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3 Easy to play piano songs

Do you have a piano around and would like to learn a couple of songs? This little guide assumes you have at least some idea about various notes and chords that can be found on a piano. If you do, then let us get started! Here is the list of five songs that are beginner friendly and generally easy to learn;

1) London Bridge is falling down

This is a fairly basic song that will give you some ideas how to differentiate the melodies and associate chords with melodies. Start with a G. If you sing the song in your head you can notice that the last note sort of pushes you to G. It may not be the case, but let’s start with G anyway. If we do this, the end will be on C. Based on that we can assume C is the key then. Start the song with a C. When the second “falling down” part hits, change it to D. Let’s check the fourth and fifth chords and see if any of those contains D. Of course, the fifth chord does contain it. At that point, switch back to G. That’s pretty much it!

2) Scientist by Coldplay

The key for this song is F. The initial riff starts with a D in the left hand and F major in the right (during the 2nd inversion). This combined gives us a D minor 7th. Left hand is used to hammer away at eight notes. Right hand, in the meanwhile, plays quarter notes. Then it changes to B flat. During the end of this segment, move your right pinky to get C note. 3rd note than is F major (right) and F (left). Then, after a certain time, we switch to C suspended in the right and F in the left hand. After that the melody repeats itself.Read more: 3 Easy to play piano songs

Learning to play guitar by ear

Want to learn how to play guitar without the tabs? Playing by ear is considered to be an exceptional skill, yet it really is not. Given enough practice, most people can play a rather simple tune they’ve heard somewhere. Do not let this misconception trick you into thinking that you have to have some special talent in order to play by ear. Simply put, it only means listening to something and then recreating the notes using your guitar.

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Here are four steps to help you master this technique;

  • Step 1: listen

Pick a song you would like to learn how to play. Listen to it a number of times. Try to identify repeating and unique parts. This will be the song structure. A classic song goes like this: first there is an opening, then the verse, chorus, second verse and the chorus in the end. This means there are three parts of the song for you to learn. This is important because you won’t have to learn extra stuff this way. Of course, not every song follows this exact structure.

  • Step 2: the bass line

Figuring out the bass line helps you to identify the key that a song is played in. Then, utilizing some theory, you can guess the right chords. All songs use scale and each chord on a seven interval will use the notes of the scale (in a specific key). Naturally, you can use alternative chords (like suspended chords, for example). This is a very important step and you should study it as close as possible (there is a lot of material regarding this method online).Read more: Learning to play guitar by ear

6 Best piano brands

Nowadays, there are a great many piano brands being made. Interesting fact: during the last 200 years there were approximately 12.500 piano brands that have appeared. Naturally, one might get lost in such a stream of brands. To help you find your way around all these different pianos, here is a short list of brands that are universally considered to be dependable and popular. Many of these brands are American. This is because of the piano boom that occurred between 1820 and 1920. Also, please keep in mind that there are many factors affecting a particular piano- the factory it was made in, the year of production (in some cases) and others. In any way, here is the list:

  • Fazioli

This is an Italian-based company. Their name is derived from Paolo Fazioli, a famous music enthusiast. He began his work in 1978 and the company’s been producing high quality pianos ever since. Their focus is on grand pianos (the largest ones out there).

  • Bechstein

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