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Fiona Apple – Shameika (Piano Transcription PDF)

The second track on Fiona Apple’s album that just came out a few days ago has a great piano part that I was keen to learn as soon as I heard it!

I’m certain that there are at least two piano parts going on in this song, so I tried to grab what I could in the transcription.

Click here to download Shameika – Fiona Apple Piano Transcription

I did a very rough play-through video you can check out here ->


Lizzo – Cuz I Love You – Chord Chart PDF for Guitar or Piano

Lizzo rules. I transcribed this song for a student, and simplified one chord slightly – Cm should really be a Ab/C. Here’s a nice video of Lizzo playing this song with acoustic guitar player Walter Williams.


Click here to download Lizzo-Cuz_I_Love_You Chords PDF

Also for fun, here’s a video of me playing the melody of this song with an E-Bow on guitar!

Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes – Piano and Guitar Chords (PDF Transcription)

More Billie! Beautiful song – there are some nice live versions, here’s her and her brother Finneas playing it with guitar accompaniment, and here they are with him playing piano


Click here to download Billie Eilish – Ocean_Eyes Guitar and Piano Chords Transcription (PDF)

Bad Guy – Billie Eilish (Guitar and Piano Transcription PDF)

Been teaching a lot of Billie lately – so cool that the album that won “Album of the Year” at the Grammy Awards was recorded by two young siblings at their parents’ home! Here’s a transcription of the bass line and synth-hook from Bad Guy!



Click here to download Billie Eilish – Bad Guy transcription (PDF)

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Acoustic Rhythm Guitar Chords PDF / Chordal Lead Sheet)

UPDATE! Just made a video play-through of this arrangement, check it out:

Queen is getting a new generation of fans via the Bohemian Rhapsody movie, and as a music teacher I couldn’t be happier! Their music is full of interesting quirks and complexities and is fun to learn and play.

After learning some of their easier songs (Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love) with one acoustic guitar playing student, she proposed tackling Bohemian Rhapsody! It seemed a bit daunting at first, but we got through it over a few lessons, and here’s what we ended up with.

As a piano-based ballad, many of the chords don’t lend themselves to easy guitar fingerings, but nevertheless it is possible to strum through this song. Most of the guitar transcriptions online either focus on nailing Brian May’s lead electric guitar lines, or they are tricky arrangements of the melody + chords + fingerpicking for solo guitar; I’m not really sure if a good chord chart for this song exists. So here’s my best shot at it!

The voicings in TAB are just suggestions: there is no chordal guitar in the original throughout most of the song, so these are suggested voicings that could work well on acoustic guitar in particular. Ignoring the suggested guitar voicings in the tabs and reading the chord symbols at the top, this chart could also be used as a lead sheet for piano or any other chordal instrument.

This YouTube video by David Bennett was extremely useful in helping to figure this out. Anyone interested in the music theory behind “Bohemian Rhapsody,” it’s a great watch!

Bohemian Rhapsody Guitar Chords Transcribed by Elliot Langford

Click to download PDF: Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Rhythm Guitar Arrangement / Chordal Lead Sheet)