Let’s learn this beautiful song from the soundtrack of the hit French movie Amélie. As you listen, you’ll notice it evokes complex emotions: it somehow feels thoughtful, poignant, and moving (which perfectly suits the mood of the film). As you play, try to connect with the feelings it evokes – when you can capture this emotive quality in your playing, it feels like magic.
Comptine D’un Autre Ete for Guitar
by: James Neilson, Music Education Designer for Guitar
In the basic melody exercise (level 4) you’ll play a simplified version of the piano melody. Look out for some tricky string skips in Part B, and syncopated rhythms in Part C.
In the full melody exercise (level 7) you’ll play the original piano melody, arranged for guitar. There are lots of fast legato sections, as well as tricky double stops and string skips. Start by learning one section at a time, and remember to slow it down to get the difficult passages under your fingers.
In the fingerpicking exercise (level 9) you’ll play a version of the original piano part, arranged for fingerstyle guitar. Part C, in particular, is challenging with some fast arpeggios, so start slowly to build coordination, and focus on a smooth-flowing fingerpicking motion.
Comptine D’un Autre Ete for Piano
by: Sunny Choi, Music Education Designer for Piano
Solo piano exercise (level 6)
Love this song but not quite ready for the full arrangement yet? We’ve got you covered. Your right hand will play the essential melody line without letting you feel too overwhelmed. Challenge yourself!
Melody exercise (level 7)
Warm-up your right hand and polish the melody of this iconic contemporary classic.
Solo piano exercise (level 8)
Whether you have small or big hands, reaching an octave takes some time to get used to. The melody has been modified for you to reach for the octaves in the Chorus section while still playing the essential melody line.
Solo piano exercise (level 13)
Time to tackle the full arrangement! Give it a play to test your endurance. You can always slow it down to get comfortable with the arrangement before going full speed.