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Published on Nov 22, 2012
A familiar set of chords -- I vi IV V ( C Am F G) is the biggest cliché in the book -- but if you make the vi chord (A minor) the tonic, it takes on a whole new look. In fact, the riff ends on I (C), so in the end, it's a major riff toying with vi in an 'interrupted cadence' (G -- Am), but you could make a case for A Aeolian mode as the key. (As a key, the Aeolian uses the chords of a major key, but with vi -- the relative minor -- as the tonic chord.)
(Note: An explanation of the Roman numeral method of naming chords can be found via the CHORDS tab on the musicarta.com site navbar.)
The riff qualifies for MEPS (old 'Enya Study') status since the left hand plays the root and the fifth, and the octave when it's not in (RH) use, and the right hand plays the third, or the fifth with the third if not. There's a 'ladder' to finish, too -- you should be able to make out the left/right patterning from the MidiPiano performance.
Musicarta Easy Piano Style is about the music that's right there under your fingers. This isn't hard music to play once you understand what you have to do -- so that's the thing you will want to learn first.
As with TPV Diaries 14-11-12 (2), the second half of the MidiPiano performance shows the 'target chords' -- the notes you head for and cover before any keyboard texture (aka finger waggling) is applied. These are the chords you would learn first if you were going to go about learning this riff in an efficient, methodical way.
Then you'll want to know how melody moves between the on-the-beat 'anchor' notes. Does it move up or down? By step or skip? You'll also spend some serious time working out exactly what fingering lets you get to the notes.
No dedicated page at Musicarta for this riff -- but the whole site is basically about learning to play like this, so -- dive right in! Links to the right on the Mister Musicarta YouTube home page.