On top of covering the essential core syllabus, I encourage my students to suggest songs that they want to learn. Any song is welcomed, be it classical / pop, Chinese / English / even Korean!
I usually try to find the scores online or from music stores. If it is unavailable, or of an unsuitable level (too difficult etc.), I will transcribe it to cater to the student’s current level of ability. Here I share some of the transcriptions I have done.
This is the traditional way of writing music: both the melody and harmony are planned and written down note by note, exactly as what should be played. Note reading skill is important here for a fluent performance of the song.
Here are some of my music transcriptions (score type).
A lead sheet simplifies a music score to its essence: melody line and chords. It becomes easier to read, while leaving room for your creativity to improvise, rather than stating what to play exactly. Chords knowledge is important here for a fluent performance of the song.
Here are some of my music transcriptions (lead sheet type).
If you do not know how to use a lead sheet, and want to learn how, you can check out my e-book: “How to play piano from a lead sheet: beginner level 1”.