Sheet Music ~ Original Songs and Arrangements by Eric Redmond
I started composing 'C Minor Theme and Variations' when I was about 15 years old. It sounds harder than it is, and has been a favorite of my students to play for recitals over the years. I've posted a series of video tutorials to help you learn to play this one. Have fun with it!
This is an arrangement that sounds beautiful on its own as a piano solo (or duet - one person could do the LH part and pedal, with the other person handling the RH part). But it's also very suitable for sing-along, and is a little lower (and more accessible for more voices) than the traditional key of Bb. Guitarists love this key as well, and can use the chord symbols to play along, if desired. Just after this download, you can do a free download of vocal parts (4 part - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass). These parts are Public Domain, so you can print as many copies as you'd like for sing-along purposes. These parts work beautifully with the piano version here.
Free download of vocal parts (4 part - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass). These parts are Public Domain, so you can print as many copies as you'd like for sing-along purposes. These parts work beautifully with my piano arrangement in the key of G, above.
Walking in Blue, with smaller hands and triplet exercise
This is a short, fun song that's really more of an exercise (but sounds really nice) to introduce blues scales. This is an exciting (and very impressive) way to "warm up" your fingers when trying out a friend's piano :-) This song/exercise works wonderfully when students have started learning 8th note Triplets, and is a great introduction to my "When the Saints Go Marching In". As a matter of fact, the very cool ending on both songs is the same (and I use this ending on other fun, blues or Gospel type songs). I included a "Smaller Hands Version" for students who can't quite comfortably reach an octave (Instead of tremolo at the end, while holding the pedal, the student sort of "hammers" a very low C in the LH. And notice the tiny difference in the RH at the end, so it's not as much of a stretch). I also threw in a Triplet Exercise to get students more confident in counting triplets.
In both "Walking In Blue" and "When the Saints" I'm starting the blues scale on the 3rd note of the chord, so it emphasizes the Major sound. For example, I start with an Am blues scale, but since I'm starting and ending on C, it emphasizes the happier sound and ends up on a Cadd6 chord. Notice that Cadd6 is just a different voicing of Am7 - the same note, just rearranged. All add6 chords are just a re-arranging of some other 7th chord - that's why add6 chords sound so 7th-ish!
This is such a fun, jazzy arrangement of a joyful song! It's filled with swing 8ths and triplets and blues scales (though starting on the 3rd note of the blues scale, so it emphasizes the major/happier sound). Some will prefer to learn my song "Walking in Blue" to get ready for When the Saints, and others will just want to dive in :-) Students can learn Walking in Blue without reaching octaves, but they DO need to reach octaves for When the Saints. The jazzy ending on this and Walking in Blue are the same, and I use this as a fun ending on several songs I do, so this is a good ending to learn for your "arranger's toolbox"! Hoping to do some free tutorial videos soon...