This is the soundtrack for the second Twilight movie, New Moon.
You can find the sheet music at this link http://fouadgtadros.blogspot.com/
Here is a piano tutorial devided into 4 parts
Although there is a large amount of people which hate this movie, I personally have always loved it. The music in this movie must have something to do with it. Tennessee is one of the soundtracks in Pearl Harbor.
It was fairly easy to find sheet music for the piano, e.g. this link, but I wasn't able to find a midi file yet.
So I learned it through a combination of sheet music and Youtube.
This version by Lew Watterson is great:
And here is a good piano tutorial on Youtube.
Today I stumbled on a fantastic piano version of "My heart will go on" by James Horner,
which was the soundtrack of Titanic.
I reckon you don't need an introduction to Titanic, as about everyone must have seen it.
This song, in combination with the story, was the reason that I first had to give up on my manliness during a movie. (Except for the lion king, but let's be fair who didn't cry when Mufasa died)
This version below is such a masterwork, with a tons of emotion in it, that I just had to post about it.
It seems a great song to learn, so I went on the lookout for a decent piano tutorial.
So here you go, you can check part 2 and 3 through the related videos
By the way, there appears to be a link to the sheet music included with the Youtube post.
Good luck if you're going for this one :)
Returning to the core of this blog, there are a lot of great pianists who publish their work via Youtube. I've composed an inspirational top 5 for you guys. This is highly subjective, and I invite you to send your own top 5 of pianists.
o Dave Thomas: coming from the UK, a real Yann Tiersen lover. In my opinion he's one of the best out there; not only with the piano but also with the accordeon.
I like about all of his videos, but the fact that I'm a Yann Tiersen fan may have something to do with it.
Video example Comptine d'été n. 3 by Yann Tiersen:
o Vika Yermolyeva (Vkgoeswild): A Dutch girl with an alternative style. The way she transcribes metal/rock songs to the piano is unique. Very gifted piano player.
Video example Aerials by System Of A Down:
o David Sides: I believe he's about the most famous piano player on Youtube. Very strong versions of mostly R&B songs, which is a bit less my style. Nevertheless, I've got a huge amount of respect for him.
Video example Viva la Vida by Coldplay:
o Hildale: A bit less known, but her Placebo piano covers are absolutely great. But then again, I think Placebo is great.
Video example Song to say goodbye by Placebo:
o Iwillbot: This guy covers a very broad area of music with some songs I really really like. Another nice touch is the fact that he includes lyrics.
Video example crushcrushcrush by Paramore:
In the end, I realize I watch too much instead of playing, wishing I'd be as good as they are. How pathetic :-)
If you know any other examples, feel free to share them!
A lot of people have been asking to add Kyle Landry to this list. So here goes, I especially like this improvisation of Apologize.
Forums are a fun way to share and find information.
These are the biggest and best piano forums that I know of:
Next to this top 5; I'd like to add these two:
http://www.keyboardforum.nl/ (Great forum but in Dutch)
https://www.synthesiagame.com/forum/ (Synthesia forum)
If you know any other, or you want to get your piano forum listed please let me know.
Midi files are valuable resources for piano players. For instance, they can be used with Synthesia or played directly on your digital keyboard etc.
So the question arises, where can I find MIDI files?
The list here will put you on your way, but do remind my other post about finding MIDI files.
If you know any other resources, feel free to share them.
Piano for dummies is the book I received shortly after I started playing the piano.
This book gives you a basic frame to work with.
It starts from the very basics, buying a piano and music theory, until an intermediate level.
It's well written , with an occasional joke now and then to brighten things up.
That's why I recommend it to everyone who feels he needs a guiding frame while learning by themselves.
At the store it was rather pricey(I think about 30€), but I think this is worth it.
Especially when you realize how pricey taking lessons at a piano teacher can be.
If you're interested, a tip is to look into a part of the book at books.google.com.
This choice of piano for dummies is strictly personal.
If you feel there's a book out there which is better, please let me know via the comments form.
However, it is introductory so when you've finished this book you'll have to switch to method books like e.g. Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Courses.
A less structured alternative is to just pick songs of your own liking to practice with.
In the end it's all about practicing, and that can give you a hard time.
That's why I personally prefer to pick songs of my own which I like more, to keep the morale high.
You can do so via sheet music, practicing software like Synthesia or video tutorials.
In my pillar post about how to find sheet music I talked about sheet music listings.
These are websites that collect sheet music for you to download.
As it would be impossible to check all of them, I can not be held responsible for their content.
This list is mainly classical, so it should all be legal.
o http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Composers 28.500 Scores
o http://www.free-scores.com/centre-uk.php?CATEGORIE=70 12.000 Scores
o http://sheetmusic.library.sc.edu/Default.asp 10.000 Scores
o http://www.free-scores.com/free-sheet-music.php 12.500 Scores
o http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page 10.000 Scores
I will post some great resources on modern sheet music soon, but do keep my previous post in mind as it remains the best method in my opinion.
One of the main questions that always return about Synthesia the piano hero game [Read more about Synthesia], is how to connect it to your piano or keyboard.
This is not an obligation: if your piano is connected to your computer then Synthesia reads from it and scores your playing. If not, Synthesia lets you follow along on your own without scoring. Of course, with scoring is a lot more fun and it can figure as a guide for your piano learning process.
So to connect, obviously, you will need a cable. But to know which cable, you should check the back of your piano/keyboard and PC. I've added prices and images so you can easily compare which is the best option for you.
There are three main options that I'm aware of:
1. USB to USB connection
2. Midi plug to USB (adapter)
3. Midi to soundcard
If you still have questions, please let me know :-)
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