Cancan by Jacques Offenbach is one of the most famous melodies ever written.
I created a very simple piano arrangement that is perfect for the beginning piano student.
With this post I included instructional videos and the sheet music which you can download for free.
What you will learn:
- How to play the song
- Cut Time
- C Major Scale
- Interpreting basic Chord Symbols
- Creating a two-beat left-hand accompaniment from chord symbols
Download the sheet music (pdf with two pages)
Watch the video
I am in the process of creating part two to this video in which I will explain how I created the left hand accompaniment from only the chord symbols!
Definition of Cut Time
Cut Time (in classical music referred to as alla breve) is a 4/4 time
signature “cut”in half to create a two beat feel by putting strong emphasize on the first and fourth quater note in the bar.
It is usually used in very fast tempi for the purpose of creating a more relaxed two-beat feel. Cut time can be written as 2/2, or as a c-shaped symbol with a vertical slash (see image).