The Complete Piano Learning System
For Teenagers & Adults
Online Piano Lesson #31
Part 1 - How To Learn Complicated Songs
Taking The Big Step: Learning complicated songs can be very easy or it can be very difficult - it's really all up to you. If you follow the steps in this lesson, learning complicated songs will be very easy!
Measure by Measure
As a kid, I had to learn very complicated classical pieces using a technique commonly referred to as the 1 to 1 method, which wasn't very enjoyable.
As an adult, I applied this same method to my favorite rock songs, which made learning songs much easier and a whole lot more enjoyable!
In the next few lessons, I'm going to demonstrate how you can start learning your favorite songs using the same 1 to 1 method, (a.k.a. measure by measure approach), that I used as a kid and an adult.
What Is 1 to 1?
1 to 1 simple means that you learn songs in very small sections. Typically, from the first beat of one measure, to the first beat of the next measure.
By learning songs in this manner, you'll be able to learn songs with 6 or more chords from this point forward.
It will be slow in the beginning, but you'll be able to master each small section, thereby allowing you to start learning your favorite songs sooner, rather than later.
After you master these small sections of a song, you will then begin to combine 2 or more small sections during your practice sessions.
"Yesterday" - Measure 2
Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear "Yesterday" - Measure 2.
"Yesterday" - Measure 3
Measure 3 contains the slash chord Dm/C. Piano players can interpret a slash chord 2 different ways.
Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear "Yesterday" - Measure 3 and the first chord in measure 4.
Measures 1 to 4
In this lesson you'll combine measure's 1 to 3 and end on the Bb chord, which is the first chord of measure 4.
Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear "Yesterday" - Measures 1 to 4.
Learning Your Favorite Songs
As I mentioned at the end of Lesson 30, there is a way to play more complicated songs with 6 or more chords very early in your piano education.
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Cherry Hill Academy of Piano & Guitar
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