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

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

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

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Eine Kleine Nacht Musik for Easy Piano

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

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

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

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

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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