"Apologize" by OneRepublic
Most piano students learn songs the hard way. It's just the natural result of how most piano instructors teach piano - but there is a better way.
If you follow my "Loop, Listen & Learn" method, you will learn songs faster and easier than any other piano method on the market.
To get you started, I have recorded the first 5 measures of "Apologize" by OneRepublic in a repeating loop. (see playback link below)
It's always a good idea to follow the sheet music as the loops plays. (see sheet music Illustration #1 below). As soon as you click the loop icon, another tab will open in your browser.
You will have to manually click back to this tab while the loop plays to view the written sheet music.
By listening to the loop over and over, you are drilling the rhythm into your thought process -- but listening to the first 5 measures is just the first step.
If you are a complete beginner, or a piano student with less than 2 years of playing experience, then you're going to want to practice just a small portion of the 5 measures shown above.
The "1 to 1" practice technique is what my teacher taught me some 50 plus years ago.
What does 1 to 1 mean?
Well - it means that you start with the first beat of one measure, and end on the first beat of the next measure.
I did this for 13 years, and trust me, after you get past the mind-numbing part of it, the results will absolutely amaze you. Now keep in mind, I did this with some of the most complicated music ever written. Bach inventions, Chopin and Liszt etudes, and Mozart sonatas, to name a few.
You're going to use this 1 to 1 practice technique with a simple pop song, so the results will be a thousands times faster, and as for the mind-numbing part -- you shouldn't feel a thing -- but let me remind you one last time; "This method isn't for everyone".
However, if you really want to learn how to play the piano in the shortest amount of time, and you want to master what you learn; then there is no better piano method on the planet than the one you're about to learn right now!
In Illustration #2 below, the red arrows show the first beat of one measure, to the first beat of the next measure. The single blue arrow shows a pickup note, which only occurs at the beginning of the song.
The right hand melody notes in the green circle are going to be the first thing that you practice. Watch Video #1 below to listen to just the right hand notes. The left hand chords in the orange circles will be practiced separately.
Before you start learning your first measure of music, let's review the fingering for your right hand.
In Illustration #3 below, notice the thumb is #1, the pointer finger is #2, the middle finger is #3, the ring finger is #4 and the pinky is #5. These designations will correspond to numbers above or below certain music notes.
Referring back to Illustration #2, notice that the first note, (the A), has the number 2 above it. The note following it, (the D), has the number 5 above it. These numbers are instructing you to place your 2nd finger on the A and your 5th finger on the D. The finger designations are there to make it easier to play the music.
The overhead keyboard view will display the piano keys that match the exact music notes in the sheet music. Your job is to watch and listen. Follow the blue highlight bar as it moves.
If you stop the video, you will notice that whatever note the blue highlight bar stops on, the corresponding piano key will also be highlighted in blue. When you're ready, go to your piano and try to play the exact notes and rhythms that you're hearing and seeing in the video.
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