2018 – After 12 years I finally got around to making a video tutorial showing how to play Transatlanticism. Check out the video below and if you like these kinds of videos then subscribe to my new channel. I’m planning on doing a whole series of tutorials for all the songs I’ve taught myself how to play over the years. Should be loads of fun!
October 15th, 2006: I mentioned a few days ago how I wanted to transcribe Transatlanticism instead of trying to describe how to play the song in words. Well I found some old software I had called MIDI Orchestrator Plus and thought I’d give it a shot. It was kinda a pain to do because you have to click on every note you want to play and the piano is sideways along the side of the page and really small so it’s hard to even see what you’re playing. So it’s not done, but I don’t have time to do anymore tonight. Basically this gets you up about the middle of the song. Anyway, here’s what I’ve got so far of Transatlanticism by Death Cab for anyone who plays the piano out there. The left hand is played at the same time as the right hang, even though the sheet music shows the notes as being off. I don’t know why it does that, but when I print to a .pdf, it scoots that left hand over.
November 5th, 2006. This will get you through almost the whole song. Listen to the MIDI for an instrumental piano version. Enjoy!
May 24th, 2007 – Okay, I’ve been playing this song for the last few months now and I’ve got the whole thing figured out, but I somehow messed up the original “orchestrator” file so I can’t update or edit it anymore. Anyway I was bumming around YouTube and couldn’t believe the thousands of videos people post of them playing songs on the piano, so I’ve been thinking about doing a YouTube-style version of the song so you actually can see how to play it all the way through (for those of us who can’t read sheet music, like myself). Also I finally figured out the small chord changes in the middle that sound so cool. Any takers on a video tutorial?
June 29th, 2008 – I fixed the file and redid the transcription and made it a little more accurate. I removed the # next to each note and just put them in their normal place. Also, the notes line up better now for some reason. The middle part just repeats over and over, I didn’t want to write it all out, since it’s already 6 pages long, but you repeat the Asus2, F#m, E, D, D over and over, with a couple of little changes in the right hand that are shown. I think they mix up those notes a few more times, but this is the gist of it. Thanks for checking it out!