One Republic

Relaxing Piano Cover

"Apologize" is a song written by Ryan Tedder, the lead singer of the band, One Republic, and was released as a single from their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud.

At the time of its release, Apologize was the biggest radio airplay hit in the history of the Mainstream Top 40 chart in North America, with 10,394 plays in one week.

The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the Top 10 for 25 week, and at #1 in Canada for 13 weeks. It also reanked #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.

My goal is to always create a super easy piano arrangement that sounds good and is fun to play. I learned "Apologize" by One Republic from a lead sheet, which is sheet music that just shows the right-hand melody and chord symbols.

I improvised the left hand part by using blocked and broken chords, and I played a simple, single-note melody line with my right hand.

Before I knew any chords, it would take me weeks to learn a new song. After I started learning chords, I could learn a new song in less than an hour. I was able to do this because I no longer had to read the music notes on the bass clef.

Knowing chords allows me to create my own piano arrangements. Now all I read is the right hand melody on the treble clef.

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