OTHER SHEETS (with Letter-notes included):
Here’s a collection of easy-to-read, easy-to-play sheet music I created a few years ago. This collection resides on my older website, which is has been purged of most stuff, but still has these sheets on it. The notes are all labeled with their associated letter-names (such as E, Bb, F#), as an aid to reading, for those who don’t read well.
These are all free and can be downloaded as PDF files. See link below.
Be advised, these are easy arrangements, some of which are also abridged. Claire de Lune, for example is simplified, and only covers the opening theme.
Here is a list of the pieces:
Claire de Lune (intro)
Star Spangled Banner
Ode to Joy
Minuet in G (Bach’s)
Here’s the link:
Für Elise “letter notes” sheet music, plus a “Für Elise notes” reference video
Below is a printable page of Fur Elise piano sheet music, which I’ve marked up for you, to include each note’s letter name (E, A, B, D#, etc.) . I’ve used this method with many of my early piano students, allowing them to start playing great sounding pieces that are well beyond their current reading level. This approach is best for people with a general idea of how piano notation works, but who are weak on associating all those lines and spaces with the keys on the piano.
Note, this sheet music covers only the famous first section of Fur Elise, the part most people have heard.
I left out various markings such as dynamics, crescendos, phrase markings, and pedal markings. This is so the inexperienced music reader can focus strictly on the keys to be played. The WAY they are played, and the RHYTHM in which they are played, can be gathered by listening to a good recording of Fur Elise, and/or by looking at the standard notation. Regardless, I guess it almost goes without saying, the ideal way for an early/intermediate piano student to learn this piece is with a professional piano teacher, although not all people have that luxury!
Side laugh: I once had a young student who thought for a while that I was saying “Furry Lease” as the title. Cute!
Für Elise Slow-motion Reference video (not a performance)
Here’s a slow-motion demonstration of the notes to Beethoven’s Für Elise. Shown here is the most well-known first section of the piece.
This is not a performance video. Meaning, you can’t take cues from this video on the phrasing, dynamics, tempo, pedaling, etc. However, many people find it useful to have a reference like this, especially those who play by ear, and are simply trying to acquire the notes.