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A Losing Game


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This is a sad, slow song in B minor. I actually wrote this song reverse. By that I mean, the very first idea I came up with was measure 43-47. I kept coming up with new material, but everything felt out of order. So, I flipped the whole thing around, moving the beginning to the end. It was kind of a crazy composing process, but I think the song works. Lots of good stuff happening in measure 22-29 so bring this section out. A bunch of ledger lines in the right hand here, but keep in mind that it’s just octaves.

Rivalry


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The opening section consists of a single note bass line and an arpeggiated melody. The left hand is very simple, but the right hand has a lot of movement. Reset the sustain pedal about every two measures to fill out the sound. We get new material at measure 19. The left hand changes to a quarter and eighth rhythm to help give the song some momentum. The right hand has a new melody along with some chords for emphasis. The rest of the song is similar. Everything is moved up an octave in measure 33. Measure 65 to the end is the strongest section with the left hand in octaves on the downbeat of each measure.

Fine By Me


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This song is swung, so the eight notes are not played evenly. For the intro, the right hand just has bouncy quarter note chords, but notice how the left hand jumps the beat. The left hand is syncopated for the intro with most of the notes being played on the weak beat.

Measures 5-10 is very chromatic with lots of accidentals and an ascending bass line. There’s one sharp in the key signature, and you need to pay special attention to how the accidentals change throughout the measures.

Measures 10-12 is one of the harder spots in this song, especially the right hand. This part is repeated again, although slightly different, in measures 18-20. Try learning just the right hand part first and then add the left hand later.

Measures 21-28 are a little easier, and you might want to play this section slightly louder just to add some contrast.

Never Better


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This song is swung so the eighth notes are not played evenly.

The chords in measures 2-5 all use the same chord shape, so focus on keeping your hand frozen in the same position.

I had some problems with the right hand fingering in measures 11 and 12. Take a second and find a finger pattern that works for you.

At measure 22, you play the bass note with your left hand pinky. Then, while still holding that note down, you play the rest of the chord.

The Playoffs


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This song has two sharps in the key signature. That means we need to change every F into an F# and every C into a C#.

Pay attention to the accent marks in measures 61-68. It will help you play this section with the right emphasis.

For measures 1-8, reset the sustain pedal at the start of each measure. For measures 9-16, reset the pedal when the right hand changes chords. Same goes for measures 61-68.

You can add some extra suspense and tension to this song with dynamics. Make some sections gradually louder and other sections gradually softer.