Halloween: Piano Theme by John Carpenter



The piano theme from the soundtrack of the movie by John Carpenter, the director/co-writer is also the composer of a great soundtrack for this great film.



Played well by Doctor Gradus on YouTube, have a listen here.

I have always loved the tension that diminished and augmented chords provide. You know, those eery but not too spooky sounding chords.



Here's one of the best piano covers I have heard of this song from piano lion.




Free Music Sheet  here

Have a safe, fun-filled Halloween!




All the best, LadyD Amplify

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Learn To Play Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley

So Real: Songs from Jeff BuckleyImage via Wikipedia

Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (Piano Cover)


 

One of my students requested a song "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley. It's a very easy song for beginners to play.

1. Jeff Buckley's Biography

"Jeff Buckley was born in California's Orange County in 1966 and died in a tragic drowning accident in Memphis on May 29, 1997. He had emerged in New York City's avant-garde club scene in the 1990's as one of the most remarkable musical artists of his generation, acclaimed by audiences, critics, and fellow musicians alike."
http://www.jeffbuckley.com/bio.asp 

2. Jeff Buckley's Reviews

"Buckley's rendition of "Hallelujah" has been called "Buckley's best" and "one of the great songs"by Time magazine, and is included on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Buckley 

3. Jeff Buckley's Death

For me, the song Hallelujah, has a sadness in the voice of Jeff Buckley.
Plus, the song has minor chords in it. And it saddens me to learn he lost his life at a very young age. And yet, the song still lingers in my mind, as do the words...
The answer to the question is found here:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_did_jeff_Buckley_die 

http://www.funadvice.com/q/how_did_jeff_buckley_die_suicide 

4.  Hallelujah Chords To Play


Intro: [C] [Am] [C] [Am]

[C] [Am]

I heard there was a secret chord
[C] [Am]
That David played and it pleased the lord
[F] [G] [C] [G]
But you don't really care for music, do you?
[C] [F] [G]
Well it goes like this the fourth, the fifth
[Am] [F]
The minor fall and the major lift
[G] [Em] [Am]
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Chorus:


[F] [Am] [F] [C] [G] [C]

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah ....

[C] [Am]

[C] [Am]
You saw her bathing on the roof
[F] [G] [C] [G]
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to her kitchen chair
[Am] [F]
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
[G] [Em] [Am]
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah

N|

[F] [Am] [F] [C] [G] [C]
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah ....

[C] [Am]

Baby I've been here before
[C] [Am]
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
[F] [G] [C] [G]
I used to live alone before I knew you
[C] [F] [G]
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
[Am] [F]
But love is not a victory march
[G] [Em] [Am]
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

[F] [Am] [F] [C] [G] [C]

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah ....

[C] [Am]

Well there was a time when you let me know
[C] [Am]
[F] [G] [C] [G]
But now you never show that to me do you
[C] [F] [G]
But remember when I moved in you
[Am] [F]
And the holy dove was moving too
[G] [Em] [Am]
And every breath we drew was hallelujah
[C] [Am]
Well, maybe there's a god above
[C] [Am]
But all I've ever learned from love
[F] [G] [C] [G]
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
[C] [F] [G]
It's not a cry that you hear at night
[Am] [F]
It's not somebody who's seen the light
[G] [Em] [Am]
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

[F] [Am] [F] [C] [G] [C]

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelu-u-u-u-jah .... 



 http://ladydpiano.blogspot.com/2009/02/hallelujah-jeff-buckley.html

Enjoy playing this song on all the white keys, easy to play once you know all the beginner chords.  Once you learn this simple chord progression, you'll be flowing and singing along quite nicely.

All the best, LadyD Amplify
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Learn To Play 2 Octave Blues Scale Fingering

This is the best Blues Fingering Video I have ever seen on You Tube. Enjoy! It is so fun to learn from a good teacher! :) Do you like playing the blues?

Finally, a 2 Octave Blues Scale Fingering

Video by radiokid2









All the best, LadyD Amplify
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Don't Leave Me Now Chords by Supertramp

Supertramp


Don't Leave Me Now Chords:
 
Em 
C 
D 
Bm 
Am 

              Em
Dont leave me now
C                  D             Bm
Leave me out in the pouring rain
C                       Am
With my back against the wall
              D
Dont leave me now
              Em
Dont leave me now
C                   D           Bm
Leave me out with nowhere to go
         C               Am
And the shadows start to fall
              D
Dont leave me now

Dont leave me now
Leave me out on this lonely road
As the wind begins to howl
Dont leave me now

Dont leave me now
All alone on this darkest night
Feeling old and cold and grey
Dont leave me now

Dont leave me now
Leave me holding an empty heart
As the curtain starts to fall
Dont leave me now

Dont leave me now
All alone in this crazy world
When Im old and cold and grey and time is gone...
 Chord Chart: Don't Leave Me Now

Dougie Thomson

 Don't Leave Me Now Piano Chords by Supertramp:

Fm
Dont leave me now
Db                  Eb             Cm
Leave me out in the pouring rain
Db                       Bbm
With my back against the wall
              Eb
Dont leave me now
              Fm
Dont leave me now
Db                   Eb           Cm
Leave me out with nowhere to go
         Db               Bbm
And the shadows start to fall
              Eb
Dont leave me now

Dont leave me now

Leave me out on this lonely road

As the wind begins to howl

Dont leave me now

Dont leave me now

All alone on this darkest night

Feeling old and cold and grey

Dont leave me now

Dont leave me now

Leave me holding an empty heart

As the curtain starts to fall

Dont leave me now

Dont leave me now

All alone in this crazy world

When Im old and cold and grey and time is gone... 
http://www.megachords.com/piano/music/149999/don-t-leave-me-know.htm

Supertramp 1971

More Piano Files at:
http://www.pianofiles.com/search/music/sheets/Supertramp+Don%27%27t+leave+me+now

DON'T LEAVE ME NOW (SUPERTRAMP)



All the best, LadyD Amplify
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Chords to Souled Out

Recording Studio with Gospel Musicians



My friend Sam has a video tutorial for Souled Out by Hezekiah Walker He is a great teacher and one talented musician. He has the experience under his belt because he has been playing Gospel music for a long time. Sam is definitely an accomplished musician. Take a look at his video clip and enjoy learning the chords to Souled Out. He encourages everyone to stop the video and learn it slowly at first. Good advice, I agree! I love the song!


"Play F A C D F and roll in rhythm with the beat. "

Sam's Gospel Music Workshop " Souled Out"


 

For more related music resources, visit:

LadyDpiano: Souled Out by Hezekiah Walker

LadyDpiano: Progressions Used in Souled Out by Hezekiah Walker

All the best, LadyD Amplify
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Some Hearts: Free Sheet Music

Some HeartsImage via Wikipedia One of the coolest songs that I love by Carrie Underwood, is Some Hearts. I love the beginning 2 lines of music on an air pad/strings setting on the keyboard. Then it goes into a rocking bass drum beat with fast pace.

Get your FREE sheet music download athttp://www.sheetzbox.com/piano/sheets/10185/Carrie_Underwood-Some_Hearts_SheetMusic.html



Here's the chord chart to Carrie's song,  Some Hearts:


D                              A 
I’ve never been the kind that you’d call lucky 
G                   C9
Always stumbling’ around in circles 
D                         A
But I must have stumbled into something 
G 
Look at me 
      C9                G
Am I really alone with you 
D                           A
I wake up feeling like my life’s worth living 
G                    C9
Can’t recall when I last felt that way 
D                          A
Guess it must be all this love you’re giving 
G                C9            G          A
Never knew never knew it could be like this 

But I guess 


D        G
Some hearts 
          A
They just get all the right breaks 
D        G            A
Some hearts have the stars on their side 
D        G
Some hearts, 
           A
They just have it so easy 
A                      G
Some hearts just get lucky sometimes 
A                      G         D
Some hearts just get lucky sometimes 

D A G C9

D                               A 
Now who’d have thought someone like you could love me 
G                         C9
You’re the last thing my heart expected 
D                            A
Who’d have thought I’d ever find somebody 
G                   C9            G 
Someone who someone who makes me feel 
       A 
like this 

Well I guess 


D        G
Some hearts 
           A
They just get all the right breaks 
D        G             A
Some hearts have the stars on their side 
D        G
Some hearts, 
           A
They just have it so easy 
A                      G
Some hearts just get lucky sometimes 
A                      G                    
Some hearts just get lucky...

Bridge: (slow)

          Bm
...sometimes 
A                              G 
Oooh ooooh....Even hearts like mine 
       A               E
Get lucky, lucky sometimes 
                  C#m     A     (pause)
Even hearts like mine....Oooh-hoooo



D        G
Some hearts
           A
They just get all the right breaks 
D        G             A
Some hearts have the stars on their side 
D        G
Some hearts, 
           A
They just have it so easy 
A                     G
Some hearts just get lucky sometimes 
A                     G
Some hearts just get lucky 
    D    G          D     G     D
Sometimes…   Oooohhoooo 
 

Carrie Underwood - Some Hearts 

Video credit: perfectprincess365

 
 


 Here's another chord chart from the artist Carrie Underwood's song:





INTRO: D5   A/D   Bbmaj7  Bb6  2x

VERSE:

D5                             A/D      
 I've never been the kind that you'd call lucky
Bbmaj7              Bb6             D5       
 Always stumbling' around in circles
                           A/D      
 But I must have stumbled into something
Bbmaj7             Bb6    G2      
 Look at me. Am I really alone with you

D5                         A/D         
 I wake up feeling like my life's worth living
Bbmaj7               Bb6                D5
 Can't recall when I last felt that way
                           A/D       
 Guess it must be all this love you're giving
Bbmaj7            Bb6           G2          Asus           
 Never knew never knew it could be like this

 But I guess

CHORUS:

D     G2                Asus        G2           D  
 Some hearts, They just get all the right breaks
      G2               Asus       G2        D     
 Some hearts, Have the stars on their side
      G2                Asus       G2  
 Some hearts, They just have it so easy
Asus                  G2 
 Some hearts just get lucky sometimes
Asus                  G2               D5   A/D    
 Some hearts just get lucky, lucky sometimes

VERSE:

D5                                   A/D
 Now who'd have thought someone like you could love me
Bbmaj7                    Bb6            D5
 You're the last thing my heart expected
                             A/D 
 Who'd have thought I'd ever find somebody
Bbmaj7               Bb6          G2           Asus           
 Someone who someone who makes me feel like this

 Well I guess



D     G2                Asus        G2           D  
 Some hearts, They just get all the right breaks
      G2               Asus       G2       D     
 Some hearts, Have the stars on their side,  yes
      G2                Asus       G2  
 Some hearts, They just have it so easy
Asus                  G2 
 Some hearts just get lucky sometimes
Asus                  G2          Bm
 Some hearts just get lucky sometimes,Ooooooh

BRIDGE:

      D/A         G9        A      B        E     B/E    
 Even hearts like mine get lucky, lucky sometimes
 
A/E  B/E E  B/E A/E     E          C#m7 B/C#   A
                  Even hearts like mine.....  
Bsus   A5    NC
 Ohhhhhhhh

CHORUS:

D     G2                Asus        G2           D  
 Some hearts, They just get all the right breaks
      G2               Asus       G2        D     
 Some hearts, Have the stars on their side
      G2                Asus       G2  
 Some hearts, They just have it so easy
Asus                  G2 
 Some hearts just get lucky 

D     G2                Asus        G2           D  
 Some hearts, They just get all the right breaks
      G2               Asus       G2       D     
 Some hearts, Have the stars on their side,  yes
      G2                Asus       G2  
 Some hearts, They just have it so easy
Asus                  G2 
 Some hearts just get lucky sometimes
Asus                  G2        D   A/D  Bbmaj7  Bb6    RPEAT TO FADE
 Some hearts just get lucky sometimes

http://www.cowboylyrics.com/tabs/underwood-carrie/some-hearts-11124.html


 More About Carrie:

Carrie Underwood




"Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is an American country singer-songwriter. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, and has become a multi-platinum selling recording artist and a multiple Grammy Award winner. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was certified seven times platinum and is the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history.

Her second album, Carnival Ride, was released on October 23, 2007. It has so far sold about 2 million copies To date, Underwood has sold over 11 million records in the United States. Underwood was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on May 10, 2008."
Hope you enjoy playing this song as much as I do! I wonder, do you have a favorite Carrie Underwood song? A very talented young lady, indeed!

All the best, LadyD Amplify
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5 Tips to Moving the Piano

Steinway concert grand piano, model D-274Image via WikipediaMy favorite instrument to play is the piano. I like the sounds that come from the many different types of pianos that are available. They are such sensitive instruments and just hearing classical music on the piano is so relaxing to me. 

As a matter of fact, I love to hear all genres of music on the piano. The instrument is so different than a keyboard. I like them as well but there's something quite special about acoustic instruments. 

Now pianos can cost you quite a bit of money these days to own. The simplest piano can be around a few hundred dollars and then the price escalates to thousands of dollars on more complex ones. 

So it seems more and more folks are renting pianos first before making the decision to buy one. Whether you own an upright or grand piano, when the time comes to moving your piano to a new location the size and weight become a huge determining factor. 

Lightweight pianos are around 300 pounds or so. The heavier ones start at 500 pounds and can easily weigh 1300 pounds depending on the year and the make of the piano. So, if you are thinking that all you need are 2 people to move a spinet piano, perhaps you can get by safely with that. 

Piano Moved to the First Floor


But when it came time to moving my 1910 upright piano it took 4 strong guys and lots of wooden planks to roll it through an 8 foot glass slider door. 

I've seen 7 guys move a baby grand piano out of a church before. And many folks do not recommend rolling a piano on its metal casters for fear of scratching wooden floors. 

Pianos are sensitive to climate/temperature changes such as humidity and movement as well. If you have one stored in a damp garage against a cold wall, I suggest you move it quickly into a warmer dwelling. 

Why even bumping a sensitive piano can put it out of sorts, so to speak. Plus, a cracked or damaged part of the wood can affect the overall sound tone as well. 

You might want to consider a professional licensed piano mover who has all the right equipment with crates, ramps, blanket coverings, and pads ramps to prevent shock damage if bumped a bit during the move. No slipping and sliding and no runaway pianos allowed! 

So the cost of moving a piano varies by: 

1. Type of Piano
2. Distance of Move
3. Difficulty of Move
4. Amount of Help
5. Urgency of Move 


And the cost can be hourly or just one flat rate price. I would suggest calling around, chat with your local piano tuners in town and get an idea on an estimate. 

Fortunately for me the moving distance wasn’t too far. I would say the travel time was a half hour. It took 4 guys to load my old upright piano on ramps (wish we had a hydraulic lift) and onto the truck bed. No, we didn't have a piano dolly and that would have been another nice tool to have. Then we securely tied the piano down. 

Taking it out of the truck was a little scary but once we landed we were so thankful to be on the driveway. I’ve heard others tell that pushing a piano through grass is as difficult as pushing a piano up a flight of stairs. It's the heavy metal castings that add to the weight of the piano, too. 

The rule of suggestion is to move a piano with the front side facing forward and walk directly keeping it balanced. Fortunately for us, there were no tight turns in the process and no stairs to climb. We set the planks down on concrete to roll the old upright indoors and our mission was successfully accomplished with no hurt backs in the process. 

Be sure and wait a couple of weeks for your piano to acclimate to its new climate surroundings before giving your local piano tuner a call. 

Whether you move a piano by yourself with a little help from your friends or pay piano movers, I hope you only have to do it once! 




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