This song from “La La Land” has a lot of rubato, which is my favourite way to play.
I played the piano part first, then found it hard to play the melodica after, because I had to anticipate my own pauses and changes in pace on the piano (and of course with no one to watch as I played).
In the interview, Hurwitz said:
“That’s what happens when two people make music together; things are not perfectly in sync.”
I will make a second version of this, with the melodica leading, and the piano following.
I played from the “La La Land” songbook. It’s the first hard copy music book I have bought for myself in decades! I didn’t play the piano part note for note, more a mixture of guitar chords and some phrases.
Hi Alan. Thank you. That is what I want to achieve and your observation makes me happy. I don’t have the chops or the mental ability to be fast and complex on any instrument. So I strive for well-chosen notes to create simple, pretty music. I’m a bit “vanilla” and want to play more of the interesting notes to make things less predictable, but still clean. (That refers to improvisation. Here I was playing sheet music, but the song style is exactly what I like.) It is rewarding to be as bare as possible and share it here, because this is the place where people really care about the sound of the melodica.