How To Play the Chorus to “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘GIRL CRUSH’ by Little Big Town on the piano

 

I don’t often hear a pop song like this. Nowadays there are a lot of dance beats and not a ton of “real instruments” very present in the mix. What I love about “Girl Crush” is that it harkens back to an old-school style R&B vibe, while still staying true to the country category. Here’s one way they do it that stuck out to me:

 

6/8 Time Signature

Again, not a very common thing to…

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How To Play the Chorus to “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘MILLION REASONS’ by Lady Gaga on the piano

 

Lady Gaga is great at keeping us guessing, isn’t she? Similar to how Madonna handled her career, Gaga reinvents herself and hey style of music regularly, which may alienate some fans but definitely keeps us on our toes. Her latest release, Joanna, is decidedly comfortable in the country category, which one could argue is a strange departure from her previous releases which were dance pop and then big-band jazz, respectively.

What I loved about…

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How To Play the Chorus to “Lost Boy” by Ruth B: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘LOST BOY’ by Ruth B. on the piano

 

I love when a popular song features a piano in the forefront! Sometimes a song without much piano needs to be finessed in the arrangement to makes sense and sound good when played on the piano. But this one is just piano and voice, which means the piano arrangement sounds very similar to the recorded version of the song itself.

So I decided to teach this one on YouTube, and I chose the Advanced level arrangement…

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How To Play the Chorus to “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT’ by Elton John on the piano

 

 

What a fantastic song… well, whole soundtrack really! This and the rest are so nostalgic for me, having grown up with the Lion King movie. I remember singing this one at the top of my lungs 🙂

But this one in particular is a very good learning tool for intermediate level pianists trying to push up through the next level and improve their playing. Here are a few reasons why:

 

1. Variety in…

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How To Play the Chorus to “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video:“How to play ‘BLANK SPACE’ by Taylor Swift on the piano”

Of course we want to have today’s hottest pop artists represented in our song library and on YouTube channel, that’s a given. But that doesn’t mean that Taylor Swift isn’t worthy of a spot based on musical merits alone. In fact, we believe her music is some of the most melodic and catchy of today’s hits, so we’re thrilled to arrange and teach her stuff. Here are a few reasons I specifically chose to…

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How To Play the Chorus to “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘WORK FROM HOME’ by Fifth Harmony & Ty Dolla $ign on the piano”

 

This tune is very straightforward and accessible on the piano, and that is not usually true for hip hop music. That’s the main reason I chose to teach this one! Here’s why I believe it lays well on the piano and is a quick learn:

 

1. Repetitive Chorus

The first 8 measures are essentially two-measure phrases that repeat 4 times. Boom! You learn 2 measures and now…

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How To Play the Main Theme from “Game Of Thrones”: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘GAME OF THRONES’ on the piano

 

What an epic song for an epic show! I’m a die hard GOT fan personally, and every time that theme song comes on I sing a long and get pumped up. It’s a perfect 3/4 melody and toggles between two beautifully written phrases. Here are a few other reasons I chose this song to arrange and teach to you guys:

 

1. Mix of Minor and Major Modes

At first glance (or…

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How To Play the Chorus to “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake & Justin Bieber: YouTube Tutorial

For Video: “How to play ‘LET ME LOVE YOU’ by DJ Snake and Justin Bieber on the piano”

In the Playground Sessions song store, we have a ton of songs from all different genres, and for each song we’ve got multiple difficulty levels represented in our arrangements. A lot of the time on YouTube, you’ll see the intermediate arrangement, but I felt this song presented a good opportunity to teach an advanced section. Here’s one reason why:

16th Notes + Dotted Rhythms = Subdividing Challenge

The main ‘hook,’ or chorus melody/lyric…

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How To Play the Chorus to “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ by U2 on the piano

We aim to represent all genres in our sheet music and video lessons here at Playground Sessions. Of course, some genres lend themselves more than others to a piano arrangement, so we lean towards some more than others accordingly. But it’s not just classical, jazz or pop ballads that sounds great on the piano; sometimes we get to rock out a little too!

U2 is one…

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How To Play the Main Theme from “River Flows In You” by Yiruma: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘RIVER FLOWS IN YOU’ by Yiruma on the piano”

I remember teaching about 25 students per week around the time “River Flows In You” hit the internet… At least 80% of my students — regardless of age and skill level — wanted to learn it! And still to this day, it’s one of the most beautiful contemporary classical pieces out there. It was my pleasure to teach the main theme for Playground Sessions.

Beyond its beautiful chord progression and melody,…

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