Thursday, June 23, 2005

Sheet Music Notes: Ascending with Angels

The song Ascending with Angels, which first appeared on my CD, The Last Waking Moment, has a very interesting origin. While the title of the song may conjour up all kinds of mental images, the genesis of the piece is in reality much more mundane.

I wanted to see if I could write a song in which the left hand played virtually the same thing all the way through, while at the same time keeping the song from sounding irritatingly repetitive.

In short, I wanted to write an entire song based on one chord. Sounds boring, huh? That's why I took up the challenge!

The trick is to keep your left hand going, playing the same pattern all the way through, while playing all the other notes (in both the treble AND bass clefs) with your right hand. So your right hand is crossing over your left hand and back again throughout the song.

The finished result is a great piece to play at a fast tempo if you want to impress your friends. The song looks and sounds difficult to play, but is actually quite easy.

Shhhh! Don't tell anyone. It's our little secret!



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