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John Legend's Music
#2608770 01/26/17 06:26 PM
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Hi All,

New to this forum so Hello to all!

I was just wondering what sort of level you would need to be at to comfortably play John Legends Ordinary People, All of me etc.

As a beginner am I silly to attempt these as I work through Alfred's beginner books or will it do me no harm (some frustration!) to understand them and dissect each bar as I go.

thank you.

Jason

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Re: John Legend's Music
jasoncrs #2608788 01/26/17 07:28 PM
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Hello Jason & welcome to Piano World.

You've posted in the Piano Forum, which revolves around post about pianos, how they work, advice related to buying and comparing instruments, history of makers, etc.

You're post may be better answered in either the Adult Beginner Forum or the Pianist Non-Classical Forum. Both are good places to get advice on learning, playing, technique, or other topics related to piano playing.

I suggest "Notifying" the moderator (small box on the bottom right of your post) and requesting they move your thread to one of the other forums.

Regarding John Legend's music, it's good to have a goal and fine to work on a song even as you learn the basics, however do not be surprised if you have to re-learn the song after you get some instruction on technique. It's easy to hit obstacles without a teacher, and I created some bad habits when trying to first teach myself.


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PianoWorksATL #2608854 01/26/17 11:21 PM
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Thank you Sam! For the direction and advice also!

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G'day Jason. It depends how much of a beginner you are. I'd say if you do it under instruction with a teacher it would be fine, but if you do it on your own you risk (a) not being able to play it well, so getting disheartened or worse, giving up; and (b) learning bad habits - and believe me, it takes much longer to unlearn a bad habit than it does to learn a piece properly - some bad habits are almost impossible to be unlearned.

If you're self-taught and have the patience to hold off, I'd say hold off for a year or so.

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jasoncrs #2609284 01/28/17 07:33 AM
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There are two reasons why it's not really possible to answer your question.

The first reason is that with popular styles there is no original score of the music like for classical. It can be played in various ways. Musicians that play this stuff are able to improvise changes on the fly and play it differently each time. When you buy a book that has the sheet music it has been arranged by someone but there is no guarantee that it will sound anything like what you hear on a recording. Now, the difficulty level really depends on the arrangement. The same song can be grade 3 or grade 8 depending on how much stuff is left out or added.

The second thing is that the piano part is often just an accompaniment and what you hear as the tune is the vocal part. Arrangements normally include the vocal part as well but playing the vocals and the piano part together is more difficult. So the difficulty depends also on what part you want to play.

That being said, most popular arrangements are at least intermediate level and you're better off waiting a couple of months before trying to tackle them. Otherwise, you'll find it pretty frustrating.

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Hi, Jason,

nice that you said hallo. But your question is unnecessary. The simple fact that you are asking reveals that you are not able to play John Legend's songs. Otherwise you would not be asking but rather buying the sheet music and trying it. A beginner, in general, will not be able to "comfortably" play any piece but will rather struggle to at least get some acceptable sounds from the instrument. Of course, trying a piece that you cannot play will not do you any harm.

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