Piano Arrangements of Popular Songs
Sheet Music - for Piano Solo
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Solo Piano Arrangements of Popular Songs:
Some people want to be able to play the classic hits of our time but are unable to find suitable piano arrangements of them. Piano sheet music often loses the original feel of the hit song, because some incorrect chords are used, or the bass line has been changed, or the piano part itself is different from the recorded piano part. When I arrange a recording for solo piano, first every note and rhythm on the original recording is analyzed, with special attention to the keyboard, bass and vocal parts. Then a piano solo arrangement is carefully constructed, with the end result closely reflecting the feel of the original recording.
Besides being fun, satisfying and impressive to play, these piano arrangements are also instructive, teaching how to re-voice a melody so that it stands out better and reflects the emotions in the original. They also show what the left hand can do to provide suitable accompaniment, something that many pianists have a tough time figuring out.
By the way, the difference between piano transcriptions and piano arrangements is that a transcription is note-for-note notation of the piano, organ or synth part on the original hit recording and often does not contain the melody itself, By contrast, an arrangement does indeed include the melody, along with other elements from the original hit recording, such as bass line, rhythm parts, etc. Piano arrangements allow one to perform the entire song (vocals, etc.) as a solo piano piece.
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Ricky Nelson - Tracy's Song (Arranged for Piano Solo by Elmo Peeler).pdf
On my tours as pianist for Ricky Nelson's Stone Canyon Band, sometimes offstage in relaxed situations with friends Ricky would play an instrumental guitar solo that he had written, titled after his daughter. Although Ricky never recorded it, five years after his death his twin sons' band, The Nelsons, included a version of it on their first album "After the Rain". This is my own arrangement of it for piano solo, an attempt to capture the feel and spirit of those informal performances of it by Ricky Nelson himself.
Though not written to be a technical exercise, this arrangement is nevertheless an excellent study in right-hand single-note articulation.
Kermit the Frog - Rainbow Connection (Arranged for Piano Solo by Elmo Peeler).pdf
One of my students, Brian Bell of "Weezer", asked me to arrange for piano solo this old classic, recorded in 1979 by Kermit the Frog in "The Muppet Movie". Back in the 1970's I was Musical Director (pianist/arranger/conductor) for Paul Williams, who composed it, so I am very familiar with his style. This arrangement for piano solo stays very close to Kermit's recording, and will also work as an accompaniment for a vocalist. The technical challenge here is to make it very legato, very connected, very smooth.
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Other Songs Perfect for Arranging:
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Floyd Cramer - Last Date.pdf
Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender.pdf
Elvis Presley - (I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You.pdf
The Browns - The Three Bells.pdf
Ken Burns' 'Civil War' - Ashoken Farewell.pdf
Ben E. King - Stand By Me.pdf
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