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Etude in G Minor

Etude in G Minor, 1983

I thought it might be a good idea to catalog and record all my old piano pieces, many of which exist solely in my head, and haven’t been notated or recorded. “Etude in G Minor” is something I used to play a lot in 1983, during a period when I was experimenting with a more impressionistic style. These recordings were made yesterday, in my living room, on my creaky old piano, in dire need of tuning and repair.

Here’s a few more:

Hymn (1977)
7 Pianos Theme (1982)
C Jam (1983)
One Zero One Zero (1984)
Happy Song in C (1985)
Janet’s Blues (1986)
Crooked Waltz (1994)
Sedley’s Lament (1994)

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9 Piano Pieces by Jim Bumgardner is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

5 Responses to “Etude in G Minor”

  1. meshula Says:

    That’s good fun! Thanks for posting them.

  2. pixelbeat Says:

    Etude in G Minor was very rich; very impressive.
    What did you use to record? the quality was very good.

  3. jbum Says:

    Thanks :)

    To answer Pixelbeat:

    MXL 603S Stereo Condenser Mics – (Cheap but good)
    Edirol FA-66 (Fireware Audio Interface)
    Macbook Pro

    Ableton Live

    It’s perhaps worth pointing out that the piano is in a fairly “wet” room with a good natural reverb.

  4. gurdonark Says:

    I listened to Etude in G Minor and to Crooked Waltz, and enjoyed both pieces very much. This is the kind of music sharing that I enjoy. If the sheet music were available under an attribution CC license, then I’d remold it all into ambient music :).

    Also, thank you very much for the mini-kaleido maker. This works so well with the Logo digital sketches I make, as well as with the various fx at It’s a fun thing to use!

    best, robert, who records as gurdonark

  5. jbum Says:

    Consider them CC’d, Robert. If you come up with anything, let me know.