How To Play the Verse to “Believer” by Imagine Dragons: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play BELIEVER by Imagine Dragons on the piano

 

 

This tune is awesome! It’s dark and has a big energy. Mostly everything Imagine Dragons puts out is a hit, and for good reason. When Believer came out I knew I had to teach it for a few specific musical reasons:
1. The Meter

The meter, or time signature, is pretty unique, so it presented a great opportunity for me to teach something new. First off, depending on how you look at…

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How To Play the Chorus to “Firework” by Katy Perry: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘FIREWORK’ by Katy Perry on the piano

 

 

This tune is a classic pop song with an awesome dynamic build. It’s got a great energy and tempo, and the melody has a slow build ascension that will leave you feeling uplifted! (And not just because the lyrics are so positive and inspiring). I love playing this specific arrangement for a few reasons:

 

1. The Left Hand Rhythmic Pattern

This is a common approach to playing a left hand chord with…

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How To Play the Chorus to “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play TREAT YOU BETTER by Shawn Mendes on the piano

 

 

‘Treat You Better’ is a modern pop song in its purest form. The progression and the melody are straightforward and accessible. That is a formula for a winning lesson for beginners! So I chose to feature our rookie level arrangement in my YouTube lesson, and I did so for a few more specific reasons:

 

1. The Melody Is Rhythmically Approachable

But in terms of hand positions, there is a change towards…

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How To Play the Verse to the “Beauty And The Beast” Theme: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on the piano

 

 

Arguably one of the best Disney soundtracks of all time! I’m very pleased to have been able to arrange and produce a video lesson on this one. Here are a few reasons why, musically, I love it so much as a learning tool:

 

1. Beautiful Harmonic Progression!

The chord progression in this is great, and it moves beautifully with the melody. Halfway through we see a dominant 7th chord that is not…

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How To Play the Main Theme to “Jump” by Van Halen: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘JUMP’ by Van Halen on the piano

 

 

I think we can all agree that this song — and especially the main synth riff — has made its way into the hall of fame of parts to play on the piano or keyboard. It’s a classic and it’s ridiculously fun to play! And the great news is that in our intermediate level arrangement, it’s very accessible. So you can have all the piano rock glory without needing to be an…

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How To Play the Main Theme from the “Jurassic Park Theme” by John Williams: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play the JURASSIC PARK THEME by John Williams on the piano

 

 

 

Who else grew up with the original Jurassic Park movie!? I would whistle this theme all the time and I have such powerful feelings of nostalgia surrounding the song and movie in general. That’s why it was a blast to tackle this one! But beyond the fond memories, the song itself, with its melody and harmonic progression, is so beautiful and timeless. Here are a few musical reasons I really wanted…

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How To Play the Intro & Main Riff to “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘DON’T STOP BELIEVING’ on the piano

 

 

Don’t Stop Believing! Overplayed? Maybe. Does that mean it’s any less fun to play? Definitely not! Here are a few musical reasons I chose to bring this song arrangement to the masses:

 

1.Great Left Hand Melody!

One of the most iconic and recognizable riff melodies ever! I’d recommend playing this MANY times before adding the right hand — not only because it’s great practice to start with hands separately,…

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How To Play the Main Riff from “Clocks’ by Coldplay: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: How to play ‘CLOCKS’ by Coldplay on the piano

 

 

What a great song! It’s the perfect rock piano song and these guys are one of the best rock piano bands, so I absolutely love teaching students how to play their music. Why? 

 

1. The Piano Shines Through

The piano parts in Coldplay’s music are rarely just background filler sounds. Instead, the piano seems to be at the forefront of many of their songs. There are often interludes…

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How to Play the Chorus to ‘Love Lockdown’ by Kanye West

Accompanying Blog Post for YouTube Video: “How to Play ‘LOVE LOCKDOWN’ by Kanye West on the piano”

 

I love when hip hop music is melodic and musical. Often, even if the song is great on its own, a rap song will not have many chords or interesting melodies, so it can be difficult to play a good arrangement on the piano.

But this Kanye song, “Love Lockdown” is almost more of an R&B song, with Kanye singing the whole time and with piano chords underneath. So this is a great…

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How To Play the Chorus to “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘MALIBU’ by Miley Cyrus on the piano

 

Miley’s got a new one, and it sounds much different than her last few! If you ask me that’s a good thing, because this song is fun and melodic. Perfect for an accessible intermediate level arrangement. But it’s not all easy.. The chorus picks things up quite a bit, and that’s why I chose to teach it on YouTube. Here’s how:

 

Syncopations Between Hands

The left hand pattern gets fun when the chorus…

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