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Figure This Out


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The intro looks a little complicated, but it’s really just the same right hand melody repeated over changing left hand notes. The only change in the right hand is in measures 7-8 and 15-16. Now look at measure 33-38. You can think of all the G notes that the right hand plays as filler notes, because they “fill in” the gaps between the higher note melody.

Something To Believe


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This song should be played with a heavy swing. That means, instead of playing the eighth notes evenly, you make the strong beats longer and the weak beats shorter. That might be a little confusing, but listen to the song and you will get a feel for it. The chorus at measure 26-42 is the most difficult section. The left hand plays a few bass runs to give the song momentum, while the right hand fills out the sound with punchy chords.

Something Amazing


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In measures 1-8, the right hand is actually playing in octaves and filling in with chord tones at the same time. This is a common technique in piano, but it can be difficult if your hand isn’t used to stretching like that. Measures 50-57 should be practiced slowly at first and then gradually sped up. For this section, the left hand is written in the treble clef and does a lot of “filling in.” That means it plays mostly on the off beats and “fills in” the gaps of the right hand part.

Blast From The Past


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This song is a combination of a few different rock/blues ideas that I’ve had in my head lately. I put in a “call and response” section at measure 37. I imagine the backup singers echoing the lead singer here. Keep the tempo upbeat throughout this song and pay attention to the articulations to really lock in the groove.

Say Yes


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This is a combination of two songs. I tried to take the best elements of both and put them together. It’s a simple, relaxing song in G major. Things get a little more challenging at measure 33 with the right hand arpeggios. The left hand takes the melody at measure 43 and then passes back to the right hand octaves.