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Collecting the greatest piano hits of all time – the best ones to learn

The most simple and most resultful but also the most difficult (and the most time consuming!) way of this research is if you are using the internet to sort through all the songs of the world in your quest to find the best songs to learn on piano.

     It’s a good idea if you get a notebook and organize your notes:

  • make a list of everything related that comes to your mind (your favourite songs in general, your well remembered  movie soundtracks, musicals you know, or your friends’ favourites, etc… )                
  • make a list of all the websites that has some sort of related lists, put those lists all together, eliminate the duplications and sort it through some sensible criteria (easy, well know, best classics, great modern pop or jazz etc.)
  • you could gather book titles which suggest containing must play piano pieces,then go buy them and read them
  • follow recommendations from online and offline piano schools
  • collect radio and music tv channel’s top lists, and again sort the items from these onto your own previously started most beautiful piano pieces of all time list
  • keep this notebook on you, so if you get a sudden idea anytime anywhere, or you hear a great new song you think could sound awesome on the piano than you can add it to your list

As I said before, when you have the list, you can pick any pieces of it and learn them quickly. That’s why its vital to have an awesome piano tunes list.

Now what I reckon, is that your most convinient source can be this blog right here. I’ve already done most of the hard work I’ve outlined in the bulletpoint section above (yeah I havent bought and read through all the piano stuff books, only checked my old ones left over from my childhood music school days…). But since I already had all this information collected and sorted by various criteria, I will give you my throughout best songs to learn on piano list in the next post coming in a few days.

I paid attention not to only gather these songs, but also evaluated, categorized and sorted them by difficulty (in terms of playing them on a full size piano keyboard) and by the mood they reflect, so to make it easy for anybody to select which is a good piano song to play for you. I might highlight the most easy to learn version of each song, to make it a piece of cake even for the beginners, however I know that many of you are already intermediate or advance level and are just looking for the top piano songs.

Here is a very short video of some of the items that are on my “greatest piano hits of all time” list. Please share it if you like it, so more ppl can know about it, and suggest new items to grow our toplist.

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Learn the best piano pieces quickly

Learn the best piano pieces

Learn the best piano pieces

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.

easy piano songs for kids

easy piano songs for kids

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.

Tori Amos well known piano songs

Tori Amos well known piano songs

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.

Ray Charles great piano pieces

Ray Charles great piano pieces

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.

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