Selena Gomez — Boyfriend Sheet Music

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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: Intermediate
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I also posted a version with lyrics and chords: link.

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Easy version with lyrics PDF

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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 Selena Gomez — Boyfriend

The song, Boyfriend was released on on deluxe Rare album version. certainly liked to challenge himself when writing!
Boyfriend is a complicated to learn and play Pop-song. It's perfect for those with advanced skills.
The Boyfriend score requires arduous effort. I will add an easier one if this page will be popular.

Common Practical Tips for Pianists

Before touching the piano keys, warm up your fingers and wrists with slow and soft circular motions and moderate 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 precise rhythm. By counting I mean a tA-ta, tA-ta, not an old inefficient 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 crucial for the health of your wrists and palms.
Slacking your fingers will overwork them and cause strain.
Keep relaxed, flexible wrists, hands and arms when playing Boyfriend.
A flexible wrist allows producing a warm sound.
Both hands should play smoothly (legato) if not indicated the opposite (staccato).

How to Memorize Sheet Music

Start memorizing Boyfriend 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 (Em D G Am) that are repeated for the whole song.

✍ 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 Selena Gomez — Boyfriend Sheet Music

Piano Playing Method

Accuracy in articulation are essential for playing Boyfriend 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.

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

Boyfriend 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.

The RH here plays a main melody (topline) and the LH provides some harmony (accompaniment).
Practise slowly with an obvious emphasis on the topline while playing the accompaniment as gently and calm 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.

When playing chords, rotate your hand towards the weaker 4th and 5th fingers, rotate the wrist and forearm while keeping the fingers fixed.
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

Use the sustaining pedal to colour chords without obscuring the melodic passage work in the RH.


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