You don’t need to be a genius to play something cool on the piano.
All you need is a little inspiration and some guidance, and anyone can play something stunning.
This quick tip lesson will show you three different melodies that you can start playing on the piano right now. For you note-readers, we’ve included the sheet music, but we encourage you to create something unique out of the notes we give you.
I’ll also show you how to play each melody note by note!
So join us at a picturesque lake, or wherever your imagination takes you, and let’s create something gorgeous!
First, make sure you download the free sheet music we’ve created for this lesson:
If you’re just starting how to read notes, don’t worry, we’ll run through each melody note by note!
The first melody we’ll play is in A Major, which means there are three sharps (F#, C#, and G#). If you’re just playing the basic melody, though, you only have the G sharp to worry about.
Always feel free to pencil in reminders if that helps!
If you’re a sheet music reader, another thing to keep an eye on are those ties. This symbol just means to hold those notes.
And if you’re into chords, you might notice that the first two measures are built around the A Major chord (A-C#-E) and that the next two measures are based on the E Major chord (E-G#-B).
One reason why this short little melody sounds so satisfying is because going from A to E is a I – V progression, which forms a part of the common I-V-vi-IV pop progression.
Once you’re comfortable with the basic melody, experiment with the rhythm and the chord shapes. Any note in the A Major scale (A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#) will sound good!
For the sheet music to this one, we’ve included both a version in 4/4 time and a version that changes from 4/4 to 3/4 time, which is what I play in the video.
An easy way to start improvising is to just break up those left hand notes. So play G and D one after the other instead of together and see how that sounds.
Then, branch out to some other neighboring notes. This piece is in D Major, which means there are two sharps. And any note in the D Major scale (D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#) will fit.
Here’s another beautiful melody in D Major! We’ll use D as an “anchor note” and play some running eighth notes.
The right hand will stay the same. Meanwhile, the left hand plays a series of open chord shapes (fifths). Your fingers stay in the same position, you just need to shift them up or down.
When you’re comfortable with the basic melody, expand! For example, on my left hand, I play a root-fifth-root pattern (so D-A-D in the first measure). You can also try playing the right hand notes in a different order than what’s written.
Remember: your fair game notes are your D Major scale notes 🙂
Over the course of your explorations, you may want to work on your hand independence. Hand independence takes time to develop, but we have tons of fun exercises for you to improve yours, that you can incorporate into this exercise.
Having an inspirational setting can be SO helpful to creating music. We understand that not everyone has access to a beautiful natural landscape, nor does everyone have a piano as portable as the Roland GO:KEYS. But we encourage you to get creative! After all, music has the power to transport us. Your only limit is your imagination.
Happy practicing, and happy travels!
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