You've Got A Friend
James Taylor

Easy Piano Cover



"You've Got a Friend" is a song written by Carole King who first recorded the song and included it on her 1971 album Tapestry.

James Taylor also recorded the song and released it as a single in the same year, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #4 on the UK singles chart. Both King and Taylor won Grammy Awards for the song.




My goal is to always create a super easy piano arrangement that sounds good and is fun to play.

I learned "You've Got A Friend" by James Taylor from a lead sheet, which is sheet music that just shows the right-hand melody and chord symbols. (see example below)


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 for the left hand, (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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