Some Queen related items for Sale

Some Queen related items for Sale

Some Queen related items for Sale in the Online Store

I have some items for sale in a new section of the site which Queen fans might be interested in. A Brian May Effects pedal and also some sixpences which guitarists may like to get hold of as that is what Brian uses as a plectrum.

The Brian May Guitar Effects Pedal

The Digitech Brian May guitar effects pedal helps you to achieve the distinctive Brian May Sound. this Digitech pedal models seven of the signature sounds that Brian May produced while playing with Queen, plus there are variations of those sounds, e.g. Bohemian Rhapsody solo and Heavy etc. You can recreate Brian May’s Red Special guitar sound with this pedal.

The DigiTech Brian May pedal features 7 control knobs including Gain, Level, Treble, Bass, Control, Guitar, and Model so the pedal lets you dial in the exact tone.

The songs / tones you can recreate include;

Keep Yourself Alive (2 tones)
Bohemian Rhapsody (2 tones)
Tie Your Mother Down (2 tones)
We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (2 tones)
Wembley version of his “Brighton Rock Solo” (2 tones)
Deacy amp tone from “A Winter’s Tale.” (2 tones)
This product includes;

a Brian May Black signature gig bag
a power supply
2 English sixpence pieces for use a plectrums (as per Brian)
Original Instruction book.
Weight 3.4lbs.

 

1 in stock

 

The British Sixpece Piece

The British sixpence has a nice serrated edge and Brian may uses this to create his distinctive guitar sound.

Brian May started playing with a British sixpence coin after experimenting with a few different types of plectrum all with different widtgs and gauges.
He settled on using a coin, specifically the sixpence, because he said he had “total contact with the strings”, plus the serration added a new type of sound which a plectrum could not give.

34 in stock

I may have some more items to add to the store in the coming weeks so stay tuned… I will only be listing items of interest to Queen fans.

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

Farrokh Bulsara was born on Thursday, 5th of September 1946 on African spice island of Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara. Today Freddie Mercury would have been 74 years old and would surely have being rocking away, “not bad for 4 aging Queens”.

Today we remember arguably the greatest musical and rock performer who ever lived.

… feel free to add your Birthday Messages to this post.

Happy Birthday Fred !

Click here to donate to The Mercury Phoenix Trust.

#FreddieMercury

Queen + Adam Lambert release Live Around the World Album

Queen + Adam Lambert release Live Around the World Album

So far Queen  + Adam Lambert for performed 218 live shows with a total worldwide audience of 3,659,232 people.
If you weren’t one of these people, or indeed if you were and you want to relive that time again then there is some good news with Queen + Adam Lambert releasing their first Live album on October 2nd 2020.

The album is entitled Queen + Adam Lambert ‘Live Around the World’ and is set for a worldwide release on October 2nd. The Live around the World release will be available on CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray & Vinyl formats

Queen + Adam Lambert - 'Live Around the World' Album - October 2nd

It doesn’t seem like 11 years since Brian and Roger appeared as guests on the finale of the eighth season of American Idol. It was on that show that Adam Lambert was a contestant and it was there that Brian and Roger got a sneak peak of what might be. Since then they have performed over 200 shows to over 3 and a half million people around the world including recent concerts in the southern hemisphere with audiences of over 60,000.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 that number should be higher as 27 concerts had to be abandoned due to the ongoing virus pandemic. Had those concerts gone ahead the audience numbers would surely have topped the 4 million mark by now. Those shows have now been rescheduled for 2021 – all going well. This new live album release is a way of easing the pain, in some way, on those who would have seen the shows.

The recent live watch party on YouTube saw Queen’s 12.5m subscribers watch show highlights and there were over 500,000 views in the 48 hours the show was availabe to stream. The content and the popularity was a surprise to the band also, as they hadn’t see much of this footage due to being always on the road. Roger stated that he wasn’t aware how good the band sounded.

The new live album can be pre-ordered at https://qal.lnk.to/LiveAroundTheWorld

The new album set list

The set list on the new album spans many concerts – unlike some live albums, such as Wembley ’86, this is from various sources. These include Rock in Rio, Lisbon, the Isle of Wight Festival, Summer Sonic, the Japanese tour, selected UK and North America tour dates, and all 22 minutes of the the Fire Fight Australia benefit show in Australia (which if you didn’t know was the same set list as Queen’s original history-making 1985 Live Aid set in full: namely Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions).

 

 Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World

CD / VINYL TRACKLIST

Tear It Up (May) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Now I’m Here (May) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust (Deacon) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Fat Bottomed Girls ft. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (May) American Airlines Center, Dallas, USA, 2019

Don’t Stop Me Now (Mercury) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

I Want To Break Free (Deacon) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

Somebody To Love (Mercury) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

Love Kills – The Ballad (Mercury/Moroder) iHeart Radio Theater, Los Angeles, USA, 2014

I Was Born To Love You (Mercury) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie) Global Citizen Festival, New York, USA, 2019

Who Wants To Live Forever (May) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

The Show Must Go On (Queen) The O2, London, UK, 04/07/2018

Love Of My Life (Mercury) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Radio Ga Ga (Taylor) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Ay-Ohs (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Hammer To Fall (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Will Rock You (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Are The Champions (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

 

Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World

DVD / BLU-RAY TRACKLIST

Tear It Up (May) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Now I’m Here (May) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust (Deacon) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Fat Bottomed Girls ft. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (May) American Airlines Center, Dallas, USA, 2019

Don’t Stop Me Now (Mercury) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

I Want To Break Free (Deacon) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

Somebody To Love (Mercury) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

Love Kills – The Ballad (Mercury/Moroder) iHeart Radio Theater, Los Angeles, USA, 2014

I Was Born To Love You (Mercury) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Drum Battle (Taylor) Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia, 2014

Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie) Global Citizen Festival, New York, USA, 2019

Who Wants To Live Forever (May) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

The Guitar Solo (Last Horizon) (May) The O2, London, UK, 2018

The Show Must Go On (Queen) The O2, London, UK, 04/07/2018

Love Of My Life (Mercury) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Radio Ga Ga (Taylor) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Ay-Ohs (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Hammer To Fall (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Will Rock You (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Are The Champions (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Irish Tribute Band Qween cover Let Me Live with International Cast

Irish Tribute Band Qween cover Let Me Live with International Cast

Last week, Irish Queen Tribute Band ‘Qween’ Released an Epic Cover and Film Production of the Queen Song ‘Let me Live’ from the album Made in Heaven, which included a Cast From 16 Countries.

Lockdown was hard enough without all our live gigs being axed, so Queen tribute Qween decided to cover a lockdown version of ‘Let Me Live’. Instead of just shooting a boxed version of a video (just like everyone else did during lockdown) they decided to go all out and do a full film production. On top of that, they decided to include performances from fans and musicians in from 16 countries. This was a bold statement that ‘even though live music is on hold, musicians (including Qween) are still here to entertain you‘.   The track and accompanying music video was entirely home made with the help of contributors working on music and film footage from home.

“Queen united the world in song and this is our attempt to do the same. We’ve been blessed with contributions from across the planet. Musicians working to simply say we’re ready to entertain when you can”… “It’s not for us as musicians to offer any scientific or political comment on the current situation. We’re solely entertainers and our only message here is to keep safe, follow the guidelines and we’ll be back to get you dancing again when it’s safe”

Thomas Brunkard

Qween Guitarist

There have been many artists and groups who have done these lockdown videos, Brian May himself did a few on his own and also in collaboration with Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert, but non have done such a superb job of creating something truly flamboyant … deserving of being a Queen video. As Freddie said, “You can do anything with my legacy, but never make me boring.” This video is anything but boring and inlcudes a dash of humour, a not to past events such as Brian May on the roof of Buckingham Palace and also clips of guest contributors singing and playing … you might even spot me guesting on Hammond Organ, and I was delighted to do so.

 

I myself am involved in a few musical bands / musical projects and from the first moments in March we knew that liver performances would be hit – I don’t think anyone thought it would be so long before we could even think of returning to doing what we love … playing live.  So it this video comes at a good time to remind us that the Arts has been one thing which has got many thorough the pandemic.

 

Well done to Qween and all involved in a wonderful result

 

The Qween music video of ‘Let Me Live’ can be viewed online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXCsBn7ZUPA or my clicking the video below.

 

Watch ‘Let me Live’ by Qween

 

Visit Qween Tribute Band online

Visit the Qween.ie website for details of the band, their latest news and social media links.

Royal Mail to Issue 13 Stamps Commerating Queen and their Albums

Royal Mail to Issue 13 Stamps Commerating Queen and their Albums

Queen are being honoured with a Royal Mail issued set of stamps, which makes them only the 3rd Band after The Beatles and Pink Floyd to have been commemorated on an official Royal Mail issued collection.

This official Queen issue of commemorative series of stamps from Royal Mail is to mark Queen’s 50th anniversary.

The Queen stamp collection will be issued as a set of 13. The issue includes 8 album covers, namely;  ‘Queen II’ (74), ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ (74), ‘A Night At The Opera’ (75), ‘News of the World’ (79), ‘The Game’ (80), ‘Greatest Hits’ (81), ‘The Works’ (84) & ‘Innuendo’ (91).  The remaining 5 stamps features 4 photos of Queen playing live and a classic Queen group photo.

Earlier this year Queen saw a commemorative coin being released, and it is no wonder that Queen are getting such attention. Queen are at a high point, even 29 years after Freddie’s death, Queen are a band which regularly shows up in the top 10 streamed bands on Spotify and after the 4 time Oscar winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody, the band seems to be bringing new generations of fans along with them.

Brian May said that it was “hard to put into words” and called them “beautiful stamps” and Roger said that collection was “an honour” and he thanked Royal Mail for recognising their legacy, stating that “We must be really part of the furniture now”. Queen (the band , not the monarch .. as she has had a lot of stamps) are only the 3rd rock band to be honoured with a set of Royal Mail Stamps, after The Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd more recently in 2016. The Queen stamps from the Royal Mail are now available for pre-ordering from the Royal Mail’s official website at https://www.royalmail.com/
Queen Stamps
Royal Mail Issue New Special Stamps To Honour Queen

Will you be buying the Queen Royal Mail Stamps?

What do you think of this release?
Will you be buying the Queen stamps from the Royal Mail?

Do you have any other comments, please leave them below!

Tweet a Celeb about Queen #AskACelebAboutQueen

Tweet a Celeb about Queen #AskACelebAboutQueen

Tweet a Celeb about Queen

This is a new feature called ‘Tweet a Celeb about Queen’ which I am going to run on an ongoing basis. It is exactly what it sounds like. I will tweet a celeb, ask if they are a Queen fan and what their favourite track is. I will then outline on this post who I tweeted and what the reply was. 

If you have any suggestions for which celebrities I should Tweet please comment below or send me a Tweet @ShanesQueenSite 

Current Celebs Who Replied

Apr 13 2020
Perez Hilton
@ThePerezHilton

Replying to @shanesqueensite
I don’t know if I can pick ONE. But, much like Madonna’s “Holiday”, I have a chemical reaction whenever I hear “Bohemia Rhapsody”.

 

Jan 29, 2020
James Corden
@JKCorden

Replying to @shanesqueensite Is this the world we created. 

Jan 14, 2020
Matt Lucas
@RealMattLucas

Replying to @shanesqueensite changes by the hour

Nov 20 2017
Ryan Van Poederooyen‏
@rvanpoederooyen     
Replied : Love Queen. Grew up listening to them as my parents were fans. To answer your question… My fave tune by them is ‘Tie Your Mother Down’.

Dec 15 2016
Claire Richards ‏
@_ClaireRichards
Replied: Who wants to live forever! Or under pressure? Or even don’t stop me now?

10th Dec 2016
Ricky Gervais
@rickygervais
Replied : Somebody to Love

Current Celebs Contacted

Dec 15
Claire Richards
‏@_ClaireRichards

Replied
Who wants to live forever! Or under pressure? Or even don’t stop me now?

10th Dec 2016
@rickygervais

Replied : Somebody to Love

22 Dec

The Ellen Show

No Response Yet

Dec 20

Matthew Perry
@MatthewPerry

No Reply Yet

December 18

Courtney Cox
@CourteneyCox

No Reply Yet

Dec 17th
No Reply yet
Dec 17th

Matt LeBlanc
@Matt_LeBlanc

No Reply Yet

Dec 16

Lisa
@LisaKudrow

No Reply Yet

Dec 13th

Joe Bonamassa

No Response Yet

Dec 12th

Taylor Swift
@taylorswift13

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11th Dec

Katy Perry

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9th Dec 2016
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8th Dec 2016
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Ryan Van Poederooyen‏ @rvanpoederooyen    Nov 20 2017
Love Queen. Grew up listening to them as my parents were fans. To answer your question… My fave tune by them is ‘Tie Your Mother Down’.
Jimmy Fallon

No Response Yet

Perez  @ThePerezHilton

Apr 13
Replying to @shanesqueensite

I don’t know if I can pick ONE. But, much like Madonna’s “Holiday”, I have a chemical reaction whenever I hear “Bohemia Rhapsody”.

RealMattLucas @RealMattLucas

Replying to @shanesqueensite

changes by the hour

2:25 AM · Jan 14, 2020

James Corden @JKCorden

Replying to @shanesqueensite

Is this the world we created.

11:26 PM · Jan 29, 2020

Keyboard Playing during Queen Guitar Songs and more…? : Visitor Query

Keyboard Playing during Queen Guitar Songs and more…? : Visitor Query

I always like getting emails, tweets and messages and during the week I got a Facebook Query from Ash in Wales asking some excellent questions about Queen songs. I have placed the answers here in case anyone else has the same queries about playing keyboards to Queen Songs. If you have any follow-up queries on this topic please leave a comment below. 

During the Queen Guitar Songs, what should you be playing on Keyboards? e.g. Hammer to Fall?

Hammer to fall, actually does have a keyboard part, which is about 53 seconds into the piece – I believe Queen called it ‘candyfloss piano’. It’s basically chords starting with A   D/A   A  D/A   A  D/A   E/A   A  … so really Hammer To Fall doesn’t fall in to the category of a Queen guitar-only song , i.e. one with no arranged Keyboard parts, however if you look at a song like Tie Your Mother Down, that song is 100% guitar on the album track. So, what would you do in that case? For something like Tie Your Mother Down, which is also in the key of A, you could use an Analog Synth Pad with a decent attack, or indeed a Rock Organ Sound. Take a look at Tie Your Mother Down from the Wembley ’86 concert, I’m sure Spike Edney is adding some level of keys during that song. Watching Live Queen Concerts is also another way to find out questions like ‘What did Queen do in this case’, because in the studio you can layer but live you only have Freddie, John, Roger and Brian and in the mid 80s Spike joined, so you look at what was used here.

What you would want here is to fill out the sound while remaining in the background a small bit, and the keys would also support the guitarist while the solo is progressing, so that the signature chord progression is still in action.

If you are a casual player and just want to accompany the album tracks on keyboard, there is certainly no harm in looking at the chords of the songs and playing along. You will find that you will get your own feel for what you can do with each song. So if you were looking at Keep Yourself Alive, which has no keyboards, you might just play Octaved 5th chords on a low register piano sound to create a support for the bass line, or, White Man you could do a Spacey Pad which would add to the ethereal mood of the song. Look at the song, see what instruments your synth or keyboard offer you and see where those might fit. You could also look into purchasing the ‘Off The Record’ music books which transcribes in much detail, the keyboard tracks for each song.

Remember sometimes Not Playing in a section can be important too! Don’t feel you have to fill every bar with an instrument.

 

What Sounds Should you Use on a Synth or Keyboard when playing along to a track?

Sometimes this is obvious, e.g. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ / ‘Somebody to Love’ will always be piano. But for something like ‘Son and Daughter’ you could look at other tracks written around the time and perhaps a Rock Organ might fit well with the proggy style sound of the first 2 albums. For a more modern song like ‘Radio Ga Ga’, they were using synths such as the Roland Jupiter-8 which created the arpeggio Bass Line, and for the higher keys part it’s almost like a Bells sound, so I would look for a patch on your keyboard which has a pad/bells sound or if you don’t have that, you could use an electric piano with some extra chorus or reverb depending on what you have available.

Really when you pull a song apart you need to listen to what is being played, perhaps search google for ‘Queen Radio Ga Ga Keyboard Only’ as there are some tracks out there which only have the keyboard tracks and you get to hear what is really being played.

I will do a version of ‘Radio Ga Ga’ very soon amd will place it on to my YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/ShaneMcDonaldIE and this will show the instrument used and also how I incorporate a little of the bass line after the chorus, so you can do a little mixing and matching to suit your style.

 

If you can only play chords with 3 fingers, how do you play more complex chords such as 7th chords?

This is tricky ok, but 7th chords are really there as a further embellishment to make the sound of the chord fuller and normally the 7th chords will allow a transition into a certain other chord – i.e. you just don’t start using 7ths for the sake of it. They are an important link-pin in the architecture of the song. If you can only play 3 notes of the chord, and you want to play the 7th, you have 2 options.

So, if you look at the chord C7 which is C E G Bb you could

(a) Play  E G Bb  or  Bb C E  or  G Bb C  so you have the 7th note , the Bb, incorporated.

or

(b) if you had a sustain pedal, you could play the chord  C E G  and then incorporate the Bb almost like a run-on arpeggio so you play  C E G  (sustain pedal down) and then  E G Bb  and you get to hear the full C7 chord and nobody is the wiser.

Again, it is understanding why the specific chord is used and which note in the chord is making this work for the song. You can see this in action if you look at for example “Doin’ All Right” where the chords are
E   F#m/E   Emaj7   F#m/E
(NOTE: EMaj7 which is D# E  B in this case … you can omit the G# note as it’s not played)
… so if you were to play E   F#m/E    Emaj    F#m/E  (so you are not playing the EMaj7)
You can very plainly hear that the D# is very important in the tone or the feeling at that chord progression.

 

Some Software Tools to help during LockDown

Finally, if you do want to play around with Bass Notes and building up Chords a Good iPhone app is Acapella. It has been used by many on YouTube and allows you to record yourself playing one track and then build up your track with more and more layers. The link is below

‎Acapella from PicPlayPost

 

Any Other Questions

If you don’t know me, I’m a Queen Keyboardist and I run this site with the aim of helping those know more about Queen, Queen’s music and I love giving tips on How to Play Queen songs.
If you have any questions please do leave them in the comments below and I will either answer your comment or update the post.

Don’t forget to sign up to my YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/ShaneMcDonaldIE for Queen Videos and Tutorials.

Shane’s Queen Site joins in Brian May #JamWithBri MicroConcerts

Shane’s Queen Site joins in Brian May #JamWithBri MicroConcerts

As you may know, Brian May is doing some MicroConcerts during lockdown. These are live played snippets or full songs played on his Red Special guitar from his living room in Kensington. Brian May is aware that lockdown can be hard and his briallian Instagram feed has been updated every week, sometimes a few times per week, with a song. So I decided to add keyboards to these songs where applicable.

Below I have outlined each of the MicroConcert videos and at the end of the post I have outlined the process I use to record and output these videos, should you wish to do your own versions.

Hammer To Fall

This was the first song I did on the #JamWithBri Microconcert. The only problem is that the keyboards don’t really have much of a role in this song. Infact, keyboards don’t come in until 53 seconds have elapsed on the track, and when they do, it’s simple chords of A and D/A, so not really rocket science. But I added those and it was a pleasing enough result in the end and spurred me on to do more. Because Hammer to Fall wasn’t exactly the most challenging or interesting ones, keyboard wise, I didn’t upload that to YouTube but it certainly fired the eagerness to do more.

Bijou

This is one overlooked song from the album Innuendo. It’s one which I did an arrangment of back in 2010 and had not played since then. I decided to use a nice soft synth-pad, as close as possible to what was used on the Innuendo album. Brian was doing the fantastic solo parts and I was filling in on the synth as per the album. I think it worked out really well and the video got great responses on my Facebook Page and youTube. The video of the #JamWithBti MicroConcert version of Bijou is shown below.

Love of My Life

The version of Love of My Life which I would play when I sti down to a piano is not the version played on A Night at The Opera, instead, I arranged a version which uses the original album version but at the piano solo, I drift into the nice guitar solo which Brian plays live. So I used this to accompany Brian on this version of Love of My Life. If I had my time again I would do two things differently; (a) I would have slightly reduced the piano volume and perhaps compressed it slightly and (b) I would not have played along with Brian’s guitar solo. You can watch the final #JamWithBri version of Love of My Life below.

We are the Champions

Of all the videos I have done so far this is my favourite. Brian did this on his own and then Roger joined in on Drums, before Adam added a vocal track, so there are actually 3 versions of the MicroConcert out there. I had already joined in with Brian before Adam completed the Queen+ trio.  Therefore, I decided to do a second version with me doing the Freddie on piano. I really love the way this sounds and so far, this one is my pride and joy. Since they released the We are the Champions on Instagram, Queen have released the track officially as ‘You are the Champions’ in order to raise funds for PPE equipment to help NHS staff helping Covid-19 patients. The ‘You are the Champions’ track is available on Spotify and you can find more information on the Queen Official Instagram page which is also mirrored on Brian and Rogers Instagram accounts.

Please feel free to watch the full version of my #JamWithBri ‘We Are the Champions’ video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g5ryxdUJv8 or you can click the video below.

My Setup

Basically, this is how I record the additions to the MicroConcerts. I link my digital stage piano and output the audio into garage band while I simultaneously record the video on a Canon DSLR mounted on a tripod and pointed as an overhead camera. Then once I have recorded the audio on GarageBand, as I found Audacity had a 100ms latency for some reason, I output the audio as MP3 and then line the audio and video up in FinalCutPro, and then I mute the camera audio so that the output video only has the pure isolated audio from the piano. Within Final Cut I also take Brian’s Instagram video and splice in my video to create a new #JamWithBri video.

Hope this helps.

If you do create a video please leave a comment with the YouTube link!

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I have also collaborated with US Queen Tribute band Celegrating Queen with the track ‘ Under Pressure ‘ and I will write about that soon.

Keyboard Playing during Queen Guitar Songs and more…? : Visitor Query

Piano Day 2020 – Queen Medley

Piano Day 2020

Today, March 28th is Piano Day. Piano Day is a worldwide celebration of the piano every 88th day of the year – because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.

The Piano Day website, pianoday.org says that ‘it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.” which is actually a quote from Nils Frahm who is a German musician, composer, and record producer based in Berlin. I tend to agree with this quote.

Every year in Waterford for the past few years, through Piano Day Waterford there has been a piano in John Roberts Square where people could come and play. Last year there was even a live stream via a camer on the piano, so people could watch live on Facebook. With the current world-wide Corona Virus Lockdown in place there was no choice but to make this an online only event for 2020. Piano Day Waterford requested that people submit videos which would then be shared during the day. I submitted 2 to the Piano Day Waterford event and I did an extra one for my own use on the day.

Now that Piano Day 2020 is almost over and the videos have been shared, I can inlcude here in one place so you can view them. I hope you enjoy. I have done Love of My Life, Forever and a Queen Medley which is based on suggestions which I got from Twitter followers of my account @shanesqueensite.

The songs are introduced and shown below via the videos on YouTube. Enjoy!

Queen Medley

I asked for suggestions via Twitter on songs to include in a Queen Medley. Within 5 days I got 27 suggestions of songs and I then worked on finding songs which were either in the same key or shared a common chord. I was able to then link songs so that I could do a 4 minute Queen Medley. Considering I only had about 2 hours on the Wednesday and recorded it the next morning I think it came out ok.

Love of My Life

I always enjoy playing this song from A Night at the Opera. My version has the usual classic entrance and structure however at the solo I use Brian’s Guitar style solo as I think it fits well and we all know it from the Queen Concerts anyway.

Forever

A beautiful song from A Kind of Magic, Forever is a great song to play. I slightly re-arranged this one also to include those lovely minor chords near the end, Em, Cm, Am, Fm, Dm, Bm, Gm and then back to Em – though not in the version on the album I think it rounds off the song nicely, especially when it resolves through the lovely arpeggio in D before the final E5 chord ends the song. A Masterpiece by Queen.

I really hope you enjoyed these Piano Day songs and hopefully for Piano Day 2021 we will be back doing live performances.

Stay Safe and if you have any Piano Day performances of your own please drop me a line on Twitter @shanesqueensite or drop a comment below.

Coming Soon

As you know Brian May is doing MicroConcerts on Instagram. I am @shanesqueensite on Instagram also but I will be running some MicroConcerts next week. This will be anounced on my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ShanesQueenSite/ so if you play guitar, bass, sing or play drums please keep an eye out and I would love for as many people to take part as possible.

How to play the Intro to Seven Seas of Rhye on Piano

How to play the Intro to Seven Seas of Rhye on Piano

Seven seas of Rhye is one of my favourite songs from the Queen II album. Because there is such a high prevalence of piano in the song, of course I would want to play it. I learned the song many years ago and it’s only as the Shane’s Queen Site started to grow that I could see a growing appetite from visitors to see how songs were played. About a year ago I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to play the intro to Seven Seas of Rhye on Piano – you can see that video at https://youtu.be/x9WJr6s-7Hg  – that video has over 60,000 views on YouTube which is great but nothing is explained in that video. It’s not easy to play the riff and many people wanted to know the keys to play so I have slowed things down in a new video. This updated video is under 5 minutes long but it shows how to play the Seven Seas of Rhye Piano riff in basic terms. See the new slower version of How to Play the Seven Seas of Rhye intro on Piano video below…

The chords used in the Seven Seas of Rhye riff are arpeggios of D and G. In the first riff part the D moves between a D and G and in the second it moves from G to a combo which is actually a D7-3rd chord in other words the notes D A and C. The key to playing the riff for Seven Seas is the hitting of the D note twice before changing the riff pattern.

This can be seen in the video. (But if you have questions about playing the intro to Seven Seas of Rhye on Piano, please feel free to leave them on the video or as a comment below)

As a Queen Keyboardist myself, I have seen many tribute bands and some of them don’t play this riff right and it irks me. It’s not overly hard, it’s just a trick of getting that Double hit on the D note before re-starting the riff. So I wanted to pass on my tips in this post and this YouTube Video. 

I hope you enjoy the new video of How to Play the Seven Seas of Rhye intro on Piano and that it helps if you were trying to learn the song.

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