15 Easy Piano Solos That Sound Hard
Are you eager to show off your skills with some popular piano songs? The good news is there are tons of piano solos that seem complicated, but are actually pretty easy to play.
From pop piano songs to old classics, here are 15 of the best piano solos you can play to impress an audience.
15 Beautiful Piano Solos That are Easy To Learn
While these piano solos might not sound like beginner songs, they are fairly easy to master with some practice. Browse below and choose a few that grab your attention.
1. All I Ask of You: Phantom of the Opera
This gorgeous theme song from the musical “Phantom of the Opera” composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber is a classic love song that will surely wow your audience. This great piano solo can be performed with or without vocalists.
2. Piano Man: Billy Joel
If you’re a pianist and a singer, this is a great song to practice both your piano skills and your vocals. Your audience will be impressed with how you can channel your inner Billy Joel with this classic pop piano song.
3. Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen
Looking for a rock solo to add to your repertoire? This piano solo is great if you want to practice slow and fast tempos, and the use of dynamics. You can make this song as easy or as hard as you want.
4. Heart and Soul: Hoagy Carmichael
Whether you decide to play this song solo or as a duet, you’re sure to have a blast! It has a very fun, simple piano rhythm in the left hand, with a fun melody in the right hand.
5. Fur Elise: Beethoven
If you’re looking for a classical hit to wow your audience, try this piano solo. It’s great for practicing arpeggios and showing off your classical technique.
6. The Entertainer: Scott Joplin
A classic ragtime piece, Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” is a great piano solo that will show off your fancy finger work. There are many modified piano versions out there, so find one that fits your skill set.
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7. Cannon in D: Pachelbel
A beautiful classical piece, this piano solo is perfect for weddings or any other formal celebration. It’s also a great solo to practice easy chords, and a simple bass line.
8. Ave Maria: Schubert
This simple, but impressive ballad is great for practicing arpeggios and chords. Because the song pretty much keeps the same pattern throughout, you should be able to learn it in no time!
9. Prelude to the Well Tempered Clavichord: Bach
This is one of my personal favorites to play on the piano because it sounds difficult but is very easy to play. It’s also great for practicing dynamics.
10. All that Jazz: Chicago
This piano solo is a fun jazz piece that sounds fancy, but is easy to play. The bridge and ending will make your audience think that you can bring the house down.
11. Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Wizard of Oz
Audience members will surely shed a tear during your performance of this famous song. It’s the perfect piano solo to milk out long legato phrases, and sounds pretty in any key.
12. Tale as Old as Time: Beauty and the Beast
One of Disney’s most sensational piano pieces, this piano solo is an easy piece to embellish the melody, add trills, and chord inversions if you feel like making the song extra special.
13. My Heart Will Go On: Titanic
This Grammy award-winning song will captivate your audience’s heart. In this ballad, you can really capture emotion with just a few chords, and repeating melodic phrase.
14. New York, New York: Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra’s hit, New York, New York is a crowd favorite. You can really build up the chorus section, which the audience will go nuts over because they will want to sing along.
15. What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong
This piano solo will melt your audience to pieces. This is a great song if you want to work on conveying emotion through different peaks and climaxes, especially in the bridge section.
These are all great piano solos you can start practicing today. If you need more guidance on performing piano solos, look for a private piano teacher near you, or sign up for TakeLessons Live. It’s free for 30 days and you can learn to play even more piano solos there with other students like you.
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