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Brooklyn Duo: Mad World

Brooklyn Duo: Mad World

Marnie and Patrick Laird of Brooklyn Duo turn in a wonderfully emotive and pared-down acoustic arrangement of the 1983 Tears for Fears classic, based off of the Gary Jules and Michael Andrews version which gave the track a second life back in 2001. Also, that carbon fiber cello is sweet.

Roli Lumi Keyboard

Roli Lumi Keyboard

Roli’s nifty portable keyboard is designed to help anyone learn to play piano. It features light-up RGB, pressure sensitive keys with 92% of the travel of an actual grand piano and can connect to other Lumi keyboards and Roli blocks. It works with a companion mobile app for learning.

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Stayin’ Alive: Piano Edition

Stayin’ Alive: Piano Edition

Musician Francesco Parrino splashes a shiny coat of paint on the Bee Gees’ disco classic Stayin’ Alive, giving it a vibrant and jazzy new sound from his piano bench. Be sure to give his arrangement of Elton John’s Rocketman a listen too.

Sweet Piano O’ Mine

Sweet Piano O’ Mine

Musician Ron Minis really loves him some Guns N’ Roses. But when he was growing up, his parents only got him piano lessons. But Ron didn’t let his lack of guitar expertise stand in his way from playing Slash’s Sweet Child O’ Mine solo anyhow.

Piano Ga-Ga

Piano Ga-Ga

Musician Francesco Parrino performs a stripped-down, but energetic piano cover version of Queen’s synth-heavy stadium anthem Radio Ga-Ga that will make you want to sing along and clap your hands by the end.

Pirates vs. Thrones

Pirates vs. Thrones

Musicians Eshan Denipitiya and David Loke present a simply wonderful piano and violin medley that bounces seamlessly back and forth between the theme music from Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Caribbean. Now there’s a crossover series we’d like to see.

Beat It: Piano Cover

Beat It: Piano Cover

Musician Peter Bence previously wowed us with his cover of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now. Now, he’s back to blow us away with an incredibly energetic version of Michael Jackson’s Beat It, performed on the grand piano, with the help of some looping and effects pedals.

Classical Music “A” to “Z”

Classical Music “A” to “Z”

His piercing glance burning a hole through the lens, pianist Vinheteiro performs a brief snippet from 26 different classical pieces of music, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet. We never knew what Gymnopedie No. 1 was called, but we recognized it immediately.

Comfortably Numb: Piano Cover

Comfortably Numb: Piano Cover

We know Melbourne, Australia pianist Josh Cohen from his fantastic Radiohead and David Bowie piano covers. His emotional cover of Pink Floyd’s 1979 classic is just as captivating, and will have you feeling anything but numb.

Tetris A: Jazz Cover

Tetris A: Jazz Cover

We’ve heard a number of covers of the familiar theme song from Tetris over the years, from bluegrass to dubstep, game fanatic insaneintherainmusic’s jazzy rendition is our favorite yet. Beyond the cool arrangement, the man has some serious sax skills.

David Bowie Piano Covers

David Bowie Piano Covers

Melbourne, Australia musician Josh Cohen presents powerful and engrossing piano arrangements of two David Bowie classics – Life on Mars and Space Oddity. Trust us when we say you’ll be glued to your speakers or headphones from the minute you hit “play.”

How to Make a Girl Smile

How to Make a Girl Smile

The world’s most stoic pianist Lord Vinheteiro tickles the ivories in an attempt to get his equally expression-free friend Laura Kassab to crack a smile. He plays tunes in a wide variety of moods to try and break through, but with little luck. In the end, he made us smile too.

Evolution of Meme Music

Evolution of Meme Music

Pianist Vinheteiro catalogs some of the many memorable bits of music dating all the way back to 1500 through 2018. For the most part he manages to keep his eyes off the keyboard, but ever Lord Vin couldn’t pull off some of the trickier tunes without looking at the keys.

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80s Song Ragtime Versions

80s Song Ragtime Versions

Pianist Jonny May asked his subscribers what 1980s songs should never be played in the ragtime style, then went ahead and did it anyhow. Listen and enjoy his unique and shockingly good covers of Don’t Stop Believin‘, Livin’ on a Prayer, and Africa.

Evolution of Video Game Music

Evolution of Video Game Music

Pianist Vinheteiro offers up another great compilation, as he performs a variety of classic themes from video games throughout the last 30+ years. There’s something about the sustain and resonance of the piano that makes all of the chiptunes sound so much richer.

Mr. Sandman Ragtime Cover

Mr. Sandman Ragtime Cover

Pianist and self-proclaimed redneck Leslie Blake makes his fingers fly across 88 keys like few other musicians. Here, he performs a sped-up ragtime arrangement of The Chordettes 1958 classic Mr. Sandman designed to wake you up more than to put you to sleep.

Westworld Theme: Live Cover

Westworld Theme: Live Cover

Just in time to get us in the mood for Season 2 to debut, musicians Brooklyn Duo and Cicely Parnas turn in an amazing live performance of Ramin Djawadi’s intense main theme from HBO’s Westworld. Be sure to check out their Bach Cello Suite No. 1, if you get a chance.

Pompeii: Cello & Piano Cover

Pompeii: Cello & Piano Cover

GnuS Cello presents an excellent cover version of Bastille’s 2013 hit Pompeii performed with his cello taking on lead duties, and his piano providing rich and warm color. Grab the sheet music here or download the track here.

Take on Me: Piano Edition

Take on Me: Piano Edition

Musician Luke T Duffy aka “Microrator” presents a dialed-down, yet powerful arrangement of A-ha’s upbeat pop hit Take on Me. It’s amazing how different the song feels when played as an elegant and emotive ballad.

Peter Bence: Don’t Stop Me Now

Peter Bence: Don’t Stop Me Now

Watch piano virtuoso Peter Bence as his fingers fly across the keys of his Steinway in this amazing arrangement of Queen’s 1978 classic Don’t Stop Me Now, with a tiny bit of Bohemian Rhapsody thrown in for good measure. Sheet music available here if you can keep up.

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Hurt: Piano Cover

Hurt: Piano Cover

Aussie pianist Josh Cohen is back with another beautiful cover version – this time expanding on Nine Inch Nails and Johnny Cash’s Hurt with a moving and engrossing 11-minute arrangement of Trent Reznor’s dark and disturbing track.

All Star But in a Church

All Star But in a Church

The whole All Star but meme thing is already getting pretty played out, but we couldn’t resist sharing Gud Nuse’s version of Smash Mouth’s 1999 hit track, played as a somber minor key ballad on piano, along with a soulful saxophone accompaniment.

My Best Friend: Piano Edition

My Best Friend: Piano Edition

Musician Luke Thering is a big Key and Peele fan, so he decided to take one of their classic sketches – in which Jordan sings an awkward song of friendship to Keegan-Michael – and added the instrumentation the song should have had from day one. Great job, Luke!

Scott Bradlee: Karma Police

Scott Bradlee: Karma Police

To coincide with the 20th anniversary of OK Computer, Scott Bradlee (of Postmodern Jukebox fame) performed a great solo piano arrangement of Radiohead’s 1997 track Karma Police. Like what you heard? Be sure to check out his Paranoid Android improv video too.

ROLI Seaboard Block

ROLI Seaboard Block

Not only is the new Seaboard Block the most portable and affordable version of Roli’s revolutionary keyboard, it can also be used with the Lightpad Blocks or another Seaboard Block. It comes with hundreds of sounds and can also be used with DAWs.

Radiohead Piano Covers

Radiohead Piano Covers

Musician Josh Cohen has a thing for performing cover versions of Radiohead tunes on his grand piano. Each and every one of the tracks will pull you in and won’t let go with its quiet intensity. We can’t decide if Everything In Its Right Place or Daydreaming is our favorite.

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