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Castles Burning - Transport yourself back to the Middle Ages - Knights on horseback fighting dragons to win the hearts of fair maidens - Kings and Queens frantically trying to hold their kingdoms together. This duet paints the picture of the frantic scene that occurred quite often in those dark times.
Uploaded October 18, 2014
Uploaded October 4, 2014
Uploaded October 4, 2014
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!
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.
Beverly Hills - A soft rock/funk accompaniment juxtaposed against a gently flowing solo piano (electric piano) part has one feel with the orchestration and a totally different feel when played without the orchestration. Reminiscent of movie tunes from the 80's, Beverly Hills is fun for pianists of all ages. Check out the tutorial on the tutorial page for ideas to create your own band.
Uploaded October 4, 2014
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 18, 2014
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.
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.
Uploaded October 4, 2014
In the Distance - With a gentle R&B flavor, this tune has an interesting melody that emerges as it bounces off a repeated note with the thumb. A somewhat evasive piece, it's as if it makes its appearance In the Distance.
Long Way Home - This tune has an upbeat, British rock-style accompaniment. Imagine a cross country road trip. You’ve had the time of your life. Now you’re heading back - summer’s over, it’s time to re-enter your life and it’s a Long Way Home.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Breakaway - It’s been awhile since I’ve written a tune specifically for young adults (sometimes known as teenagers). This tune evokes visions of trying to break free from real or unreal forces. I hope it’s clear that ultimately good wins and the hero is victorious! What story line emerges as you listen to this tune?
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.”
Morning Bike Ride - When I was a kid, I would wake early on summer mornings. I'd ride my bike to friends houses and we'd gather 5, maybe 8 other kids; then we'd ride to Scottsbluff National Monument (you'll have to google the monument). We'd walk the path to the top, then, back down and ride our bikes home. This tune describes how those mornings made me feel.
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” . .
Rock On! - A fast-paced rockin' tune that is fun to play and fun to listen to. Imagine yourself pounding chords in a rock band. The contrasting middle section let's you solo with the band, in a new texture and style. The drummer enters again and you Rock On! to the end.
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.
Times Square - Fast! Flashy! Fun! From the first note to the last this tune moves! The patterns are clear and accessible making Times Square easy to memorize. This piece sounds much harder than it is. Get ready to play with the band and Rock Out!
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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   Dont Judge Me (1)
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   Jazmine (1)
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   Sad Eyes (1)
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   2010 (2)
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   Argentina Sky (2)
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   Beverly Hills (2)
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   Bountiful (2)
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   Family Album (2)
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   Midnight Boogie (2)
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   Opa! (2)
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   Sahara (2)
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   Silhouette (2)
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   Snow Train (2)
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   Summer Nights (2)
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   Ukrainian Bell Carol (2)
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   Village by the Sea (2)
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   In the Distance (3)
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   Long Way Home (3)
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   O Christmas Tree (3)
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   P.J. Shuffle (3)
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   Shared Moments (3)
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   Silent Night (3)
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   Silent Night 2013 (3)
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   Sliver By the River (3)
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   Sylvias Song (3)
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   We Three Kings (3)
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   What Child is This (3)
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   A Lonely Moment (4)
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   Awakening Meadow (4)
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   Breakaway (4)
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   Friday Night (4)
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   Heavensent (4)
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   Hour Glass (4)
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   Imagine That (4)
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   In The Groove (4)
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   Morning Bike Ride (4)
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   Movie Theme (4)
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   Reaching Out (4)
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   Remember When (4)
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   Rock On! (4)
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   Say Goodbye (4)
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   Tarantella (4)
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   Times Square (4)
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   Wait for Me (4)
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   When Tomorrow Comes (4)
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   You Are the One (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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