Category: Step-by-step piano videos

VIDEO: How to play “Hold Back the River” by James Bay

This is a nice easy one – not many different notes, and all on the white keys!  Enjoy…

VIDEO: How to play “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne

I’ve added another piano tutorial video to YouTube –  this time it’s Hold My Hand by Jess Glynne…

Enjoy – and please let me know what you think in the comments below!

Video: How to play the “Superman” theme tune

Here’s a nice simple one that lots of people will know when you play it.  Easy, step-by-step instructions.  I’ve added the note sheet above the video for those who like things that way, too.

I’ve put a handful of these videos up now – how are you finding them?  Are you able to play the songs I teach?  Is the training too slow, too fast or about right?  Was it any help that I added the note names to this video?  Please let me know your thoughts by commenting below.

Video: How to play the “Wallace and Gromit” theme tune

This tune is popular with many of my young pupils.  I hope you have fun figuring it out.  Remember you can download and print out my piano key guides if you need them.

I will shortly be making the sheet music available for this song and also for the songs in my other videos.  I’ll post on the blog when these free resources are ready, so subscribe to my updates if you want to get them as soon as they are here!

Video: How to play ‘Happy Birthday’

Here’s an important one – the ‘Happy Birthday’ tune.  Learn to play this and you’ll come in useful once a year to all your friends!  As well as making it easy to play, I’ve set it in an easy-to-sing key – to avoid all those screeches when people sing along as you play!

What other tunes would you like to be able to play?

Video: How to play the ‘Top Cat’ theme tune

A new video for you today – the theme tune from the cartoon series ‘Top Cat’ – one of my childhood favourites:

Let me know how you get on with it, and feel free to suggest any simple tunes for future videos!

Video: how to play the Flintstones theme tune

Here’s the next video in my step-by-step series, this time it’s the Flintstones!  Follow the notes carefully, and pay particular attention to using the same finger numbers that I use.

Have fun – and get in touch if you need any help or if you have any suggestions to improve the videos.

Video: how to play the EastEnders theme tune

When people ask me what I do and I tell them I teach piano, they often tell me about a tune they can play. If there’s a piano or keyboard nearby, I always encourage them to show me and make sure I praise their efforts. It’s amazing how many people, despite never taking piano lessons, have taken the time to learn at least something on the piano.  It’s usually fairly simple and almost always involves only one hand, but nevertheless people take great pleasure in being able to play a piece, however short or easy.

I think that’s brilliant.  I dislike the elitism that sometimes surrounds pianists and piano lessons.  Musical instruments are there to be enjoyed, and you can do this without the need to take lessons or spend hours trying to teach yourself something difficult or figure out how to read music.

So I thought I’d start putting up some easy, step-by-step videos to help anyone to start playing tunes. There’s no music to read, you just follow the patterns I show you and hopefully you will pick up a few tunes.  If you don’t have a piano or keyboard, just download a free piano app onto your iPad or whatever.

The first video (below) is for the EastEnders theme tune.  Give it a try, and tell me how you get on.  I’ll try to use any feedback to improve future videos.

 

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