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, but also because it’s a blast to play on repeat 🙂


2. Great Left Hand MelodyAwesome 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. But the difficult (and amazingly fun) part about putting these hands together for this section is that 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. 

This is super addicting! I recommend playing through this one on YouTube with me, then finishing it out in the app, and when you’re done at the intermediate level, you have to try the Advanced!


If you love using your favorite songs to learn the piano, check out ‘DON’T 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.

– Phil

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