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Easy Piano: Ways You Can Start Playing Piano Right Away

Jul 8, 2008
The pleasure of being able to play a song on the piano is something that must be experienced. And playing piano does not have to be difficult -- there are methods for easy piano that get you started with just 3 or 4 simple chords.

Repetitive songs are great for beginners to get used to the keys while still being able to create a pleasant melody. Beginning piano players often start out with easy piano classics, such as "Chopsticks," which is a great building block for more complex arrangements.

The first and easiest piano song to learn, for kids and adults alike, is "Mary Had a Little Lamb." This song is a simple three-note tune that allows beginners to practice the key and get used to where their hands and fingers go. This song acts as a stepping stone for more complicated piano classics.

Other songs that are great for kids and beginners are "Jingle Bells," "Ode to Joy," and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." These easy piano classics require little or no knowledge of piano keys and don't entail the player to be able to read sheet music.

A great way for adults to get started quickly on the piano is to take an online course such as "How To Play Chord Piano" that teaches 3 or 4 chords and shows how to play a simple melody with the right hand while harmonizing it with those 3 or 4 chords.

Learning to Play Easy Piano Classics

The idea of playing Bach can seem unrealistic for new students who are learning to play piano, but in truth, Bach offers simple compositions that prepare students for more complicated songs. The same is true of Chopin and Beethoven songs. Seek easy arrangements for classic piano favorites, and you may surprise yourself with the types of songs you can play.

Timeless Piano Classics

If you are drawn in by the timeless piano tunes that have been around for centuries, some easy classics to start with include "Ave Maria," "The Wedding March," "The Emperor Waltz," "Swan Lake," and "Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot." A collection of piano songs that include one or more of these titles will feature timeless music that never goes out of style. The nice thing about learning these types of songs is that they are appropriate to play for almost any occasion.

Easy Contemporary Songs

In addition to timeless classics, beginners enjoy learning to play contemporary songs on the piano. There are equally as many contemporary collections of piano music available as well.

Some contemporary titles for piano to look for are "When I Fall in Love," "My Heart Will Go On," "Stayin' Alive," "Jailhouse Rock," "Terms of Endearment," "You Light Up My Life," "The Way We Were," "Somewhere Out There," "Yellow Submarine," "Unchained Melody," and "What a Wonderful World." Obviously this is just a small sampling of what is available. Collections are available based on movie titles, specific decades, children's movie hits, easy listening, jazz, rock, and more.

Where to Find Easy Piano Classics

Many collections of classic piano songs exist, and there are plenty of places to find them. The format of music you choose will depend on how you intend to learn the easy piano classics.

1. Online: Popular classic piano music is widely available for free download on the Internet. Learning to play piano for free is possible with the help of piano websites.

2. CDs: Easy classics for piano are also available on CD. CDs are nice because they offer a collection of similar melodies and are all at the same level of difficulty to play. A simple online search will provide hundreds of listings for music CDs available that feature piano classics.

3. Sheet music: Easy classic music for piano, of course, can still be found in the basic form of sheet music. You can find sheet music through websites, music stores, and any place that sells pianos or offers piano lessons.
About the Author
Duane Shinn is the author of the popular online newsletter on piano chords, available free at "Exciting Piano Chords & Chord Progressions!"
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