Vanessa Carlton: Be Not Nobody (英語) 楽譜 – 2002/6
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Titles include: Ordinary Day, Unsung, A Thousand Miles, Pretty Baby, Rinse, Sway, Paradise, Prince, Paint It Black, Wanted and Twilight
なぜならA Thousand Milesのあの前奏の部分、絶対に弾きたいんだもん！そう思って買ったこの楽譜。大正解。気分は本人になりきってつい弾き語りをしたくなってしまいます。
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However, I am rating it four stars because there are 1.5 disappointments: the transcription of Pretty Baby is washed-out, just the straight melody. No lovely piano intro, none of the lovely piano background you hear on the CD. Just a melody. The other partial disappointment is "Unsung" -- the music is written a half step lower than recording. So it's sorta in a different key. (Otherwise "Unsung" still sounds fantastic.)
Otherwise, I really want to give this five stars because for once, you are getting the real music that Vanessa plays on the CD. Because the songs' music notes in the book are more accompaniment than melody, they tend to sound naked -- so I suggest playing them with the CD or if you have a good singing voice, singing along.
If you like just "A Thousand Miles," don't just buy the sheet music for that song. For a few dollars more, I recommend buying this whole book. "Ordinary Day," "Rinse," "Paradise," "Wanted" are each songs you have to play on the piano and to do that you have to get this book. And the whole thing is 80 pages which is a great value for the price you pay. Vanessa's lesser second album, "Harmonium," unfortunately was watered down in its sheet music transcription.
For you guitar players, the book includes the guitar chords and diagrams.
This refers to the edition published in 2002, but I can't imagine they changed much for this new 2004 edition.
The problem with some sheet music for popular music is that it ends up far from the original. Often, the melodies are overused compared to the original piano part the artist plays. The transcriptions in this songbook are incredibly close to the original, with a few exceptions. The biggest exception I noticed was with "Pretty Baby", and it is pretty much only the melody. Sorry to disappoint.
Overall, this songbook is not a bad one to add to your collection. In fact, it's now one of my favorites (for me it ties with Five For Fighting's songbook "A Battle for Everything").
1. Ordinary Day
3. A Thousand Miles
4. Pretty Baby
9. Paint It Black
The songs have some difficult rhythms, but overall the songs are not too complicated (I have been playing piano for 5 years, By The Way). Three of the songs are written in C Major. Guitar chords and piano chords are included, as well as vocals. This is a great buy! I love the CD, and now I can play all of the songs with it!