Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Songs For Your Keyboard From Sara Bareilles, Bon Jovi & More

This week's new songs range from the upbeat piano pop of Sara Bareilles, to the epic balladry of Bon Jovi, to the quirky new wave of Devo. They may seem pretty different at first glance, each of them has a great piano or synth line you can play to make the song your own. All in all, these new files igve you a perfect way to learn and perform with a full backing accompaniment, whether you're into synth-pop, 70's rock or power ballads.

Always - Bon Jovi

"Always" is one of the most popular power ballads of the 90's, and stands as one of Bon Jovi's biggest hits of all time. Though it features dramatic vocals and guitars, "Always" is based on a powerful, but relatively easy to learn piano line that you can learn, mute, and play along with using this MIDI file.

King of Anything - Sara Bareilles

The latest from reigning piano pop princess Sara Bareilles adds some dance beats and rhythmic flourishes to her distinctive style, heard on previous hits like "Love Song". The fun, jumpy, and vaguely latin sounding piano line featured in this song is a joy to play, and it's easy to learn with a MIDI file like this one and a Yamaha keyboard.

Whip It - Devo

No collection of 80s music is complete without "Whip It", the biggest hit from the legendary Akron, Ohio band Devo. "Whip It" is full of great synth sounds that will sound great on your Yamaha keyboard. In fact, if you mute the vocal part and sing along, you'll probably have trouble telling this MIDI file apart from the original recording!

Take the Long Way Home - Supertramp

A hit from Supertramp's landmark "Breakfast in America" album, "Take the Long Way Home" is led by a piano line, harmonized vocals and harmonica fills. While you could certainly perform with this file by muting the piano line and playing along, the vocal harmonies on this song should work marvelously the with vocal auto-harmonize features available on many Yamaha keyboards, as well.

- Doug