How to Simplify Arrangements – by ear

If you find any arrangement too difficult and complex for you to play smoothly, you can simplify it yourself. Here are some tips on how to do that:

1) Right Hand – only playing the melody notes in the right hand (that’s usually the top line of notes). Leave out any chord notes that you can’t read easily in time. You can add them in later when you’re better at it, if you want.

2) Left Hand – I always put chord symbols in my scores. That’s so that pianists (and guitarists or organists) can play the accompaniment that they want…without following mine.

You can play:
1. Just the single note shown in the chord (e.g. Cm – just play C note),

2. A block chord if you know the other notes ( Cm = C Eb G all at once)

3. Broken chords or arpeggios if you know how (search YouTube for “how to play arpeggios”)

3) Check out simple tutorials on YouTube for how to play the left hand accompaniment. It doesn’t need to be the song that you want to play. There aren’t that many left hand accompaniment patterns. You can learn to play them by ear :-)

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How to practise

Many viewers have asked me for advice on practising, especially how to play both hands together properly. Here’s one of my answers:

1) Firstly, don’t think that you always have to play both hands. Separate hands practice is good for learning what each hand does properly, before you try putting hands together :-P

2) To match your hands correctly, first write the counts down in the score between the 2 staves – 1+2+3+4+. Then draw lines vertically, connecting the notes where the hands play together. Now you’ll be able to keep track of where you need to play together and where each hand plays by itself. And most importantly, which notes need to be held longer while others go faster, between the counts :-P

3) Now practise very slowly, in small sections, even one bar at a time, until you can play the difficult part correctly 3 times. You want to learn the right finger and hand movements and which direction each hand moves (e.g. RH steps up, LH skips down)

4) When it moves smoothly and feels easy, go on to the next section. When the next section is polished, combine the 2 sections. Do this until you can play fluently and at a reasonable speed.

5) Don’t always start practising from the beginning of the piece. Start from the “problem areas”. Or one day, start from the 3rd page, or even the last page :-) This allows you to play those sections while your mind is still fresh.

Infinite – Back

Kpop boy band, Infinite, comes back with this catchy title song from their Be Back album…just in time for my daughter’s birthday. She’s an Inspirit..and Exotic…and Elf hehe! It’s rather addictive (been stuck in my head for a few days already) and I’ve enjoyed arranging the interesting accompaniment :) Hope you’ll enjoy listening and playing too!

To view my video, click
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To view my Tutorial, click
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To view and download the sheets, click back_-_infinite.pdf

To view the music video, click
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Starting my latest cover – Infinite’s Back :-)

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All Of Me – Female Key

This one is for all you gals out there who want to play and sing this for your SO (significant other) :) John Legend’s original key is too high for most ladies, so I’ve brought it down to a manageable pitch for us.

I haven’t performed this on YouTube yet. Too busy this week, and not sure whether I should, but wanted to make the sheets available first. Please request in the comments if you’d like me to record and upload this to YouTube ok?

Here they are:

Piano solo, female key: all-of-me-piano-solo-female-key.pdf

Piano Instrumental, female key: all-of-me-singalong-female-key.pdf

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