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Ballerina Music Box


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This song is more “classical” than most of my other songs. It’s also more challenging than most. The beginning is simple and it becomes progressively more complex. My good friend Charles Webb helped with the arrangement.

This song has one flat in the key signature at the beginning. That means we need to change every B into a B-flat, unless a note is specifically marked as natural. Then, at measure 34, it changes to two flats, so you have to change B to B-flat and also E to E-flat. At measure 42 it goes back to just one flat for the B’s.

Measures 34-41 have a lot of fast notes in the right hand. Practice this hand by itself at a very slow tempo. Measures 42-57 are quite difficult. Again, don’t be in a hurry. Slow it way down and try to figure out how the hands are supposed to work together. Use the sustain pedal to help make this section smooth.

Again, I don’t write a lot of “classical” songs, but sometimes I throw one in just to mix it up.

Undecided


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This song has one flat in the key signature. That means we need to change every B into a B-flat. You won’t see a big flat sign in front of every B note, you just have to remember.

The first section (measures 1-24) is pretty simple. It gets more challenging starting at measure 25. You might want to practice the hands separately for this section and then put them together slowly.

Measure 83-98 is similar to measures 38-45, except the right hand has been moved up one octave and it’s also longer.

Use the sustain pedal throughout the whole song. Reset the pedal whenever the left hand switches to a new chord, which is usually around the beginning of each measure.

Chapters


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This song has one flat in the key signature. That means we need to change every B into an B-flat. You won’t see a big flat sign in front of every B note, you just have to remember.

The song does not begin with a full measure. Instead, you see two “pickup” notes. I could have put a full measure there, but since there are only two short notes before measure 2, it is common practice in music to only put the pickup notes. Otherwise you would have to write in rests and would have a couple beats of silence.

Measures 18-22 is less complicated than you might think. The right hand plays simple quarter notes on the beat, and the left hand “fills in” by playing lots of notes off the beat. You end up just alternating between your right hand and left hand. The same thing happens at measures 32-36, but there it’s 16th notes instead of 8th notes, so it’s just faster.

Look at the left hand in measures 48-51. It’s written way above the staff with lots of ledger lines. It’s not too common to write notes way above the staff like that, but it does happen from time to time. Thankfully, I’ve written the note names inside the notes to help you play the correct piano keys.

Some Days Get Away


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This song has one flat in the key signature. That means we need to change every B into a Bb. You won’t see a big flat sign in front of every B note, you just have to remember.

Measures 21-22 are the hardest part of this song. Practice these two measures over and over at a very slow tempo. In measure 21, the right hands plays F-C with fingers 1 and 5, and then has to “jump” to play C-G with fingers 1 and 5 as well.

For most of this song, you should reset the sustain pedal every two beats. Really, it’s whenever the left hand changes to a new chord or note, that’s when you should reset the sustain pedal.

Shine, Shine, Shine


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I started writing this song a few weeks ago, but I was having a really hard time making it work. I left it for awhile, and when I came back to it again, everything just clicked.

The left hand intro repeats a lot in this song so make sure you learn it correctly the first time. Also, watch out for measure 28 and measure 31 because they’re kind of difficult.

You only play two notes on the first beat of measure 22, E and G. The C’s are tied over from measure 21, so you continue to hold them, but you don’t actually press them down again.

You should use the sustain pedal for measures 23-30. Reset the sustain pedal every 2 beats. Also use the sustain pedal in measures 65-80 reseting it every 8 beats (or every 2 measures).