• Piano Tutorial: Adele's "Someone Like You" & Other 4-Chord Songs

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    Learn to accompany Someone Like You, No One, She Will be Loved, & other songs (see list below) that use the 1-5-6-4 chord progression. Go to http://www.doctorkeys.com/ for the rest of this course, as well as many other tutorials.

    This video is the first lesson in my newest course, Pop Piano Accompaniment.

    From the opening of the video:

    Here's a question for you. What do all these songs have in common?

    Someone Like You, No One, She Will Be Loved, You're Beautiful, With or Without You, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Forever Young, Let it Be, Under the Bridge, No Woman No Cry, Land Down Under, So Lonely, Happy Ending, Fall at Your Feet, When I Come Around.

    Well, the answer is that they all share a particular sequence of chords -- a chord progression, as we call it. If we're playing in the key of C, all these songs use these chords, in this order: C, G, A minor, F.

    If we assign scale-step numbers to the chord roots instead of letters, that's 1-5-6-4. (Using numbers makes it easier to transpose a song into any key.)

    Now some of the songs stick entirely, or almost entirely, to this progression, all the way through the song. Others use it just for the verse or chorus.

    But the point is--if you can play this chord sequence, you're well on your way to being able to play all those songs, and many others.

    In this lesson and the next, you're gonna learn to play this progression using a variety of rhythmic piano styles, and we'll match up each song in our list with the style or styles best suited to it.

    As usual with my DoctorKeys tutorials, I also discuss the physical aspects -- how to play with a relaxed, efficient, piano technique. Show less
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    All piano tutorials show you what notes to play. Mine go the extra step and teach you HOW to play. Access the whole course at DoctorKeys.com
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    This playlist includes a random sampling of music that my students and I enjoy playing. The pieces range from baroque to Beatles, easy to intermediate.

    Most of the videos tell you where the music comes from, such as a specific volume from Faber Piano Adventures, The Joy of Jazz, or Robert Vandall's Preludes.

    You can hear my recordings of more difficult repertoire (including Beethoven, Chopin, Mompou, Joseph Lamb, and others) at: http://pianosociety.com/cms/index.php?section=2896
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