While they might not use all seven octaves, piano arrangements are generally designed for an 88-key piano. Musician Nahre Sol wanted to see what would happen if she condensed famous songs down to a single octave and played them on a toy piano. She then proceeded to rank them based on quality and effectiveness.
Musician Nahre Sol performs a unique classical piano arrangement of The 12 Days of Christmas in which each verse gets progressively more and more modern. The performance starts out with the early 18th-century sounds of J.S. Bach and ends with an abstract 21st-century MIDI composition.
The 1980s were a good decade for music, giving us bands like Tears for Fears, The Human League, and Soft Cell along the way. To celebrate his love for the new wave, pop, and rock music from the decade of big hair and Rubik’s Cubes, stone-faced pianist Vinheteiro offers up a 5-minute concert of some of the era’s best tracks.
Eshan Denipitiya celebrates his love for the music of Queen with a virtuosic medley of tunes performed on a Yamaha grand piano. Watch and listen as his fingers fly across the ivories with classical arrangements of We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, and We Are the Champions.
Vocalist and bassist Casey Abrams teamed up with pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee for a great jazz-swing cover version of Lionel Ritchie’s 1983 ballad Hello. We imagine that the blind woman in the original music video might have had a hard time sculpting Casey’s impressive beard.
Wicked Lasers shows off a neat use for its LaserCube programmable laser projector and LaserOS software. By syncing up the laser’s beams with MIDI keypresses they’re able to project colorful lights onto the keys of a synthesizer, synced perfectly with the music being performed.
A few years back a video made the rounds of a window air conditioner that produced a sort of funky jazz rhythm. Musician Sam Ross thought the clip could use some accompaniment, so he created the perfect piano melody to go along with the clickity-clack sounds of the malfunctioning unit.
Mary Had a Little Lamb is one of the easiest songs to play on the piano. But can you play it while lying in bed with your keyboard on the other side of the room? Korean YouTuber 이름미정 has figured out a method that involves taping lengths of string to the keys, then yanking downward on them from across their bedroom.
Ever since The Wellerman collaboration blew up on TikTok, we’ve heard a number of covers of the folk sea shanty. Pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee put his spin on the tune by turning it into an old-timey ragtime song. Bonus points for sliding in the Gorillaz and Darude references.
We always get chills when we hear the The Flaming Lips track Do You Realize?? Musician Viktoriya “Vika” Yermolyeva performs her original piano arrangement of the song that manages to capture the emotion and weight of the original, an impressive feat without Wayne Coyne’s lyrics and vocals.
Musician Darrius Simmons is living proof that no matter what obstacles may stand in your way, it’s possible to overcome them. Despite having only four fingers, Darrius is a brilliant piano player. In this clip from the 2019 Not Impossible awards, he performs his original composition Dreams Are Forever.
We might not be getting a Mandalorian holiday special any time soon, but if we ever do, we already have the theme song. AtinPiano’s mashup of Ludwig Göransson’s epic Mando score with the Christmas classic Carol of the Bells would fill the bill perfectly. They previously gave The Imperial March the holiday treatment.
Musician Samuel Fu presents a great piano medley of memorable movie themes, with tracks dating back Hitchcock’s classic thriller Psycho, up through Marvel’s blockbuster Avengers Infinity War. Bonus points if you can identify every movie without looking at your screen.
Musician Peter Bence performs an enthralling arrangement of Hans Zimmer’s award-winning track Time from Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Working in concert with a digital looper, he creates an impressive one-man symphonic sound that both echoes and reinvents the original piece.
When you think about it, music is just an assemblage of brief noises sequenced together. So even though musician Daniel Thrasher calls this composition “nonsense,” it’s really not that much sillier than a a Duran Duran of a Hanson song when it comes down to it.
Ariana Flute has some pretty great covers up on her YouTube channel, including this version of Danny Elfman’s theme song to The Simpsons. It sounds pretty awesome played on the flute, and the piano accompaniment by Ella Piknjac ain’t too shabby either. The only thing missing is Lisa on the saxophone.
From the Mickey Mouse to Muppet Babies to the latest Japanese anime, cartoons have a long history of memorable theme songs. Stoic pianist Lord Vinheteiro looks takes us back in the rewind machine with a great medley of songs from animated programs from 1928 to the present day.
An amazing new addition to the LEGO Ideas line-up, this fan-submitted piano design has 3662 pieces, and is actually playable. Its 25 keys move, its dampers work, and its bench height is adjustable. Plus, it works with a companion mobile app to play different songs as its keys move up and down. Available 8.1.2020.
Pianist Vinheteiro demonstrates just how important it is to play music on period-correct instruments. Listen and you’ll be transported to an old timey saloon with this medley of Scott Joplin ragtime tunes, performed on an Barthol & Berlin upright piano made that dates back to 1915.
Jacob Koller goes by the nickname “The Mad Arranger” because he loves to take relatively straightforward pieces of music and amp up the difficulty to 9000. Here, he takes Rossini’s familiar William Tell Overture and turns it into a supremely tricky jazz version. His arrangement of Mission Impossible is worth a listen too.
We’re already quite familiar with the evolution of Windows sounds. Now listen to a variety of Windows startup, shutdown, and error sounds played on piano, courtesy of Bored Piano, where you can also check out digital piano covers of familiar game console startup sounds. More on his Japanese language channel.
We’ve previously enjoyed pianist Florian Mohr’s medley of hip-hop tunes. Now he’s back with a compilation of 40 themes from cartoon and anime TV series, from Family Guy to The Flintstones, to Spongebob Squarepants, along with a handful of lesser known shows. How many can you name?