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How to play Doja Cat — Say So sheet music

Say So by Doja Cat is written in a binary verse-chorus form. The chorus repeated twice.

Its rhythmic basis is sustained throughout, so the LH’s principal duty will be to provide a rock-steady footing without any harmonies. The patterns in the LH can become repetitive if not coloured imaginatively and played with rhythmic poise.

Notice that Doja Cat has a low voice so the score is played one octave lower than written.

Piano articulation

Clarity and precision in articulation are essential for playing Doja Cat — Say So piano sheet music.
Your tone should be lightly and gentle. It should impart the lilting feel of a lullaby. To sound quietly, keep your fingers close to the keys and do some firm practice from the knuckles.
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 leggiero touch must rank as among the most prized piano skills.

Be precise around the staccato dots: the marking means a short release of a finger in order to shorten the duration of the note. Avoid pushing the sustaining pedal when a staccato dot is written.

Right Hand

Listen to the actual track Doja Cat — Say So 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 (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 rhythm. I believe even beginners can play both hands simultaneously here.

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

  • The Opening phrase (bars 1-4) is barely can be heard. Use the pedal a lot.
  • In the Choruses (bars 5-20) think about the destination of lyrics phrases; remove the feet off the pedal completely during pauses in singing. Keep the phrases as long as possible.
  • The Verses demand a different technique — legato. Use slightly flatter fingers and imagine that you are trying to pull the sound from the keys rather than striking at them. Articulate tenderly. Guard against any urge to over-project and over-state. Think in long lines, not short phrases. Note the dynamic contrasts.
  • At the little Bridge that starts at the bar 53, let the music flourish from the very beginning — the phrase "Let me check". Skip pedalling.
  • Bar 65 brings a harmonically strange rapping. These four bars is hard to play precisely because Doja Cat sings off-beat and off-tune.
  • The Coda (bar 69 to the end) consists of the repeated Chorus and the Outro. It requires a full tone and a slight diminuendo over the final two bars; place the last chord with a soft, emotional sound and a sensitive touch. Shape the last bars in order to make a beautiful, yet brief, pianissimo.

Left Hand

After getting familiar with the RH, focus on the LH. The LH is generally soft throughout.

A relaxed wrist will help you to balance sound.

Avoid tension in the wrist and hand (a danger with repeated patterns) by releasing the muscles swiftly, and hardly touch the piano keys.

While it might seem counterintuitive to use the left thumb to reach down for single bass notes, it ensures a smooth, decisive downward progression.

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