LEVEL 5 PIANO SONGS
1. Auld Lang Syne: This arrangement uses jazz chords in the right hand. This music is written in the easy to read letter notes format. This lesson helps you to learn how to play jazz chords as an accompaniment piano pattern to back you up as you sing the song. PDF File --- Midi File
2. Auld Lang Syne: PIANO SOLO. In this lesson you learn to combine jazz chords in the right hand with the melody in the right hand while the left hand plays a simple bass line. Here is a general rule about using jazz chords in place of standard chords. You can play a variety of jazz chords in place of the standard chord in the right hand as long as you have the ROOT or the elements of the standard chord in the left hand. And the reverse is true. You can play jazz chords in the left hand as long as you have some elements of the standard chord in the right hand. The root or elements of the standard chord need to be in the left or right hand while you play a jazz chord in the opposite hand. PDF File ---- Midi File
3. Moonbeams In Your Eyes: This is a song I wrote that is similar in tonality and style as Unchained Melody, Johnny Angel, Heart and Soul, and Blue Moon. It follows that standard chord progression of C - Am - F - G. You can play this song as a piano solo. Click on the PDF file and listen to the MIDI file. You can also learn the 1950's POP accompaniment pattern. Click on the PDF File and then listen to the MIDI file. Watch this YouTube video of my playing this song on my favorite guitar. Also watch this video of me giving a lesson on how to ad-lib on this song and to use the comp patterns. If you are a guitar player you might want to just download the PDF of the chart.
4. Silent Night - Jazz Interpretation: In this study you will learn about fast chord runs. The first chord run is a G7 "sandwich" chord run. The second chord run is a C6 "sandwich" chord run. Fast chord runs are easy to do, especially the "sandwich" shaped chords. Adding these to your songs really spices up the music and makes you appear to be doing something difficulty when in reality it is very easy to do. Click on the PDF file and print up the Easy To Read Notes. Then listen to the MP3 audio of this song.
5. Amazing Grace: In this lesson you will learn how to play the melody in chorale voicing. Also, you will have the opportunity to continue to develop your left hand technique. Print up the PDF file. Listen to the MP3 audio file of this arrangement.
6. Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie: This song will teach you a country and western piano technique that some people refer to as the "wagon wheel piano effect". The left hand plays a bass line that reminds you of the old west, cowboys, and a wagon train because this effect has been used in many motion pictures that were westerns. This technique can be used on any cowboy song, folk song, or just used occasionally on any pop song. Print up the PDF file. Listen to the midi file.
7. Piano Accompaniment Exercise: This is not a song. It is simply an exercise to help you to change chords when performing the Ballad piano accompaniment pattern. It starts off with a whole note which is designed to establish the pitch. Then the next measure would be the actual "comp" pattern. Print up the PDF file. Listen to the midi file.
8. Dark Eyes: In this lesson you will learn how to play on the off beat with the left hand thumb. Once you master this technique, you will have an easy time playing songs with Latin rhythms. Print up the PDF file. Listen to the midi file.
10. Anna's Waltz: This is a nice slow waltz with a pretty melody. The first version has an easy left hand 3/4 time bass movement. Print up the PDF file. Listen to the midi file. The second version has a different left hand pattern that moves a little faster, but it is fairly easy to play. Print up the PDF file. Listen to the midi audio file. This version is just the basic musical chart of for this waltz. Print up the PDF file. Watch the YouTube Tutorial of Anna's Waltz below:
11. When The Saints Go Marcing In: In this song, you will learn to use the grace note to add more color to your piano solos. Download and print up the PDF file of this song. Watch and listen to the video of this song as the music scrolls across the screen.
12. Easy Piano Blues SOLO: "I Ain't Got No Friends". In this song you will learn a basic left hand blues "drone". This blues is based upon the standard 12 bar blues pattern. Download and print up the PDF file of this song. Watch and listen to the video of this song as the music scrolls across the screen.
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