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The Pop Piano Player: You've Got A Friend (Piano Solo)

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The Pop Piano Player: You've Got A Friend presents 13 pop classics in an ingenious new format for pianists, arranged by John Kember.

The Pop Piano Player series is an essential resource with each volume featuring many classic songs. Designed for both pianists wanting to make the transition into playing pop piano, as well as for those keen to develop their own style, each song is presented in two different formats. The first version includes the melody and lyrics with a basic chord structure for each song - ideal for practice, accompaniment and improvisation. This second version is a superb arrangement for piano solo, suitable for intermediate-level pianists, perfect repertoire for performance. All the songs are in their standard keys, enabling pianists to play with other musicians, and the free CD features performances of all the piano arrangements played by John Kember.

Publisher: Faber Music

ISBN: 0571534341

Item Code: 0571534341

Price: £12.99
Availability:In stock Territory restrictions apply, see Add. Info

Genre(s): Pop, Rock

Language: English

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Included media: 1CD

Series: The Pop Piano Player

Territories: Item available in Europe & Australia only

Instruments:
  • Piano
  • Voice
Contents:
  1. Daydream Believer
  2. Hello
  3. Perfect Day
  4. Rule The World
  5. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
  6. The Climb
  7. You've Got A Friend
  8. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  9. Careless Whisper
  10. The Grestest Love Of All
  11. Nobody Does It Better
  12. Touch Me In The Morning
  13. I Want You Back

  • Rule The World.mp3

  • The Climb.mp3

  • The Greatest Love of All.mp3

  • Touch Me In The Morning.mp3

  • You Are The Sunshine of My Life.mp3

  • You've Got A Friend.mp3

  • Hello.mp3

  • Can't Take My Eyes off You.mp3

  • Careless Whisper.mp3

  • Daydream Believer.mp3

  • I Want You Back.mp3

  • Nobody Does It Better.mp3

  • Perfect Day.mp3

John Kember has produced some more beautifully crafted arrangements of jazz and pop standards to augment his Jazz Piano Player and Pop Piano Player collections for Faber (Music). They are a gift to anyone who wants to entertain, either alone or with others. Pupils between grade 6 and 8 can work them up, the more advanced can sight-read them. The songs are first presented in three staves: melody with words and well-voiced piano chords beneath. Chord symbols are used (and explained on a separate page), to encourage improvisation and to develop a memory for the hand shapes involved. The format could also be used to develop the skill of incorporating the melody line into the accompaniment, such as when teaching a song. Each is then turned into a characterful piano piece, with plenty of rhythmic variation and syncopation, and some fine examples of bass and inner-part melodies. A good grasp of pedalling and cantabile are needed, as heard in John’s sensitive performances on the accompanying CDs.

Piano Professional Magazine, Summer 2011