firo asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicJazz · 3 months ago

What foreign songs should a lounge pianist learn for their repertoire ?

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  • 2 months ago

    La Vie en Rose, Drinking Rum and Coca-cola, The Lion Sleeps Tonight Girl from Ipanima, Besa Me Mucho, La Paloma, ba mir bist du schoen, Lillie Marlene, Cielito lindo, La Mer

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  • 3 months ago

    What's a foreign song? True music lovers develop an appreciation for music of various cultures.

    • firo2 months agoReport

      What do u think dumbass

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  • 3 months ago

    Depends on the clientele. Some places will want a few sets of old French standards - la Vie En Rose, Je Ne Regret Rien, etc.  Other will want Italian ballads - and the bouncy ones, played  slower and with more romance.  Irish club?  Learn some fiddle tune/tine whistle tunes, or folk songs that everyone hoists a pint to.  Polish?  She's Too Fat for Me, Who Stole the Kieszka, etc.  Elegant white-bread snotty clubs?  Gershwin, Cole Porter, American Songbook standards.  Within six feet of this computer, I bet I have 80-100 sets organized by genre - we played THOUSANDS of gigs, doing classical music with winds and strings for the ceremony, then flute and piano for cocktails.  Did about 1500 wedding that way, as well as house parties, etc.  R Took some intitial research and $$ to get set up - and then this printed money.  We also had a Viennese salon orchestra that played for balls.  Not a lot of demand - but an even SHORTER list of people with conservatory masters' degrees who could pull it off - so we did VERY well $$$.  This was all from print arrangements.  If you are good enough to comp from a fake book - have at it - but this a learned skill.  Takes time, and frankly is in less and less pro demand - but if you are good around people, take requests, dress well, and know or can play a LONG list - into four figures? - of songs in those genres, then there is money to be made.  Some clientele ALWAYS want live musicians, looking good in tuxes and black gowns. We have now retired from those gigs - but wherever there are nice hotels and casino, there is work.  Good luck!

    Source(s): If I owned any more black dresses, I could work as Morticia . . .
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  • John
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Every music store I've ever been to had a category called "Fake Books" Not sure which planet they are illegal on. A few that come to mind, especially if you expect to do parties large or small - The Chicken Dance, Beer Barrel Polka, Le Marseillaise, probably some Edith Piaf even if folks don't know her name. It's easy to stick with The Great American Songbook but don't forget popular tunes - When the Saints Go Marching In and many others.

    Almost forgot. Depending on you and your audience, south of the border in a general way. Latin music or jazz. Samba, Bossa Nova, Girl From Ipanema, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Salsa, rumba.......

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  • Mack
    Lv 5
    3 months ago

    Define what a foreign song is!

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Andrea Bocelli songs.... they are fit for piano. 

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    too many variances.

    They would use a "Fake Book".

    "Fake Book" is a number of volumes each containing 500 to 1500 pages of sheet music/songs, Many are illegal because of copyrights (In a music store, you would have to ask for them, as they are kept "Under the Counter"). They have simple arrangements of nearly every genre of music published.

    [Back in the good ole' days, c. 1975, they sold for the outrageous price of 75$US]

    • firo3 months agoReport

      What is that 

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