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#1015760 - 01/22/09 05:28 PM John Lennon on Piano
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I'm keen to start working on some John Lennon piano pieces. I was amazed at how easy his song 'Love' is to play.

I brought it along to last nights lesson and my teacher demonstrated and assured me that it was within my ability.

When he went through the piece from my John Lennon songbook I was amazed at how easy it was to play. It amazes me that music looks so much more complicated in written form than played.

Anyone know of other similar and effective Lennon pieces I should consider?

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#1015761 - 01/22/09 09:32 PM Re: John Lennon on Piano
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Hi Ragtime,

What about "Why Don't We Do it in the Road?" I kid. Actually, "Jealous Guy" (I think that's the name of the piece) might work out well for piano as well as the infamous "Imagine."

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#1015762 - 01/23/09 01:16 AM Re: John Lennon on Piano
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Or 'Everybodys Got Something to Hide(Except me and my Monkey)!

Yeah, I have a list - Imagine/Jealous Guy/Oh My Love and Watching the Wheels.

#1015763 - 01/23/09 01:42 AM Re: John Lennon on Piano
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I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but how about "Grow Old With Me"

#1015764 - 01/23/09 04:33 AM Re: John Lennon on Piano
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Hi Ragtime Clown,

does your John Lennon songbook containt note for note transcriptions or arrangements for solo piano (so that you also play the melody with right hand)?
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#1015765 - 01/23/09 04:45 AM Re: John Lennon on Piano
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Astra, the songbook features fairly close transcriptions but I would imagine not exactly what John played. In the case of the song 'Love' that I have almost mastered, it is very good.

I have no desire to play right-hand melody on songs that were never recorded that way.

#1015766 - 01/23/09 09:02 AM Re: John Lennon on Piano
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Imagine is simple, immediately recognizable and one of his best.

I would also suggest anything from the Lennon/Mc Cartney/Beatles songbook. There are tons of beginner and intermediate books full of their most popular songs that you will likely enjoy. "Yesterday", "In My Life", "Let it Bet" and "Hey Jude" are all great and work well on piano.


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