“Let It Be” (The Beatles) Piano Chords & Tutorial

Jordan Leibel  /  Pop/Rock  /  UPDATED Jan 25, 2024

promo banner

If you’re just starting to learn how to play piano, Let It Be is a great song to play first! In this lesson, we’ll share Let It Be piano chords and give you tips on how to play one of the most iconic songs in modern history.

Let It Be is a fantastic first song to learn because it uses one of the most popular chord progressions ever and it’s in C major! So, you don’t have to worry about any sharps and flats. But you’ll also be introduced to key ingredients that make up countless other songs. 

Never Miss an Interview 🎙️

Get exclusive access to world-class pianists and what makes them tick. Subscribe to The Note today.

Let It Be Piano Chords

> Download Let It Be Piano Chords PDF

This song was written in the key of C major and these are the chords:

C – G – Am – F
C – G – F – C

Am – G – F – C
C – G – F – C

You can either look at these chords as they’re written above or see them as numerical values.

If “numerical value” sounds confusing, don’t worry. It’s as easy as counting up each tone in the major scale. C would be I (the first note of the C major scale), and G would be V (the fifth note of the C major scale).

So you can look at these chords like this:

I – V – vi – IV
I – V – IV – I

vi – V – IV – I
I – V – IV – I

The advantage of using numbers is that you aren’t locked into a specific key. So, if you want to play Let It Be in D major, all you have to do is substitute the I chord of D major (D-F#-A) in place of the C chord.

You can learn more about this number system here.

Here’s a summary of our Let It Be piano chords:

KeyC Major
Verse: Chord SymbolsC – G – Am – F
C – G – F – C
Verse: Number SystemI – V – vi – IV
I – V – IV – I
Chorus: Chord SymbolsAm – G – F – C
C – G – F – C
Chorus: Number Systemvi – V – IV – I
I – V – IV – I
Need help with chords? If you need a quick reference, check out our Chords & Scales Library for diagrams of chords and their inversions.

Unlock the Secret to Songs (FREE Webinar) 🤫

If you struggle with reading music, you’re not alone! Did you know you can play hundreds of songs without standard notation? We’ll show you the secrets traditional lessons won’t teach in a 100% free webinar. It’s open to all ages and ability levels. Just show up and have fun!


Rhythm and Inversions

Rhythmically, the chorus is locked down by a consistent quarter-note pulse. This means it’s time to get your metronome out! Challenge yourself by practicing at a few different tempos. Remember: start slow to play fast. Don’t up your tempo until you’re comfortable at your current one. It’s better to be consistent and accurate than fast and sloppy.

If you’re learning chord inversions, this is a great song to practice inversions with. For example, try going from the 2nd inversion of C to the root position of G. Inversions allow you to shortcut the transitions between chords.

2nd Inversion

1st Inversion

How many Beatles songs can you play in 5 minutes?

This is a challenge we gave professional pianist Sangah Noona. She’s beloved on YouTube for her cocktail piano videos and Beatles covers. Watch and get inspired!

Psst: if you like Sangah’s style, check out her course on Pianote!

Turnarounds and Transitions

There are a few iconic transitions in this piece you might like to learn. For example, in the verse, the bass does a small walk-down from Am to F using the notes A-G-F:

There’s also this walkdown from F to C using the notes F-E-D-C.

Finally, there’s a fancy-sounding riff at the end of the chorus. It’s essentially an exercise in inversions:

F – 2nd Inversion
C – Root Position
F – 1st Inversion
C – 3rd Inversion
G – Root Position
F – Root Position
C – Root Position

Then, play the same riff an octave higher. This mimics the riff in the original recording played on the organ.

Practice Tips

Want to take your Let It Be piano chords to the next level? Here are some practice ideas:

  • Transposition: Practice Let It Be in its default key first. Then, try transposing it using the number system. Try G major or F major first. Then, try transposing to D major and B-Flat major.
  • Figure out the melody by ear: See if you can figure out the melody by ear and play it with your right hand while you play the chords with your left.
  • Slowly ramp up your tempo: In order to play fast, we must first start slow. Use a metronome and master a slower rhythm before you move to a faster tempo.

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial for Let It Be! If you want more Beatles, try our tutorial on Hey Jude.

🎹 Learn With Real Piano Teachers

Get real feedback from real experts…all from the comfort of your own home. Explore our Method and community for yourself with a free trial.

Jordan Leibel is passionate about songwriting, improvisation, and helping you become a creative musician! He’s worked as a composer for film, commercial, and theatre projects as well as a session musician and producer for recording work.

Headshot of woman with short platinum hair against a studio background.

The easiest way to learn beautiful piano chords.
Sign up for 5 FREE play-along lessons

By signing up you’ll also receive our ongoing free lessons and special offers. Don’t worry, we value your privacy and you can unsubscribe at any time.