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2010 - One of the site’s members recently posted on my FB page that she had heard the tune “Roxbury” 12 times during 12 lessons. She needed another tune. “2010” is an accessible dance tune that sounds harder than it is. The title comes from a student who heard the piece and said, “That’s so ‘twenty-ten’”. You know, back in the day . . . before electricity. Enjoy!
Deck the Hall - American English translation of words: Deck the hall with boughs of holly = Decorate the room with holly. Tis the season to be jolly = Christmas is a happy time. Don we now our gay apparel = We're wearing bright colored festive clothes (drag out the Chrismas sweater Aunt Lucy knitted last year). Troll the ancient Yule tide carol = We're walkin' around singin' Christmas tunes. Put a Fa la la la la, la la la la between each stanza and you're ready to enjoy this cheery Yule tide duet!
Forbidden City - This haunting little duet conjures up images of hidden cities under the sea, on mountain tops and in forests; cities filled with mermaids, monks and recluses. Explore all types of orchestral voices on your digital keyboards to paint a picture of the Forbidden City you're imagining.
Abandoned Heart - A flowing, introspective duet, Abandoned Heart invokes deep emotion and feeling. When both parts are played together, the duet that resonates is an ironic reminder of better times.
Argentina Sky - The Spanish guitar introduces this musical portrayal of a romantic sunset in Argentina. This tune is accessible for students of all ages, quick to learn and fun to play. Check out the ’swing’ version of Argentina Sky on the Tutorial page.
Friends Across Time - With the holidays quickly approaching, this tune paints a picture of those special times when friends gather and share food, wine, stories and laughs. It's amazing the connections we form. At this time of year, we tend to remember holidays past and all those friends we've made throughout the years; all those “Friends Across Time”.
If I Only Knew Then - This is a country sounding tune in celebration of county fairs all over the country. We live in a small rural town in Nebraska . . . “Fair Week” is a big deal around here! Our adult classes have been enjoying this tune all week. One of our adult students said she could see an older country couple dancing when she heard this for the first time.
Uploaded October 4, 2014
Midnight Boogie - This Boogie was written by the request of one of our RMM adult students. In the Musical Moments series there are several Boogies. For example in Reflective Moments 2 - “Banter Boogie”; in Musical Moments 3 - “Bright Lights Boogie”. In Way Cool Keyboarding 4 Kids book 2; “Tennis Shoe Shuffle”. If you're a kid or an adult, I think you'll enjoy “Midnight Boogie”. Feel free to play a glissando at the end.
Opa! - This lively duet is a Greek dance called a sirtaki. Complete with measures of clapping, the solo and duet parts talk back and forth throughout. The Twice as Fast is really twice as fast. Get ready for your fingers to do some Greek dancing - Opa!
Uploaded October 4, 2014
Snow Train - A dramatic tune, SnowTrain stirs thoughts of trains plowing through snowscapes in the dead of winter. Desolate and lonely, yet still moving steadfastly. Experiment with shaping and sound to create drama and emotion.
Summer Nights - This fast-paced, rhythmic tune is fun for students of all ages. Cook-outs, block parties or just sitting on the porch, Summer Nights reminds us of all those fun-filled evenings full of energy and life.
The First Noel - “The First Noel” is sometimes titled “The First Nowell”. Both the French word “noel” and the English word “nowell” mean “nativity” or “birth” and refer to the birth of Jesus Christ on the first Christmas. This favorite carol tells the story of this first Christmas. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them.”
The Weaver's Lament - A couple of weeks ago I posted a tune called “The Weaver's Poem”. One of our members, Jodi Shell, who is a wonderful teacher, was working with a student. They were experimenting with mood and decided to change the mood of the 'Poem'. They added some flats, I changed the orchestration, and here you have it, “The Weaver's Lament”.
The Weavers Poem - A gently flowing tune that weaves back and forth between the hands. Our RMM (Recreational Music Making) adult and teen classes started this tune last week. Immediately, they could play this tune with fluency . It's good to have pieces in our repertoire that we can play and enjoy without effort. “The Weaver's Poem” is one of those tunes.
Ukrainian Bell Carol - This carol is based on a folk chant know in Ukrainian as “Shchedryk”. Mykola Leontovych composed this tune around 1916. The duet arrangement found here resonates antiphonally between the solo and duet as if the two parts are involved in a conversation. Enjoy this favorite carol of the season with a friend or with your classmates.
A Single Step - It takes great courage to begin something new. As we get older it seems to take more courage to start a new adventure. This tune is dedicated to the hundreds, possibly thousands, of adults and seniors who’ve decided to take that first step and are learning to play the piano. Every journey begins with “A Single Step”. Enjoy the journey!
Uploaded October 4, 2014
Charmed - A sophisticated melody accompanied by a sophisticated harmony, this could be the tune played at the ball when Cinderella and the Prince meet and begin to dance. Full of sparkle and motion, Charmed is elegant and satisfying.
Dont Mind If I Do - This tune is a little bit country, complete with a very cool piano lick that repeats several times. Here in Western Nebraska, just a few miles from the Wyoming border, our folks like rodeos, fairs, farmers markets and country music! Check out the tutorial on the Tutorial page to learn how to play the slides.
Uploaded October 4, 2014
Feelin Blue - An easy-going, lazy-paced, easily accessible tune for students of all ages. I thought Feelin Blue might be appropriate for the Holidays. So many experience the blues during this time of year. A quick remedy for the holiday blues: sitting at the piano and playing your favorite music. Happy Holidays, everyone! Next new tune will be added January 7, 2013.
May There Always Be the Sun - A tune that sings of optimism. Warm days filled with love, family and laughter - sharing time with friends at the lake - lazy afternoons sitting on the porch - And, even though we may encounter storms in our lives, we can always sing, “May there always be the sun.”
Mirage - Imagine you are in the desert - you are lost, you've run out of water. On the horizon you see a giant, shimmering puddle of water. Hope is a wonderful thing! . . . even when it's an optical illusion. This duet paints a picture of the desert journey.
Mon Cheri (“My Sweetheart“) - Imagine a quaint, outdoor bistro in Paris having a romantic lunch with someone you love. Enjoy playing with the orchestra as you're transported to an exotic land with your sweetheart.
O Christmas Tree - This arrangement is light and jazzy and might remind you a bit of Charlie Brown's Christmas. This carol (a.k.a. O Tannenbaum) is a German Christmas carol whose earliest lyrics date back to the mid-16th Century. The melody is a traditional German folk melody whose origin is unknown.
P.J. Shuffle - Here is tune for pianists of all ages. Everyone from kids to teens to adults loves a good shuffle in blues style. My wife, Donna (Deeds), names all the tunes on this site and has named all the tunes in Musical Moments, Way Cool Keyboarding and Way Cool Keyboarding 4 Kids. Because this tune is cross-generational she explained the “P.J.” can be Peanut Butter and Jelly, Pajamas or Prune Juice depending on the age of the player. ; ) Enjoy!
Uploaded October 18, 2014
Shared Moments - This flowing melody has been a favorite of students for many years. The title suggests the beauty of connecting with others. Sometimes this connection is a smile at the grocery store. Sometimes it's reconnecting with old friends for lunch. One of the great joys in music making is connecting with fellow music makers. May we be mindful of all the beautiful “Shared Moments” in our lives.
Silent Night - Silent Night was first performed in Austria in 1818. The lyrics were written by a young priest, Father Joseph Mohr, and the melody was composed by schoolmaster and organist, Franz Gruber. Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the church service. Both performed the carol during the mass on December 24. The words are included on this Christmas tune so you can sing and accompany yourself.
Silent Night 2013 - Here’s another arrangement of Silent Night. This is such a wonderful time of year to reflect. I hope you are encouraged by how well you are playing the piano. Every step in the journey needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. Here’s to all your piano playing accomplishments this past year! Happy Holidays!
Uploaded October 4, 2014
Sliver By the River - Sliver By the River is a bluesy, boogie-woogie tune that utilizes one of the many left hand patterns that have come to represent this genre of music. The blues and boogie were born in the South. Like ragtime, jazz, gospel, R&B, and Rock 'n Roll, we have the African-American community to thank for the Blues and Boogie-Woogie.
Sylvia's Song - A mysterious, melancholic melody winds aimlessly through this piece painting a picture of an old woman with long, flowing gray hair. She is imaginative, creative, artistic, definitely eccentric; her name is Sylvia. She was my grandmother.
The Entertainer - One of the world's best loved tunes, written by Scott Joplin in 1902, this ragtime gem is appreciated in both the popular music world and the classical music world. Probably best known to many from Marvin Hamlisch's adaptation and orchestration heard in the 1973 film “The Sting”. This arrangement is intended for RMM students of all ages. Enjoy!
Until Next Year - Music has the power to evoke mental images, feelings, even story lines. If “Until Next Year” was background music for a movie, what would be the plot of the story? How does this tune make you feel? Are there any images that come to mind when you’re listening to this tune? How about words? Are there musical phrases that seem to speak words to you?
Uploaded October 4, 2014
We Three Kings - also, known as “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi,” was written by the Reverend John Henry Hopkings, Jr. Hopkings wrote both lyrics and music. This carol appeared in print for the first time in 1863 but was probably written in 1857 since it was featured that same year in an elaborate holiday pageant, directed by the composer.
What Child is This? - One of our most loved Christmas carols. English writer, William Chatterton Dix wrote a poem entitled, “The Manger Throne” in 1865 at the age of 29. Three stanzas from this poem set to the traditional English tune “Greensleeves” were used to create this all-time favorite carol.
Whispers in the Light - This tune’s haunting melody inspired the title . . . Just in time for Halloween! Listen to the orchestration. Can you determine what orchestral sounds are being used in this tune? . . . Can you hear the “Whispers in the Light”?
A Lonely Moment - This is a tune I wrote for a student years ago. She loved music that was introspect and moody. Music often paints pictures of emotions and sometimes creates feelings and emotions that are new to us. Many times a tune will transport us back to a time when we felt a certain emotion; moments of joy, pain, excitement, and, yes, maybe even “A Lonely Moment.”
Awakening Meadow - When I was 16, I spent a summer at Rocky Ridge Music Center. Rocky Ridge is located in the Colorado Rockies, on the side of Long’s Peak. There was a place near the campground, we called The Meadow - it was an open field filled with wildflowers and void of pines. It could only be accessed by crossing the stream and hiking through a forested area. This tune is how I remember The Meadow at sunrise.
Beside The Still Waters - “He leads me beside the still waters . . . He restores my soul.”
Friday Night - There's just something about Friday night that screams, “CELEBRATE!” This fast, funky, fun tune for advancing teens is set in a European jazz style. Hold on to your hat - even if you're scheduled to work the weekend - nothing says relax, have fun and party like “Friday Night“.
Heavensent - Ten years ago this summer, I wrote this tune for my oldest two granddaughters, Maci and Riah. Maci was two-years-old and Riah was a brand new baby. Nothing more special than grandchildren. Ten years later, seven more grandchildren have joined the family (as of April, 2013). When I revisited this tune this week, I realized I still feel the same about grandkids. They are truly “Heavensent.”
Hour Glass - This tune is about the passing of time. Even though time passes in regular increments sometimes we perceive time to move more quickly or slowly. There is also a nostalgic dimension to time as we reminisce about the past. People we love come and go, our children and grandchildren grow up and move forward with their lives . . . all the while, the sand falls gently through the Hour Glass.
Imagine That - This tune is gentle and flowing. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Listen to this tune a couple of times with your eyes closed. If this were a theme to a movie, what would the movie be about. What images pop into your head when listen with your imagination?
In The Groove - A jazzy tune that a gives a nod to the 'swing' era. Swing music, or simply Swing, is a form of American music that developed in the early 1930s and became a distinctive style by 1940. The name swing came from the phrase 'swing feel' where the emphasis is on the off-beat or weaker pulse in the music. The verb 'to swing' is also used as a term of praise for playing that has a strong rhythmic drive. In other words, when you're 'swinging' you're playing “In The Groove.”
Movie Theme - Some of the most interesting music can be heard at the movies. These soundtracks are amazingly complicated and yet become so intimately connected to the movie itself that many people don't even know there's music in the background. Next time you're watching a movie, listen carefully to when the music enters and exits. Also, listen to what's happening in the music that relates to the action in the movie. Listen to “Movie Theme”. Can you imagine what kind of scene this tune is accompanying?
Reaching Out - Sometimes music has a way of inviting us to join. This tune reaches out with a certain yearning, asking us to participate emotionally with the music. I've slowed the recordings a bit to allow the strings and oboe to shine. Feel free to take musical liberties with this tune. Make it your own. Then, be sure to share it with family and friends.
Remember When? - There is something wonderful about traveling down memory lane. Remembering when the kids and grandkids were little, crazy family vacations, holidays and graduations. I remember Sunday afternoons visiting grandparents and listening to the stories of their lives they told over and over. Now I’m telling the same stories over and over to my grandchildren. I hope they will have fond memories of me when they “Remember When” . . .
Say Goodbye - My Uncle Don passed away last Monday. He was a strong, independent man who cherished family and friends. The funeral was Thursday. It was wonderful to reconnect with cousins from all over the country and to see old friends. While the purpose of the gathering was to say “goodbye” to Uncle Don, I was reminded of how important it is to make time for the folks who come in to our lives every day. Uncle Don - may his memory be eternal.
Tarantella - Many years ago in Italy, the bite of a locally common type of wolf spider, named “tarantula” was popularly believed to be highly poisonous and to lead to a hysterical condition know as tarantism. The stated belief in the 16th and 17th centuries were that the vicitms needed to engage in a frenzied dance to prevent death from the disease using very rhythmic music (fast - 6/8). This became known as the Tarantella. One of my students decided this would be a good tune for Halloween. . . the whole spider theme and all.
Wait for Me - I’ve played this tune for wedding and funeral preludes and for various parts of church services over the years. Sometimes a melody takes on this strange yearning, pulling at your heart strings. I’m not sure why, but this one definitely spins out in such a way as to create the sense of longing.
When Tomorrow Comes - Here's another tune for advancing teens. It was written years ago as part of the SonaTunes series. A dramatic tune that sounds like a movie theme, maybe heard when the main character asks the question, “Will she still love me When Tomorrow Comes.”
You Are the One - A rock-a-billy-type tune, You Are the One explores a unique style of piano playing. Listen to the band play. Then, listen to the band play and follow along with the music. Then, join in and play along. This piece needs words. Someone interested in writing some?
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   The Entertainer (3)
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   Until Next Year (3)
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   Whispers in the Light (3)
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   A Lonely Moment (4)
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   Imagine That (4)
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   In The Groove (4)
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   When Tomorrow Comes (4)
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Explanation of difficulty rating.

The tunes are listed in order of difficulty, the rating of 1 would indicate the pieces are easier and more accessible, while the rating of 4 would indicate the pieces are more difficult.  This, of course, is relative and, therefore, simply a tool that the teacher or student can use as they pick pieces from the library to use as they choose. Enjoy!

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