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Another "beginner" piece w/twist
#3037534 10/19/20 07:58 PM
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This will probably be the last piece I post here for a while. I have one more composition like this that I'm working on but I expect it will take me around a couple weeks at least to finish it.

This is actually an older piece of mine that I realized was beginner friendly. But notice I put beginner in quotes...while I think this piece is definitely a good deal easier than "Okay," there are a couple tricky fingerings that might be difficult for those who haven't developed the coordination for them. Only a couple, though.

It's in A minor, and there are zero black keys used. There are also only 8th notes and quarter notes, so that should make things much easier. I also uploaded a version of the score that has the fingerings. Beware that there are no markings on the 3rd and 4th pages, but only because it's almost an exact repeat (there is a slight difference, which is why there aren't 1st and 2nd endings).

Something I did different with this one, though, was create a "Play Along" version of this. See, this isn't a piano-only piece. There are two violin parts and a flute part, but these come in only to play over what the piano has already played on its own. So what I did was create a 1 measure count-in with a cymbal, then had a single note from the bass clef play at the beginning of each measure to help keep time without an annoying metronome sound (which you can use on your own ofc). When the other instruments come in, the piano cuts off completely, allowing you to play the part of the piano while the other instruments play along with you.

Maybe it's a dumb idea, but I thought it might be interesting.

Here is the YouTube video: https://youtu.be/oz9aHCQ1WP4

Here is the "Play Along" version mp3: http://www.mediafire.com/file/64q4c1kmneon7rj/PeacePlayAlong.mp3/file

Here is the mp3 used in the YT video: http://www.mediafire.com/file/2pxqrt44a0f0de8/PeaceTutorial.mp4/file


Here is an mp3 without the accompanying instruments (piano only):
http://www.mediafire.com/file/ukwr0fdu9o183ql/PeacePianoOnly.mp3/file


Here is the score, without fingerings:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/1xyxm5pek0977dt/PeaceScore.pdf/file


Here is the score with fingerings (last 2 pages are blank because it's mostly repeated): http://www.mediafire.com/file/tu0bepefni0focd/PeaceScoreFingerings.pdf/file


And finally, if you want the YT video on your computer, you can get that here:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/2pxqrt44a0f0de8/PeaceTutorial.mp4/file

Note: There is supposed to be a tie between the final 8th note in measure 29 and the first 8th note of measure 30. As I had to do this project multiple times due to errors cropping up, I decided to let this one go. It's the only error I've noticed, but please let me know if you notice anything glaring.

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Re: Another "beginner" piece w/twist
MilesAbbott #3037676 10/20/20 08:29 AM
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Thought I'd add a note on this, as something in another thread was brought to my attention about pedaling.

This piece sort of lends itself to muddiness if not played with the right touch, and depending on the instrument. You may wish to pedal on every measure instead of every two, but you'll have to compensate for that by holding down the notes with your fingers that are supposed to be sustained with the pedal.

I would think that playing on something like an upright piano wouldn't be good for this piece. Just doesn't seem like it would be the right sound for it. I play on a digital instrument, which emulates a CFX grand piano and is probably easier to control than some acoustic pianos.

The only other solution to this problem I might think to try is to experiment with half-pedaling.

Extra important on this piece to not play the left hand more loudly than the right, and you should try keeping the harmonic/static notes quieter than the melodic ones. Perhaps there is another dimension of difficulty to this piece that I didn't fully consider before posting...doesn't mean it isn't worth trying, of course, but maybe temper your expectations of mimicking the original if you haven't developed that aspect of your playing yet.


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