Last month my wife had a professional piano tuner come by the house and tune our piano while I was at work. I got home that day and she said, “Come sit down and play the piano and tell me if it sounds any different.” Yeah it sounded different, it actually sounded good for a change. The guy said it was basically an entire half step down from standard tuning. It’s kinda hard, if not impossible, to figure out songs when your piano isn’t in tune with the rest of the world. That A note is dead on 440 Hz now. So I was listening to ‘Plans’ the other day and Different Names for the Same Thing came on and so I sat down and started to figure it out – to test out the new piano tuning. Sure enough the piano sounded right on and I could actually play along with the song and it sounded perfect. I haven’t been able to do that in years. After a few hours I think I got most of down, so here it is, the latest unofficial piano sheet music for Different Names for the Same Thing by Death Cab For Cutie. Again, it’s probably not note for note, but it’s pretty close. Enjoy, and comments are always welcome! Next week I’m going to try and get Brothers on a Hotel Bed transcribed also, I’ve already got it figured out and can play it all the way through, just need some time to write it up.
Cliff Notes: Basically the song is in the key of Dmaj. The dominant chord is an inverted Dmaj with the lower A note changing up and down, A, A#, G etc. The chorus goes to a Bm, F#m, Gmaj, Dmaj. The top note is an F# which plays along with mostly every chord. Not every note is played at the same loudness, I’ll play every other chord softer, and the D’s on the lower hand I don’t play as loud, but then I like to overemphasize the A, A#, G, F#, A,G#,G, F# during the verses, since they are the only notes that actually change. Oh, and this is only the first part of the song, before the drums and bass kick in.