The song “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran is a popular ballad that lots of piano students want to play. However, adult learners may fear that without a background of childhood music lessons or many years of study ahead of them, they’ll never accomplish the goal of playing pop songs like this one.

When children take piano lessons, they usually spend years learning proper technique and music theory, and they build a repertoire of increasingly challenging classical pieces by composers like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and others. Later on, as adults, they can transfer their piano-playing skills to whatever type of music they like, whether it’s pop or jazz or even composing their own songs. This method of learning piano, however, doesn’t work as well with adults. Fortunately, it isn’t necessary.

 

What Are The Needs Of Adult Piano Students?

People who take up the piano later in life, whether in their late teens or after retirement, simply don’t have the time to put in hours of practice and years of study in order to develop proficiency. They have to balance time for learning piano with many other school, work, and family responsibilities. In addition, most adult learners aren’t aspiring to be great classical musicians.

Most adults who want to learn piano just want to know the best songs to play on piano and be able to sing along to songs that they already know and like. Fortunately, there is a different way to learn piano that is geared to the needs of adult students, and it doesn’t require learning complicated music theory. In as little as 21 days, you can learn how to play the chords and melodies of fun popular songs like Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph.” 

 

Learning The Key Names or Notes

In order to play a song like “Photograph,” you’ll need to know just a few basics. First of all, it’s important to learn the names of the keys on the piano. The white keys range from A to G, while the black keys are the sharps and the flats. Actually, every black key has two identities: it’s a sharp when it comes after a white key and a flat when it comes before a white key. For example, the black key that comes between A and B is called either “A-sharp” or “B-flat.” After G-sharp, the notes start over again with A. It is not hard or very time consuming to learn the names of keys, but it is necessary.

 

Learning Chords

Once you know the names of the notes, you’ll need to learn how they combine to make chords. You don’t need to learn all the chords at once. In fact, most learners start with a few basic chords that use just three fingers. Songs don’t have to be complex and difficult in order to be beautiful or fun to play. With just a few chords, you can play many different pop songs, and you can learn new chords as you go, with each new song you decide to play.  Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can add some simple enhancements that make the song sound fuller and more impressive. The Piano in 21 Days program provides a fast and reliable method for learning any song you can find the chords to.

 

Why Learn Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph”

The song “Photograph” is a pop ballad written by Ed Sheeran in 2012. The song describes how moments in a relationship are frozen in time in a photograph, and Sheeran has said that he was thinking about the challenges of a long-distance relationship he was in at the time when he wrote the song. One of the reasons why so many people want to learn this song, aside from the fact that they love it, is that so many other people know it and like to hear it. Playing a popular song that everyone knows the words to is a great way to bring people together at a party or just entertain a few listeners.

 

How To Learn The Chords For “Photograph”

This sweet and melodic tune is also a great choice for a beginning pianist because it is built on a small set of very basic, easy-to-learn chords. The song uses just the following chords: D, A, G, and B minor, which you can learn to find with a simple method of counting up from the first note, or the name of the chord.  For example,  to play major chords, you can place your thumb (for the right hand) or pinky (for the left hand) on the first note, and then count up 4 piano keys (both black and white) to find the second note. You’ll place your middle finger on the second note and then count three more keys to find the third and last note of the chord, and you’ll use your pinky (for the right hand) or your thumb (for the left hand) to play the last note.  There is a similar method for figuring out minor chords. With these and just a few other basic tactics, you can learn to play any song under the sun as long as you have the chords, which you can almost always find for free online.

 

The Benefits Of Learning Online

By taking an online piano course like Piano in 21 Days, you can learn piano on your own schedule and on your own terms. Not everyone completes the course in 21 days because their busy schedules don’t allow for it, but online lessons are always available to take at your convenience and repeat as often as you wish. Actually, most people find that it’s easy to spend time on online piano lessons when they’re learning the songs that they have chosen to play. Taking an online piano course is a wonderful gift to give yourself, especially when you get results right away. The most important thing to remember is that it’s never too late to learn how to play the piano or to learn to play music that you really enjoy.

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