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I'm at an early intermediate skill level. I play a Roland FP30 digital piano. I like pop and rock music, so I've been looking for music that I like that has been rearranged in a way that I can play it, but still sound like the original song. I haven't had much luck. Dan Coates' books have given me the best songs, but only one in three or four of his songs seem to resemble the original. I'll have my piano teacher play a song from his book that I'm interested in learning. If I can't hear the song with him playing it I know there is no way I'll be able to hear it with me playing it. Here's My Question: Does anyone know of a music arranger that makes easy piano books or early intermediate piano books that sound like the original composition focusing on pop and rock songs.

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I have tried that too. It's very difficult to find. It's usually either so simple (think mary had a little lamb) that it does not sound good, or so complicated it's not 'intermediate' any more (out of my reach anyway). What I usually do is try to look for somebody playing it in a nice way on YouTube, then try to find out which sheet was used. Some of the 'tubers will have their own arrangements available. Found a few that way.


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I've tried that, but the music l got didn't match what the YouTuber was playing.

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I've tried that, but the music l got didn't match what the YouTuber was playing.

That is not so common if you look for YouTubers who publish the link to the sheet music right in the original post of their video. Then you'll know that at least the YouTuber in question thought that was the right sheet music.


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Odds are it always will be difficult to find piano scores for pop and rock tunes that sound good and are at an intermediate (or any other) level. Almost all of these pieces were written for multiple, other instruments and not for the piano. What you find, when you find them, are usually so-so reductions.

My only real experience with piano reductions is with--here it comes--the theme from the old Perry Mason television series. For some reason I love that theme. I found a piano reduction and (1) it is not written for an intermediate or even early advanced player and (2) it sounds crappy (I keyed it into MuseScore and played it back). But if anyone has a good score for it....


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I'll check out the video that I bought the sheet music from. I never thought it might not be the original video link. Thanks

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Only other option is hacking it out in Musescore, if you really want it. Been there done that. If in doubt in places, some videos are shot in such a way that you can see what is being played on the piano.


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....but only one in three or four of his songs seem to resemble the original.


I feel your struggles. I've downloaded a lot at Musicnotes.com, and I get about the same rate of "keepers" as you do. I'm not sure if some are just TOO much over-simplified, or maybe they just don't translate well to the piano, or maybe they follow the melody too closely at the expense of everything else... I don't know. Some sound GREAT, mind you, but most do not.

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I've gleaned a few decent scores from this site...not saying they're all great, but it certainly is a big resource of free music.


http://pop-sheet-music.com/-%20NON-CLASSICAL_.html

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I don't understand what you want.
If you want the sound of the original, why not just play a recording of the original?

If I want to hear "Hey Jude" by the Beatles, no matter what I play on the piano, it isn't going to sound like the Beatles. It's going to sound like me playing piano.


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I know where you're coming from. Some of the books of songs leave a lot to be desired. Go to Amazon and look at the
How to Play from a Fake book. Read the intro, you can look inside for free. Lots of good insights and ideas

Double the bass with octaves, adding a fifth for movement. Thirds and fifths for the right hand to fill out the sound. etc...

I'm a stickler for some of the songs and have gone to guitar site, Ultimate Guitar and looked at the tabs for parts that were missing that I wanted to play. But, I played guitar for several years and transposing was easy for me.

Sure, the books are not exactly the same, but many are close enough to get you going, then you need to experiment and use your ears.

A site for some pop/rock is

http://sheetdownload.com/top100

Visit my site for examples

https://soundcloud.com/you/tracks

Good luck

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Originally Posted by rickyd123
I'm at an early intermediate skill level. I play a Roland FP30 digital piano. I like pop and rock music, so I've been looking for music that I like that has been rearranged in a way that I can play it, but still sound like the original song. I haven't had much luck. Dan Coates' books have given me the best songs, but only one in three or four of his songs seem to resemble the original. I'll have my piano teacher play a song from his book that I'm interested in learning. If I can't hear the song with him playing it I know there is no way I'll be able to hear it with me playing it. Here's My Question: Does anyone know of a music arranger that makes easy piano books or early intermediate piano books that sound like the original composition focusing on pop and rock songs.
I don't know which Dan Coates' books you mean, but the few books of his I've seen seem to have straightforward sounding arrangements of the songs as far as the melody and harmony go. IN that sense, I think they "resemble" the original songs. If you are expecting the arrangement to sound like a piano transcription of the original version of the song, which may have had many instruments, that may not be realistic. Nor can you expect a very simple version of a song to sound really great. You just have to be patient and wait until you can play a more advanced and better arrangement.

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Here's My Question: Does anyone know of a music arranger that makes easy piano books or early intermediate piano books that sound like the original composition focusing on pop and rock songs.


No but maybe Philip Keveren. He has some good arrangements. Pop and rock songs have not been made for the piano so it takes a really good arranger to make a piano version. Most advance pianists don't play from sheet music they do arrangement from lead sheets.


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Thanks for your help. I'll check out the Philip arranger. And I've liked most of Dan Coates stuff.


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