In 2020 I released an album called Not Pop. The last song on the album is a piano improvisation that I gave the name This Is Not Effortless. I have since transcribed it in great detail, for anyone that wants to learn how to play the song on piano.
It's an emotional little song, when played with free timing and a good dose of personal rubato. Listen to the reference files if you wanna hear how I played it on the album. Check out the video above to hear how I tried to replay it now one and a half year later.
I found it somewhat tricky to notate my own improvisation. I alternate between dotted notes, triplets and rubato. I decided to try an notate it as it was played on the album, even if it might look a little detailed at times. Try to find your own timing with it, and I'm sure it'll fall into place.
This pack contains the sheet music in PDF. The song in a very metronomic MIDI file, for reference. I also included the music in WAV and MP3 files from the actual album so that it's easy for you to study the song for learning.
I hope you'll like it!
Please feel free to play it the way you want it. And I'd love if you'd tag me on Instagram or gave me a shoutout if you post your own performance of it some place. It would mean a lot to me.
Sheet music + audio and MIDI reference files for This Is Not Effortless piano improvisation.