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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How To Play the Main Theme to “So What” by Miles Davis: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘SO WHAT’ by Miles Davis on the piano

I love all styles of music, but jazz has a special place in my heart. In fact my degree was in Jazz Piano Performance, so while I studied all styles, my main focus was on this American art form and all of its intricacies.

We at Playground Sessions also hold jazz dearly because our co-founder and spokesman, Quincy Jones, is a legend in the jazz community for his work over decades…

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How to play the Chorus to “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO’ by Ellie Goulding on the piano

“Love Me Like You Do” (50 Shades soundtrack) is a great pop ballad with a strong beat. There is a lot of repetition but there are subtle differences in phrases to ensure the repeats aren’t just copy/paste identical. The result is we have a great learning tool which is also an in-demand pop song. A perfect combination and a great choice for Playground Sessions. Here…

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How To Play the Chorus to “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran: YouTube Tutorial

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This song is one of my favorites to play in the Playground Sessions library! Something about the groove and the left hand chord shapes.. Ed Sheeran surprised me with this one, since his usual style up to that point was more of an acoustic guitar, singer-songwriter vibe. But ‘Shape of You’ came out of the gate with a specific kind of rhythm usually found in upbeat latin music or, more recently, pop club tracks. Pitbull, Justin Bieber,…

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How To Play the Chorus to “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars: YouTube Tutorial

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Bruno Mars is back at it again! I always love when he’s got a hit song out, because he’s so popular that everyone wants to learn how to play it, yet unlike some other kinds of pop music, his is usually very musical. So I’m happy to oblige when students ask me to teach them one of his songs.

Today I’m writing about “That’s What I Like” off his newest…

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How To Play the Chorus to ‘Demons’ by Imagine Dragons: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For YouTube Video: “How to play ‘DEMONS’ by Imagine Dragons on the piano.”

Hey Playground students! It’s Phil again, and today I want to write a bit about our lesson on “Demons” by Imagine Dragons.

First off, in general Imagine Dragons’ songs are usually really fun to play because they rock out while remaining very melodic. Not an easy balance to maintain as an artist! And “Demons” stays true! Beyond that, here are a few things that stood out to me about the song, especially the chorus from the…

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How To Play the Pre Chorus & Chorus to “I’ll Show You” by Justin Bieber: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: How to play “I’ll Show You” by Justin Bieber on the piano

 

 

I haven’t always been a Bieber fan… In fact there was a time not too long ago when his voice annoyed me! But his recent album “Purpose” had some undeniably catchy and fun pop songs. And beats! The production is top notch, thanks to some of his featured friends, DJ Skrillex, Diplo, and Usher just to name a few.

I’d already taught a few sections from a few other songs off…

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