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;
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!
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.
This is more of an ear exercise, but still. Let us start with picking a note (let’s say D). Now, you should sing the song. While you do that, make sure to pay attention to the pitch of notes. First two notes are the same, after that they go up a pitch. Second twinkle is made of two A’s and he last part has a different note. After searching for a while, you should get D D A A B B A. As the melody changes, repeat the process. Start by playing G G F F E E D. That doesn’t seem quite right, does it? In the end you should get D D A A F# F# D. Now you can experiment with the chords (knowing that root is D).
These easy to learn and play piano songs will help you understand various nuances of song composition and structure. It also teaches us about notes, chords and how to identify them by yourself through experimenting. It is my recommendation so start with “Twinkle Twinkle”, though, since it is very basic but it teaches you very important skills.