Monthly Archives: April 2012

Aftermath


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This song has two flats in the key signature. That means we need to change every B to B-flat and every E to E-flat, except for places like measure 5 where the note is specifically marked as B-natural.

For most of this song you will want to reset the sustain pedal every two beats.

Notice in measure 34 how the right hand has an “extra” note at the exact moment that the left hand has a short rest. That’s because the right is helping the left hand out by playing the top notes of the pattern. You could play the entire arpeggio pattern with just the left hand, but I find it easier to get the right hand involved.

Once Upon A Time


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This song has no flats or sharps in the key signature, but there are some accidentals in places like measure 24.

Measure 15, 31, and 47 are the most difficult spots. Spend some extra time focusing just on these measures.

Use the pedal throughout this song, especially in sections like measures 25-32. For the most part, you’ll want to reset it every two beats.

Stumped


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To make this song easier to play, you need to use a technique called a finger slide. Players use this technique to slide from a black piano key to a white piano key using the same finger. For example, look at the right hand in measure 2. You play the E-flat with your 2nd finger and the G with your 4th finger. The 4th finger holds the G while the 2nd finger slides directly from the E-flat to the E-natural.

Don’t be intimidated by measures 10-21. It may seem fast, but it’s really quite repetitive. In fact, it’s the same pattern repeated over and over. Just focus on playing measures 10-13. That’s it. Play those 4 measures again and again. The rest of this fast section is very similar, it’s just a little bit higher on the keyboard.

As always, one of the best things you can do is slow the song way down and practice each hand by itself. Then, put the hands together at a very slow tempo.

Just One More Time


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This song has one sharp in the key signature. That means we need to change every F into an F#, except in places like measure 15 where it is specifically marked as F-natural.

There’s something else in measure 15 that’s worth pointing out. Look at the right hand notes that are bracketed with a number 3 underneath them. These is a triplet. In this case, you are play three notes in the space of two beats. Listen for this in the video to hear how it sounds.

Use the pedal to help connect notes and fill out the sound, especially starting at measure 27. I thinks it’s harder to maintain a steady beat with a slow song like this one. Try not to rush the tempo too much while you play this.

Call It Something New


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This song is actually pretty straightforward. There’s no particular section that’s really tricky.

Use the sustain pedal throughout the song, especially for that octave bass line riff that comes right at the beginning and repeats throughout the song. For measures 25-40, you should reset the sustain pedal every measure.

Again, since this song is pretty simple, see if you can use things like dynamics and tempo to make it more interesting. You can make sections louder or softer, slower or faster. Try it a few different ways and see what you like.