Category Archives: Intermediate

Names In The Stone


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This song uses a very common chord progression called the Circle of Fifths in places like measure 1-8 and measure 9-16. Since the right hand has a single note melody starting at measure 9, focus on a smooth left hand accompaniment with the help of the sustain pedal. The melody is repeated at measure 34 with a few embellishments.

Someday


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I wrote this song back in 2008. Originally, it had lyrics that I would sing as I played an accompaniment. It was difficult to combine everything into one piano part, but I hope you like what I’ve come up with. Use the pedal throughout, especially for the chorus at measure 9. Some of the right hand rhythms in this song might be a little hard to count. When in doubt, listen to the video and play something that sounds similar.

Flip The Switch


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This is actually a combination of two songs. I realized that I had written two separate pieces in a similar tempo and style, but neither one was that great. I took the best parts of both and made it into a single composition. Watch your hand coordination in measure 37-44. Both hands play the exact same thing, but the right hand is two beats behind the left hand. This part sounds even better if you hold the sustain pedal down the entire time and gradually crescendo.

Won’t Go Away


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This song uses a lot of repeated right hand patterns played over a left hand chord progression. Measure 21-27 is a good example. Each measure of the right hand starts with a chord played twice, and then a syncopated chord part that is the same in each measure (except m. 24 has an A-sharp). The fast intro at measure 5 is another example of this pattern technique.

Either Way


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This song is in triple meter and has a time signature of 3/4. I’m pretty sure I could have written it in 6/8 as well, but 3/4 feels a little simpler to me. I don’t write in triple meter very much though, so I’m still figuring out the different accompaniment patterns I can use. Be sure to listen to the video to get a sense of the dynamics. For example, the right hands notes during the intro are not all played with the same volume. The downbeat is emphasized and the other two seem to echo away. I use this echo effect at several different spots throughout the song.