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.
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.
This song introduces a simple melody and descending bass line, then gradually increases in complexity. The most difficult section is probably measure 81-96. The right hand is played in 3rds. Take some time to decide the best fingers to use, because playing in 3rds can sometimes create difficult fingerings. Also, notice how the left hand switches to treble clef in measure 65-71. These faster eighth notes will also take some practice.
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.
After the arpeggio intro, the left hand switches to treble clef at measure 9. The right hand has a grace note at the beginning of measure 13. This note should be played immediately before the F#. Measure 25-40 is just like the previous section, but everything has been moved down one octave. Also, the left hand has been changed back to bass clef. The song changes direction at measure 41 and you should make this section louder. Up to this point the sustain pedal has been optional, but you will want to use it for this section to create a full sound.