Vanessa Carlton's massive hit A Thousand Miles included probably the most prominent use of piano in a pop song since the days of
Bruce Hornsby and the Range (remember, 'The Way It Is'? If not, check it out).
Thanks to our friends at SheetMusicPlus you can now view the entire first page of this piece:
Meanwhile, here's some exercises to get you warmed up on the piece:
Start by repeating an octave in a three note pattern like this:
The try rocking back and two between the top C and B, but keeping the low note on a C:
Finally, progress down from the B to notes G and E - the important fifth and third of the scale of C.
Notice in all these how the rhythm of three semiquavers goes against, or overlaps the quarter-note beat.
If that's inspired you, check out the links below and get hold of a copy of this great track.
Items to Purchase by Vanessa Carlton
Vanessa Carlton: A Thousand Miles Performed by Vanessa Carlton. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Format: piano/vocal/chords single. With vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. Pop rock. B Major. Series: Original Sheet Music. 10 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Warner Brothers. (WB.PVM02013) See more info...
Vanessa Carlton: Be Not Nobody Performed by Vanessa Carlton. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Format: piano/vocal/chords songbook. With vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names, guitar chord diagrams and color photos. Pop rock. 80 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Warner Brothers. (WB.PFM0213) See more info...