Ghost Music From Old-Time Scary Movies

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Have you ever listened to background music from "Old-time movies and cartoons"? I have a few examples to offer from Ghost Music that was used in early silent movies in scary scenes and also, background music for scary silent films.

Example 1: Ghost Music

With a time signature of 4/4, play Moderato e misterioso. Both hands play the exact same notes at the same time. Here are the single notes with the left hand played an octave lower in the bass. First measure is all quarter notes.

C, Eb, G, C / Ab, G, F, Eb, D / C, Eb, G, C / C Eb tremelo / BD


DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC
DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC

Second measure, Ab is a half note and the following are eighth notes .

Ab / G, F, Eb, D


DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC
DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC

 Third measure has quarter notes: C, Eb, G, C again.


DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC
DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC

 Fourth measure has a half note, quarter note and rest. Play CEb together as a tremelo. What is a tremelo, you ask? It's a wavering effect in a musical tone, produced by rapidly repeating notes of slightly different pitches to produce prominent overtones. Then land on BD.


DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC
DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC

 Now, repeat the first two measure. Then play 3 Cs in a row and end on FAC# (tremelo)


DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC
DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC


Example 2: Background Music for Scary Silent Films

Next we have 2/4 time signature, played Allegro effettuoso. Each measure has a group of sixteenth notes followed by a quarter note. First line of music, play Low G and D together in the bass.


DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC

The right hand notes go up and back down rather quickly. G, A, Bb, A, G. Do that 3 times with GD in the bass. R.H. also begins on G in the bass.

DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC
DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC

Second line of music, play Low C and G with L.H. and play, C, D, Eb, D, C in the R.H. 3 xs.


DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC

Last measure, play C, D, Eb, F, G in the right hand with CG in the bass.


DbEbGbAbBb
CDEFGABC

Repeat the very first three measures from the beginning and end on GD/G (play 2 xs)


If you're looking for some free music to go with the upcoming spooky sounds of Halloween, you may want to check out free-halloween-piano-music. Also, here are the chords to In-hall-of-mountain-king.

These runs remind me of  Hanon 1 Finger Exercises

 Enjoy the somewhat spooky sounds!

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