Who doesn’t want to learn how to play “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey on piano?!
Yes, I know that it might be considered “overplayed.” But does that mean it’s any less fun to play on piano? 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, but also because it’s a blast to play on repeat.
2. Awesome Both-Hand Syncopation Practice
That left hand part is pretty syncopated in the sense that it rarely plays a note on the downbeat of a measure. Instead, we most often see a note from the previous measure tied over the bar line. The fun (and challenging) part is putting the hands together for this section. The right hand is very straightforward 8th notes and always on the downbeat. So, you have a great toggle pattern within the right hand part, but you also have a fun toggle pattern between the hands as you switch to each new measure.
Playing this classic is purely addicting! I recommend that you try and play the “Don’t Stop Believing” chords and notes on YouTube with me. Afterwards, you should try finishing it out in the Playground Sessions app. When you’re done at the intermediate level, you have to try the Advanced!
Now It’s Your Turn to Play “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
If you love using your favorite songs to learn the piano, check out “Dont Stop Believing” at the Playground Sessions YouTube channel. If you like what you see you can download the app to learn the rest with our interactive sheet music.
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