When you are learning music, studying music theory isn’t the only way to perfect your skills. In fact, one of the best ways to learn is by studying the music and styles of the best artists. For those who want to rock out, there is no question that perhaps the best role model is the King of Rock and Roll. Throughout his career, Elvis had 149 chart-topping singles on Billboard: 18 topped at number 1, 40 in the top 10, and 114 in the top 40.
Not only was Elvis wildly successful as a musician, but he was also a movie star. His musical performances in the movies brought him to fans far and wide which would otherwise not have a chance to attend his concerts. The King of Graceland is certainly worth studying. When you are looking for Elvis Presley sheet music you should consider learning these top songs.
Blue Suede Shoes
This rockabilly style song has a wonderful beat, but a certain musical flexibility that lets you choose just how fast or slow you want to play it. There is a guitar riff twice in this piece, which allows you to practice various fingering techniques and perfect your improvisation skills. “Blue Suede Shoes” hit number 20 when it came out in 1956 and the single was certified gold. Once you have this mastered “you can do anything, just lay off of my blue suede shoes.”
Love Me Tender
A touching love song, which has recently been remastered thanks to the genius behind the “Viva Elvis”. “Love Me Tender” was a number one single in 1956 as well as Elvis’s first movie. The movie is a Western set in the time of the Civil War. You should pick up the original copy of Elvis Presley sheet music for this piece. With a slow, smooth melody, use this song to master playing with emotion.
Get the crowd up and rocking with your rendition of this song at the next open mic night. There is a great guitar riff in the middle of the song where you can lure the audience in. The movie featured around this song is about Vince Everett who is in jail for manslaughter, gets out and, of course, becomes a rock star. This Elvis Presley sheet music is a must-have to add to your collection; it’s a classic Elvis song that will never go out of style.
Bossa Nova Baby
From the 1963 movie “Fun in Acapulco” this song went to number eight that year on the charts. This is a cheesy song sung by a guy working as a hotel singer. If you can learn the dance moves from this when you are performing you may start a new dance craze. The words do not always make sense in this song but basically it boils down to “keep on dancing.”
Can’t Help Falling in Love
This song from the movie “Blue Hawaii” went to number two in 1961 and has been covered by numerous bands and artists since then. This Elvis serenade is the perfect song for turning down the lights, taking a seat and really letting yourself feel the music; it’s also a song that your audience will love to watch.
Learn to master Elvis Presley sheet music and you will see your confidence rise, just as his songs rose up the charts. These are classic tunes that every generation admires, and will never go out of style. Get rockin’!