Category Archives: Advanced

Finally


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I was going to make this song a “vocal” piece, with a main right hand melody, but then I got a few more ideas and it quickly turned into an “instrumental” piece. Hopefully your left hand is pretty strong so you can really hammer the keys at the measure 9 section, which is repeated throughout. The section starting at measure 23 is probably the hardest part. I recommend practicing the right hand first and then add the left hand at a slow tempo.

White Whale


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This may seem difficult at first, but it’s really not that hard (except maybe the ending.) It’s a fast, driving song in D-minor. The articulations (accents, staccatos, etc.) help give the piece it’s character. As always, don’t try to learn the song at “performance speed.” Slow down the tempo, get the notes learned, and then gradually speed it up. I’d love to see some performances of this, so post a YouTube video of you playing it and send me the link.

Liar Liar


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This is a fast, jumpy song with a bunch of interesting rhythms. The right hand changes frequently between treble and bass clef, so watch out. The song is sort of in G-major, except it doesn’t have a lot of F#’s, so I left the key signature blank. The rhythms and hand coordination will take some extra practice, but the song is pretty impressive when played correctly.

That Never Gets Old


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This song is in B-flat Major with two flats in the key signature. After a short intro, the verse begins at measure 6, which contains a lot of syncopated chords. The chorus begins at measure 22. It utilizes a bigger range, but the accompaniment is sparse. Then it’s back to the intro music at measure 30. The sections are then repeated with a few extra ideas thrown in (like measure 42-49).

The Story Of Our Lives


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I wrote this song a few years ago when I was in college. I’ve added a few changes since then to make it more interesting. The song starts in C-major and and then changes to D-major at measure 69. The left hand starts in treble clef for the fast introduction section. The left hand changes to bass clef for the verse at measure 11. The chorus begins at measure 27 with the melody in octaves and a ¬†left hand accompaniment pattern that is played over different chords. The last section, which begins at measure 85, is the instrumental outro. Pay attention to the accent marks to play this section with the right emphasis.