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Lead You Home


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The opening measures have a lot of fast sixteenth notes and this is probably the most difficult section in this song. I recommend slowing this part way down to figure out exactly how the hands work together. At measure 11 we get a simple verse with a single note bass. The chorus at measure 19 continues with the same left hand rhythm, but we add some chord tones in both hands to fill out the sound. I decided to take the song in a completely different direction at measure 42. I changed to a faster tempo and introduced a new melody that would remain for the rest of the song. This dramatic change of tempo is not something I do very often, but I think it’s effective here.

Soda Shop


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I tried to write this song with a 50’s rock feel. The left hand has a classic bass line at measure 25 and you should really hammer this out. The right hand melody is played in octaves here with some “filler chord tones” like the F’s in measure 25 and the G’s in measure 27. I wrote a contrasting section starting at measure 57, which should be played softly. I used some different chord flavors to set this section apart along with a new accompaniment style. Then it’s back to rock ‘n’ roll at measure 73.

Keep It To Myself


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This is an easygoing tune with a simple melody. The eighth notes are played unevenly because of the “Swing” style. Since the intro tag is played twice, you can play the second one much softer so it sounds like an echo. I was looking for a way to make the final section more interesting and decided to move everything up to the key of D. Watch out for the two sharps in the key signature: F# and C#. When you get to measure 51, start gradually fading out and keep getting softer until the end.

Let’s Pretend


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The main melody is introduced at the beginning with some simple chords. Make sure the left hand doesn’t cover up the melody. The melody is repeated in measures 10-17 with a more complex accompaniment. Pay attention to which way the stems are pointing. This will help you understand how all the parts work together. Measure 44-51 is the same as the beginning, but everything has been moved up one octave. Also, the left hand changes to treble clef for this section.

Get What You Deserve


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This song is in the key of G-minor and has two flats in the key signature. Remember those flats throughout the piece, but also watch out for all the accidentals. By the way, this song is swung so the eighth notes will not be played evenly. It starts with a walking bass line in the left hand. It’s mostly stepwise and mostly quarter notes. Measure 33-40 has the same bass line with a new right hand riff. Practice this right hand riff at a slow tempo and then gradually add the left hand bass line in.