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Easy songs to play on piano
Whether you’re an aspiring professional musician or a curious hobbyist, learning the piano is an important part of your musical journey. Not only are you sharpening your fine motor skills, learning piano will provide a solid music theory foundation.
Everyone starts at the beginning, so read on for our easy best piano songs that any student can learn!
Steps of Practise: Listen
Before you start practicing these songs, it’s important to listen to different versions of the piece. You’ll find that there are many different interpretations, and it will also give you a good idea of the sound you’re aiming for.
Next, analyse the structure of the song so you can make a rough estimate of how long it will take to learn the piece. If it isn’t done so already, number each bar of your music score and mark every 10th.
Through this analysis, you’ll see that sections of the music repeat. So by learning and memorising a few bars of music, you could potentially be 50% finished with the entire piece.
Next, find the most difficult part of the piece (typically the end), and break it up into easy to manageable sections. By doing this, you’ll be able to practice the parts that are most difficult for you dozens of times in a short amount of time.
Reading music: Hands Separate
Practise with each hand separately, switching when one tires. This will help you focus on technique. Only when you become comfortable with a passage should you practise with both of your hands at the same time.
As you practise, memorise the piece at the same time. This is an efficient way of memorization because it’s far easier to memorise a piece while you’re learning it.
Easy piano songs:
1. Fur Elise - Ludwig Van Beethoven
Beethoven's fur elise was written in 1810 when Beethoven was almost entirely deaf. It’s also one of the most famous piano songs written. You don’t have to memorise many chords or notes in order to play its most well-known section.
2. Etude in E, Tristesse - Frederic Chopin
After Chopin passed away, this favourite piece of music of the composer was named “Tristesse” for “sadness.” It’s composed of a simple, nostalgic melody with a steady rhythm; which makes it one of the most popular sad piano songs.
Because of how it is structured, you only have to worry about the notes, and most of the time, there are only two repeating groups.
Chopin’s pieces are great for practising because of their focus on taking one technical theme and elaborating on it.
3. Prelude in C - Johann Sebastian Bach
Even though this piece has a fast pace, many different notes and chords, and the near full use of your piano’s range, this is actually a fairly simple piece to play. Its rhythm doesn’t change and only one note is played at a time.
4. Claire De Lune - Claude Debussy
Claire De Lune by Debussy is considered one of the most beautiful piano pieces of the impressionism period.
Although the middle part of Claire de Lune is difficult to learn, its introduction is good for beginner and intermediate learners. Even though there are many chords in this piece, you can relate them back using the pentatonic collection, which is a collection of five notes.
5. Solfeggietto - Carl Philip Emanuel Bach
The Bach family had many famous musicians, and Carl Philip Emanuel Bach was one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sons. This is another piece that’s easier than it first appears, with its numerous notes and the need to move your hands throughout the piano.
When you break this piece down into chunks, you’ll realise that it’s composed of arpeggios and scales. Start at a pace that’s comfortable for you, and then speed up as you become more familiar with the piece.
6. Impromptu Op. 90 No. 2 - Frank Schubert
This is another piece that’s best practised slowly. Composed of major and minor scales, this piece will teach you proper fingering. This includes learning to place your thumb as an anchor point to help the rest of your fingers reach notes.
Broken down into small sections, mastering this piece is easier than it first appears!
7. Imagine - John Lennon
You don’t always have to practise the works of classical pianists. By focusing on and memorising chord progressions instead of individual notes, you’ll have a far easier time with this piece. Before playing, get comfortable with chord symbols and lead sheets.
8. Compline d’un Autre ete - Yann Tiersen
This is from the French movie Amelie. The left-hand remains the same throughout the piece, while the right hand is composed of melodies in E minor. The easiest way to practise this song is to work on the left hand first.
Once you’re comfortable with your left hand, switch to the right. Afterward, practise with both hands together. After some work, you’ll be able to play the harmony with your right hand while the ostinato of your left hand continues to smoothly play!
Easy Piano Songs for Impressive Sound
Even though these are easy piano songs, that doesn’t discount their beautiful sound and rich histories. Music isn’t ranked by how difficult a piece is to play. Their longevity is based on the emotions they instill and the composer’s craft.
By working on these pieces and memorising them, you’ll attain the boost of confidence you need to keep practising. Remember to keep your body relaxed, and don’t practice when your hands or mind are fatigued.
With patience and a musically inclined ear, you’ll be impressed by the progress you’ll be able to make.
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