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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 05:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Witch is the most advanced Queen song to play on the piano?

I think nevermore sounds hard to play, but then again, I'm no piano player

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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 06:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Death on two legs seems complicated but then I am no piano player either.

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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 07:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Definitely not Nevermore, by a long way.

The intro of Death On Two Legs is perhaps even harder than it sounds, when you analyse the exact arpeggio pattern that Fred uses. It would seem natural (to me at least) to play quaver triplets, up and down the 4 note chords, but that's not what he does. But it's still not all that dificult.

In all honesty, the one example of Fred's piano playing that I can't always play fluidly and up to speed is the left-hand boogie-woogie line that accompanies Bri's (guitar) solo in Bring Back That Leroy Brown.

It's not really that complicated a figure to play, as it's just stock piano left-hand line for the kind of music that BBTLB flirts with, but it requires a very strong and rythmically precise left hand.


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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 08:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mmm i think death on two legs, but seven seas of ryhe looks pretty difficult too


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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 09:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

vallie wrote:

mmm i think death on two legs, but seven seas of ryhe looks pretty difficult too


Death On Two Legs can be played if you practice a little. Dont know about the exact appergio's in the beginning but the song itself it not really harder than avarage, when you have learned the riff.

Seven Seas Of Rhye might look/sound difficult, but actually is not that hard at all. It's just fast, but not complicated.

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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 10:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Seven Seas is quite easy.

DOTL intro, in the studio, is a different story from the one he played live. On stage he did a slightly different pattern that allowed him to play it easier and sometimes faster. But for the studio version he could have probably screwed up more than once if he ever tried it live (perhaps it's the same story for Love Of My Life solo in the middle). As far as I know, Freddie had to try endless times the DOTL intro in the studio until he finally nailed it.

I agree with the Leroy Brown thing, it's a proof of his enviable rhythmic skills. Melancholy Blues is very easy to play per se, but the credit goes to the way he performed it (aka the much-commented "feeling" factor).

The piano solo in 'My Fairy King' is one of his best as well as the harpsichord thing in 'Masterstroke'.


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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 10:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Millionaire Waltz is by no means his most advanced piece, but it's great to listen to nonetheless.


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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 10:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Millionaire Waltz, as an entire song, is probably the most difficult piano piece.

There are individual elements from other songs that are more difficult to play than anything in MW, yet the sheer relentlessness of the faster sections that feature Fred's quickly repeated chords and diads means that the song requires a hefty dose of concentration and physical effort to pull-off in its entirety.

Again, the song showcases to an extent Fred's strengths in playing repeated notes and chords quickly, which requires strong hands and wrists, and rhythmic precision.


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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 11:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

from a piano player view: I would say "Seven Seas Of Rhye"

Just watch on Live at Wembley how bloody fast Freddie plays the intro ... I tried it, and succeeded BUT I couldnt play it for more than 5 minutes (complete numb muscles LOL!!!) ....

The other one that is pretty "genious" is My Melancholy Blues ... Beautiful chords! I havent attempted to play it yet ! :)

Boh Rhap has also some really difficult piano bits (try to play the opera bit on piano!)

And the list goes on and on ...

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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 12:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

While it's maybe not the most difficult piano piece I always thought Don't Stop Me Now was amazing to see Freddie play and sing live. It's such a quick tempo and there are a lot of little varitions in how the piano accents work around the vocals and he pretty much nails it everytime I've heard them perform it live. It kind of reminds me of Freddie trying to do his best Elton John impersonation. :-)

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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 12:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Definitely not Seven Seas Of Rhye.

Anyone with a fully functioning brain and hands cold be taught how to play that at about 90% tempo/accuracy within about 10 minutes. It just isn't hat difficult to play. It may look it and sound it, but it isn't. Fact.

Fred overcomplicates his technique somehow when he plays it at Wembley. He's bouncing his fingers off the keys too much, meaning they have to move more quickly to get back down to the notes again, which ultimately means that although his fingers and hands are moving quickly, the notes aren't being played as fast as they appear to be.


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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 12:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The piano in Don't Stop Me Now is just brilliant. Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant. 3 times Brilliant. Even more.
But it is, really :p

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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 13:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

GaLiLe0 wrote:

The piano in Don't Stop Me Now is just brilliant. Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant. 3 times Brilliant. Even more.
But it is, really :p

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I agree... unless you're singing it too!

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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 13:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Freddie's original Your Kind Of Lover is quite difficult to maintain tempo and hit the right runs.

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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 15:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

how about Jealousy (Jazz album)
i am a piano player and the piano is not greatly advanced but it is difficult


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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 15:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bohardy wrote:

Definitely not Seven Seas Of Rhye.


I agree with you. I always found this easy to play, even early on when I hadn't been playing for very long.

Hardest for me is intro to Death On Two Legs, as someone mentioned earlier. Don't Stop Me Now is somewhat difficult too, but in a different kind of way. The syncopated piano part during the verses was difficult for me to grasp at first.

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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 15:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Fred overcomplicates his technique somehow when he plays it at Wembley. He's bouncing his fingers off the keys too much, meaning they have to move more quickly to get back down to the notes again, which ultimately means that although his fingers and hands are moving quickly, the notes aren't being played as fast as they appear to be.


He always seemed to do that. His technique for striking the keys was very odd. It made all of piano playing look harder than what it really was.

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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 15:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Millionaire Waltz or Somebody To Love

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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 16:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

gem27 wrote:

Death on two legs seems complicated but then I am no piano player either.
its not. not at all, its very easy.


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Posted: 20 Mar 06, 17:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I tried to download Seven Seas of Rhye one time (the sheet music) and I thought I was nacho cheese and it would be a snapp since i've played since I was in the first grade. Pfft.
Anyways, It got so frustrating I kicked the leg of my piano and it left a big scuff mark. Not that anyone noticed. My basement piano has been through hell on earth. But, still, a lesson that I have learned.
Burned the sheet music in our fireplace later that day.


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