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Knock Knock


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The song starts with a solo melody line that is answered with a short bass riff. Things get going at measure 10 with some harmony and a steady beat in the left hand. The bass riff should be loud each time, but you can back off for the low quarter notes in the left hand. Measure 22-29 is a handful. Practice each hand separately and then combine them at a slow tempo. The next new section begins at measure 58. Emphasize the right hand melody, while keeping the left hand soft and bouncy. Back to the chorus at measure 72 with the right hand taking it up an octave at measure 76.

One Thing Leads To Another


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This song is in the key of G-major, with one sharp in the key signature. The beginning should be played softly using the sustain pedal. A simple melody is introduced at measure 10 and then harmonized at measure 18 along with a jumping pattern in the left hand. The chorus at measure 26 puts the right hand in octaves with a driving left hand bass. The downbeat of each measure is emphasized with a heavy, full chord. For this section, focus on the accuracy of the right hand as it jumps between registers as well as the accent marks of the left hand to lay the proper rhythmic foundation.

The Way Back


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This song is in the key of B-flat with a moderately slow tempo. I came up with the music for measures 5-8 a few months ago, but I was having trouble figuring out what to write next. It took several attempts to finally expand this into a full song. It’s a very smooth piece with lots of arpeggios. You’ll probably want to use the sustain pedal for most of it. And feel free to vary the tempo a little bit to make it sound more artistic.

Shadow Of A Doubt


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This song is in the key of G-minor with two flats in the key signature: Bb and Eb. Make sure you pay attention to all of the clef changes in the left hand. For example, the left hand starts in treble clef and switches to bass clef at measure 8. The section at measure 18 should be played very expressively using subtle adjustments in tempo. Measure 40-50 is a handful. The left hand plays the bass notes and then jumps up to the right hand staff to play more chords. Pay attention to the direction of the stems to figure out what each hand should play. Measure 45-47 is particularly difficult because the left hand plays the bass notes a split-second before the downbeat and then immediately plays with the right hand directly on the downbeat.

Act One


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I was in the mood for writing a fast song with a busy right hand part. This is in the key of A-major and has three sharps in the key signature. There are a bunch of sixteenth notes in this song, but if you look closely, you’ll find that many of the sections are made up of patterns that are repeated again and again with different chords. Many people make the mistake of trying to learn fast songs at their full tempo. It takes discipline, but try to learn the various sections of this song at a very slow tempo, and then gradually work them up to performance speed.