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Barnyard Blues


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This song uses a standard 12-bar blues progression in the key of C-major. The quick grace notes help give it a “down on the farm” flavor. The main section starts at measure 5 and is fairly repetitive. For example, after you learn measures 5 and 6, you simply repeat that same pattern on different chords. The left hand has a lot of chromatic motion starting at measure 17, so keep an eye on the accidentals. Another challenging section starts at measure 49 with a riff leading into the last chorus, which is played up an octave with some extra notes. And to wrap the song up, I gave a shout out to “Old McDonald” at measure 60.

Keep In Touch


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This song is in 3/4. The intro is played in a high register with the left hand in treble clef and the right hand with lots of ledger lines. The left hand changes to bass clef at measure 17 for a single note rhythm that accompanies the right hand melody. The “chorus” begins at measure 45 and is the most difficult section. The hand coordination will take some extra practice because the accompaniment isn’t quite what you expect. Measure 61-76 is the same as the beginning, but everything has been moved down one octave and the left hand is no longer in treble clef. When I wrote the music for measure 93-108, I wasn’t sure where it would fit in the song. I decided to use it as a “pre-chorus” for the repeated section at measure 109.

Yes Ma’am


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This is a straight-feel blues tune with a moderate tempo. It’s in the key of C-major and the eighth notes are not swung. Most of this song follows a 12-bar blues form, like measures 5-16, but I also added some contrasting sections. I think it has a good groove and it sounds a little bit like a duet between a guy and a girl. Overall, it’s a pretty easy song with a couple of flashy moments.

Back To School


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I felt like writing a nice, light jazz tune for the start of the fall semester. This song is in the key of C-major with a key change to D-major at measure 63. The form of this song is ABA with a main melody, a solo section, and then the melody again. I tried to add variety to this song by using subtle changes in the comping rhythm as well as the melodic line. I haven’t written too many jazz tunes, especially one with a dedicated solo section, but I’m starting to get the hang it.

Never Better


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This song is swung so the eighth notes are not played evenly.

The chords in measures 2-5 all use the same chord shape, so focus on keeping your hand frozen in the same position.

I had some problems with the right hand fingering in measures 11 and 12. Take a second and find a finger pattern that works for you.

At measure 22, you play the bass note with your left hand pinky. Then, while still holding that note down, you play the rest of the chord.