It has been a while since I have recorded a piano solo, as they say life got in the way! But this week, I was able to sit down and record my 4 pages long piano solo of Sun Saathiya from the Bollywood film ABCD2.
Original song credits: Sachin-Jigar
My piano solo:
I had been learning the song roughly since the start of this year, and I decided to take my time with it, focusing mainly on improving the fluidity of my playing, as that is one area which I feel that I need to work on the most, especially when it comes to a song which uses both hands. I really enjoyed learning the song, which has been well transcribed by fellow pianist Dhruv Gandhi. I have played a few of his transcribed pieces before and you can listen to them here. Let me know what you think of my latest piano solo!
I am also very excited to announce that this Saturday, I will be attending the ARRahman concert celebrating 25 years of Music, at the SSE Arena (Wembley), exclusively for BollySpice.com! I shall be writing a full review of the concert for BollySpice too.
I finally finished learning and recording another one of my piano solos recently. The song this time, is a romantic Bollywood number Dil Ne Kar Liya Aetbaar (translates as My Heart Believes in You Now) from the romantic thriller film Humraaz which released in 2002.
The song has been composed by my favourite Music Director Himesh Reshammiya, and I think this is one of my best piano solos of one of his songs, till date! While the introduction of the song starts on a piano, I was amazed at how well the full song sounded as a piano solo and that is what made me decide to record it. Check out my piano solo of the song and the original song below. Feedback is always welcome!
Original song credits: singers Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan. Composer Himesh Reshammiya Lyrics: Sudhakar Sharma
Dil Ne Kar Liya Aetbaar from Humraaz (my piano solo)
Dil Ne Kar Liya Aetbaar from Humraaz (original)
After a long time, I have recorded my next piano solo. I had originally planned to record this song in 2015, but somehow, that never happened! Ae Mere Humsafar from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was recently performed on my favourite Music reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs and so I decided to re-learn the song and record it.
Ae Mere Humsafar is a beautiful love song from a very popular 90’s Bollywood classic hit film which starred Juhi Chawla and Aamir Khan in the lead roles of their debut. The films soundtrack is considered to be evergreen and has been composed by the then popular duo of Anand-Milind.
Enjoy my piano solo of the song, below.
Yesterday, I found myself re-watching the first film from the Twilight Saga as it is available on Netflix. As a Netflix newbie myself, I recently completed season 7 of my favourite show Pretty Little Liars and I was searching for something else to watch when I stumbled across the Twilight Saga movies.
I have been a fan of the books when they released and had devoured each one – refusing to put them down as I became hooked on the intense love story between Bella & Edward. Whilst re-watching the first film last night, I was reminded how much I loved the piano instrumentals from the soundtrack – whether it is Edward’s favourite Claire de Lune or the soothing Lullaby that he composes especially for Bella, both melodies are wonderful to listen to, especially if you are looking for some sort of escapism in the Music. Check them out below and let me know if you are a Twilight fan also!
Continue reading “Twilight Soundtrack: Bella’s Lullaby”
After giving my tribute to the legendary late George Michael, I finally finished learning the full right hand melody of Careless Whisper song on the piano.
While the left hand notes are also available for the song, I felt in this instance the left hand was not needed, seeing as the song in its entireity has been well transcribed for the right hand. Bearing in mind that the original song does not even feature the piano in the slightest, the song played on the piano sounds wonderful. I tried my best to capture the correct amount of emotions and feelings required. I truly love this song a lot even though it is a sad tale of a failed romance.
I ended 2016 with my piano solo of the Bollywood song Hasi Ban Gaye (translated as You Became My Smile) from the film Hamari Adhuri Kahani. The song has been composed by debutant composer Ami Mishra. This song has a melody which I love listening to a lot, yet it also has a lot of repetition. It is the repetition which made me take a lot longer than normal to finish learning the actual song!
I have learnt the song from sheet Music which has been transcribed by pianist Dhruv Gandhi. The solo has a mixture of chords and the main melody of the song which features at the beginning and at the end (in a higher octave).
Continue reading “My latest piano solo: Hasi Ban Gaye from Hamari Adhuri Kahani”
After receiving positive feedback for my piano teaser of Aap Se Mausiiquii, I decided to learn the full song once it had released. The song has been sung and composed by my favourite musician Himesh Reshammiya.
Aap Se Mausiiquii is most definitely one of Himeshji’s most slowest tempo songs ever, and this was something that I had to pay close attention to when recording my own piano solo.
Listen to my full piano solo below. Feedback is always welcome!
My favourite musician Himesh Reshammiya is back with the album trailer of his brand new album ‘Aap Se Mausiiquii‘ (my Music is Because of You). Of course, I could not help but learn a bit of the song on the piano :o)
From the album trailer, we can hear that the song is largely piano based. This has made my day as the piano is hardly given centre stage in Bollywood songs these days!
I have learnt the intro/verse/chorus of the song which you can hear below:
I am of course waiting for the full song to release and I will then learn to play the beautiful composition.
As always, I appreciate any feedback!
My most recent piano solo was entirely unplanned and happened purely because I listened to the Bollywood soundtrack 1920 London.
1920 London is actually the third film of a horror franchise series created by Vikram Bhatt. The music for this film was given by my second favourite Music Directors Toshi-Sharib. Their song ‘Rootha Kyun’ has a wonderful melody and has been sung by Mohit Chauhan and Payal Dev.
Rootha Kyun – 1920 London
I have played the melody in the right hand and have played the second verse in a higher octave, in order to mimic the higher scale of the female singer, in the original song. As always, I welcome any feedback on my piano solo/which songs you would like to hear me play.
My piano solo:
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My most recent piano solo is of a Bollywood song which is about 3 years old, but was extremely popular when it released and is still a favourite of many, even today. The song is ‘Sun Raha Hai’ from the Bollywood movie ‘Aashiqui 2’.
Anyone who knows me personally, will know how much I loved the entire soundtrack of ‘Aashiqui 2’. This album came at a time when the Bollywood music industry had been deprived of contemporary love songs. The ‘Aashiqui 2’ soundtrack almost changed everything, and the romantic Bollywood genre, revived itself.
I have already learned to play the soundtracks most popular song of all ‘Tum Hi Ho’ when it released and I also got lucky, and was able to perform the song at my cousin sisters wedding back in 2013 (my first ever public performance!). Learning ‘Sun Raha Hai’ has been a different experience altogether, as I learned without any sheet music thus once again (right hand melody only), improving my skill of ‘playing by ear’. The song is the debut composition of Ankit Tiwari and will always remain my favourite composition of his.
Enjoy my piano solo of ‘Sun Raha Hai’. Feedback is always welcome!
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