Your first Piece
We Are Young
Excellent, you're doing fantastic so far! Now I am going to show
you how to play your first piece of music, Silent Night. I know,
its a far cry from the Beatles but dont worry once you get these
few basic chords down you will be able to pick up a Beatles or any
other song and play it.
I'm going to throw you in the deep end here, you need to work
out the melody for Silent night by yourself by EAR. This means listening
to the piece and using trial and error to work out how the melody
goes. Its not that difficult and its the only way to learn a tune
if you dont want to learn to read music.
Heres a midi of the melody
of Silent Night to help you work it out. Let me help you get underway,
its all white keys and it starts on G. The first bit goes GAGE,
the next bit is DDBCCG. Ok thats all I'm going to help for the time
being, you need to learn to pick up songs by ear so you'll have
to keep playing the rest of it and working out what notes it contains.
Make sure to play the melody with your right hand as we'll need
the left hand in a minute to play some accompaniment.
Your first chords
Now that you've got the melody down you want to make it sound
a bit more like a piano piece by adding something with your left
hand to it. That something is going to be chords. The reason I have
chosen Silent Night as your first piece is because it only contains
three chords, and they are all of the same type - Major.
Remember, a chord is just two or more notes played at the same
time, for the purposes of this song we are going to be using three
note chords also known as triads.
So what are the chords you need to know? C Major, F Major and
G Major, I will now show you how to play each of these chords on
the keyboard. To play the chord simply press the keys marked for
the chord. So to play C Major I would press C, E and G at the same
You should memorize the above chords because you'll need them
when you try to play the song.
The next thing you need is a "chord sheet", this is
a way of telling you where the chords come with respect to the melody
and lyrics. So If you look below I've included a chord sheet for
Silent Night, now what you need to do is play the melody which you
picked out by ear earlier and the chords as specified by the sheet
So to start you off, you would play the first note of the song
(a G) with your right hand while at the same time playing the C
chord as given above with your left hand. Now simply keep holding
the C chord while you play the first line of the song. When the
melody gets up to the section where the G chord is simply play a
G chord in your left hand and continue with the melody in the right.
Continue this all the way through until you can play the whole song
with chords in your left and melody in your right hand at the same
time. You might want to print out the chord sheet below and take
it over to your piano or keyboard.
An example of playing
Silent Night with chords and melody at the same time. You'll notice
on the example that I am moving the chords around a little bit.
That means that i'll play the C chord low down then next time play
it higher up on the keyboard. You can try this once you're comfortable
with the chords as well, it makes the song a bit more interesting.
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, All is bright
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child
Holy Infant so Tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
C G C
Sleep in heavenly peace.
C G C
And there you go! You're first piano song, that wasnt so difficult
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