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A piano arrangement of David Bowie’s classic. Click the image below to download the PDF.

Note: “D.S. al fine” means “go back to the sign and then play until the end”, i.e. when you get to the end of bar 44 go back to bar 2, where the sign is, and then play all the way through to the end of bar 43, where you then jump to bar 45. Repeat bars 25-32 both times. The fingering follows the practice of using your 5th finger for white-note octaves but your 4th for black-note ones.

To do this tutorial, you need to know your major and minor triads really well, in different inversions, plus your major and minor 7ths, and tones and semitones.

To construct a “dominant” 7th chord (major triad with a minor 7th):

  1. play the root in the LH
  2. play the major triad in the RH in any inversion
  3. move the tonic in the RH down a tone

To construct a minor 7th chord:

  1. play the root in the LH
  2. play the minor triad in the RH in any inversion
  3. move the tonic in the RH down a tone

To construct a major 7th chord:

  1. play the root in the LH
  2. play the major triad in the RH in any inversion
  3. move the tonic in the RH down a semitone

A transcription of the riff from Radiohead’s “Street Spirit”.Click the image below to download the PDF.

Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Benedict Westenra – Lullaby

A piece I wrote for a Russian student. She was a fan of Mussorgsky’s “Une Larme”, so I designed it to have a similar feel to that. I’ll record it with better sound sometime!

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Lullaby

Benedict Westenra – Overture

This is a piano arrangement of the Overture from an early draft of my musical. The play’s set in 1848 and the piece represents the horror element of the story, hence the style. It was originally written for ‘cello and piano, the ‘cello playing the melody and the piano playing the arpeggios, which is why it’s such a nightmare to play as a solo piece.

(I’m aware that the sound is awful – the video was shot on an iPhone. I’ll rerecord it with a condenser mic at some point.)

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Overture