Here is a easy popular piano songs guide free for the take. Measurement, time, rhythm, tonality… scores can become real puzzles. If you don’t know how to read them and how to deal with them. When you start the piano lessons then it is not always easy to find the balance. Between scores too difficult and those that we really like because they seem simpler.
How do you find the right middle ground?
We must immediately say that some musical styles and their scores for piano are more suitable than others for beginner pianists. Here’s how to find the ideal score to start your piano lessons well. And not to abandon this magical instrument at the first note out of tune.
What is meant by a beginner’s score?
As with all things in life, you can only achieve excellence from the bottom up. That’s why, even when you’re talking about black and white music and keys, it’s a good idea to start with easy piano scores and then, little by little, raise the bar.
Solfeggio is necessary
Solfeggio is also necessary to deal with easy scores for piano!
Don’t do that face: it’s just a bit of solfeggio!
So, let’s go in order. It’s up to you: first of all there’s the solfeggio!
Learning the solfeggio is in fact an obligatory step in online piano lessons at music schools or conservatories.
Students must learn to decipher the measurements and play the corresponding notes on the piano. For some, this phase is a real torture. Solfeggio often discourages those who are not sufficiently motivated to learn.
Even for self-taught pianists, solfeggio can be a rather difficult obstacle.
Don’t let that happen to you! In fact, consider music a foreign language and solfeggio the basis of its grammar: only if you apply yourself and you are tortured by the conjugation of verbs and the formation of the plural, once you have deepened your knowledge of the language you can express yourself in the right way and become a pro level!
Those who prefer to use tablatures know that it is easier to find the score of a song.
- How do I recognize a beginner’s score?
- What details should I pay attention to in order to find easy piano scores?
- The role of hands
- The first thing to look at in a beginner’s score is the double stave.
- For a beginner, it takes a lot of exercise to coordinate your hands!
Approaching the piano
When first approaching the piano, it is important to pay attention to the function of the two hands.
On the piano, the right hand plays the melody, while the left hand takes care of the chords. The biggest difficulty is that of being able to perform both at the same time. It’s a technique that comes with time but that must be adopted by beginners right away. In short, coordination is also needed in the piano as in sport.
Yet, many scores propose different chords with the same rhythm as the melody.
In order to find a score that is suitable for beginners, you need to focus your attention on the lower stave, i.e. the one that corresponds to your left hand.
The best thing to do is to start with the scores without too many chords so as not to make the reading of a score too difficult and instead favour the easy scores for piano, that is, those that have a simple melody.
A slow rhythm
The rhythm of a song has a big influence on its level of difficulty. The higher the rhythm, the more difficult the beginner pianist will have to respect it.
As much as you like it and have always dreamed of performing it yourself, keep in mind that it is useless to be discouraged from the beginning with a too complicated piece.
So make sure that your score does not contain symbols such as dotted notes or triplets, i.e. three notes joined by a ligature. Their presence is often an indication of the presence of a rather complex rhythm.
The movements of the two hands
Not only should you pay attention to your right hand, left hand and rhythm, but you should also look at the position of the notes.
If your hands have to make big jumps to move from one note to another, it means that the song is quite complicated.
Hands are fundamental for a pianist: it’s trivial, but it’s important to keep it well in mind and make every effort to use them in the right way.
Do you want to become the new Stefano Bollani? It starts with the hands (which also rhymes)!
To verify this detail you could look on the internet for videos of pianists who play the piece in which you have chosen to try. In this way you will see clearly if your hands move a lot. If so, it means that fingering is complicated.
You can see if there are big differences even from the analysis of the score.
That is, you have to make sure that the notes are not too far apart from each other. In other words, if one note is at the bottom of the score and the next at the top, you will need to make a big leap.
Forget this score for now and put it aside for when you’ve done more practice and are ready to do it.
And about piano and touch:
I always remember what my old piano teacher used to say to me: to get a good touch you need steel fingers in velvet gloves… Maybe that’s the case in life too.
Are you ready to move between steel and fingers? Let’s go on!
The sharp and the flat
The sharp the flat are two alterations that are obtained with the black keys of your plane.
These make the piece more complicated; it is important that beginners concentrate on the white keys at first, in order to learn the solfeggio for the piano.
To avoid alterations, choose easy piano scores without symbols like b or # on the score.
You can immediately discard scores where these symbols are shown at the beginning of the stave.
Their presence indicates that the alterations are to be applied to all notes.
This is a real ordeal for a beginner.
Things to avoid
Better to avoid scores with alterations if you are a beginner pianist.
The black keys of the piano represent the sharp and flat!
Choose scores without alterations so as not to make the performance even more complicated.
If your repertoire includes complicated pieces among your favourites and can’t help but include alterations, try to limit the use of these notes in the score.
This will save you some time and avoid discouraging you. Remember, in this regard, that not losing your motivation is essential to make progress! Perhaps this aspect comes first and is the real basis of your success (not just as a pianist).
Scores for children
“Oh what a beautiful castle” haunted you in childhood?
Well, today you will reassess it because – maybe you won’t believe it – but this song today could be of great help to you.
The cartoon acronyms and traditional nursery rhymes that are sung to all children are easy to perform.
Those who compose music for children generally use simple and engaging melodies that remain in your head … of the real catchphrases.
Do you remember, for example, the famous “Can you feel the love tonight” by Elton John or the song from the Disney movie Frozen, so loved by all girls?
You can’t say no!
Children’s songs also have the advantage of having short lyrics… which makes them really memorable.
For an amateur pianist that’s a good thing, as a long song can be a very difficult challenge.
A children’s song can be learned within a few days or just a few weeks of exercise.
It all depends on your learning pace. In any case, you can shorten the tracks to keep the essentials.
Sometimes the melody is enough to recognize a song. You can take advantage of the children’s songs to get familiar with the plan before buying the score that suits you.
Start learning the melody with your right hand before you stick the notes with your left.
And, about children; if you’re wondering: no, it’s never too early to get them close to the piano. Some children start playing the piano around the age of 3 or 4. It must also be said that the great composers, as a rule, started playing the instrument very early. Clearly, on such small children it will be possible to work only on the ear, the sense of rhythm and the musical sensitivity in general; these are, however, elements that should not be underestimated and that will prove fundamental at a later stage.
What kind of music can beginner’s scores be found in?
Scores for beginners: Italian music
Mina, Lucio Battisti, Laura Pausini, Vasco Rossi, Lorenzo Jovanotti, Elisa… The repertoire of Italian song is very wide, as demonstrated by the parterre that every year gives life to a unique and famous event all over the world, the Sanremo Festival.
Why choose this kind of sheet music to start playing the piano?
First of all, because the Festival’s music is in most cases the music we listen to every day on the radio, and then because it’s the one we like! Surely, having listened to the symphony on the radio, it will be easier to learn and repeat it…
If you are looking for a score for beginners you can consult the scores of English pop music with its slow melodies.
The panorama of English music is very rich… why not start from there?
Even if, let’s face it, the opposite is true: it’s useless to insist on playing Italian pop music if you can’t stand it and it’s the farthest thing from your strings. For many, however, this will be an opportunity to have fun with the piano and not to feel the fatigue of the hours of practice … or at least feel it less!
Another advantage of Italian love songs, not to be underestimated, is that they often have a rather slow time. This allows beginners to learn to play the piano progressively. We know what an objection you are making: yes, it’s true that songs can sometimes seem a bit sad.
But there are those who say that sad music makes you happy!
And it’s not just words: these are the results of some studies carried out by researchers from Tokyo University of the Arts and Montfort University in Leicester, UK… in case you want to go deeper into the subject!
But back to us.
How do you identify the time on a score?
You have to find the semitones or, worse, the biscuits. They are notes with values of 1/16 and 1/32 of a whole respectively. They are therefore very short and accelerate the song.
If you’re at the beginning it’s better to avoid the scores centered on these values.
However, it doesn’t even make sense to ban a score just because it contains some biscuits. After all, with a little exercise nothing is insurmountable. In fact, certainly in performing it you will have even more satisfaction!
It’s okay not to face very difficult scores right away, but it’s also important not to give up at the first difficulty! Testing yourself also helps to make progress and improve.
You don’t want a semi-coloured to block your career as a pianist in the bud, do you?
Learning to play the piano is a goal that also passes from the fact of facing and possibly overcome difficulties in order to advance and make progress, putting yourself to the test without too much fear. If it’s true that at the beginning it doesn’t make sense to focus on pieces outside your real possibilities, the practice must not be too simple, otherwise you risk stagnating and always remain at the same level.
Start with these
To help you choose the repertoire for your first performances (and maybe performances), here are some songs that you can start playing as a beginner:
- I live for her, by Andrea Bocelli
- Albachiara, by Vasco Rossi
- Drops of memory, by Giorgia
- And I’m thinking of you, Lucio Battisti
These are just some examples of what can be considered easy scores for Italian music piano. These are very famous pieces that you have certainly already heard “reworked” and on which you can also imprint your personal touch.
And now while “breathe slowly without making noise”, follow us that we go beyond the musical boundaries of our peninsula!
Pop-rock scores for beginner pianists
Moving away from Italy (and its incredible repertoire, it must be said) and turning our attention to international music we can say that there are many songs to be taken into account when dealing with the first exercises at the piano.
Pop or rock music songs can be very slow. This is great news: it allows beginner pianists to get used to finger movements and hand positions little by little.
These rhythms are extraordinary allies and very effective in learning to play the piano.
It’s a real pleasure for pianists to learn these tracks and play them in front of their friends, whether it’s on a digital piano, a grand piano or a vertical plane.
Here is a list, although not exhaustive, of international songs that can be played with excellent results on the piano if you are a beginner:
- You’re Beautiful, by James Blunt
- I’m Yours, by Jason Mraz.
- Sorry seems to be the hardest word, by Elton John
- Imagine, by John Lennon
- The Sound of Silence, by Simon & Garfunkel
- Love Yourself, by Justin Bieber
- Chasing Cars, by Snow Patrol
- Hello, from Adele
Is there also your favorite piece among them?
In case no one was to your liking, although we doubt it because there are real masterpieces, considering that there are many other scores available online, even for those looking for a score per floor without paying. If you have the opportunity to go to the store, you can take advantage of the advice on scores for beginners by those who know about it.
Don’t forget to practice piano chords so you can progress quickly and play even more pieces, successfully expanding your repertoire.
Adapt all genres of music to the level of beginners
Although some genres are better suited to being played by beginners, you can always take advantage of any song, if simplified.
Never forget, however, that the most important thing is to have fun, because that’s the only way to spend time on the piano and progress quickly.
Whether you’re a jazz fan, a blues fan, a rock fan, a pop music fan or a reggae fan, no matter what kind of music you choose, you can always adapt a score to your style and, above all, your level.
Remember that just looking for “easy piano scores” online will find many resources suitable for beginners and broaden your horizons.
All piano scores can be adapted to the needs of pianists.
Even rock can be suitable for beginner pianists!
Some of the sites that the search engine will reveal to you are so complete that they even allow you to play the same song depending on your level: beginner, intermediate or advanced.
Schumann, Mozart, Il Volo, Black Eyed Peas, Schubert, Giorgia, Beethoven, Coldplay, Liszt, Bach, Battisti, Chopin, Metallica… as much as they are your personal myths and music myths in general, you will soon find that they are all accessible!
If you don’t know where to start, look for inspiration on the internet. The Net is a great resource for almost anything, and therefore also for pianists. Also, since it has been proven that some songs make people happy, you can practice and earn money in a good mood. Better than a psychologist’s session!
There are studies that show the positive influence that music has on our psyche. One more reason to play the piano.
Music is good for the soul!
And apparently better than having a drink with friends, if that’s true:
A man cannot be drunk with a novel or a painting, but he can get drunk with Beethoven’s Ninth, Bartók’s Sonata for two pianos and percussion or a Beatles song.
Once you enter this world, remember that the help of an experienced musician is essential. Ask your teacher for advice during piano lessons. Music courses are for that!
Your teacher will also be happy to see you so motivated for your piano lessons.
Remember that with Superprof you have at your fingertips a lot of music teachers available to follow you and accompany you in your progress, both with home lessons and through distance learning. Often the first lesson is free and can be a great way to evaluate the feeling with the teacher and understand if you want to follow the course that offers.
That’s not all:
The first meeting is essential to give the teacher a way to understand who is in front of him and then propose lessons specially sewn on you, indeed … on your fingers.
Following a musical path with a teacher that you estimate and with whom you feel completely at ease is an excellent starting point to tackle the inevitable rocks (such as solfeggio) with the right perspective and also to have an objective assessment of your level and your progress.
With the help of a professional, you will soon be able to switch from easy piano scores to very complicated ones, almost without you noticing.
Just start on the right foot… or maybe we should say “hands”!
In any case, we want to leave you with a text by Alessandro Baricco that makes well the infinite possibilities that your fingers, beating on those white and black keys, will give you:
Now you think: a piano. The keys start. The keys end. You know that they are 88, on this no one can fool you. They’re not infinite, they’re not. You are infinite, and inside those keys, infinite is the music you can play. They are 88, you are infinite. I like that.
Because music is magic, but you have to know the tricks well.
Good luck, dear pianists!