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Viva La Vida

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By Coldplay

Piano Solo, Easy Piano - Easy/Beginner - Digital Download
By Coldplay. Arranged by Scott Camp. 9 pages. Published by Scott Camp (H0.145953-136662).

Item Number: H0.145953-136662


2016 Easy Piano Contest Entry

VIVA LA VIDA. As far as I'm concerned, this is the most important piano piece a young student can play from the popular music category, that is.   8 pages can be presented in less than one lesson (because the LH is basically only one line of music), and makes a great assignment for the week.
Technical solutions (hand positions and finger numbers) are presented here, making this a "how to play" edition for this subline music.

Easy key (one flat, instead of the original F minor/Ab Major), plus hand positions and finger numbers make this song accessible to even the most resistant piano students. And, for the best student, it's a well-deserved reward.
This arrangement doesn't shy away from anything, including Chris Martin's hemiola rhythmic phrasing in the verses.
Because it is a long song, there is no need for complicated assignments: "Just play the piece once through" is all you need, and they'll be at it for half an hour! Who wins in that scenario? Everybody--Good luck!

scottnotes/V are not just sheet music, they are complete self-contained LESSON PLANS for the piano teacher.  
Give it a try, give yourself a break, and give your student a shot at success.

HAND POSITIONS: v means "one skipped key between thumb and 2"
TRIAD INVERSION SYMBOLS: Three part symbol revolutionizes the approach to this vexing issue (same for either hand).
For example: Fv2 for the Right Hand
-F means F Position (lowest finger on F)
-v means "one skipped key between thumb and 2"
-2 is the finger/note to play in the middle. (Top and bottom notes/fingers 1 and 5 are easy to understand, and not a problem.)
These are the exact same sheets I use with my own piano students, based on my exrience with great kids who, I feel, deserve to have a POSITIVE and EFFECTIVE PIANO LESSON EXPERIENCE.  What makes these sheets unique is that everything the student needs to know is printed on the page.  

Find all the scottnotes/V arrangements on my Publisher Page on Sheet Music Plus:

21 Guns (GREENDAY)
Best Day of My Life (AMERICAN AUTHORS)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams (GREENDAY)
Fireflies (OWL CITY)
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (GREENDAY)
Hallelujah (SHREK/Leonard Cohen)
How to Save a Life (THE FRAY)
Paradise (COLDPLAY)
Skinny Love (BIRDY)
The Scientist (COLDPLAY)
Skyfall (ADELE)
Stay With Me (SAM SMITH)
Viva La Vida (COLDPLAY)
What I've Done (LINKIN PARK)

Let it Go (FROZEN)
Climb Every Mountain (THE SOUND OF MUSIC)
My Favorite Things (THE SOUND OF MUSIC)
The Sound of Music (THE SOUND OF MUSIC)
Fiddler on the Roof (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF)
If I Were a Rich Man (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF)
Skyfall (ADELE)

Advanced Pop/Rock
Bohemian Rhapsody (QUEEN)
Blackbird (Beatles/LENNON/MCCARTNEY)
IMAGINE (LENNON) Advanced Pop/Rock

Arabesque (BURGMULLER)
Ecossaise in G (BEETHOVEN)
Fur Elise Famous Page One (BEETHOVEN)
Fur Elise Complete (BEETHOVEN)
Minuet in F (MOZART)
Minuet in G (BACH)
Minuet in G (BACH)
Minuet in G minor (BACH)
Solfeggietto (CPE BACH)
Sonatina in G (BEETHOVEN)
Sonatina, Op. 55, No. 1 I Allegro (KUHLAU)
Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 3 I Spiritoso (CLEMENTI)
                                          II Adagio
Prelude in C (J S BACH)
Spinning Song (ELMENREICH)
Toccatina (KABELEVSKY)
The Wild Horseman (BURGMULLER)

Nocturne in Eb, Op 9, No 2 (CHOPIN)
Impromptu, Op 90, No 2 (Schubert)
Sonata Pathetique, Op 13 I Grave/Allegro (BEETHOVEN)

Happy Birthday (First Year Students)

Top 5 advantages of using scottnotes/V:

1. student doesn't have to tediously "figure out" the piece before they play it--playing (and fun) comes first!  
2. you don't have to correct wrong fundamental technique:  finger numbers (including #'s and b's) and hand positions. Focus on what's really important instead (hand/wrist/arm technique, coordination, expression, balance, dynamics, tone, touch, rhythm, tempo, articulation, emotion).    
3. Weak/poor "music readers" are not made to feel even worse. This approach gives them a shot at making music. "Play music first, then develop skills" is an approach that has worked for me. Students (and their parents) LOVE it.
4. improves the quality of your student/teacher interaction by reducing negativity ("corrections" or "criticism"). It's not YOU correcting the student--it's the "page" itself.
5. Not only is it more POSITIVE, it's a more EFFECTIVE interaction between teacher and student. Students play so much more music that the old way of reading/figuring out, then playing is seen for what it is: outdated, out of touch, ineffective, no fun, unrealistic, delusional, and punitive.

Modern Piano Solos (Catherine Rollin, Robert Vandall, Martha Mier, et al)
I'd really love to share my scottnotes/V versions of the totally awesome piano music by Catherine Rollin, Martha Mier, Robert Vandall, George Peter Tingley, Chris Goldston, E. L. Lancaster, Kathy Holmes, Claudette Hudelston, Carolyn Miller, and Dennis Alexander, and others, but those copyrights are not available at the present.

On the bright side, scottnotes/V collections of Christmas music are awesome!
-First year students will play a dozen of the best songs, in mostly Middle C Position, with some C position.  "Carol of the Bells" is also included and is usually the crowning achievement for the student who at that point has only been in lessons for less than 4 months.
-Second year students will play 25 songs with big and gratifying sound of RH melody and LH Root Position (mostly) triads, including an impressive "Carol of the Bells"
-Third year students will play the same 25 songs with the more sophisticated and full sound of RH Melody and smooth LH triad inversions and accompaniment patterns.  And, of course, "Carol of the Bells" is even more impressive.

About the Arranger
Scott Camp studied jazz piano and improvisation at the University of Tennessee under the direction of Jerry Coker, before continuing jazz piano and jazz composition at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and two years of doctoral study in music theory and composition at the University of Iowa.  Scott has taught piano and music theory in several communities including Cambridge, MA, Iowa City, IA, Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, KS, and Asheville, NC.  Scott has also served as pianist/choir director for 20 years.  Currently Scott and his wife Patsy live on Hilton Head Island, SC and have released two albums/CDs of original music on itunes, Spotify, and other music sites.  Scott's performances and those of his students are well documented on youtube.

I'd love for more teachers to be happier in their lessons, and for more students to be happier by playing better, playing more music, and sticking with piano lessons longer to go as far as possible!

I'd love to hear from you with questions or comments:, also Scott Camp on facebook and youtube

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  • 5

    Hilton Head Island, SC
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • September 16, 2017 Best Uptempo Pop Song for Piano

    I arranged this song for my piano students, and it has always been a favorite. In the original key (F minor, 4 flats), it was not realistic for elementary students. D minor (one flat) is the hands down favorite key of elementary students for pop songs. This song is unique...

    in that the chord progression (IV V I vi) never changes throughout (except for the instrumental which is simply half of the progression IV vi). Anyway, by keeping the LH (left hand) notes the same throughout, the student (and you the teacher) can really focus on the RH. Using hand positions and finger numbers means that students can play more advanced music sooner. A great example in this song is the hemiola that Coldplay singer Chris Martin does in the verses. There is absolutely no way that an elementary student would ever have a chance to play, much less master, these passages. But, a few common sense realizations help make things become more realistic, and that's what you and your students will find.

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