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You can play your first piano song in just 7 minutes (or less).

I’m going to show you how, so you can see that learning your first piano song (or any song) doesn’t have to take weeks or months.

We’ll be using “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi.

It’s a beautiful song, and only uses 4 chords that repeat over and over again.

You can download the lead sheet here.

And for a full, in-depth song tutorial, click here (but it will take longer than 7 minutes 😊).

We’ll start with the opening riff, because once you’ve learned that, you’ve learned the entire song!

The main riff

This is seriously the hardest part, so take it slow and focus on hitting the right keys.

Speaking of keys, you don’t have to know them all, but it will certainly help! Here are the note names on the keyboard:

The notes of the piano keyboard

Start by putting your pinky finger on the F#. That’s the black note at the bottom of a group of 3 black keys.

Then put your thumb on the A note.

That’s the white note that’s in the middle of the group of 3 black keys.

And then rock back and forth between the two. It will look like this:

Get comfortable with that hand position and that motion, because you’ll be repeating it for the entire riff!

After that first position, bump your hand down a couple of steps so your pinky is now on C#. That’s the black key at the bottom of a group of 2 black notes.

Your thumb will then rest on E, which is the white note just above a group of 2 black keys.

And rock back and forth again:

You’re halfway there!

When you’re ready, pop up to the next position. Your pinky will move up one half-step to D, while your thumb will move up to F# (remember that’s the black key at the bottom of a group of 3).

One more position!

Put your pinky on the B note. This is the white note that’s just above a group of 3 black keys. Your thumb will then rest on the D note.

And rock back and forth:

And that’s it. At the very end of the riff there is a sneaky little A note that’s played. You can play it if you like, or you can just repeat the pattern.

This is the entire song.

If you’re brand new to the piano, it might be a little awkward to move around the keys this much, but take it slowly and focus on playing the correct notes.

Your speed and accuracy will improve with time and practice.

But you’ve pretty much learned one of the coolest piano songs out there!

Now let’s add the left hand

We’ll keep things simple here.

On the music, you’ll see that above the line of notes is a letter. That’s the name of the note that you’ll play with your left-hand.


Someone You Loved intro line

So the first note will be a D, then you’ll bump down to an A before moving up to a B (don’t worry about that little “m”, it just means it’s a minor chord). The final note is a G.

These 4 notes represent the most common chord progression in pop music.

By playing the right-hand part with the left-hand notes, you’re now playing your first piano song!

And it only took 7 minutes.

Obviously, I’d encourage you to keep practicing this so that it becomes more natural and more musical.

Try adding the pedal, or even playing the chords with your right hand.

And remember, if you’d like a more detailed tutorial of this song, we have the lesson right here.

And you can learn more songs in our tutorial section!

Happy practicing.


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.

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