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Tiny Dancer Piano Tutorial

Learn this Elton John classic

Lisa Witt - May 31, 2019

<<Download The Lead Sheet Here>>

 

 

The Elton John biopic, "Rocketman", has just been released, and I cannot wait to see it!

 

Tiny Dancer is a classic that should be on every piano player's list!  One of Elton John's most iconic songs, Tiny Dancer was recorded in 1971 but didn’t gain popularity till much later. In the US it was certified gold in 2005 and hit 3x platinum in 2008 after being featured in the film "Almost Famous".

 

The Story

 

The lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin who stated that the song was about his wife at the time. I don’t know about you but I feel like the lyrics are perhaps some of the most misheard lyrics found in a famous song. Have you ever sung along with this song and had to kind of guess the lyrics as you went?

 

The Riff

 

The song starts with a super fun piano riff that is what makes Tiny Dancer instantly identifiable. Based on just two chords this riff is simple in theory but can be a challenge to play from a rhythmic standpoint. Learn the intro to this song and you won’t want to stop! There are so many really fun chord changes, rhythmic skills and little riffs that will challenge and grow you as a piano player.

 

Plus, you’ll be able to play this one at parties and everybody will love you.

 

In the lesson, I will walk you through the learning step by step and give you a few options so that you can adjust your approach based on your skill and comfort level. 


Enjoy!

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Hi, I'm Lisa Witt

Lisa has taught in a variety of settings from beginners just getting started to recording artists preparing their songs for the road. While her background is classical, she loves helping students play the music they love by ear and is excited to be a part of YOUR journey.