Are you tired of being stuck in a never-ending loop of children’s songs during your piano practice sessions? Do you dream of playing your all-time favorite pop songs like a pro in no time? If so, I’ve got something incredibly exciting for you!
In today’s new video, I reveal a shortcut to mastering any pop song, from legendary classics like The Beatles to chart-topping hits by artists like Adele and beyond. You’ll learn how to:
– Learn essential chords that form the backbone of your favorite songs.
– Discover the best online resources for finding chord progressions effortlessly.
– Practice chord progressions effectively, taking small, manageable steps.
– Jazz up your playing with exciting fills that make your performance stand out.
– Become a fantastic accompanist, ready to play alongside vocalists or even sing along yourself.
– And we discuss the next steps for how to add the melody!
This video is packed with valuable insights and practical tips that will accelerate your piano playing journey like never before. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced pianist, there’s something in it for everyone.
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Many pianists are in piano lessons forever stuck playing children’s songs and wondering when are they ever going to play songs they actually enjoy? Today, we’re going to go over how to play any pop song on the piano, whether that’s The Beatles, Adele, or anyone else. I’m going to show you exactly how to learn these pop songs fast, no joke. And I’m also going to show you how to jazz up the song and make it your own.
And if you’d like to get more videos on how to go from zero to playing your favorite songs on the piano in months, not years, be sure to hit the bell and subscribe because I post new videos every week. And if you’re lost and don’t have a roadmap on how to learn the piano, I highly recommend taking my free training. In this training, I show you the exact roadmap that I take my students on that helps them go from zero to playing their favorite songs quickly. The link is in the description below. All right, let’s get into how to learn these pop songs.
First thing is learn your chords. There’s a ton of chords in this world, but today I’m going to teach you two types that are going to help you get started on playing some popular songs. Today, I’m going to quickly teach you how to play both major and minor chords, but if you’d like to learn how to play all of the chords that are shown in popular music, definitely watch this video. All right, let’s get to these major and minor chords.
On the piano, we can create so many different types of chords. And if I get down to the basics of what a chord is, it’s basically when we’re playing multiple notes at the same time. So each key has a chord that it can go with. So for example, there’s A major, B flat major, B major, and so on.
Today, I’m going to show you how to build major and minor chords. So let’s start with the C major chord. Let’s say the note C. Then we’re going to count what we call half steps, which is the notes that are right next to each other. So I’m going to go 1, 2, 3, 4, and then 1, 2, 3. So to build a major chord, all we do is count four plus three. That is C major.
Now I’m going to show you how to build a minor cord. Let’s take this same key C and let’s build a minor chord. It’s actually the opposite formula of C major. This time we’re going to count three, 1, 2, 3, and then 1, 2, 3, 4. This is C minor. You might hear more of a sad sound in the minor chord. So that’s a really quick overview on how to play major and minor chords.
But you might be wondering, what do I do with my left hand? So in popular music, we’re going to play the chord with our right hand, and you might just play one note in our left hand. So if you’re playing C major, you’re going to play C in your left hand, or if you’re playing A major, you’re going to play A in your left hand and so on. So in your left hand, you could play just one note, or if you want to get really fancy, you could play an octave. An octave is eight notes apart. So I’m going C to C.
All right, the next step is finding the chords online. And luckily finding the chords to your favorite songs is easier than ever. There are so many chord websites, but my personal favorite one is ultimateguitar.com. So I’m going to show you me searching for a song called I’m Yours by Jason Mraz on ultimateguitar.com. Let’s go.
All right, here I am on ultimateguitar.com. I’m going to type in Jason Mraz, I’m Yours. And I’m going to click on it. And the cool thing is you can change it to show piano chords up here at the top. And then I’m going to scroll down a little bit and here is the chord progression to the song.
All right, now we’re at step three of how to play pop songs. The next thing you want to do is practice the chord progression to the song. So I’m going to skip to the chorus right here of the song I’m Yours. And when you see the chord written above the lyric, that’s when you play it. So watch me do that. But I won’t hesitate no more, no more. It cannot wait, I’m yours.
But if you’re a beginner, it might not be so quick, it’s going to take more time. So I recommend practicing your chord progression in small chunks. So for example, just practice one line at a time instead of going from the beginning to the end over and over. That’s going to be a lot less productive.
Before I show you some ways to jazz up this chord progression, let me know in the comments, which pop song are you dying to know? Let me know.
All right, step four in our process of learning pop music is we’re going to jazz up that chord progression with what a lot of people call is fills. So let’s take this chord progression and make it pop. In my online program, I go really deep into this topic and I give my students tons of different things that I call improvisation tricks that they can plug into their chord progressions. But today I’m just going to go over one really simple one that you can do today.
So instead of just playing the chords plain for this Jason Mraz song, I can break up the chord like this. So I’m just going to play the middle finger and what’s known as the fifth finger. So finger three and five together, and I’m going to rock between three and five and one like this with each chord. So the song would then sound like this. But I won’t hesitate no more, no more. It cannot wait, I’m yours.
So by this point in your journey, you have become a great accompanist. You can play along as you sing to your favorite songs. You can have another singer sing it. You can have an instrument. But you won’t be playing the melody at all. And I know some of you want to play the melody, but how are you going to do that? This is where I highly recommend watching my free training. In this training, it’s going to take you through the whole roadmap that I take my students on that helps them go from zero to playing their favorite songs quickly, and that includes learning the melody. If you’d like to watch that free training, be sure to check it out in the link in the description below.
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