla, Yamaha PSR-540 and Yamaha Electone FE-40. I have had the pleasure of playing Hammond and Yamaha with Leslie speakers in club bookings. I had regular venues in North East pubs and clubs in the early years. Nowadays, I play more as a personal hobby. Note: James upgraded to the Tyros4 as soon as it was available.
James' MIDI Songs
James provided 10 songs in midi format. These were created on the Tyros4 or Tyros3. Individual songs are shown in the table below and any one song can be downloaded by right-clicking on the song link. The table displays the song title, tempo (T), time signature (TS), lyrics (L), chords (C), where possible, the style used, the original volume (V), and the keyboard used (K). You can download all of James' 40 MIDI songs here: JJ-T3-T4.zip.
|Always Something There To Remind Me||174||4/4||N||Y||01||T3|
|Auld Lang Syne||96||4/4||N||Y||EtherealMovie||03||T4|
|Concrete And Clay||174||4/4||N||Y||01||T3|
|Good King Wenceslas||166||4/4||N||Y||GuitarRumba||03||T4|
|Happy Christmas War Is Over||178||6/4||N||Y||SchlagerWaltz||03||T4|
|Hark The Herald Angels / O Come All Ye Faithful||128||4/4||N||Y||ChoralSymphony||03||T4|
|How Can I Keep From Singing||96||4/4||N||Y||01||T3|
|I Believe In Father Christmas||93||4/4||N||Y||MovieBallad||03||T4|
|I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday||140||4/4||N||Y||70'sRockShuffle||03||T4|
|Jingle Bells / Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer||184||4/4||N||Y||ChristmasSwing2||03||T4|
|Mary's Boy Child||116||4/4||N||Y||AlpenSchlager||03||T4|
|Merry Christmas Everyone||101||4/4||N||Y||AlpenSchlager||04||T4|
|Merry Christmas Everybody||155||4/4||N||Y||CrocoTwist||04||T4|
|Must Be Santa Claus||146||4/4||N||Y||Schlager Polka||04||T4|
|Night Boat To Cairo||164||4/4||N||Y||02||T3|
|Part Time Lover||88||2/4||N||Y||02||T3|
|Santa Claus Is Coming To Town||147||4/4||N||Y||ChristmasShuffle||04||T4|
|Silent Night / Away In A Manger||80||3/4||N||Y||ChristmasWaltz||04||T4|
|Song For Guy||62||4/4||N||Y||01||T3|
|Stop The Cavalry||93||4/4||N||Y||OberPolka2||04||T4|
|The First Noel||96||4/4||N||Y||EtherealMovie||04||T4|
|Woman In Love, A||84||4/4||N||Y||01||T3|