This song is in the key of G-minor with two flats in the key signature: Bb and Eb. Make sure you pay attention to all of the clef changes in the left hand. For example, the left hand starts in treble clef and switches to bass clef at measure 8. The section at measure 18 should be played very expressively using subtle adjustments in tempo. Measure 40-50 is a handful. The left hand plays the bass notes and then jumps up to the right hand staff to play more chords. Pay attention to the direction of the stems to figure out what each hand should play. Measure 45-47 is particularly difficult because the left hand plays the bass notes a split-second before the downbeat and then immediately plays with the right hand directly on the downbeat.
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.
This song introduces a simple melody and descending bass line, then gradually increases in complexity. The most difficult section is probably measure 81-96. The right hand is played in 3rds. Take some time to decide the best fingers to use, because playing in 3rds can sometimes create difficult fingerings. Also, notice how the left hand switches to treble clef in measure 65-71. These faster eighth notes will also take some practice.
This song has two flats in the key signature. That means we need to change every B to B-flat and every E to E-flat, except for places like measure 5 where the note is specifically marked as B-natural.
For most of this song you will want to reset the sustain pedal every two beats.
Notice in measure 34 how the right hand has an “extra” note at the exact moment that the left hand has a short rest. That’s because the right is helping the left hand out by playing the top notes of the pattern. You could play the entire arpeggio pattern with just the left hand, but I find it easier to get the right hand involved.
To play the opening left hand bass line, keep your pointer finger on G and use your thumb whenever you need to play Bb.
Reminder: You do not switch to an E natural in measure 14 for the left hand. The flat is carried across from the previous note Eb.
This song isn’t too difficult and you can make it more interesting through dynamics. Whenever you play the section that first appears at measures 9-16, make this section softer. This will make sections like measures 17-24 seem louder. The loudest spot in the whole song is measures 65-72, so give it everything you’ve got. Then, gradually fade out in measures 72-80.
If you want you could use the sustain pedal for the section that starts at measure 33. There are no other sections that really need the sustain pedal.