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Sample Music Notation [20kb PDF]
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (June 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793508207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793508204
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I sat down and played the whole book as soon as it came!!
Janice Moore
So far, I am very happy with the book and would recommend it for anyone who loves these songs.
Carl Franklin
This book is for late intermediate to beginning advanced pianists.
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101 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
There is some information that Amazon really should put in their descriptions of the products, especially music books.
Two Versions:
There are 2 versions of the book. The BLUE book is a Piano Solo book. The YELLOW book is an Easy Piano Solo book.
Difficulty:
The BLUE book is rated about a 6-7 on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the easiest and 10 being the most difficult. This book is for late intermediate to beginning advanced pianists.
The YELLOW book is rated a 4-5 on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the easiest and 10 being the most difficult. This book is for late beginners to beginning intermediate pianists.
Keep in mind that these have been ARRANGED for piano solo, so they aren't going to sound exactly like the music from the Peanuts specials. I believe that music on the specials was performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, not just a piano.
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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful By GreyEminence on December 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you're like me, you just can't get enough of Vince Guaraldi's "Peanuts" music, and if you're like me, you've been searching for a while to find the "real" music, and not some watered-down children's version. I ordered this book expecting advanced jazz arangements, and while the songs in this book are better than most I have found, they are still simplified to a certain degree. However, the real arrangements are available in "The Peanuts Illustrated Songbook". "The Peanuts Illustrated Songbook" contains the full, authentic, advanced jazz arrangements of many Guaraldi "Peanuts" songs including "Linus & Lucy" (except one improved piano solo), most of the songs from "A Charlie Brown Christmas", and many others from the various other "Peanuts" specials. If you are a reasonably experienced piano player, then "Charlie Brown's Greatest Hits" is a good book, but if you are an advanced piano player with impeccable rhythym and a desire for unsimplified Guaraldi "Peanuts" songs, then "The Illustrated Peanuts Songbook" is a much better buy.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jefferson T. Packer on May 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
The key words on the cover of this book are "Arranged By." This is not the actual music that you hear on "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and the other magical Guaraldi CD's and on the TV specials; it is "arrangements" of that music; which means simplified versions.
However, for pianists who want to take a first step towards seeking out the hippest cat who ever touched a keyboard, this collection of sheet music is a good start. I haven't yet found a better collection, and there are moments of magic in the chords. To really go further, however, you'll have to listen to the CD's, run back to the piano; listen to the CD's, run back to the piano, until you've worn a trench in your carpet between your stereo and the bench.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kendra on April 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
This has been one of my favorite books for years! The arrangements are wonderful-- not quite what Vince was playing, but almost. And, with a little improvisation and practice, who knows? The arrangements are all in the correct key and the chords are perfect-- fresh and exciting just as Guaraldi's own playing.

Peppermint Patty, for instance, is just excellent. Upbeat, fast, jazzy-- I couldn't really imagine a better arrangement (although the original song repeats some of the sections in a different order). And, a few of the slower ones such as Love Will Come and Skating are actually beautiful!

These are not too difficult, although a few are more difficult than others. I would say this one is intermediate range. If you are a better player, though, don't despair-- it's still an interesting and playable book for an advanced player-- the better you are the better these will sound. And, with just a little practice, this music sounds phenomenal.

I've had both the EASY PIANO Peanuts book and this book for several years. I think I ordered the Easy Piano one by mistake originally. This book is the better book and not just because the arrangements are fleshed out and sound better. Although the EASY arrangements also sound surprisingly acceptable, the selection is wanting. There are only eight songs in the EASY book (the one with the yellow cover) and there are 18 songs in this book. The easy book is very easy and would be more appropriate for either children or for adults that have just very recently started playing and are true beginners.

Anyone else should try this book. If you like Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts music, you will definitely enjoy playing the selections from Charlie Brown's Greatest Hits. I go back to this music frequently and enjoy it thoroughly.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
The "Blue Copy" of this book is quite good and should satisfy most advanced/intermediate players. The contents contain many of the standard Peanuts pieces. I was disappointed to find, however, that it does not contain "The Great Pumpkin Waltz", which was one of the main reasons I purchased the book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harold F. Bennett on October 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm more single-notes with right had and simple beat with left hand. This has cords, eighth notes, staccatos, sharps, and flats. Personally, it's not my level. I'm better with Easy Piano Music. If you're like me, choose an easier piece. If you're better than me, feel free to buy this. I have nothing wrong with the book itself.

I'll list the songs it gives:
Air Music
Baseball Theme
Blue Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown All Stars (Theme Music)
Charlie Brown Theme
Christmas Time is Here
Happiness Theme
He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown
Linus and Lucy
Love will Come
Masked Marvel Music
Oh, Good Grief!
Peppermint Patty
Red Baron
Schroeder
Skating
You're in Love, Charlie Brown
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