Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Become a Pop Master With New Elton John MIDI Songs

Elton John already tops a number of official lists - Billboard's most successful male solo artist, holder of the best selling single in history - and if you're looking for a pianist to model yourself after, he's got to be at the top of that list as well. His songs cover a wide range of styles, so by learning Elton's repertoire, you'll be learning skills you need to play blues, ragtime, r-and-b as well as pop. The four new Elton songs released in MIDI format at Yamaha MusicSoft show Elton's range of styles and are a great place to start learning to play like one of pop's masters.

To learn the piano parts in these songs, you can use some of the tips and tricks we mentioned in our previous article on the subject. If you want to mute, solo, or see the score for the piano parts in these songs, you'll find the piano on MIDI track 4.

Tiny Dancer - "Tiny Dancer"'s brilliant melody and nostalgic feel, enhanced by its appearance in the film "Almost Famous", have made it one of Elton's best known and beloved ballads. A major sing-along favorite that is sure to be a crowd pleaser no matter how you perform it.

Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting - Elton may be known primarily as a singer-songwriter, but this song shows that he really knew how to rock, too. With big, catchy riffs and an unmistakable 70s rock feel, this song will let you conjure a Saturday night feel any day of the week.

Bennie and the Jets - "Bennie and the Jets" was a huge hit for Elton in 1974, and its funky r-and-b feel introduced his style to a whole new audience. While mastering the exciting syncopated rhythmic exchanges between the left and right hands might be difficult at first, "Bennie and the Jets" is relatively easy to learn, and, as you can tell by the crowd noise on the original recording, it was meant to be played live!

Honky Cat - "Honky Cat"'s piano features a swing that's reminiscent of tin pan alley and blues, and is tons of fun to play.

- Doug