Pop Piano: You've Got A Friend

John Kember

The Pop Piano Player: You've Got A Friend

Faber Music ISMN 0-571-53434-1
The Pop Piano Player books aim to to help pianists understand and play a selection of the greatest pop songs so that they are truly 'under their fingers'. The pieces in this book span almost five decades of popular music, representing styles from the 60's to the present day and from musicians from both sides of the Atlantic.
First published in 2010, Pop Piano: You've Got A Friend is intended for Grades 6 to 8. It has 13 arrangements on 72 pages.
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Performances of each piece, played by John Kember.

Each piece is presented in two formats, which gives both the basic chord structure and symbols as well as a piano arrangement of each song. By learning the changes, the chords will become familiar, the progressions more readily understood and the shapes will lie more comfortably under the hands.

The arrangements for piano solo which follow keep largely to the same chord patterns though with some changes to the overall structure regarding verses etc., to create a balanced piano solo. These solos I have recorded on the accompanying CD.

Contents

Daydream Believer
Stewart
Hello
Richie
Perfect Day
Reed
Rule The World
Barlow / Orange / Donald / Owen
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Crewe / Gaudio
The Climb
Alexander / Mabe
You've Got A Friend
King
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Wonder
Careless Whisper
Michael / Ridgeley
The Greatest Love Of All
Creed / Masser
Nobody Does It Better
Hamlisch / Bayer Sager
Touch Me In The Morning
Miller / Masser
I Want You Back
Mizell / Perren / Richards / Gordy

What they say

“beautifully crafted arrangements of jazz and pop standards ... a gift to anyone who wants to entertain” “John Kember has produced some more beautifully crafted arrangements of jazz and pop standards ... a gift to anyone who wants to entertain, either alone or with others. ... 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.”
Nancy Litten, 'Piano Professional', Summer 2011

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The Pop Piano Player books aim to to help pianists understand and play a selection of the greatest pop songs so that they are truly 'under their fingers'. The pieces in this book span almost five decades of popular music, representing styles from the 60's to the present day and from musicians from both sides of the Atlantic.

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