Learning how to play the piano can be a very rewarding experience, but it isn’t without its challenges.
There are a lot of basics to learn at first, and it can feel a little overwhelming, especially when you are keen to start playing some of your favorite songs.
The great thing about learning piano is that it is actually quite simple. Once you know which keys are which, you can start playing some songs, and practising straight away.
Luckily, we’ve got some easy piano songs for beginners for you to try out! You’ll just need to know some basics first.
What You’ll Need To Know?
If you’re a beginner, new to piano, then there are a few things that you’ll need to know before you start playing songs. For instance, a great place to start is with the notes.
When it comes to piano, we always start at middle C on the keyboard:
Keep your left hand on the left side of this note, and your right hand on the right side of this note. Typically, when you look at piano sheet music, your left hand will play the bass, and the right hand will play the treble.
Take a look at this image to help you when learning the basics of piano notes, and how to read music:
It’ll take some practise to know all of the notes by heart, but stick to this guide and you’ll get there! What can also help you is if you label the notes on your piano or keyboard with some sticky paper or a washable pen. Simply write the corresponding notes on the keys, and you’ll know exactly where you are.
This is the simplest way to learn piano chords, and once you know some piano chords, you’ll pretty much be able to play most of your favorite hit songs!
Tips For Learning Songs On Piano
The biggest tip we can give you is to learn some basic piano chords, and practise them over and over. The main chords used are C major, D major and minor, E major, E minor, F major, G major, G minor, A major and A minor and B major and B minor.
To play the chords, press all three keys together at the same time. However, you can play arpeggios, by playing each note in the chord in succession. Most basic piano songs are played by playing the chords in the left hand, and a melody with your right hand. A melody will be individual notes that complement the chord, to create a tune.
The best way to learn a song is to split the left and right hands apart and learn them really well separately. Then, try playing them slowly together at the same time. As you can guess, practice makes perfect!
32 Easy Piano Songs For Beginners
A great way to learn how to play simple piano songs is to pick ones you know and like. This way, you’re already aware of the tune, melody and rhythm, which can help you get it right and play it accurately.
Check out our list of 32 easy piano songs for beginners and find one you know. We’ll start with the simplest and most basic pieces, and work up to medium difficulty and intermediate difficulty. Don’t worry, they’re all perfect, easy piano songs to play!
To start you off on your piano learning journey, we’ve gathered some of the most basic and simple pieces to play, just so you can get accustomed to where the keys are, and use your fingers to press them.
These are the simplest beginner pieces to try, but trust us, it takes some getting used to for your fingers to work and go everywhere they need to.
You’ll have to keep practising to build the strength in your fingers, and some determination to use the right fingers for the keys instead of simply moving your index fingers around.
Start as you mean to go on, and avoid using the same fingers for all of the keys.
Instead, keep your hands in an open position, as if holding an apple on top of the keys, and use all of your fingers in succession and in relation to where the keys are so you are not reaching too far.
This takes time to get used to, but it will really help when it comes to playing more advanced piano songs in the future.
- Happy Birthday To You
- Twinkle Twinkle
- Chopsticks – Euphemia Allen
- Jingle Bells – James Pierpont
- If You’re Happy & You Know It
- Fur Elise – Beethoven
- Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
- Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Once you’ve somewhat mastered the easiest ones, you can try your hand at some of these easy but slightly more challenging pieces below!
Now, we’ve got some popular songs to keep you on your toes, and those fingers tippy tapping!
Start off with something like Let It Be by the Beatler or Lean On Me by Bill Withers, and then as your confidence grows, try playing Africa by Toto or Minuet in G by Bach.
These iconic songs will really help you build your piano skills.
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Wizard Of Oz
- Let It Be – The Beatles
- Part Of Your World – The Little Mermaid
- Halo – Beyonce
- The Scientist – Coldplay
- Lean On Me – Bill Withers
- Canon In D – Pachelbel
- Minuet In G – Bach
- Let Her Go – Passenger
- What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
- Africa – Toto
- Imagine – John Lennon
- I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
- Jurassic Park Theme
- Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 – Chopin
- In The Jungle – The Lion King
Now, those last few pieces will have really built up your skills and gotten you used to playing beats, rhythms and melodies.
So, why not try out some of these more intermediate songs? We’ve got a few movie themes in here for you to enjoy!
Let’s start with something more simple, and a tune that many will recognize; Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter. This one is easy yet enchanting to play.
Once you’ve tried some of the others, you can work your way up to He’s A Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean. That piece is very lively, bouncy and an absolute treat to play.
You’ll definitely impress your guests by being able to play that piece!
- Hedwig’s Theme – Harry Potter
- City Of Stars – La La Land
- Married Life – Up
- Rewrite The Stars – The Greatest Showman
- Winner Takes It All – Abba
- Piano Man – Billy Joel
- I’m Still Standing – Elton John
- He’s A Pirate – Pirates Of The Caribbean
To summarize, it’s easy to learn piano. With some of these video tutorials, you can see how simple it is to learn how to play piano. If you learn some of the basic notes and keys, you can start practising some of your favorite songs in no time at all!