Fly Me to the Moon for Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday

Anne Ku arranged a version of the popular Sinatra song Fly Me to the Moon for easy piano with full fingering and chords — and free download of the 2-page sheet music.

2015 is a year many Sinatra lovers will celebrate with songs that he made famous. One of these is a favorite among my piano students. Each year, a new pianist will ask to play “Fly Me to the Moon.”

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Palladio by Karl Jenkins arranged for piano

Anne Ku arranged a piano solo version of Karl Jenkin’s Palladio – made popular by Escala.

Have you ever become so obsessed with a tune that the only remedy is to play it on your instrument? When I watched the following clip, I knew I had heard the music before — in London, but not for guitars. Continue reading “Palladio by Karl Jenkins arranged for piano”

Eine Kleine Nacht Musik for Easy Piano

Anne Ku arranges Mozart’s famous Eine Kleine Nacht Musik for easy piano for four different levels, for solo or ensemble playing.

Mozart’s “Little Night Music” was originally written for string ensemble, consisting of string quartet plus an optional bass. I played the quatre-mains version with my classmate Jeff Beaudry one summer at New College, Oxford for a talent contest. We won a bottle of champagne which we shared with the other team at our next bridge game.

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Yankee Doodle for easy piano

Beginners want to learn a complete piece quickly and have fun with it. Yankee Doodle is such a piece for easy piano. There are many things you can do with it.

One of the earliest songs a beginner can learn to play on the piano is the sticky tune of “Yankee Doodle.”

The easiest way is to use both hands to split up the melody, starting with the right hand.

Next is to let the right hand play the melody and the left hand do very simple bass or interval accompaniment.

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Star Spangled Banner for not so easy piano

Anne Ku’s arrangement of Star Spangled Banner for not so easy piano was inspired by the book “No Greater Sacrifice, No Greater Love” and subsequent visit to the USS York Town in Charleston, South Carolina and a meeting with the author.

The National Anthem of the United States is neither easy to sing nor play. It’s not easy to sing because of the wide octave range. It’s not easy to play because the melody and bass move all over the place. What motivated me to arrange the American anthem for piano? Fourth of July?

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Time from Inception for easy piano

Hans Zimmer’s “Time” from the movie “Inception” is an interesting example of minimalism.

Time from Inception arranged by Anne Ku for easy piano and ensemble
Time from Inception arranged by Anne Ku for easy piano and ensemble

I’ve not yet seen the movie Inception but its music is already haunting me. Youtube has several versions of it — played live, extracted from the movie itself, and looped for as long as 10 hours!

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Over the Rainbow for Easy Piano

The Iz version of “Over the Rainbow” is truly a song about Hawaii — especially Maui, an island famous for rainbows.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with finding the Great Iz’s version of “Over the Rainbow” for easy piano.

The song is so popular here on Maui that one forgets the original melody written by Harold Arlen, made famous by Judy Garland in the movie “Wizard of Oz.” Iz’s version, however, is quite different from the original.

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Viva la Vida for Easy Piano

Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”begins with a compelling and energetic violin and cello introduction. Like other pop songs, once you’ve figured out the repeating pattern, it becomes predictable and easy to play.

The string introduction to Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” is addictive.

If “La Vida Breve” means “The Short Life” then “Viva la Vida” means “Live the Life.” Not so fast, according to Lenny, there’s more to this.

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Let It Go for Easy Piano (Free and Complete)

The Academy Award winning best original song Let It Go has become so popular that there are parodies and arrangements made of it, widely available on the Internet.

UPDATED July 1, 2014

Due to popular demand, I have added the second half to complete the entire song. Click on the sample score (i.e. the image of the first page shown below) to get all six pages. Feedback welcome! This is a free download.

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Cloud Atlas for Easy Piano

The piano theme from Cloud Atlas is haunting and beautiful. While there are many versions arranged by piano fans, I have yet to find one for easy piano. Here is an attempt. Work in progress.

The melody of the movie Cloud Atlas (2012) is so haunting that it’s possible to loop it in a forever trance. It’s much slower than I had thought when I first sightread it. Not having seen the movie, I’m only guessing that the motif is the common thread throughout. Here’s a 30 minute version that can be used as background music or for meditation.

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