Category Archives: Beginner

From Words To Worlds


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This song has some unique chord progressions that I’ve never tried before. Sometimes shuffling chords around, or throwing in unrelated chords, can lead to new compositional ideas. The form of this song is AABA, so once you learn measures 1-24, you’ll have 75% of the song learned. Measure 25 should be noticeably louder to help this second A section stand out. The left hand notes in measures 49-58 should be played short. Also, you should not use the sustain pedal for this section. Finally, watch out for the left hand changing to treble clef at measure 66.

Keep It To Myself


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This is an easygoing tune with a simple melody. The eighth notes are played unevenly because of the “Swing” style. Since the intro tag is played twice, you can play the second one much softer so it sounds like an echo. I was looking for a way to make the final section more interesting and decided to move everything up to the key of D. Watch out for the two sharps in the key signature: F# and C#. When you get to measure 51, start gradually fading out and keep getting softer until the end.

Sidewalk Cafe


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This song is in 3/4 and has a bit of a waltz feel to it. It makes me think of a street scene in Paris. The left hand should emphasize the downbeat of each measure, and then play beats 2 and 3 slightly softer. Make sure the left hand doesn’t cover up the right hand melody.

Another Uncertain Night


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The key to learning this song is to make your left hand very smooth and steady. The right hand melody is fairly simple, so focus on an even left hand. At the same time, don’t let the left hand accompaniment cover up the right hand by being too loud. Finally, use the sustain pedal to help fill out the the sound.

Too Much And Too Soon


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This song is in 6/8 time, which gives it a triplet feel. Remember that there are 6 beats in each measure and every eighth note is one beat. Use the sustain pedal at measure 41 to help connect the left hand chords. Measure 57 should start softly and then gradually crescendo to measure 72.