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I've been a huge Billy Joel fan my whole life, and to have the keyboard/vocal transcriptions from his music is great. The transcriptions are, for the most part, exactly what you hear on the records. There are a just a few mistakes, but none that are significant enough to even consider deducting a star from this product. As an added bonus, you also get some synthesizer and instrumental solo lines written out as well. This is a great book and I have loved playing through it dozens of times.
All My Life Prelude/Angry Young Man Baby Grand Don't Ask Me Why The Entertainer Everybody Has a Dream 52nd Street Goodnight Saigon An Innocent Man Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel) Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) Only the Good Die Young The River of Dreams Root Beer Rag Say Goodbye to Hollywood Somewhere Along the Line Summer, Highland Falls Vienna
For anyone who bought the Hal Leonard Billy Joel Keyboard book, you already know what the book is about. Same thing, which is note-for-note keyboard transcriptions of Billy Joel songs. Not much else to say. I've gone through a few songs and they seem very accurate. Overall I think the song selection is great. Like everyone else I'm sure you were hoping for a certain song or two that didn't show up. For me I wish they had nixed "River of Dreams" or "An Innocent Man" (not really standout keyboard songs) and replaced them with "The Ballad of Billy the Kid", "Last of the Big Time Spenders", "Souvenir", "Ain't No Crime"... heck any and all songs from the Piano Man or Streetlife Serenade albums for that matter. I was really hoping for "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" though. Hopefully it will show up eventually. Song list: All My Life Prelude/Angry Young Man Baby Grand Don't Ask Me Why Everybody Has A Dream 52nd Street Goodnight Saigon An Innocent Man Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway) Only The Good Die Young The River Of Dreams Root Beer Rag Say Goodbye To Hollywood Somewhere Along The Line Summer, Highland Falls The Entertainer Vienna PS one thing I did notice is that many of the songs in the book have no tempo in bmps listed. Not a big deal, just odd.
I bought this book for my 14 yr old son, he takes piano lessons and actually asked me to buy it for him. He has another other Billy Joel piano book, but he really wanted this one. He really likes it and uses it when he’s practicing. Just for reference, he’s been taking piano lessons for a year and a half. Good purchase!!
It has been years since I played Billy Joel music note for note for what he recorded. His piano compositions are as close to learning classical music as you will get with pop/rock and roll music. It is hard work to play at his level, but so rewarding when you learn a song.
As an intermediate player I look forward to the challenges these pieces provide, and this book, like most of the other note for note transcription books, does that. To play through each of the songs requires an intermediate level of playing ability as a minimum, although if you wanted to focus on just some of the riffs, with time anyone can get it.
Pro's: It appears to me that the transcriptions are dead on. Good quality book that holds up to many playings and stays open Rounds out the collection of songs from the previous transcription books published
Con's: Some of the songs included really do not have a prominent piano parts within them and I would have liked some of his other songs to have been used instead.
Not really a bad thing, but of note is that Baby Grand is separated into 2 piano parts; not one.
If you have bought or seen the other Hal Leonard transcription books, this is no different and is just as great. If this is your first, its a good start and will not disappoint.