Imagine this: What if you could rock out to hundreds of songs on the piano using just four magical chords?
Sounds like a game-changer, right?
Well, in my latest PIANOLY video, I’m spillin’ the tea on how you can level up your piano journey in the fastest way possible!
In today’s video, I cover:
– What these magical 4 chords are and how to master them
– How to play hundreds of songs and how to find them online for free
– How to apply these chords to your songs and make beautiful music
Ready to get started?
Let me know in the comments what songs you are dying to learn!
Hi guys and welcome back to Pianoly. Today I’m going to show you four chords that you can use to play seriously hundreds of songs, whether you’re a total beginner or you’re looking to start playing popular music, this is a really great place to start. So let’s dive in. These are some of the first steps I take a new piano student through when learning the piano. And if you’d like to know about the rest of the steps, you can watch my free training. The link is in the description below.
All right, first things first, let’s talk about what a chord even is. So what is a chord? A chord is basically when you’re playing multiple notes at the same time. This is a chord because I’m playing multiple notes at the same time. These are all chords, and like I said, today we’re going to focus on four chords that are used in hundreds of songs. And those chords are… drum role please. C major. G major. A minor and F major. And here’s how you’re going to play all of these four chords. C major, you’re going to find C. You’re going to play C, E, and G. And that is always C major. The next chord you’re going to find G, and G major is always going to be G, B, D.
The next chord is a minor. You’re going to find A, and then you’re going to stack them up just like the other two chords. It’s going to be A, C, E. And the last one is going to be F major and F major is always F, A, C. So you’ve got C major, G major, A minor, F major. These are our four chords. Now you might be wondering what do you do with the left hand? So what you can do if you’re playing, for example, C major. With your left hand, you could play just C, or you could play a fifth, which is when you count five up from your bottom note. So like this 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. So in my left hand I think I recommend doing fifths the most because it gives you a nice full sound. So I would play like this.
And then once you go to G major, you’re going to do the same thing, just G and D. Leave out that middle note and that’s a fifth. A minor would look like this, and F major would look like this. Seriously, you’re going to be amazed at how many songs use these four chords. There’s actually a really awesome band called Axis of Awesome, and they created a song that combines a ton of these songs together, so I’m going to show you a little clip of it.
Axis of Awesome:
Pretty cool, right? So I’m going to put that video in the link in the description if you want to see the whole thing. But it’s a really great way to even pick which song you want to learn that has these four chords. So how do you even start playing these songs though? Thankfully these days we have the internet and you’re on it right now. So what you can do is search them online and I’m going to show you how to do that now. So one of my favorite websites for this is ultimateguitar.com. So I’m going to search for Forever Young. Okay and let’s try this one. All right. So I can see all of my chords and sometimes it’ll start off with the guitar right here. So click on piano so you can see the chords, and I can see all of the chords to this song and I can see when to play them.
So before I show you exactly how to start learning the song, let me know in the comments, which song are you dying to learn? Let me know. All right, so now let’s learn some of Forever Young together. This was one of the songs that has C, G, A minor, F. So I’m going to scooch down to the chorus. So when you look at the music, you can see exactly where to play the chords. So whenever you sing that word is whenever you play that chord. So I’ll show you an example.
So you can see I did that when I played a little bit of the chorus of the song. And so you might be looking at the song and think, oh my gosh, this is a lot to learn. How do I do this in a productive way? So what I would do is learn small chunks at a time. For example, just practice the verse of the song and get that really good. And then once you’ve got the verse good, then learn the chorus, then practice those two. And luckily in pop music things repeat, so you would have the verse again, the chorus and so on, and keep learning it in small little chunks until you’ve learned the whole song. And the next thing you can do to make it a little bit more fun is perhaps play the song, the recording of the song while you’re playing.
That way you make sure you keep a steady beat and you sound musical and so on. These are some of the first steps that I take a new student through when they’re learning the piano with me. So if you would like to learn more of those steps that I take students through, for example, what do I take them through after they learn these four chords? I highly recommend watching my free training. There is a link to it in the description below. All right, and if you liked this video, be sure to like and subscribe, and I will see you next time.