A McHappy tune but a tough one for the handspan-challenged. Played in one-two one-two Fats Waller rhythm in C major.
Seemingly tick tock classic bossanova rhythm, but you will find it naturally hard to keep up if you have never played funk, soul, latin, jazz or all three of these genres. If you are singing and playing it’s even harder, but if you are just focussing on one instrument it’s not too bad.
The band called Cake did a cover in the 90s which I liked. The original is disco and this one is funky. So if you don’t like funky stuff, don’t try this at home! It’s a like or dislike situation.
1984 song by Tears for Fears. Tips #1 Learn the melody first, until you can play it flawlessly. Tip#2 Learn the bass line before you put it all together. Tip#3 play very slowly, one note every two seconds. Then put it all together and it’s magic.
A child-like tune is always simply, catchy and easy to play. Learn to play the melody flawlessly first. Master the left hand rhythm second.
Totally easy and quick. TIP: Keep the rhythm slightly ‘swung’ and funky for a lighter feel.
Only 4 chords in the whole song, and technically you won’t even need to play any chords, just octaves in bass (left hand). The melody is strong so it will carry the tune. The bassline is just there to back it up.
I find the ploddy rhythm hymn-like. Something religious-sounding about the changes. It’s actually fun to play because the chords are doing all the work, so you don’t have to play complicated melodies or bass lines. This is not funk. Just make sure the chord progression is played slightly ‘swung’, that is, not on the beat
Yesterday – title says it all. No rehearsing or anything. Just playing it cold. Thought I would just record the first take!