There are some preconceptions about learning fun songs to play on piano. Too often it’s thought to be difficult, but I don’t agree with that. Therefor I think one of the most important and effective thing to do is to simply forget about this myth, totally ignore it in order to be mentally ready to get into the best songs to learn on piano.
The second one (which originates from the traditional piano school system) is that if you want to play pop or jazz, than first of all you should start with learning classical music. But it’s also not true like that. Moreover you can learn music theory through popular songs as well.
The third one is that you need to know all the chords and all the notes to sit down in front of a keyboard and play on it. Not true again! The most important is to start using your existing knowledge in a way that you can play your latest favourite songs as well.
Inpatience and too high expectations are usually causing troubles for adults as well. They give up more easily than kids. But why is it like that? When a child is learning to play the piano he or she usually knows less songs in general, so they are not stressing about that “how many songs I still can’t play”. Adults however might compare their current level with for example how the beautiful piano songs from movies sound. This can lead to more frustration and less focus to the next details to practice. So I think its best to appreciate the knowledge we currently have. We can still grow from there and sooner or later we can get to the point where we want to be.
There is another way we can get confused. If something seems to be too easy. For example we can already play a famous piano tune after only some short practice sessions and than we don’t understand how did it happen. This can be because sometimes we think that every progress and improvement must be hard. Actually the opposite is true. When you find some easy piano song that you can learn in a short time, – that’s when you are doing well!
To accept that it is OK, visualize this mountain climbing metaphore: why would you want to get to the top via the steepest rocks if there is another path which can lead you to the same peak, but without the struggle! So I think we can master the best songs to learn on piano by taking the smart way, not the hard way. Don’t expect it to be unbelievebly difficult, sometimes it can be surprisingly easy. There are many easy piano songs that sound hard.
In my previous post I’ve mentioned how important it can be to express your feelings when playing the piano. One way of that is improvisation which reflects your current mood. Many thinks that only after they are good at music theory and mastered countless items, than they could start to improvise. Again, the opposite is more likely. Every now and then the most beautiful tunes are not that complicated at all.
What do you think how were the best songs to learn on piano born? Many musicians don’t start by studying to read music, but just start to impovise. Be brave and you can do it too. Don’t expect tho that you ‘ll suddenly become Beethoven or Ray Charles, or just by hitting more and more keys will somehow create a song automatically. Do it slowly, look for good little snippets or just a few sounds that sound good together. These can come from you, or from part of a popular melodie. Make notes and next time you can expand it further, then improvisation becomes music writing.