All Of Me
By David Sides
After going a while without posting a video on YouTube (sorry about that) I've been able to carve out some time to post a heavily requested song, "All Of Me" by John Legend! Click here to watch the video if you haven't seen it yet!
This cover was definitely a fun one to put together. Making covers of songs that are already on piano are easy and hard at the same time. The fact that this song is already played on piano means that most of the groundwork is already laid out for you - just play whatever you hear being played by the piano in the original version of the song. The fact that it's already on piano can make it difficult to include the melody of the singer and still capture a lot of the recognizable parts of the song (depending on which register the singer is singing in, compared to the register the piano is being played in the most). Depending on what's going on in the music, it may also limit how creative you can get when making the cover while trying to make the cover sound like the original song. I'd have to say that the hardest part (and most fun to play!) was the pre-hook. In order to capture John's melody, and keep the recognizable melody of the piano in the pre-hook, I decided to play octaves with my left hand in the higher register of the piano. Took me a few times to get that part down, but once I got it, I was happy with how it sounded!
I'll be releasing an mp3 of this cover, soon. Keep an eye out for that! Until then, it's time to look for my next cover!