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Bohemian Rhapsody Piano Tutorial

Lisa Witt - Dec 7, 2018

 

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The movie Bohemian Rhapsody has brought enormous renewed interest to the life and music of Freddie Mercury. In fact, this movie is the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all time. Freddie used the piano in many of his songs, in recordings, and on stage. He used concert grands, synthesizers and even a harpsichord in his pieces.

 

In the song Bohemian Rhapsody, the piano plays an important and iconic role. We’ve taken a portion of this song and created a piano cover version for you! This means that we are going to teach you how to play the melody of the song (the part that is sung) as well as accompaniment pieces to compliment it. The result of this will be a performance-ready segment of one of the greatest songs ever written.

 

 

This song is not an easy song. But that doesn’t mean that you should be intimidated by it. Take things as slowly as you need to. The sheet music is provided below the video so that you can download it and play it at your own pace. Feel free to make notes on the pages for yourself to make things easier.

 

My advice is to take a few measures at a time to get really good at before moving on. The chords are also presented on the sheet music. This will allow you to create your own version of the song if you like to play by ear. Simply use the chord names to design your left-hand accompaniment and the melody to guide your right hand as it "sings”.

 

Enjoy!

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How to Play "Joy to the World" on Piano

Lisa Witt - Dec 4, 2018

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Christmas music is the BEST! Maybe not everyone shares my opinion but I love it!

 

To get you in the Christmas spirit, we’ve got a lesson on how to play Joy To The World. The great thing about Christmas music is that it is familiar. Some of us have been hearing these songs since childhood and they are very much a part of us.

 

This gives us a hand up when we go to learn them. Our ear will be able to help us find the notes that are right and tell us when we are playing them wrong. It will also help us to understand the rhythm without having to really count it out first!

 

This lesson presents the song in two ways. You have sheet music to help you sight read the song if you prefer to sight read. You also have chords so that you can use those to design your own left-hand accompaniment while you play the melody, OR you can use chords only and play an accompaniment for yourself while you or your friends and family sing along! 

 

A great thing about this song is that it fits really nicely under the hand. It opens with a descending scale and remains simple all the way through. Try learning it as written and then adding some personal touches to make it your own!

 

What is your favorite Christmas song? Comment below!

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How To Play Songs On The Piano By Ear

Lisa Witt - Nov 30, 2018

 

Learning to play the songs that you love by ear is an amazing skill to have and one that can be developed! Here are some tips to help you get started

 

1) Identify the chord progression

 

You can spend time figuring out the chord structure of the song you want to learn on your own OR you can utilize google to help you find a chord chart. This will help you to know the chord structure of the song right away. A great first step is to play basic chords and sing along to get a feel for the song.

 

2) Pick out the melody

 

The great news is that the melody will land within the notes of the chord. For example, if your first chord is a G, chances are that the first melody note will be one of the notes of the G chord. As the chords change so will the most likely melody notes so that they align with the notes of the chord. This isn’t always true, but it can sure help you narrow it down!

 

3) Know the song well enough to sing it

 

Don’t worry, you don’t have to have a good singing voice to do this. Singing the song will help you to connect to the melody which will in turn help you to know if you are playing wrong notes. If you can hear it you can sing it and if you can sing it you can play it! Singing will also help you to connect with the rhythm so that you don’t have to guess about how to count it out!

 

4) You don’t need to play every single melody note

 

Play most of them or some of them because in the cases of familiar songs, your listener will assume the melody. If there are spots where you omit a melody note or play a harmony note or chord that is OK! This will give you artistic license and allow you to make the song your own.

 

5) Don’t be afraid of making mistakes

 

This is a skill that takes time to develop. When I first started to develop this skill I played MOSTLY wrong notes. This is totally okay!  Every wrong note will lead you toward the right note! Cheesy but true!. So have a sense of humor and curiosity as you attempt to pick out the melody of your song.

 

What song are you going to start with?

 

Comment below!

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