A review by Rockhampton teacher, Christina Bond.
“I was very excited to receive The Piano Guys Simplified Favorites: Vol 1 (Easy Piano/Optional Cello) book in the mail and sat down to play it straight away.
On playing through the pieces, I was impressed that although the arrangements were simplified, they did not sound markedly different from what you hear on the recordings.
The piano parts are written in a way that they can be played and enjoyed on their own but are enhanced even further with the cello part added.
I tested the book out with the string teacher at school and we were quickly able to sight read and play the entire book, much to the surprise and entertainment of the students passing by the piano room.
Even though it is described as “Easy Piano” I personally would reserve assigning these pieces until the student has reached a Grade 2/3 level AMEB and after discussion with our school string teacher, she suggested the cello part included with the arrangements would also be a similar level to the piano (Grade 3 level AMEB).
All in all I was pleased with the quality of these arrangements and look forward to assigning these to my students.
It is exciting that such a book has been published to allow a piano player and cellist to collaborate at an early level, performing pieces they can truly engage with.”
With their clever and inspiring takes on popular music and creative videos, The Piano Guys serve up an eclectic mix of classical, film score, rock and pop favourites that resonates with a wide variety of audiences. Play 12 of their most popular songs in these arrangements for easy piano with optional cello: All of Me • Arwen’s Vigil • Begin Again • Home • Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends • Moonlight • Over the Rainbow • Paradise • Rolling in the Deep • A Thousand Years • Titanium • Without You. Includes separate pull-out cello part.
127421 $29.95 (Australian RRP including GST)