Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
72 registered (AndrewJCW, Beakybird, asiantraveller101, Beauxhomme, 19 invisible), 1197 Guests and 9 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2036615 - 02/20/13 08:39 PM Where to get advanced arrangements?
KataiYubi Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/20/13
Posts: 32
Being a classical pianist, I was always wondering where does one get **advanced** jazzy piano arrangements of stuff like movie themes and popular songs. By **advanced**, I mean non-trivial harmonies, a good level of detail and no idiotic simplifications in the rhythm. An example of classical advanced arrangements would be Franz Liszt's transcriptions of Wagner's operas.

The local music store has lots of things of that nature for big note and easy piano, but almost none for intermediate and strictly nothing for "advanced".

The only interesting thing I've seen out there were Gershwin arrangements of his own songs that were plenty elaborate and deliciously jazzy, but unfortunately I had never heard of most of them, except from "I got rhythm".

The jazz section in the music store has lots of arrangements of jazz standards, but then nothing really popular and mainstream.

Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#2036642 - 02/20/13 10:35 PM Re: Where to get advanced arrangements? [Re: KataiYubi]
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012

Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 18042
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
I think it's tough to find these, KataiYoubi. The problem is that mainstream/movie/pop arrangements are marketed more toward the casual player, who is less likely to have the skills necessary to play advanced music. And I suppose the people marketing mainstream sheet music figure that it's easier for super advanced folks to jazz an arrangement up to be more sophisticated than for beginners to dumb-down harder arrangements.

Your best bet might be to find sheet music for non-classical piano solos, released by the original composers, e.g., some of the anime/video game music is pretty high level (to my ears/fingers); Yann Tiersen has some interesting and rhythmically complex works for solo piano; and my own personal favorite, Ludovico Einaudi.

And if you want TRULY advanced jazzy stuff, check out the note for note transcriptions of Keith Jarrett, e.g., the Koln Concert book. That will keep you busy for a while. grin
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

#2036644 - 02/20/13 10:44 PM Re: Where to get advanced arrangements? [Re: KataiYubi]
Bobpickle Offline

Gold Supporter until July 10  2014

Registered: 05/24/12
Posts: 1389
Loc: Cameron Park, California
I'll simply add that it's also quite likely because the players of such arrangements are typically [fairly] advanced jazz and/or improvisational pianists with not only good ears to pick out and replicate proper melodies and harmonies, but also the know-how and experience to then re-arrange and/or improvise over them.
Bernhard - Always Have a Plan

#2036883 - 02/21/13 11:11 AM Re: Where to get advanced arrangements? [Re: KataiYubi]
Roger Ransom Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 1300
Loc: SouthWest Michigan
Yes, most of the advanced level arrangements you hear are people who use lead sheets and improvise our own arrangements at whatever level our ability allows. Another whole world and lots of fun.

I used to look for those advanced arrangements and was frustrated too.
Laugh More
Yamaha G7 - Roland FP7

#2036963 - 02/21/13 01:13 PM Re: Where to get advanced arrangements? [Re: KataiYubi]
BDB Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 23876
Loc: Oakland
The problem with arrangements is that most good jazz artists never play the same piece in the same way twice. That was probably true of a lot of classical artists, as well, but they usually only wrote them down one or two different ways.
Semipro Tech

#2037054 - 02/21/13 04:25 PM Re: Where to get advanced arrangements? [Re: KataiYubi]
pianoloverus Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 21362
Loc: New York City
There is an incredible and gigantic amount of exactly the type of music you're after and much of available for free online.

For most of the jazz giants of the past and some of the present, people have made many books of note for note transcriptions of their recordings. Some of these Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Cy Walter, Keith Jarrett, George Gershwin, Erroll Garner, J.Lawrence Cooke, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Albert Ammons, Jelly Roll Morton, Liberace, Billy Mayerl, Ennio Morricone, Adam Caroll, Marian McPartland, etc., etc. For most of these pianists or composers there are many 100's of pages of transcriptions of their recordings available. There are many sources for these but one of the biggest free ones is

For more contemporary songs there are also an almost infinite source of advanced arrangements, for example:
This site has many movie music arrangements.

(this site has 1.5 million members and 3.5 million sheets and a "sheet" could mean a 300 page book) For a given song, you have to search the site for what's available and choose an advanced arrangement if that's what you're looking for.

This very good classical pianist has advanced covers for many very contemporary songs at a small cost.

Other sites of interest:

The sensational jazz pianist's site has hundreds of advanced arrangements available at a modest cost. But first learn his original compositon called Lullaby for Our Daughters.

The jazz pianist's site has 100's of advanced arrangements available at extremely low cost.

There are numerous sites devoted to anime and game music.

Edited by pianoloverus (02/21/13 05:36 PM)

#2037540 - 02/22/13 02:20 PM Re: Where to get advanced arrangements? [Re: KataiYubi]
Roger Ransom Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 1300
Loc: SouthWest Michigan
Cool, I didn't know about all those sites, Thanks for the links, I love it.
Laugh More
Yamaha G7 - Roland FP7

#2037582 - 02/22/13 03:53 PM Re: Where to get advanced arrangements? [Re: KataiYubi]
cmajornine Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 38

Check this out-:


Have a look inside


If you purchase or own this book, would you be so kind as to post a few examples of you playing from the book please.

Did you know that you can purchase Pianos, courses, books, studio equipment and more from Ebay, Amazon and many other reputable vendors via my website? Visit http://cmajorninekeyz.info/index.html

#2039090 - 02/25/13 03:06 PM Re: Where to get advanced arrangements? [Re: KataiYubi]
rada Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/07/06
Posts: 1124
Loc: pagosa springs,co
I'd like to add George Shearing...he has a collection of books...not difficult to read and a lot to learn.


#2039138 - 02/25/13 04:05 PM Re: Where to get advanced arrangements? [Re: rada]
pianoloverus Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 21362
Loc: New York City
Originally Posted By: rada
I'd like to add George Shearing...he has a collection of books...not difficult to read and a lot to learn.

Most of those are quite "simplified" two page arrangements and certainly not on the level of his own performances.

#2042796 - 03/04/13 10:53 AM Re: Where to get advanced arrangements? [Re: KataiYubi]
EJT Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/30/13
Posts: 28
Loc: South Bend, Indiana
I believe that Tom Roed and Dan Coates have books for "advanced" piano. Here's an example by Tom Roed:

And one by Dan Coates:

Given you're asking about popular songs, movie themes, etc., these seem right in your wheelhouse.


#2552277 - 06/26/16 10:30 PM Re: Where to get advanced arrangements? [Re: KataiYubi]
Kevin Woosley Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/08/16
Posts: 3
Loc: Alabama, USA
How about this: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/bohe...questid=9651872

(video of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LaeF65HAII)

Bohemian Rhapsody for advanced solo piano (very Lisztian in style)


Moderator:  sharpsandflats 
What's Hot!!
Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tour - July 14, 2016!
Be sure to sign up now!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

Piano Classified Ads
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
Pianist Magazine
Pianist Magazine - Helping you become a better player
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Wessell Nickel & Gross
New Topics - Multiple Forums
European Piano Party
by earlofmar
Today at 10:19 PM
Keybed feel/APs sound Korg SV1/Kawai MP7/Roland RD-300NX
by MalexMag
Today at 10:09 PM
Anyone Using SmartScore X2 MIDI?
by newbert
Today at 07:51 PM
Hard time playing soft with one hand and loud with other
by weeziegirl
Today at 07:49 PM
Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl
by allykaz
Today at 06:22 PM
Forum Stats
84,183 Registered Members
44 Forums
173,693 Topics
2,537,919 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2016 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission