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Another Uncertain Night


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The key to learning this song is to make your left hand very smooth and steady. The right hand melody is fairly simple, so focus on an even left hand. At the same time, don’t let the left hand accompaniment cover up the right hand by being too loud. Finally, use the sustain pedal to help fill out the the sound.

Too Much And Too Soon


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This song is in 6/8 time, which gives it a triplet feel. Remember that there are 6 beats in each measure and every eighth note is one beat. Use the sustain pedal at measure 41 to help connect the left hand chords. Measure 57 should start softly and then gradually crescendo to measure 72.

Rivalry


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The opening section consists of a single note bass line and an arpeggiated melody. The left hand is very simple, but the right hand has a lot of movement. Reset the sustain pedal about every two measures to fill out the sound. We get new material at measure 19. The left hand changes to a quarter and eighth rhythm to help give the song some momentum. The right hand has a new melody along with some chords for emphasis. The rest of the song is similar. Everything is moved up an octave in measure 33. Measure 65 to the end is the strongest section with the left hand in octaves on the downbeat of each measure.

Man In The Moon


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At measure 21, the left hand has the melody so play it a little louder. The right hand has the harmony here, and it’s not as important, so play it a little softer.

The metronome setting for this song is “A dotted quarter note equals 44.” Since each measure has room for two dotted half notes, then each measure is going to get two beats, or clicks.

Use the sustain pedal throughout the whole song. Sometimes you’ll need to reset it every measure, like measures 5-8. Other times you’ll need to reset it every half measure, like measures 9-11.

Thought You’d Never Ask


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The trick to playing measures 17-23 is to play the same thing over and over and just keep moving one to the left. Another tip, for measures 53-60, the right hand and left hand play the exact same thing, just an octave apart.

If you don’t have a full 88-key keyboard, here’s how to play the section starting at measure 63. Move the entire left hand part up one octave. And for the right hand part, instead of playing two notes at a time, just play the top notes of the right hand and ignore the bottom notes. Everyone should be able to play measure 71-78 as written.