Have you always wanted to play those pop songs you hear on the radio? Adelle, Bruno Mars, the Beatles, but you always heard piano was hard, didn’t you? Just give me the next 5 minutes and I’ll show you how you can almost instantly be playing all your favourite song on the piano even if you’ve never even touch a piano before.
Jacques Hopkins here with Piano In 21 Days where I’ve taught thousands just like you to learn piano in the least possible amount of time. In this video, I’ve included some of my best tips and tricks to get you playing your favourite pop songs on the piano in just 5 minutes. So let’s ahead and start our timer and begin.
A standard piano has 88 total keys, some are black, some are white, but don’t let it be complicated, they’re all just keys and the only reason for having black and white keys is so you know where you are on the piano. Now you don’t need to memorize all 88 keys because each section of 12 keys just repeats itself over and over again across the entire piano. So here we go with the keys. The white key just to the left of two black keys is C, next is D then we have E just to the right of these two black keys, next is F to the left of the three black keys, then G, after G the alphabet starts over in music. So this is not H but it’s A, so from G we go to A and finally we have B which is just to the right of the three black keys. Now the black notes are called flats and sharps. A black key ust to the left of a white key is a flat, and the black key just to the right key is a sharp. To remember that, just remember that flat in left both have the letters F L T in them, so flat is left and sharp is right.
Now that you know all the keys on the piano, let’s talk about how you can play your favourite pop songs. You see, any pop song can be broken down into chords which is just multiple notes played at the same time. And there are a lot of chords out there but the majority of them fall into 1 2 categories either major chords or minor chords.
The major chords are the one that sounds all happy and cheery, kind of like this… and the minor chords sound a little more sad and dreary like this… So here’s all you need to know in order to play all the major and minor chords on the piano. For major chords, just remember 4, 3 and for minor chords just remember 3, 4. Let me show you what I mean, let’s say you want to play C-major, start at C and we’ll go up the very next 4 keys, 1 2 3 4 and then 3, 1 2 3, there’s our C major chord. Now instead we wanted to play C minor, we will just reverse the formula to 3, 4. So we’ll go 1 2 3, 1 2 3 4 there’s our C minor. In the left hand we’re just going to play 2 C so again with the left hand C major like this and the left hand for C minor is the same.
So now let’s try a couple more, let’s do F sharp minor, so we’ll find our F key, it’s sharp so that’s to the right so it’s a black note then it’s a minor chord so we’ll use the formula 3, 4. We’ll go 1 2 3, 1 2 3 4. We’ll do our 2 F sharps on the left hand, there’s our F sharp minor.
Let’s try B flat major next, so here’s our B key, it’s flat think left okay and then it’s major so let’s do 4 and 3, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3, 2 B flats in the left hand and there we go.
So now you know every major and minor chord on the higher piano, but the next question is how do you know what chords to play for your favourite songs. Jump on over to Google and type in the name of the song that you want to learn how to play followed by the word “chords”. In this example, I want to learn how to play let it be by the Beatles. So I’m just going to type in Let It Be chords and search on for that.