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We Need a Clearer Definition for "Piano Cover"
The term "
What makes a good cover?
A Juggling Act
Having to include and manage all the above parts may at times require ingenuity, for the following reasons:
a) The melody is often played in the right hand, while the chords are often in the left. Supporting harmonies and the melody may at times have to be shared among the two hands while the other elements are going on.
b) Supporting harmonies and melodies may clash with the main melody and may have to be slightly amended to still retain the same effect as in the original song.
Towards a clearer definition
A piano piece that only contains the same notes as the piano part in the original song should be listed as the "
One might argue that the term "cover" in the music industry is
loosely-used. When a singer is reported to have done a cover of a
previous song, there is little expectation for the nuances of the older
version to be carbon-copied. Any similarities, in fact is frowned upon
as a lack of originality. However, singers only recreate the melody line
and hence there is little motivation to produce a like-for-like copy.
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