YNW Melly — Murder on my Mind Piano Sheets

Here is a new song in my piano sheet music archive — the famous YNW Melly song, arranged for piano.. 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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0:49 is the best part.



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 YNW Melly — Murder on my Mind


YNW Melly certainly liked to challenge himself when writing!
Murder on my Mind 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 skills. It should be played very slowly for a tragic, melodramatic effect.

YNW Melly 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 Murder on my Mind.
A flexible wrist allows producing a warm sound.
Both hands should play smoothly (legato).

How to Memorize Sheet Music


Start memorizing Murder on my Mind 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 four chords that are repeated for the whole song. It takes nothing to remember only four 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 YNW Melly — Murder on my Mind Sheet Music


Piano Playing Method



Accuracy in articulation are essential for playing Murder on my Mind piano sheet music.
Your tone should be warm and gentle melodramatic fresh energetic and rhythmic.

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

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.

Play crescendo/decrescendo and only begin your diminuendo by gradually playing the passage more softly. in order to make your piano sound more noticeable or prominent to emphasize the YNW Melly's lyrics.

The Right Hand


Start learning the score music with the Right Hand part.

Listen to the actual track Murder on my Mind as you begin to learn the arrangement.

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

Practise slowly at first, giving a distinct emphasis on the topline while playing the accompaniment as gently and as evenly as possible.
Keep your wrist and hand loose and relaxed as you do this.

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

The Left Hand


After getting familiar with the RH, focus on the LH. Practise the LH alone here to ensure a rich and mellow bass.
This is one of those pieces where the bulk of the practising will be devoted to an accompaniment.

The LH is generally soft throughout.

As you begin to practise both hands together, start slowly before gradually increasing your tempo.
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. 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.

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