Love Yourself Piano Cover
Justin Bieber on Vocals
Jacques Hopkins on Piano/Keyboard
Love Yourself Piano Cover
Hi there! It’s time for another video post. Today I am sharing my Love Yourself piano cover with you. And whether or not you’re a Belieber, I think you’ll agree with me that this particular Justin Bieber song is super-catchy. So after you watch and read, I hope you’ll give this one a try yourself!
The Song and the Sound
Love Yourself has a minimalistic yet highly effective tune. Because of its sparse instrumentation, some music critics heralded this song as a departure from much of Justin Beiber’s previous music.

The song starts with only a single vocal and a bright, casual guitar progression, and it really doesn’t gain much complexity as it goes on. Trumpets do make an appearance along the way, but they really are just an accent that gives some extra interest later on.

Clearly then, this is a very lyric and vocal-focused song. You might think that means it’s not suited to the piano, but think again! This is actually a great piece to learn, and one that will help you flex your muscles of self-restraint. 🙂
What do I mean by that? Let’s watch my video to find out:
My Approach to the Love Yourself Piano Cover
Okay, now you’ve had a chance to see and hear me play my Love Yourself piano cover. So let’s go back to the comment I made earlier about self-restraint. At the very start of the song, as well as in the second verse, I play in a somewhat staccato fashion, meaning I am coming in and out of chords with fairly long pauses between each. I’m not using the sustain pedal during those moments, either.

Essentially, what I’m doing there is mimicking the effect that the guitar uses in the original version of this song. It’s an exercise of restraint to play in this clipped, short manner while still maintaining the relatively light rhythm.

Letting those momentary spaces of silence hang in the air between notes can be a really powerful effect. In the case of this song, it helps bring some levity to lyrics that could be taken too negatively if the music felt more intense.
Keeping the Listener’s Interest
Moving into the pre-chorus and main chorus, I begin to play with a more traditional, sustained rhythm. This adds musical weight that helps cue the listener in to the transition between verses and refrain. Songwriters and musicians keep your interest by establishing some variety between different parts of a song. No one wants to listen to something that’s too repetitive!

Towards the end of my Love Yourself piano cover, you can see and hear that I move both of my hands up an octave (i.e. 8 keys to the right on the keyboard). This is a method that can be great for keeping the attention of the listener, especially when the same refrain has been played a few times in the normal octave already.

If their ears were starting to lose interest, those higher, brighter notes can grab their focus back and make them want to hear what’s next. I also add a bit of improv, all before ending on a final sustained note.
Are You Ready to Play Your Own Love Yourself Piano Cover?
Now that you’ve seen my approach to this song, I hope you feel excited to try it for yourself. But remember, you don’t have to just watch and memorize how I play. My goal for you is to help you understand what you can accomplish with my method. If you give my resources a chance, you’ll soon be ready to play this song and many others!

So please, let me know in the comment section below if you have tried playing your own cover of Love Yourself. And if you haven’t already downloaded the free 5-day workbook I offer, click here or on the button at the bottom of this post to get yours today!

-Jacques

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