Selena Gomez — Rare Sheet Music

Here is a new song in my piano sheet music archive, Rare, latest track of Selena Gomez. The original amateur interpretation of a tune. This sheet music is created in a transformative manner. Plus music notes in the arrangement doesn't copy any existing material.

Piano Player Ability Rating: Intermediate

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How to play this sheet music

Selena Gomez's Rare is composed in a binary verse-chorus form. Both sections are repeated before a short coda.
This song follows the traditional model for the pop form. Its rhythmic basis is sustained throughout, so the LH’s principal duty will be to provide a rock-steady footing.
Selena Gomez's Rare score requires arduous effort. I will ad an easier one if this page will be popular.

Piano Playing Method

Accuracy in articulation are essential for playing Selena Gomez's Rare piano sheet music.
Your tone should be warm and gentle. It should impart the lilting feel of a lullaby. Figuratively speaking, you should communicate a sense of comfort, ease, or pleasantness. To sound quietly, keep your fingers close to the keys and do some firm practice from the knuckles.
The articulation in this piece is tricky because it alternates between legato and staccato.
Accent every note, varying the accents each time you play. Once played lightly and up to speed, the ornament should flow naturally.
It’s worth trying out this technique for the entire song.

Among the hardest facets of piano playing is controlling a lightness of attack, and when coupled with playing at a faster speed, a reliable warm-hearted leggiero touch must rank as among the most prized piano skills.

Piano playing can become repetitive if not coloured imaginatively and played with rhythmic stamina.

Right Hand

Listen to the actual track Rare as you begin to learn the arrangement, in order to balance parts in left and right hands.

In playing any piano transcription of a song, the aim is to give the impression of a singer (Selena Gomez in the RH) that is being accompanied by a sensitive pianist (the LH). Imagine a duet between a band and a singer, so color the two hands differently. Coordinating the parts may take some time to organise convincingly.

The RH here plays a melody (topline) and the LH provides some harmony (accompaniment) with a rhythmic pattern. First separate the melody from the accompaniment in the RH. Try singing the melody as you play, so you can mentally separate the topline from the accompaniment in the LH.

Practise slowly at first, giving a distinct emphasis on the topline while playing the accompaniment as gently and as evenly as possible.

Left Hand

Practise the LH alone here to ensure a rich and mellow bass.
While it might seem counterintuitive to use the left thumb to reach down for single bass notes, it ensures a smooth, decisive downward progression. Playing trills in the LH is often best achieved using the thumb.


This piece certainly benefits from the added warmth of the pedal, but keep control of your pedalling and listen carefully for any smudges.

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