My son is a talented piano player he can pick up a song quick and memorizie it in no time.
He is a Sophmore in High School and really a cool kid, yes I'm bias. My question is what are some songs he should be able to play at parties, get togethers or any case where he may have a piano and a audience to play for and sing along?
Depends what music he and his friends are into.
On the extremely rare occaison I'm at a party and people actually want me to play, I keep it simple. Hallelujah, Mad World, Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt. Hurt and Hallelujah particularly are simple enough for me to play it when I'm blind, someone who's never touched a piano before could learn them in a week.
If I'm sober for some reason, I'd probably just add in Comptine d'un autre été. 4 songs is plenty for people to start getting bored
More Recent: Clocks, One Hundred Years, Someone Like You, How to Save a Life, A Thousand Miles
Classic: Piano Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Don't Stop Believin', the end of Layla.
Jazz. Anything from 1910-1960. Those songs are infinitely timeless. Standards. Pop classics. Learn them. I do.
I think he needs something for different members of various audiences. For the old farts, I'd suggest Girl from Ipanema (he'll cut his teeth on the bridge), Misty (another great bridge) or Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered, including its intro. For boomers, he'd want to do Beatles or Elton John - Yesterday, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, Daniel, Tiny Dancer. For the young crowd, I like Adele's Set Fire to the Rain.
If he can, he should also try to practice and warm himself up in the days before he expects to perform in front of a crowd. At least for me (playing by ear most of my life), my hands are much more capable of playing all on their own if I'm warmed up from playing a few days previously.
If he can read music, he should go to www.kylelandry.com. This guy has put up a lot of modern sheet music for free on his site. There are a lot of movie scores, Disney themes, and pop songs that most people will know available to download. Look him up on youtube, the guy is extremely talented.