πŸŒ‹ JP Saxe — If the World Was Ending Piano Sheets

Featuring Julia Michaels.

Here is a new song in my piano sheet music archive. The original amateur interpretation of a tune. This sheet music is created in a transformative manner (transcription). Plus music notes in the arrangement doesn't copy any existing material.

Piano Player Ability Rating: Beginner

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As I learned, many of you are self-taught piano players and never had a piano class. I try to cover several popular mistakes in piano-playing techniques that we are prone to do.

About the If the World Was Ending by JP Saxe & Julia Michaels


Julia Michaels certainly liked to challenge herself when writing!
If the World Was Ending is composed in a binary verse-chorus form that consist of two four-bar phrases. Both sections are repeated before a short coda. It's perfect for those with elementary advanced skills.
If the World Was Ending score requires arduous effort. I will ad an easier one with lyrics if this page will be popular.

This is a very tender song.
It should be played very slowly for a tragic, melodramatic effect.

Julia Michaels presents us with a wide range of dynamics (the sound volume levels). 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.

Common Practical Tips for Pianists


Before touching the piano keys, warm up your fingers and wrists with slow and soft rotating motions and light stretching. Rotate your shoulders and arms.

To begin with, practise hands separately, slowly, and in small pieces of one-two bars.
Practise the harder passages first and do it frequently.

Count out loud to ensure accurate rhythm. By counting I mean the tA-ta-tA-ta, not the old ineffective one-and-two-and.
Accent strong beats and play the first bar of any phrase louder than the last bar.

Make sure to arch your fingers. This is important for the health of your wrists and palms.
Slacking your fingers will overwork them and will cause strain.
Keep relaxed, flexible wrists, hands and arms when playing If the World Was Ending.
A flexible wrist allows producing a warm sound.
Both hands should play smoothly (legato) if not indicated the opposite (staccato).

How to Memorize If the World Was Ending by JP Saxe & Julia Michaels Sheet Music


Start memorizing If the World Was Ending from the very beginning. Use the sheet music as a hint and avoid looking at a paper sheet (or a monitor) as long as you can when rehearsing the music piece.

In the left hand there are only chords. It takes nothing to remember only chords instead of 100 bars of accompaniment.

And the last, be artistic, be creative. Print the pdf, take correction fluid and a black pen and add or delete whatever you want in this arrangement.

How to Play If the World Was Ending by JP Saxe & Julia Michaels Sheet Music


Accuracy in articulation are essential for playing If the World Was Ending piano sheet music.
Your tone should be warm and rhythmic.
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.

The patterns in verses can become repetitive if not coloured imaginatively and played with rhythmic stamina. This will create some drama in your performance.

If the World Was Ending is speedy. Always keep the hands relaxed, especially with repeated notes, piano keyboard is not lightweight and causes a muscle pain.

Don’t forget to bring dynamic colour to your performance by quickly moving from piano to forte; play every new part with a different volume level to emphasize the Julia Michaels's lyrics.

Piano Playing Method


No need to learn the hands separately.

Listen to the actual track If the World Was Ending as you begin to learn the arrangement.

The RH here plays a melody (topline) and the LH provides some harmony and little riffs.

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

Notice how short phrasing is. Put the emphasis on the first note of each phrase.

Keep your wrists and hands loose and relaxed as you do this. The LH is generally soft throughout. A relaxed wrist will help you to balance sound.

The accompaniment in this score changes from a single-note bass to the short riffs. While it might seem counterintuitive to use the left thumb to reach down for single bass notes, it ensures a smooth, decisive downward progression.

In the last phase of learning a piece the use of a metronome is vital as you will be working on rhythmic partnerships between both hands.
In the riffs you could add an accent on beats 1 and 3. Nearly all modern pop music contains a firm beat. Become aware of the underlying 'pulse' and accent where the 'stronger' beat falls but remember that more is less. Avoid over-using your left hand. Aim at simple and clear playing.
Focus on soloing with the right hand without relying on the accompaniment in the left hand. Make every single note that you play to mean something.
In playing any piano transcription of a song, the aim is to give the impression of a singer (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.

Pedaling

I recommend a pedal change for every chord change, so when the left hand plays a short walking-bass riff — change the pedal four times in one measure.

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