Your first Piece
We Are Young
You now have the knowledge needed to play some simple tunes, I
think this would be a good time to let you know about olga.net.
This is an excellent archive of guitar chord sheets, you can use
this to find the chords to just about any song you want to play.
Let it be
I think we'll start with a simple song, Let it be by the Beatles.
We'll start off with the chord
sheet download and open that up first.
Take a moment to look through it, it only contains major and minor
chords, which you know! So the first step to playing this song would
be to play through by simply playing the chords as I have done here.
Let it be Chords.mid
I am doing nothing more then playing the chords here with the occasional
little run to transition between the chords. Take your time to work
out the chords as you go along, it will take a long time at first
but believe me you'll get much faster at it very quickly. Remember,
look at the chord sheet, take a chord, work out how to play the
chord, repeat for every chord in the song(Theres not that many,
only about 4 or 5). If you're having trouble with this mabe you
should go back over the common chords.
If you want to sing along to this song then it would be best to
play these chords in your right hand and play a bass note with your
left hand. The bass note would be the same as the chord that you
are playing, for example on G you would play G major chord in your
right hand with a low G note played with your left hand. You could
then sing the melody on top of this.
If you're like me and you cant sing, then you might want to play
the chords in your left hand and try adding a melody in your right
hand. You might want to make it sound something like this.
Let it be chords plus melody.
(Please excuse the playing I've only got a tiny midi keyboard with
three octaves and miniature keys)
You might want to try something a bit more interesting in the left
hand, mabe playing the top two notes of each chord together followed
by the bottom note of the chord. It might sound like this.
Let it be chords
with changing lefthand.
Try doing that with your left hand while playing the melody with
your right hand and you'll have a decent version of the song! Congrats,
that makes two songs under your belt now!
Under the bridge
This is another good song that works well with nothing more then
a few simple chords. Under
the Bridge by Red Hot Chillie Peppers Take a minute to
look over the chord sheet for this song, notice that the chords
are only given for one line of the verse and two lines of the chorus,
this is because it is a very repetetive song. Every line of the
verse has the same chords as the first line, and the second two
lines of the chorus contain the same chords as the first two lines
of the chorus. So really you only have three lines to learn to learn
the whole song!
Theres one chord in this song that you dont know yet, its the
chord just at the end of the verse, an Emaj7(E major 7th), the Major
7th chord is very similar to the major chord. For the moment I will
just tell you the Emaj7 has E G# B Eflat as its notes. Notice that
this is different from the E7 chord which would be E, G#, B, and
D. If you must know how I worked out the Emaj7 chord you can have
a read of the advanced chords
Apart from this the song is pretty straight forward, you can start
with simple chords in the left hand as we did with Let it be, then
practise the melody in the right hand. Once you are comfortable
with both try putting them together as I have done below. You should
probably listen to the original song rather then my dodgy version
of it :)
If you wanted you could sing this one by playing the chords in
the right hand while playing a single bass note in the left hand
just as for Let it be. The bass note would again be the same note
as the chord name, so with a B chord play the B note, an E chord
play the E note, and sing the lyrics as you're doing it. Another
thing you could try is playing the chords with both hands, so you
would play B chord with your right hand while playing the same B
chord with your left hand lower down on the keyboard. Again you
could sing on top of this.
You are now ready to try playing a whole host of popular songs
armed with the three chords you know, the Major, Minor and the 7th
chord. Have a look around on olga,
search for you're favourite songs and if they contain chords you
know, dont be afraid to give them a try. Remember, take it slowly,
work out how to play the particular chords the song is asking for,
then learn the melody, then put them together, and as always, dont
be afraid to experiment!
Congratulations! You now know three songs! Have a look below for
some more simple songs!
More Simple Songs
Well I've compiled a small list of songs here that I feel are
easy enough for you to attempt at this stage, if you dont like anything
on here then feel free to head out on to the world wide web and
find something you do like. You'll notice in some of these chord
sheets that the lyrics are only partly given, this is because it
gets the publishers of these chord sheets around copyright issues
associated with hosting the chord sheet. This means that you need
to listen to the original song to work out where the chord changes
should happen. Check out Time
Of Your Life to see what I mean.
Time Of Your Life - Greenday.
Really a guitar song, but it doesnt hurt to try it on the piano.
Imagine - John Lennon. This
is an excellent song to play on the piano, not too difficult but
sounds quite nice. Just watch out for the Cmaj7 chord. Cmaj7 would
become C, E, G, B. Try it out and see how it sounds. Be careful,
this song has quite a few different chords, be sure to work them
- Eagles. This is an excellent song which sounds quite ok when played
on the piano, nothing too complicated in here, though again it does
have quite a few chords so make sure to work them out correctly.
Easy - Lionel Richie/Faith
no more. Check out the midi
for a cool way to play it, this midi wasnt created by me. A lot
of sharps in this song, still theres nothing here you dont know,
its all majors and minors.
House of The Rising Sun
- Animals. This song sounds great when played on a piano, if you've
got a keyboard that can simulate an organ sound its even better!
The melodies quite simple and the chords are great. Heres
a way you can play the chords, though it will take a lot of work
to get your left hand to be able to do this. Theres nothing tricky
here, i'm just playing the given chords but instead of plonking
them down at once, i'm breaking the chord up and playing each note
separately. Learning to play a melody on top of this with your right
hand takes even more practise.
Sitting on the Dock of the
Bay - Ottis Redding. A great slow tune to relax you after a
hard days work. I couldnt find a decent midi version of it so if
you dont know how it goes you'll have to listen to the original
version(or find your own midi).
Continue on to the next section where i'll show you how to make
your playing a bit more interesting even with these simple chords.
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