No matter what kind of music you’re interested in — be it rock, pop, jazz, or anything else — there are certain songs and melodies that are sure to wow a crowd.
While not all the songs on this list are for beginners, these tutorials break down the piece into easily-digestible sections, helping you learn even faster. Without further ado, here are eight easy piano tutorials for some classic songs — enjoy!
8 Easy Piano Tutorials
How to Play “Ode to Joy”
This is a fantastic piano tutorial from YouTuber Bruce Siegel at DoctorKeys.com. After playing the piece in entirety, Bruce then demonstrates how to play each hand, slowly, along with a visual representation of which keys are being played.
Watch and follow along a few times, and you’ll be ready to show off this easy piano song in no time!
How to Play “Clair de Lune”
This tune plays in one of the best scenes in the movie Ocean’s Eleven. While “Clair de Lune” isn’t the easiest song to play on the piano, this video tutorial from JJ Bartley Music breaks it down super slowly to make it much less scary.
This three-part tutorial will take some time to get through, but the end result is worth it!
How to Play “March Funèbre”
While you may not recognize the name of this piece, you’ll definitely recognize the tune! This somber song is demonstrated by YouTuber John Nelson on a keyboard with the note names clearly shown, which can help if you haven’t yet learned how to read piano music.
(Tip: John has a TON of other YouTube piano tutorials on his channel, including the top 40 songs from Taylor Swift and Sam Smith!)
How to Play “Moonlight Sonata”
This 8-part video series by YouTuber Claude Aylestock — though not the full version of the piece — is a great introduction to Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”.
If you already know your way around the piano a bit, but just need some practice reading along with sheet music, this tutorial is a great option. It shows both the sheet music AND the host’s hands!
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How to Play “Ave Maria”
One of the most popular and easy piano tutorials is this video featuring “Ave Maria” from YouCanPlayIt.com.
As you follow along, you’ll be introduced to the left and right hand parts separately and slowly. Put it all together, take the tempo up a notch, and you’ve got it!
How to Play “The Entertainer”
This piece, performed by Dr. Cory Hall at BachScholar, is more for intermediate to advanced piano players — it’s a tough one!
You’ll need to have your sheet music in front of you for this, as the video is less a piano tutorial, but more an interpretation and explanation of the style and feel of the piece.
How to Play “Love Song”
This easy-to-follow YouTube piano tutorial by HDPiano slowly demonstrates the right and left hands, showing you how to play the intro and the verses of the song.
Only the first part of the tutorial is free, but it’s a great way to get started!
(Want more pop tutorials? Check out our extended list of easy pop songs for piano!)
Finally, if you want to be the life of the party, look for lists of the most-requested dueling piano bar songs. These songs are guaranteed to get everyone singing along and having a blast.
How to Play “Don’t Stop Believin'”
Another fantastic YouTube piano tutorial from HDPiano! In this one, you’ll learn the intro and verse for Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”.
The syncopation is a little tricky — but the more you practice, the easier it’ll get. And trust us… the minute you start playing this one, everyone around you will pay attention!
So there you have it: eight easy piano tutorials for playing some of the most popular songs! Of course, these videos should be considered just a starting point.
So what’s next? Working with a piano teacher to learn how to read sheet music, understand tempo and dynamic markings, and more! Not sure you’re ready for that yet? Don’t worry. Start by taking some free online piano classes.
Do you have another piano tutorial to recommend? Let us know about it in the comments section below!
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