Top Hits of 2014 – Grade 1 plus

Big thanks to Samantha Coates who joins our review team!

ISam_Coates_067_cropt is my pleasure to write a short review on Top Hits of 2014

The Top Hits volume contains an impressive array of songs (16 in total), popular in 2014 and still popular now, ranging from Despicable Me’s ‘Happy’ and Frozen’s ‘Let it Go’ through to pop hits such as John Legend’s ‘All of me’.

The arrangements are for ‘Easy Piano’ – that is, the rhythms have been well simplified and the bass parts do not contain any large leaps or complicated chords.

Whilst a competent Grade 1 student would be able to learn these pieces, some of the rhythms and coordinated required would be more suited to Grade 2 or 3.

Students in higher grades will still get a lot of joy from this book as the chord symbols shown are extremely helpful and a great start for those wanting to read from a chord chart.

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Song List:
All Of Me, Am I Wrong, Best Day Of My Life, Dark Horse, Fancy, Happy (from DESPICABLE ME 2), Let It Go (from Disney’s Animated Feature FROZEN), Love Never Felt So Good, Love Someone, Pompeii, Problem, Raging Fire, Sing, Stay With Me, Summer, Timber

Item code is 137795 and the Australian Recommended Retail price is $26.95 and it is available from all these fine retail stores.

The Piano Guys

A review by Rockhampton teacher, Christina Bond.

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“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)