… to the 5th and final piece taken from our Great Scores Boogie Collection. Today it is the turn of Vivian Smith Smythe Smith Boogie. Once again we have taken the, erm, “inspiration” for the title for this boogie from a character featured in the brilliant “Upper Class Twit Of The Year” sketch by Monty Python.
The video includes a little tutorial on how to play the left hand boogie pattern, one that is used in many boogies, so if you can learn to master it, it will allow you to play many other pieces in this style.
The sheet music for the piece is available here on our site.
In our video we feature how to play the rather tricky left hand pattern as well as a famous boogie lick that’s in the right hand, so check out the video below. As always the sheet music for the piece is available here on our site.
Today we’d like to present you the third composition in our new Great Scores Boogie Collection: Steam Train Boogie. As the title suggests, I wrote this in the style of a steam train, with the slow chugging start, the build up of mementum and eventual break-neck speed that locomotives reach in mind, with the whole piece slowing down to an exhausted finale.
Today we are featuring the second piece in our brand new Great Scores Boogie Collection: Linus Jude The Dude Boogie. The piece is for my little baby son, who turned one year old on the 20th of May, so happy 1st birthday little Linus Jude!
Our Great Scores Boogie collection consists of five pieces, the previous piece we featured here being Grahame’s Grindhouse Boogie. We will post videos of the remaining three over the next few weeks. As always, the sheet music is available here directly from our website.
I hope you dig this piece, I certainly enjoyed writing and playing it!
We have made a video, that functions as an introduction to intervals and covers the very basics you need to know. Intervals can be a bit daunting to learn, so we thought we’d make it easier by introducing these to you with a video:
The guide itself consist of three separate parts (which you can purchase together at a reduced price or separately).
Part 1: The full 21 page guide to intervals, explaining anything you’ll need to know about intervals, including:
how to recognise them,
the difference between major, minor, diminished and augmented intervals,
tricks and tipps on how to work out intervals
an extensive list of the opening of famous tunes with which to associate intervals so that you can recognise them easier
intervals larger than an octave and unusual intervals such as double diminished intervals explained
enharmonic intervals explained
inverted intervals explained
the tritone (the devil’s interval/diabolus in musica) explained and demystified
Part Two: 18 pages of worksheets with answers. Especially useful if you are doing music exams or ABRSM theory exams and you need to practice a bit more .
Part Three: our 15 page Interval-Finder: a compendium of all basic intervals (major, minor, augmented and diminished) in all 12 keys, in case you ever get stuck or need a quick reference.
I often get requests from students to play Gershwin pieces. Rhapsody in Blue is however, hard to play and very long, though we do have it on our site here.
So I thought I might write a little piece in the style of George Geshwin that is easier to play, and not too long. We have two arrangements of this piece, one an easier level in G major, and the original version in Ab major. You can see me playing it below, and check out the sheet music here.
We have just added a Pink Panther Tutorial for the piano to accompany the sheet music we feature on our site. I explain how to play the all important left hand in detail and give a few hints and tips, including how to add a few extra bits that aren’t included in the score and what the Pink Panther Theme shares with the James Bond Theme: