If you’re a beginner at playing the piano, at some point, you have probably felt intimidated while trying to learn a new song. We have good news for you. It doesn’t have to be that hard. Keep reading to learn 3 tips that can help you begin the process of learning any pop song.
1. Learn To Play Simple Chords
One of the best things about pop songs is that the majority of them are relatively simple when it comes to chords. If you’re a beginner, we recommend that you learn these four chords to get started: C, G, Am, and F.
2. Learn Chord Inversions
With just the basic chords, you can learn to play many songs. However, once you’ve mastered the basic chord principles, it’s time to branch out and learn chord variants. The following are several ideas for adding diversity to your chords:
Chord inversions – Playing the notes of a chord in a different order is referred to as “inversion.” This will change the sound slightly without changing the chord’s essence.
Seventh chords – The dreamy, jazzy tone you get in piano music is due to the seventh chords. They’re expressed in chord charts as “Cmaj7” and “Cm7.”
Watch the video below to learn more about piano chord inversions:
3. Learn To Play by Ear
Understanding chords lays the groundwork for beginning to learn songs. However, if you choose to play rather than sing your melody, or if you can’t find chord charts for your song, you’ll need to learn how to play by ear.
It’s a tremendous skill to hear something and then play it on an instrument. Some of the world’s most famous musicians played by ear. According to Paul McCartney, neither he nor his bandmates on the Beatles were able to read or write sheet music, and Mozart was said to be able to recreate works by ear after only hearing them once.
Playing by ear may seem impossible. However most people, with enough practice can develop this skill.
Watch the below video to learn more on how to play songs by ear.
In conclusion, learning to play a song is much easier when you take the time to learn the right chords, learn chord inversions, and learn to play by ear!
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