⏳ Zedd — Funny Free Piano Sheets

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Piano Player Ability Rating: Beginner

πŸ‘©‍🏫 As I learned, many of you are self-taught piano players and never had a piano class. I try to cover several piano-playing techniques.

πŸ’Ώ About Funny by Zedd & Jasmine Thompson

The song, Funny, was released on . Listen Funny on Spotify, see wikipedia entry for more details.

certainly liked a challenge of recording! Beautiful doesn’t mean difficult. This simple song conforms to the convenient symmetrical pattern for the Dance-song: Funny is composed in a binary verse-chorus form that consist of two four-bar phrases. It's perfect for those who have passed the elementary stage of playing. ThΡƒ transcribed piece fits well under the fingers, makes coherent musical sense, is technically simple, and isn’t too hard to memorize.

πŸ“š How to Play Piano

🎯 Clear your mind, relax the body. Piano is called so because you should be soft. Stiff muscles are slow.

✋ 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.

πŸ“ Concentrate. Instead of sight-reading the piece as it is, get to know snippets of the music bit by bit. Break the piece down into tiny units (enough to hold in our working memory) at the speed of no mistakes (this might be extremely slowly to start with) and with the mind fully engaged. 🀏 Make sure to arch the fingers for the health of your wrists. Slacking your fingers will overwork them and cause strain. Keep the relaxed, flexible wrists, hands and arms when playing Funny — it allows producing a warm sound. Both hands should play smoothly (tenuto) if not indicated the opposite (staccato) although not with the fingers glued to the keys. Playing pianissimo at the very beginning stage saves you energy.

πŸ’¬ Count out loud to ensure precise rhythm. By counting I mean the tA-ta, tA-ta, not the old inefficient one-and, two-and. Use a metronome app.

3️⃣ To begin with, practice hands separately but no more than three repetitions in a row as you risk to decrease your ability to concentrate (a phenomenon known as habituation), and this is when mistakes will creep in.

⏳ Work on the hardest bits first without caring about technical difficulties — repetition and practice will do the job and you will learn the sheet music faster than you think. The time required will surprise you by its shortness. You might focus on just one or two sections in a single practice session if you are learning the piano notes for the first time.

⏯️ Don’t always begin at the beginning; if we you able to start from any section you will be much more secure in performance.

πŸ₯ Focus from the very beginning primarily on phrasing. With the right technique, a pianist’s phrasing can be as persuasive as a singer’s. Guard against a bar-by-bar approach — phrases don’t obey the barlines.
Create the illusion of a singing piano by
  1. accenting strong beats,
  2. playing the first bar of any phrase louder than the last bar,
  3. peaking near the highest-pitched note of a phrase.

🧠 How to Memorize Sheet Music

πŸ™ˆ Start memorizing Funny from the very beginning. Read one-two bars and play them from memory. Some days later, avoid looking at a paper sheet (or a monitor) as long as you can when rehearsing the music piece.
πŸ›️ Read the score in bed in the evening, analyse the whole piece to see where the different themes parts and how the first verse differs from the second.
πŸŽ™️ Sing original lyrics, la-la-la or ta-ta-ta, or simply hum the melody out loud when playing, so you can easily memorize the notes.
πŸ”  Learn harmony chords, there are only 24 of them. It is easier to memorize that in the left hand is “a chord Am” instead of three-four notes from the sheet music. Usually, in the left hand there are only four chords that are repeated for the whole song. Carefully note the chord progressions, as apart from the melody line. It takes nothing to remember only four chords instead of 100 bars of an 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.

πŸ“… Tips for Playing Jasmine Thompson & Zedd — Funny Sheet Music


🎭 Accuracy in articulation is essential for playing Funny piano sheet music. Make the piece sound as expressive as you possibly can. Imagine the sound you want to hear in your head and only then try to play it this way. Judge every tone that you produce. Play with the eyes closed.

🀷 The song creates a certain atmospheric mood. Find out what Zedd’s message was and express it. Your touch should be intense and exciting. Imagine that you are performing in front of people.

Funny is speedy. Always keep the hands relaxed, especially with repeated notes, piano keyboard is not lightweight and causes a muscle pain. Its rhythmic basis is sustained throughout, so the LH’s primary duty will be to provide an even and danceable footing.

πŸ– The articulation in this piece is tricky because it alternates between legato and staccato. To learn the legatos hold them as a chord, it stretches your fingers and helps to learn the fingering naturally.

Accent every note, varying the accents each time you play. Play as if you are being listened to.

πŸ”Š There’s a lot of repetition throughout, so be creative with phrasing and dynamics when repeating the same phrase. This will create some drama in your performance. Zedd presents us with a wide range of dynamics (the sound volume levels). Be generous in varying the dynamics, it’s the easiest way to sound expressive:
  • The Opening phrase imitates quiet guitar picking. The RH should be short and snappy.
  • The Verses demand two different tone-colors. The first verse requires an intimate tone, the second is more energetic. Give the music a beautifully graded, warm tone. Make sure to grade the repeated patterns s they don’t sound monotonous. Think in long lines, not short phrases.
  • Save a full weight and depth of tone for the Choruses. Feel free to play a strong Forte. Keep the phrases as long as possible. Pedal carefully in this section. Make a well-judged decrescendo at the end.
  • At the little Bridge, the mood changes, the articulation becoming more legato, the sound is losing its weight, so it’s important to change your touch. Make it sound significant. Try plucking each note with the tip of the fingers. There is potential to make a small crescendo.
  • The Coda requires a full tone and a slight diminuendo over the final bars — make a sudden lowering of dynamics to piano here. Place the last chord with a soft, emotional sound and a sensitive touch. Make a gradual and smooth decrescendo to pianissimo.

✍️ Write down all these crescendo/diminuendo (< & >) and piano/forte (π“Ÿ & 𝓕) markings in order to make your piano sound more noticeable or prominent, to emphasize the Jasmine Thompson's lyrics.

Even more, play each time in the way you want it! Re-arrange, improvise. Go slow, go fast. Play octaves lower or higher.

✋ The Right Hand

There is no need to learn hands separately: the score is very easy. Although, playing one hand alone is always revealing.
Practice slowly with an obvious emphasis on the topline while playing the accompaniment as gently and calm as possible.

Listen to the track Funny as you begin to learn the arrangement. Think like a singer — breathe where a singer would, and aim to contour every phrase and line imaginatively. Notice how short phrasing is. Put the emphasis on the first note of each phrase. Don’t attack the keys.

🀚 The Left Hand

The LH is generally soft throughout. Ensure that the LH line is always softer than the RH. The LH is the rhythmic foundation over which the dramatic RH melody shines. Don't let the LH overshadow the RH melody.

πŸ¦₯ 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.
⏩ When speed is added, lighten the touch and the playing should feel easier, with fingers running smoothly over the keys. 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.
πŸ§‘‍🀝‍πŸ§‘ = 🀲 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. Jasmine’s voice is more of staccato than legato, isn’t it?

🦢 Pedaling

At the very late stage of learning the Funny add a pedal, sustaining or sostenuto — your choice. Practice without the pedal until fluent and smooth.

The sustaining pedal isn’t strictly necessary in this style of music, but it will add resonance to the sound.

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