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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

Your Piano Instructor

Guy Faux

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.

  • Don't worry -- I'm going to teach you the enjoyable 1 to 1 method -- not the one that I had to use when I was taking classical piano lessons as a kid.

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.

  • In the first video below, I'll be playing the first measure of Yesterday by the Beatles, and stopping on the first beat of the second measure.

By learning songs in this manner, you'll be able to learn songs with 6 or more chords from this point forward.

  • You'll be able to do this because you will never be practicing more than 2 chords at any one time.

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.

  • You will be amazed at how much you will accomplish in just a few weeks using this amazing learning technique!

"Yesterday" - Measure 2

Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear "Yesterday" - Measure 2.

  • Practice hands separate, if necessary. Also, reduce the playback speed of the video if you need to hear measure 2 at a slower tempo.

"Yesterday" - Measure 3

Measure 3 contains the slash chord Dm/C. Piano players can interpret a slash chord 2 different ways.

  • The way that we'll be interpreting the Dm/C in this lesson is by playing a Dm chord with the D lowered to a C. (see video below)

  • Dm/C = C - F - A

  • I'll cover slash chords in more detail in a later lesson.

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.

  • You've been able to experience a little piece of this learning process in this lesson. Please let us know what you thought of this lesson in the text box below.

Your feedback will help us bring you more relevant content in future lessons. Thank you. - Guy

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