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4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano

1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies

2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies

3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords

4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques

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 "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" is a popular song written in 1947 by Frank Loesser as an independent song—not written for a particular movie or musical.

It first charted for The Orioles, peaking at No. 9 on Billboard's Best-Selling Retail Rhythm & Blues chart in December 1949.

Other charted versions include Danté & The Evergreens (No. 107 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles in December 1960) and Nancy Wilson (No. 17 on Billboard's Christmas Singles chart in December 1965 and No. 24 on the same chart in December 1967).

Dozens of others artist have recorded this song over the years.

A video posted by Hello Giggles, featuring a duet with co-founder Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has garnered more than 17 million views since being uploaded to YouTube on December 28, 2011.



The version in the clip below was done by Lou Rawls in a big band jazz style. The song also sounds good as a bluesy ballad as well. Diane Krall has such a version.


What makes this song harmonically interesting is the use of the b7 7th chord ( F7 in the key of G ), the non-diatonic dominate chords E7 and A7, and the use of a tri-tone substitution (Eb7)

The instructional video below visually goes over the chord changes and has a performance of the song as well using the Korg PA3x arranger keyboard.

If you would like a copy of the midi file, contact me, and I will respond a quickly as I can.

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