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So, I've been looking at electric keyboards for some time (nothing fancy as I'm not rich and I haven't touched a piano in something like 5 years) because I want to get back into playing.

Well, turns out for my birthday on Wednesday my parents picked one up for me. Currently the only two books I own are for Phantom of the Opera and Rent. I'm looking into a few more books that might be fun to start to play from.

So I turn to you, my friend geeks, for inspiration. What books should I pick up that will be fun, possibly geeky, or just plain good?
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Here is a ton of free piano sheet music:
http://www.8notes.com/piano_sheet_music.asp
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Very cool. Thanks, Morgan!
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I can already feel the inspiration...

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Duh, everything I do is inspired by Ross.
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Do you have any of the "Real Books"? Those are chock full of fun pieces of music.

Also, I like fake books. They give me the leeway to improvise while still following along a general melody and chord structure.

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Shadowen wrote:
Do you have any of the "Real Books"? Those are chock full of fun pieces of music.

Also, I like fake books. They give me the leeway to improvise while still following along a general melody and chord structure.



I don't, but I'll definitely check them out. Thanks! It's been so long since I've played at all, I forgot how much of a stress reliever it is.
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Shadowen wrote:
Also, I like fake books. They give me the leeway to improvise while still following along a general melody and chord structure.

Yeah, fake books are great (because they give you a lot of songs for a low price), but only if you know your chords. If the only way you can play is strictly through sight reading, you're better off with standard sheet music (even though most of those arrangements tend to be pretty stiff).

If you're a reasonably advanced player and you like the Disney animated films, I'd recommend some of the later Alan Menken scores, like Hunchback of Notre Dame or Pocohantas. These are pretty sophisticated and Hunchback in particular is quite challenging (and a remarkable piece of work by Menken). Menken's earlier scores, like Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin are also excellent, but the arrangements are less intricate.
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Larry Levy wrote:
Shadowen wrote:
Also, I like fake books. They give me the leeway to improvise while still following along a general melody and chord structure.

Yeah, fake books are great (because they give you a lot of songs for a low price), but only if you know your chords. If the only way you can play is strictly through sight reading, you're better off with standard sheet music (even though most of those arrangements tend to be pretty stiff).

If you're a reasonably advanced player and you like the Disney animated films, I'd recommend some of the later Alan Menken scores, like Hunchback of Notre Dame or Pocohantas. These are pretty sophisticated and Hunchback in particular is quite challenging (and a remarkable piece of work by Menken). Menken's earlier scores, like Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin are also excellent, but the arrangements are less intricate.


I hadn't even thought of Disney scores. That's a fantastic idea!
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Hmmmmm...Halloween is coming up. Perhaps I need to look into seeing if there's a book for Horror film theme songs. I'd think there'd have to be somewhere out there.
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