Bad Guy for Piano
by: Sunny Choi, Music Education Designer for Piano
The accompaniment exercise (level 4) is a simple accompaniment arrangement, that has the most essential elements of the background. You can try singing the song while playing or ask a friend to play the melody!
Melody exercise (level 6): The vocal melody of this song has a lot of syncopes, meaning the notes fall between the main beats played by the bass drum. Try singing the melody as you play to get a feel of the syncopated rhythm!
Bass exercise (level 6): This song has a great bass-line, that is fun to play with a piano! The basic pattern is only 8 bars long, and it keeps repeating throughout most of the song. Remember to keep your left hand relaxed as you play.
Before playing the solo piano exercise (level 9), I recommend you play the melody exercise of this song. That way you’ll get a feel of the rhythm of the vocals. The bass line mostly supports the same rhythms, so it’s easier to start with the right hand.
Accompaniment exercise (level 9): Before playing this arrangement with both hands, I recommend you practice the bass line and the treble staff separately. The rhythms of the verse are a blast to play with both hands, and also the synth melody at the end of the chorus.
Bad Guy for Singing
by: Sonja Patrikainen, Music Education Designer for Singing
In this song, you’ll face a very spoken-like melody. Pay attention to how the lyrics are annunciated. In the verses, the lyrics are spoken as short and staccato-like as possible, with a break between every word. In the choruses, the singer lets her voice ring a bit more without cutting the airflow between words. Try playing around with this! And even if the song has a melody, think of singing it as casually as possible without any specific “pop”, “rock”, or any other singing style in mind. Just speak it with your own, natural voice.