July 30


Barbie Song “What Was I Made For”

By Thomas Gunther

July 30, 2023

Piano Solo, Sheet Music, Solo Piano Arrangements

What Was I Made For (By Billie Eilish)

Solo Piano Arrangement by Thomas Gunther

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About the arrangement

 Billie Eilish wrote WHAT I WAS MADE FOR for the 2023 Motion-picture Barbie . Here you find Thomas Gunther's beautiful and highly accurate solo piano arrangement of the song. It includes every note Billie is singing, even her quiet humming passages.

In my performance video of the arrangement I demonstrate that my solo piano arrangement is very accurate by adding Billie's original vocal softly in the background.

 "The most challenging task when writing a solo piano version of a song like "What I Was Made For" is that we want to preserve the original accompaniment as much as possible while incorporating the melody in a smooth and organic fashion. This is especially challenging when the melody notes have to be placed in the same register the original accompaniment is being played, which is the case here.

How difficult is it to play?

The song looks simple, but to play it well there is a lot of things the pianist has to take care of. The most challenging aspect is perhaps to sustain some notes by using a combination of smart fingering choices and the sustain pedal.


I included fingering numbers to give the pianist a starting point. But fingering is a highly subjective affaire. Every pianist should feel free to adapt her/his own fingering as see fit.

Sustain pedal

The sustain pedal usage is very important in this arrangement. For one, it helps sustaining some notes that can't be held otherwise, and of course to make the sound fuller (more cinematic). It is important to use the pedal to create a sense of space (distance). After all, the original recording uses a lot of reverb to achieve that.

Thomas Gunther

About the author

Thomas Gunther (alias Thommy Günther) is a versatile internationally active jazz pianist and keyboardist, music producer, and music educator. Born in Germany, Thomas moved to Chicago after receiving his masters in teaching popular music and jazz, with focus on piano and electronic keyboard performance from State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart/Germany.
In Chicago he soon become the principle pianist with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble let by Stan Kanton's music arranger and composer William Russo. Soon he formed his own bands playing piano and keyboards all over town and touring Europe regularly.
He has produced and recorded lots of music as a leader and sideman, appearing on over a dozent albums. He also offers music arranging and orchestration services. Thomas currenly serves as adjunct Professor of instruction at Columbia College Chicago where he designs and teaches courses for the Contemporary Jazz & Urban Music Program. The courses he has been (or is currently) teaching include Pop-Jazz Keyboards, Music Theory, Applied Music Production, Contemporary Arranging & Music Production.
Thomas is also the creator and owner of several educational websites such as PopJazzKeys.com and MusicTrainingOnline.com. He also teaches group and private lessons on Zoom.
Visit http://www.ThomasGunther.com for more info.

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