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When I think of beautiful and romantic music, I think of the piano.

Today’s lesson is all about helping you bring out the softer side of this instrument, with some tips and tricks to get you playing beautifully, and romantically. 😍

This is all very beginner-friendly stuff, so even if you have no experience at the piano (or in romance 😘), you can do this!

Romantic Piano Music: Getting Started 🥰

Your Right Hand

Start with your right thumb (finger 1) on F#.

You can use a grouping of 3 black keys to quickly identify the F# key. It is the first in a series of 3.

Your pinky (or your 5 finger) goes on C#. It sits first in a grouping of 2 black keys.

🔥🎹Hot Tip: If you’re having trouble spotting notes on the keyboard check out our lesson on “Landmark notes” and scroll down to ‘Landmark Notes’)

—Annnnnnnd that’s it for the right hand! You’re done! So easy! 🙏

Here’s where it starts to sound more ‘romantic’ though: 💐💐💐

Your Left Hand

With the left hand, we are going to be playing a simple progression alongside a rhythm in our right.

Starting with the F# key (same as I first showed you with your right hand, just down an octave lower on the keyboard), we transition to C#, D#, and then finally (and this is the only white key I’m going to throw at you 📝) B natural.

It will look like this:

You can see I am showing off the notes with my index finger, but that’s just so you can most easily identify them. You can choose to use whatever fingering you feel is most comfortable, but consider playing in this order:

Extra Tips and Tricks 👻

Play with octaves— instead of just playing single bass notes, try playing an octave down too! This will really fill out the lower end of the chord, adding drama and gravitas. It might seem like a stretch for small hands, but a big part of it is just getting to know the spacing in between the keys.

Play with dynamics! The bass notes of the chords really bring in the power. Experiment with your playing style and try playing with different levels of intensity to see how the experience will change.

Break up your chords. You don’t always have to play your chords in a solid block. Try breaking them up into single notes, or arpeggios. Flip back and forth between chords and single notes… there is a lot of beauty waiting to be discovered in improvisation.

Romantic piano isn’t so rigid. Move your playing up (or down) the keyboard. Create beautiful and hopeful music in the upper register, or play dark and moody music in the lower notes. It’s amazing what just changes in octaves will do!

More Rhythms 🎶

Rhythms are awesome and they are going to make your progressions more interesting and exciting. Here’s a few you can try with today’s lesson:

Create a bass rhythm with your left hand… you have a lot of freedom to be creative here, but for example, before you move to the next note in your progression play the first note a second time (in rhythm!)

Or you could double up on your bass notes, playing rhythmically to the pulse of your right-hand chord. You might alternate between the octaves on your left hand, making a left-hand arpeggio between them.

There are so many options to bring interest and intrigue to your playing, it’s just a matter of getting creative the next time you sit down to play. Finding new rhythms will challenge your hand independence and improve your abilities as a piano player, not to mention it’s just plain fun too.

The Theory of it 🎼

This one comes down to a pretty simple key signature: The F# Major Scale.

Using The Number System, our left hand follows a very popular “I-V-vi-IV” progression, and the right hand is simply pulsing on the root+5th notes.

It looks simple on paper, but it sounds beautiful and romantic on the piano.

🔥🎹Hot Tip: Faded by Alan Walker is a good example of the I-V-vi-IV progression, and it’s even in the same key signature we are playing today if you were looking to play something fun! You can learn our version of the song here!

There is a lot of room to make this your own, so don’t be afraid to experiment and explore with the tips and tricks I’ve laid out for you here, or with whatever inspiration strikes you. Using The Number System, you can transpose this to any key signature you are comfortable with and it will open up a whole new style of playing

The piano is yours to discover, and we only hope that Pianote can be your roadmap to playing better every day and learning more of what you love.

Lisa Witt

Lisa Witt has been teaching piano for 18 years and in that time has helped hundreds of students learn to play the songs they love. Lisa received classical piano training through the Royal Conservatory of Music, but she has since embraced popular music and playing by ear in order to accompany herself and others.