View Full Version : Playing popular songs!!

11-14-2008, 01:44 AM
So Yesterday I strayed from my level 2 lessons...and my teacher taught me how to play popular songs...even nursery rhymes to entertain...

taking a simple tune like happy birthday...she told me how to use the I IV V using arpeggios, in an upbeat way, in a sad way....etc

I was wonderinf if there is a website that gives more info on how to play popular songs in diff ways....

She also taught me how to 'minorize' a major song...so much fun!!!

11-14-2008, 12:31 PM
Going to give you several sites you may find helpful. Nothing beats having a teacher in the same room.................

Try Google using these key words:
Piano video, "name of the song"
Lead sheet, "name of the song"

For example:

Nora Jones playing Cold, Cold Heart. Then off to the right other selections--



This one has a transpose button where you could transpose this to C if you like.

I've found Yoke Wong to be a great help with how to play Pop music. This site talks about how to improvise on your piano.
By the way if in C any white key except the F's and B's will be C major pentatonic. Grab a C, F and G7 chord progression with the left hand and improvise away using any white key - with the right hand - except the F & B.

This site is where I'm spending some time with chord accompaniment to my vocals. Might ask your instructor to take you down this road. Not as a detour, but, something to have fun with.

Here is fake chord on Cold Cold Heart. Once you learn how to play and sing from fake chord there will be thousands of songs open to you.

....taking a simple tune like happy birthday...she told me how to use the I IV V using arpeggios, in an upbeat way, in a sad way....etc
Interested in what she said about upbeat and sad ---- {Edit} if it is playing in a major for an upbeat or playing in minor for sad --- understand.....

Have fun.

11-17-2008, 11:01 AM
I am very happy that you started your level 2 lessons.Even i am learning the piano with my own knowledge with the help of some websites.I will be very kind full to you if you give me the link which you know....

12-08-2008, 02:15 AM
There's an Australian guy who made a method for developing healthful technique that I've found useful for expanding the hand and developing fluency:

http://www.jazclass.aust.com/pianot.htm. I've been playing for a long, long time, but in spite of the really amazingly lame looking format of this course, and songs that were really square by most Jazz standards, I think it's great, and I wish I knew this stuff much earlier. The basic premise of the whole thing is to cause a change in which muscles you use to play, away from the flexor muscles that lead to CTS and to the muscles on the back of your hand, in between fingers (interrossei) and the back of the arm. This way you're not pushing or holding keys down, but using gravity to do most of the work for you.