Learn How To Play Let It Rain

* Learn How To play Let It Rain

Key of C LH/RH

G,A,C,D / G,A,C,D
C / G-C-E Open the flood gates
/ A of
G / D-G-B Heaven
E / B-E-G Let
G / E-G-B it
A / E-A-C rain
A / A-C-E Let
G / G-B-D it
F / G-A-C rain
F / F-A-C (slide G to F)

Music breakdown part:

C / G-C-E
B / G-B-D
A / E-A-C
G / D-G-B
F / C-F-A
E / B-E-G
D / A-D-F
C / G-C-E
G / A-B-D-G

* The live version of Let it Rain from Bishop Paul S. Morton


* Let it Rain (Ab) Chord Breakdown (jessroy2004)


Learn Songs By Ear

How do I go about learning a song by ear?

Here's my answer to the question. When I listen to songs...

1. Find the melody (some of it first) and listen for where a song resolves. For example, at the end of the verse, you can hear the I chord (one chord) or the "tonic" chord. That tells you the key the song is in. When you know the key, then you can figure out the progressions from there, usually. And, it just takes time to hear major or minor keys.

2. Next, listen for bass notes. Most of the time you can hear the bottom the best, and then you figure out what chords will go with that bass note. I can hear "suspended" chords well (C F G) and augmented chords(a chord w/a sharp 5th) for instance C(#5) is C E G#. I can also hear a bass note with a different chord over it, for instance C\G = LH/RH G\C E G. Listen for your bass notes. Once you have your bass notes and a pattern, go from there.

3. Organization is the key. Type out the words, while listening to the CD. Stop, start, stop, and start. Get all the words typed out with space in between each line to write. This way, you can see and hear, the verses, choruses and vamps. So many songs are so much alike (at least very similar) that once you start to really engage your ears, you find you can play one song, and you can play 4 or 5 others you like.

4. Successful ear players have a plan, and a method. Find your own method. I need to "hear" things over and over, hearing the patterns, the chords, and paying attention to what's repetitive in the song.

5. Harmonize the melody. The melody note, that is the soprano part if it's a choir singing. Build your chord beneath that melody note and you have the choir parts too!

So, is it possible to Play The Piano By Ear?

* Yes, the ability to play a piece of music is simply listening to it repeatedly!

* Repetition is a great way to understand a song and chord structure.

* Figuring out the notes and rhythms to a song helps you to learn how to effectively structure a song in that particular genre.

* Playing by ear is also beneficial in helping a musician develop his or her own style; creating something distinctive, something indicative of them only.

* Learning music is the same as learning a language; it's acquired by years of hearing it, eventually coupled with formal training.

* Anyone can learn enough about the basics of playing by ear if they learn the following skills:

Being able to hear a tune and have a general sense of the contour of the melody -- when the tune moves higher or lower as the song progresses.

Learning to chart that melody contour either on paper or in their memory.(as mentioned earlier).

Learning to match the melody to appropriate chords.

Playing by ear is really a combination of three factors:

1. Using your tonal memory to recall music you have heard:

2. Using your ears and fingers to help you reproduce what you recall;

3. Using "melody contour" (the "shape" of the tune), "chord structure" (how to form the chords on the keyboard to match the tune), and "chord progressions" (the path chords take as they move through a song).

The real key to playing by ear is learning how to chart the shape of a tune, learn how to construct chords, and then determine the likelihood of chord progressions -- in other words, which chord comes next.

I have purchased these resources from HearandPlay and believe these are the best Books, Cds and Dvds on learning how to play a song by ear. Read more here and order today if you're serious about learning how to play a song by ear!

Learn To play By Ear

Learn To Play Any Song By Ear

Learn Chords


Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan , born on January 28, 1968, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a Grammy-winning Canadian musician, singer and songwriter.


I love her gentle voice and piano style. What's your favorite song?
Read her story, enter her website:


* Video: Angel

* Video: I Will Remember You

* Free Sheet Music: Angel, Fallen, World On Fire


* Chords To Angel

Intro: C Fmaj7/A (x2)

Dm7 F

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance,

For the break that will make it okay.

Dm7 F
There’s always some reason to feel not good enough,

And it’s hard at the end of the day.

Dm7 F
I need some distraction or a beautiful release,

Memories seep from my veins.

Dm7 F
Let me be empty and weightless and maybe,

C F Gsus4
I’ll find some peace tonight.


C C9 C Em
In the arms of the angel fly away from here,

From this dark, cold hotel room and the endlessness that you fear.

C C9 C Em
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie,

You’re in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here.

Repeat Intro

Dm7 F

So tired of the straight line and everywhere you turn,

There’s vultures and thieves at your back.

Dm7 F
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies,

That make up for all that you lack.

Dm7 F
It don’t make no difference, escape one last time,

It’s easier to believe.

Dm7 F
In this sweet madness, oh, this glorious sadness,

C F Gsus4
That brings me to my knees.


You’re in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here.


C Fmaj7/A (x3)

* Facebook- Sarah MacLachlan

* Video: World On Fire - (folks, please think about it!)




Yellow by Coldplay

"Look at the stars, look how they shine for you!"
Whether you've seen Coldplay live in Toronto, live in Hong Kong, live in Sydney or live at Glastonbury, the song is amazing and their performance is thrilling!
Just see for yourself. See and hear Coldplay's fantastic ending with giant yellow balloons falling from the sky!
* Coldplay live in Toronto 2006


* How To Play Yellow (Coldplay) On Piano by doriansol

* Muppet Beaker sings Yellow by Coldplay

Great synching going on here:


* Yellow - Classical Piano - Coldplay by UKpiano
Very beautiful- enjoy!

* Sheet Music Found Here:



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Friend of God- Israel Houghton

Israel Houghton is a producer. He produced Martha Munizzi's "The Best is Yet to Come". He is a writer. He wrote "New Season", "You Are Good", "Friend of God", "Sing", "Your Latter Will Be Greater". And Israel is a praise and worship leader at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. "Friend of God" is from the CD Live from Another Level


I've always loved this song and I enjoy playing it. Sample other musician's style of the song on YouTube links I've listed here.
* Chords To Friend Of God
FRIEND OF GOD by Israel Houghton
Key: E
LH/=Bass Line
E/Ab-B-E............Who am I that you are mind of
C#/C#-Eb-E-Ab........Me (Bounce the bass right here)
F#/Ab-A-C#-E..........That you would here me when I
Repeat chords
Is it true that you are thinking of me?
How you love me
D/D-F#-A.............It's amazing
Repeat Verse chords for Chorus
A/A-C#-E...........Lord Almighty
Ab-Ab-B-E.............something, something glory
F#/Ab-A-C#-E............You have called me friend
Back to the top.
* Great voicings of 2Blessed2bStessed


* Friend of God Tutorial by agfpw


* Friend of God by normandm85. This guy is amazing!


* Arrangement In Key of D
D Bm7 A7sus/E D Dsus
D Bm7
Who am I that you are mindful of me,
A7sus/E D Dsus
That you hear me when I call?
* Another Arrangement
E C#m7 F#m7 E
E C#m7
Who am I that you are mindful of me
F#m7 E
That you hear me, when I call
E C#m7
Is it true that you are thinking of me
That you love me
Its amazing
E C#m7
I am a friend of God, I am a friend of God
F#m7 E
I am a friend of God He calls me friend
A2 G#m7
God almighty, Lord of glory
F#m7 A2
You have called me friend
* Blogs About Israel Houghton


* Facebook



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Play Piano By Ear Course

300 pg Course

Here's what my friend Ecio has to say:

"I want to send my thanks wholeheartedly to Jermaine and the team that makes possible to all of us hearandplay. I wanted to point that I have found a great deal of satisfaction in using the 300pg course. The course takes an easy approach to concepts that otherwise seem unreachable for those of us that use the self teaching approach. Although many of the concepts I've read before in other methods, I find amazing that Jermaine seems to expose every idea with the simplicity that makes it so easy to understand."

LadyD says:

* The 300 page course is a theory book with bonus CD (sound library- audio examples).
* I have found Jermaine's theory concepts simple to understand and apply.
* I am able to recognize songs, melodies and chords by ear better because of this course.

Have you seen the new HearandPlay Video?

This course offers 60 free online piano lessons, resources, and even a 300-pg Piano Course for students who are serious about learning to play the piano by ear. This course covers beginning techniques, music theory, chords, progressions, improvisation, and more!

Dear Friend,

If you are interested in taking your piano playing to the next
level, I think I may have struck the right chord for you. Just
last week, I was contacted by my friends over at HearandPlay.com
who specialize in teaching people how to play piano by ear.

Jermaine Griggs, the President of HearandPlay, just let me know
that his site had recently been updated with a few new piano

When I finally checked it out (because I was very busy last
week), I noticed one particular article that discusses the
differences between musicians who play piano from sheet music
and others who play by ear --- some of the advantages and
disadvantages of both.

The article focuses more on the advantages of playing by ear
--- obviously because that's their specialty. Here are just a
few of the many examples of what they said (you'll have to check
out the article for yourself to get the full story):

Advantages of Playing Piano By Ear

1) "Being able to instantly recognize chords that are played in
songs even without being at a piano."

How does this help you?

"You are able to learn songs faster and easier because you
understand why chords are played at certain points in songs."

2) "Not required to memorize chord progressions (pattern of
chords played one after the other) because understanding them
will automatically incline you to know what chord to play next."

How does this help you?

"Allows you to improvise and add your own "flavor" to the song.
This is especially advantageous when playing in a church as you
can never predict how long a song will be sung or what key the
singer might resolve to. In a band, this might be helpful if the
leader simply instructs everyone to surprisingly repeat a part
of the song or change the key in which the song is currently
being played in."

3) "Will allow you to use the same methods to play virtually any
song you want (most songs; don't quote me if you're referring to
Mozart as this might take more practice than most other songs)."

How does this help you?

"Saves you the money and time of having to go out and buy the
sheet music to a song that you've already learned how to play by
using the ability of your ear to recognize melodies, chords, and
progressions. However, buying the sheet music isn't a bad idea
if you want to learn specific parts to songs that have high
levels of complexity."


You know... I could really go on and on about this article,but due
to the lack of space, I'm going to have to send you to the
article so you can check it out for yourself:

Go to: Learn To Play By Ear

(...and if you're really serious about taking your piano playing
to the next level, you might want to consider taking them up on
their 300-pg course, "The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear").

Meanwhile, let me know if you have any questions and I'll
answer or pass them to the right folks at HearandPlay.com.

Again, go to:
Learn To play By Ear

All the best,

P.S. - There's also a little section in the article that talks
about major and minor scales, chords, and progressions. Check
out that section too.


Oh Happy Day!

I am feeling blessed now that my blog is up and running with three columns!
Great job, Mark Elliot, thank you! Oh Happy Day!

Song: Oh Happy Day
Chords By: Ferrente
Key Of: Ab

Ab/AbCEb (filler)
Ab/AbCEb Oh
Ab/AbCEb Happy
Ab/AbC#F DaY
Ab/AbCEb (filler)
Ab/AbCEb Oh
Ab/AbCEb Happy
FEb/AC#F Day
Bb/AbC#F (filler)
Bb/AbC#F When
/CFAb Je---
/AbC#F --sus
Eb/BbEbG Washed
C/BbEbG (filler)
F/CEbAb (filler)
Bb/AbC#F (filler)
Bb/AbC#F When
/CFAb Je--
/AbC#F --sus
Eb/BbEbG Washed
C/BbEbG (filler)
F/CEbAb (filler)
Bb/AbC#F (filler)
Bb/AbC#F When
/CFAb Je---
Bb/AbC#F ---sus
Eb/BbEbG Washed, washed my
Eb/AbC#F sins A--
Ab/AbCEb ---way
Ab/AbCEb Oh
Ab/AbCEb Happy
Ab/AbC#F Day
/AbC#F (filler)
Ab/AbCEb (filler)
C/AbCEb Oh
C#/ (right hand) Hap--
D/ (right hand) --py
Eb/AbC#F Day
/FBbC# He
Eb/FBbC# Taught
/FBbC# Me
Ab/EbAbC How
Ab/EbF#AbC (filler)
Ab/EbF#AbC To
AbF/FAbC# Watch
/FAbC# Fight and
AbEb/EbAbC Pray

This a quick run:
AbF/C#FAb (filler)
AbF#/EbF#Ab (filler)
AbF/C#FAb (fIller)
AbEb/CEbAb (filler)

Eb/C#FAb Fight And
Ab/EbAbC Pray

C,C#,D,Eb Quick run both hands

Go to vamp:

Ab/CEbF#Ab (filler)
Bb/EbF#AbC Oh
B/EbF#AbC Hap--
C/EbF#AbC --py
C#/FAbC# Day
F/ (filler)
F#/EBb (fIller)
G/FB (fIller)

Oh Happy Day -Key of 'C' -Ezra Bufford Piano Practice

Intermediate Chords To Oh Happy Day:

Intro.: (C# F#) 4x

C# F#
Oh, happy day! (Oh, happy day)
C# Bb7
Oh, happy day! (Oh, happy day)
Ebm7 Ab
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Ebm7 Ab
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Ebm7 Ab7
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Washed my sins away

(Oh, happy day)
C# F#
(Oh, happy day)

C# F#
La la la la la la la (La la la la la la la)
C# F#
La la la la la (La la la la la)

Bb7 Eb
La la la la la la la (La la la la la la la)
Bb Eb
La la la la la (La la la la la)

Bb Eb
Oh, happy day! (Oh, happy day)
Bb G7
Oh, happy day! (Oh, happy day)
Cm7 F
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Cm7 F
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Cm7 F7
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Washed my sins away

Bb Eb
La la la la la la la (La la la la la la la)

Bb D/A
La la la la la (La la la la la)

He taught me how to walk
Fight and pray
G4 G
Fight and pray
G Am Bb° D7
(And He taught me how to living rejoicing!)
I'm living joyously
Every, every day
G4 G G/B G/C G/Db G/D
Every day! Whoa...

Db/Eb Ab C#
...oh, happy day! (Oh, happy day)
Ab Fm7
Oh, happy day! (Oh, happy day)
Bbm7 Eb
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Bbm7 Eb
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Bbm7 Eb7
When Jesus washed (When Jesus washed)
Washed my sins away

(Oh, happy day)
Ab Db/Eb
(Oh, happy day)

Ab C#
He taught me how to walk
Fight and pray
Ab4 Ab
Fight and pray
Ab Ab/C Ab/Db Ab/D Db/Eb
(And He taught me how to living rejoicing!)
I'm living joyously
C# Ab
Every, every day
Ab4 Ab
Every day!
(Oh, happy day)
Ab C#
(Oh, happy day)

F# C# Ab

Easy Chords To "Oh Happy Day":



Scales and Licks

A foundation for Scales and Licks is so important!
Take a look at these great teaching videos for improv, scales and fills:
* Learn Major Scales (expert village)


Learn Major Scales- Tutorial (Warbeats)

* Learn C Major Scale with Chords (Sam Tolbert)

* Learn B Major Scale with Proper Fingering (sesameseed77)

* Learn Minor Scales (expert village)


* Learn Pentatonic Scales- Descending- Art Tatum (fueyazo)

* Learn Blues Scales (MusicGuru12)

Learn Blues Scales (keybrdgui)

* Learn Scales and Licks Instructional- Part 1 (ddw4e)

Learn Scales and Licks Instructional- Part 2 (ddw4e)

* Scale Books To Buy
Look inside this title
The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences (Includes all the Major, Minor & Chromatic Scales) Compiled by Amanda Vick Lethco, Morton Manus, Willard A. Palmer. Instructional book for piano. Series: Alfred's Basic Piano Library. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AP.5743)
See more info...
Look inside this title
Complete Improvisation, Fills & Chord Progressions Book - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
Complete Improvisation, Fills & Chord Progressions Book By Gail Smith. For Piano. Theory & harmony. Complete. All Styles. Level: Intermediate. Book. 228 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (95761)
See more info...


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Progressions and Theory

Here is a handbook of videos, I've put together, from many artists on YouTube that teach chord progressions and the theory behind them!
* 7-3-6-2-5-1-4 Progressions in Eb Part 1 (ddw4e)

* 7-3-6-2-5-1-4 Progressions in Eb Part 2 (ddw4e)

* Common Progressions in Db

* Piano Chords I IV V- In The Mood (pianomother)

* Free Piano Lessons- Beginning Chords (pianosecrets)

* Passing Chords and Progressions by Kevin "K.C." Conley (prettysimplemusic)

* Runs on a 7 3 6 2 5 1 Progression (prettysimplemusic)

* Free Piano Lessons- Coordinating Your Left & Right Hands (pianosecrets) Amazing Grace

* Blues on Piano in G for Beginners (jbmaggs)

* Tritone (Jamal Hartwell)


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Linus and Lucy- Peanuts Theme Song

I have always liked Vince Guaraldi's music and enjoy playing it!
If you're interested, you'll find some great reading material on Vince Guaraldi here:


The 'Linus and Lucy' Peanuts theme is originally by Vince Guaraldi, and was reworked famously by George Winston. George Winston - Linus & Lucy - Free Sheet Music Riff:


This is a Level 2 piano player playing the song... love it!

Here is dcstudio playing in Vince's original keys.

If you want to jam along with the midi, hear Jon Powell's chords, plus the original midi and get chords to the song, check out the discussion:


Purchase Sheet Music in Ab Major

Look inside this title
Linus And Lucy - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
Linus And Lucy By Vince Guaraldi. Single for solo piano. Ab Major. 5 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.352295)
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I love Chick Corea's Happy Anniversary Charlie Brown!


How To Play Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

This is probably one of the most difficult pieces to learn!


* Free Sheet Music- Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen


I really enjoy sirmattblack's piano solo!

* There are 3 different keys in the song, starting in Bb, changing to A in the middle
of the Opera Section and then finishing in Eb.
* From a timing perspective, the song’s time signature is mainly in 4/4 but there are
a few occasions where 1 bar is 2/4 time and it changes back to 4/4 time the bar after it.
* The playing of the piece on piano requires the cross over technique you may have
seen in the video and some very quick and awkward chord changes ,e.g. in the No No No No bit of the Opera Section ; as well as having to remember all the chords.
* The Bohemian Rhapsody Piano Riff requires a crossover of hands and is Bass note,
followed by an arpeggio of the chord, followed by the crossover and the two high notes. Play this riff using the above technique where you see the *

Concert Intro
Freddie used the following intro during one of the concerts and it’s very effective! Use these chords in arpeggios on the lower & upper registers.Each Chord is 4 beats, medium tempo with the exclusion of the G Ab G Ab combo which is 1 beat each.
-- Faster --
F Eb/F F Eb/F Ab G Ab G Ab C (slows)
Start on the Bb Riff of 'Mama, just killed a man'
Album Intro :
The start of the song has no chords, and is in the key of Bb.
Piano starts on the first Gm below.
Bb6 C7 Bb6 C7
Is this real life, Is the just fantasy?
F7 Cm7 F7 Bb Cm7 Bb
Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality.
Open your eyes
Bb7 Eb Ab Eb
Look up to the skies and see
Cm Cm7 Cm F7
I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
B Bb A Bb B Bb A Bb
easy come, easy go, little high, little low
[Bass Guitar starts here]
Eb Bb/D C#dim F7/C F7/Eb Bb *
Any way the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me to me.
Bb Gm
Mama just killed a man
Cm Cm7 F7
put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he's dead
Bb Gm Cm Cm/B Eb/Bb Abmaj7 Eb/G
Mama life had just begun, but now I've gone and thrown it all away
Eb Bb/D Cm Fm C/E Ab/Eb Ddim Bb Bb6 Bb7 Eb
Mama Ooooo____ didn't mean to make you cry, if I'm not back again this time tomorrow,
Bb/D Cm Abm Eb Ab/Eb Eb Adim/Db Bb7sus4b9 Bb
Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters.
Bb Gm
Too late, my time has come
Cm Cm7 F7
Sent shivers down my spine, body's achin' all the time,
Bb Gm
Goodbye everybody, I've got to go,
Cm G+5/B Eb/Bb Adim Abmaj7 Eb/G
Gotta’ leave you all behind and face the truth.
Eb Bb/D Cm Fm C/E Ab/Eb Ddim Bb Bb6 Bb7 Eb
Mama Ooooo____ I don't want to die, I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all.
Guitar Solo : Each Bar 4 Beats, terminated by ;
Eb Bb/D ; Cm ; Fm C/E Ab/Eb Ddim ; Bb Bb Bb6 Bb7 ;
Eb Gm/D ; Cm ; Fm C/E Ab/Eb Ddim ; Db Db/C Db/B Db/Bb ; A ... (opera section)
Intro to Opera Section : A A A A A A A A staccatto
D/A A Adim A D/A A Adim
I see a little silhouetto of a man
A D/A A D/A A Adim A D/A A
Scarmouch Scarmouch will you do the fan-dan-go?
C# G#/C C/E E/G# A
Thunder bolt of lightning, very very frightening me
No Chords
Galileo Galileo Galileo figaro Mangnifico_oh_oh_oh
B Bb A Bb B Bb A Bb
I'm just a poor boy nobody loves me
Ab/Eb Eb Ebdim Eb Ab/Eb Eb Ebdim Eb
He's just a poor boy, from a poor fam-ily
Ab Eb/G F7 Bb (3 Bb notes ... then Ab/Eb Eb Cdim Bb7sus4b9
spare him his life from this monstrosity
B Bb A Bb B Bb Bbdim
Easy come easy go will you let me go?
Bb5 Eb Bb5 Eb Bb Bb Bbaug Bb7 Bbaug Bb
Bis-mil-lah No, we will not let you go
Let him go
Bb5 Eb Bb5 Bb Bb Bbaug Bb7 Bbaug Bb
Bis-mil-lah we will not let you go Let him go
Bb5 Eb Bb5 Bb Bb Bbaug Bb7 Bbaug Bb
Bis-mil-lah we will not let you go Let me go
Bb Bbaug Bb7 Bbaug Bb Bb Bbaug Bb7 Bbaug Bb
Will not let you go let me go will not let you go
Let me go oh oh oh oh oh
Bm A5 D Db Gb Bb5 Eb5 --- Eb Ab Eb N.C. Bb
no no no no no no no Oh Mamma Mia Mamma Mia Mamma Mia let me go
Bb Eb Ab D7 Gm Bb Bb5 Bb B7
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me for me for me Hard Rock Section
Eb Eb Eb F7 (each chord to the left of this is 1 bar)
Bb7 Eb(BbBass) Bb Eb Bb Db
So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye.______
Bb7 Eb(BbBass) Bb Eb Ab Ab/G
So you think you can love me and leave me to die.______
Fm Bb Fm Bb
Oh,_____ baby,_____ can't do this to me, baby.______
Fm7 Bb Fm7 Bb Eb Bb7
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here.______
(slowly, a tempo)
Eb Bb(Dbass) Cm G Cm G7 Cm Bb7 Eb D Gm Ab Eb
Cm Gm Cm Gm
Nothing really matters, anyone can see
Cm AbM Ab/Bb Eb Ab/Eb Eb
nothing raelly matters, nothing really matters to me
Ebdim Bb/D Dbmaj13 C Dbdim7 C F
Bb F Fdim C7sus4 F
Any way the wind blows
shawncheekeasy has a tutorial on YouTube:

Enjoy playing the song!


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Chord Fingering

* Piano Chords- Major Triads

Piano chords are formed by combining two or more scale tones (notes). You now know the notes that comprise all 12 major scales and you can play these scales smoothly. Apply this knowledge and begin combining the scale tones to form chords. You are now combining two or more intervals. The simplest and most common type of piano chords is the triad.

Here's detailed finger settings for hundreds of piano chords and scales, displayed in a graphical manner.


A triad is composed of 3 notes from the major scale. A major triad consists of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th tones (notes) of a major scale. This is referred to as the root (1st), major third (3rd), and perfect fifth (5th). So, based upon this, C major chords would consist of the notes C, E, and G of the C major scale. The symbols for a major triad are Major, M, or Maj. Whenever you see these names or symbols following a piano note (C, D, Eb, F#, etc.) you know it is referring to major triad chords. Or if you are just given the note (C, D, etc.) it is inferred to be a major triad.

When you practice these major chords, I recommend you form them using the 1st, 3rd, and 5th fingers of your right hand. Thumb (1st), middle finger (3rd), and pinky (5th). Your left hand will form these chords using the 1st, 3rd, and 5th fingers also, but the numbering is pinky (5th) middle finger (3rd) and thumb (1st).

* Piano Chords-Minor Triads

You now know that combining the 1st, 3rd, and 5th tones (notes) of a major scale form major triad piano chords. If you lower the 3rd tone one half step it becomes a minor triad. So, minor triad chords are the 1st, b3rd, and 5th tones (notes) of a major scale. The b3rd is the symbol for "flatted 3rd". This means the 3rd tone (note) of the major scale is lowered one half step. You will also see this referred to as root (1st), minor third (b3rd), and perfect fifth (5th).

So, based upon this a C minor chord would consist of the notes C, Eb, and G. The symbols for a minor triad are minor, m, min. or -. Whenever you see these names or symbols following a piano note (C, D, Eb, F#, etc.) you know it is referring to minor triad chords.

Now, when you practice these minor chords, form them using the 1st, 3rd, and 5th fingers of your right hand. Thumb (1st), middle finger (3rd), and pinky (5th). Your left hand will form these chords using the 1st, 3rd, and 5th fingers also, but the numbering is pinky (5th) middle finger (3rd) and thumb (1st).

* Piano Chords-Other Triad chords

Two other 3 tone (note) piano chords are the augmented and suspended 4th. An augmented chord is formed by combining the 1st, 3rd, and #5th tones (notes) of a major scale. #5th (sharped 5th) means you raise the 5th tone (note) of the scale by one half step. Based upon this combination of tones, C augmented chords would consist of C, E, and G#. The symbols for an augmented chord are aug., (#5), and +5. Whenever you see these names or symbols following a piano note (C, D, Eb, F#, etc.) you know it is referring to augmented piano chords.

A suspended 4th chord is formed by combining the 1st, 4th, and 5th tones (notes) of a major scale. Based upon this combination of tones a C suspended 4th piano chord would consist of C, F, and G. The symbol for a suspended 4th chord is (sus4). Whenever you see this name or symbol following a piano note (C, D, Eb, F#, etc.) you know it is referring to suspended 4th piano chords.

* Fun with Finger and Chord Practice- Ezra Bufford

Chord fingering will become like second nature as you play chords in its root and inversions. Letting your fingers walk to the next chord, passing the note of the scale, will make the music flow. Sometimes the chord is not played on all 3 fingers with right and left hand. You can hit a C on your left and E G on your right to make a broken chord. Mix and match for variation. Of course let your ear judge which tone is good/better/best. Practice your scales, inversions, arpeggios, and of course your chords. Practice with the best and correct fingering from the beginning so you don't have to "unlearn" things later own. Get it right "slowly" from the start and then you will be able to fly faster later on.

* Audio Chords Series- Learn Chords from Hear and Play

Learn Chords

* Step By Step you'll learn:

How to form various types of chords: major, minor, diminished, augmented and the easy theory behind them. DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED. You'll literally laugh when you discover how easy it is to play all of these chords by ear!

* The classes of chords and the difference between triads, sevenths, ninths, elevenths, and thirteenths... all broken down in "normal," down-to-earth, language.

* One magic formula that creates all the chords you'll ever need to know. It involves two words: Quality & Quantity (and you need both in order to create all chords).

* How to form any major scale in seconds using my "Why Won't He Wear White When Hot" trick. You won't find this taught anywhere else because it's totally out-of-the-box. These are the tricks students need to bring theoretical, intimidating concepts down to earth... and to stop from boring themselves to death! The courses are full of these creative tricks!

* Easy ways to understand intervals (which are merely distances between notes). There are melodic intervals and harmonic intervals and you'll learn both. Simply put, if you can understand freeway signs: "Next exit in 3 miles"... then you can understand intervals!

* The secret behind the "number system" and how to use it to learn practically any chord out there with 7 practical examples.


Key Signatures and Their Games

Key signatures designate notes that are to be played one semitone lower or higher and consist of a series of sharp or flat symbols. Normally, they appear directly after the cleft sign.

The major key signatures are as follows:
G major with one sharp, D major with 2 sharps, A major with 3 sharps, E major with four sharps, B major with five sharps, F sharp major with six sharps, C sharp major with seven sharps, F major with one flat, B flat major with two flats, E flat major with three flats, A flat major with four flats, D flat major with 5 flats, G flat major with six flats, C flat major with seven flats.

The minor key signatures
are the key of a minor with no sharps or flats, the key of e minor with one sharp, the key of b minor with two sharps, the key of f sharp minor with three sharps, the key of c sharp minor with four sharps, the key of g sharp minor with five sharps, the key of d sharp minor with six sharps, the key of a sharp minor with seven sharps, the key of d minor with one flat, the key of g minor with two flats, the key of c minor with three flats, the key of f minor with four flats, the key of b flat minor with five flats, the key of e flat minor with six flats, the key of a minor flat with seven flats.

* Identify The Key Signatures

A game that will ask you the Major Key Signatures and what's the relative Minor?


* Key Trainer

A game on Ricci Adams' site


* Key Signatures Construction

Add sharps or flats to form the correct key signature


* Key Signatures Identification

Identify the key signature you see


* Theory Center- Key Signatures

Worksheets to help drill key signatures


* Identify the Key Signature

Multiple Choice Exercise


* Learn the Secrets to the Circle of Fifths


* Musical Key Signature Sugar Packets



How To Play "No One"- Alicia Keys- on Piano

I love the simplicity of many Alicia Keys songs! She is so talented and very beautiful! My piano students favor this song, No One, and can easily play it!


* The chord progression is a I V vi IV

E B C#m A

* How to play No One by Alicia Keys on the Piano (gotitans999)

The broken chords sound lovely! Here's an example of those arpeggiated chords:

* "No One" by Alicia Keys Piano Tutorial
8thHarmonic is a great teacher.

* Preview of Sheet Music



* Read what Blogs have to say:



That's Just The Way It Is- Bruce Hornsby

That's just the way it is... Some things will never change! Love you Bruce! Love your rolling piano style!

At the Americana Awards in Nashville on Nov.1, 2007

* Background Information:


* The Way It Is (Bruce Hornsby album), the first album released by Bruce Hornsby & The Range.


* Fantastic Chord Progression:
That's Just The Way It Is- Chords by Bruce Hornsby
4 bars drums
Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 / x2
Am7 Em7
Standing in line marking time
D Cadd9 G
Waiting for the welfare dime
D Cadd9
'Cause they can't buy a job
Am7 Em7
The man in the silk suit hurries by
D Cadd9 G
As he catches the poor ladies' eyes
D Cadd9
Just for fun he says "get a job"
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// Somethings will never change,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// Ah, but don't you believe them.
Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 /
They say, hey little boy you can't go where the others go
'Cause you don't look like they do
Said hey old man how can you stand
To think that way did you really think about it
Before you made the rules he said, Son
Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 / x5
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
Well they passed a law in '64
To give those who ain't got a little more
But it only goes so far
Because the law don't change another's mind
When all it sees at the hiring time
Is the line on the color bar
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
G Fmaj7 C Cadd9
//// //// /// That's just the way it is,
Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / Am7 / Em7 / D / Cadd9 / G / D / Cadd9 / to fade
"The song's discussion of the troubled economy and race relations resonated with the American public and it remains Hornsby's best-known song." The Way It Is- 1986
I love jamming along with Piano Pedies own background:


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The Blues and Its Heirs

"It has been said that the Blues is the easiest thing to learn and the hardest thing to master. It is easy because it consists of a simple form of chord progression and verses. It is hard to master because it requires a deep-felt connection between the soul and the instrument or voice in order to express the emotion. More than anything else, it is this feeling which is the essence of the Blues." K.Christian Mc Guire

* The Origins of the Blues
* The Emergence of the Blues
* Textual Elements of the Blues
* Musical Elements of the Blues
* Harmonic and Rhythmic Elements of the Blues

Any of the above topics interest you? Read more and study this wonderful document by
K.Christian Mc Guire:


My favorite all time video presentation of Piano Blues by Clint Eastwood:

Tommaso piano blues- this 'lil guy rocks!

A friend, bbbenito, can play some pretty cool jazz licks!

bbbenito has a cool blues style!

Another friend in the zone,KiddogX, hear him play The Nightime Blues:

Download this file (right click and "save target as")

More files like this @ HearandPlayZone.com!

Here's some chords that were shared w/ me in the Key of F:

FE/AEA 4 beats

ED/GDG 2 beats

AC#/GC#G 2 beats

D/FGCE 2 beats

Db/FAbBEb 2 beats

C/BbDEbG 2 beats

B/ADbEbA 2 beats

BbG/ADG 2 beats

BbF/ACF 2 beats

BbEb/AbDbFBb 2 beats

BEb/GDbG 2 beats

AG/BCEG 4 beats

DF#/BbCEAb 4 beats

GDA/BbFAC 2 beats

ACB/GBD 2 beats

DbF/BEA 2 beats

CE/BbEbAb 2 beats

FC/ADG/ 2 beats

EbBb/GCF 2 beats

AbEb/GCG 2 beats then, Db Eb/ F Bb Eb

Jesus on the MainLine:

F/ACF Je--
F/ACF --sus
F/BbDF the
F/ACF Main
F/BbDF Line
F/CFA Tell
C/CFA What
/G You
F/ACF Want
A/ACEbF (filler)
Bb/BbDF Jesus
Bb/BbDF On
Bb/BbDF The
Bb/BbDF Main
Bb/BbDF Line
Bb/BbDF (Filler)
Bb/BbDF Tell Him
B/AbBDF What You
C/ACF Want
F/ACF Je----
F/ACF ---sus
F/BbDF The
F/ACF Main
F/BbDF Line
F/CFA Tell Him
E/C#EG What you
D/ADF Want
Bb/BbDF Oh
C/CFA Call him
D/DFA Up and
G/BDF Tell Him
C/CEG What You
F/ACF Want
F/BbDF (filler)
F/ACF (filler)

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