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Quick Piano using an innovative shapes method: 168,000 minutes viewed so far! Featured on BBC News

Simon Glenister, Professional Musician

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25 Lessons (1h 25m)
    • 1. Intro video

      2:56
    • 2. Anchoring ourselves

      2:39
    • 3. Using our anchor to work out other note names

      2:59
    • 4. What is a chord and how do we make one

      3:58
    • 5. PIcket fences and triangles

      4:21
    • 6. Explain table what's to come

      1:16
    • 7. Minor chords

      3:19
    • 8. Working out the names of black notes

      2:29
    • 9. Sharp and flat Chords

      1:51
    • 10. 7th chords

      2:22
    • 11. Minor 7th chords

      0:56
    • 12. Maj 7th Chords

      0:29
    • 13. Table with 7ths

      0:31
    • 14. Better left hand

      2:04
    • 15. Arpeggio' s

      2:03
    • 16. Passing note's

      1:35
    • 17. Run up's and down

      1:03
    • 18. Using beats and bars to work out when to play chords

      5:25
    • 19. Putting it all together

      5:43
    • 20. Playing inbetween the count

      3:14
    • 21. Johnny Cash's Hurt

      8:23
    • 22. Sam Smith's stay with me

      8:27
    • 23. Skinny love bon iver/birdy

      5:02
    • 24. Imagine John Lennon

      9:10
    • 25. Working out Slash Chords

      2:30
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Project Description

These guys use the same 4 chords to play hundreds of songs - you can too!

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I just uploaded a project that shows an amazing and funny comedy routine of a band using the same 4 chords to play hundreds of songs. Check it out, I've pasted it below into this mail as well - it's a classic demonstration of how the piano doesn't have to be incredibly complicated - it can be fun and easy. Here's the project

If you need a top up on your piano skills so you can have a go at some of these songs then you can use this link - feel free to share it with friends also

http://skl.sh/1Zg3cmZ

Here's the comedy routine

Check out this blog link to a comedy routine by some guys called Axis of Awesome, that shows the same 4 chords being used to play hundreds of songs that you will recognise - I can't think of a better way to showing how simple playing the piano can be when approached in this way

Here is the link, Watch it and be amazed at what you can do with the same 4 simple chords. The progression of  D-A-Bm-G

( or E, B, C#m, A on the live performances).

http://www.pianohack.com/learn-4-chords-to-play-hundreds-of-songs/

What I want to see you guys do is learn those chords, which you can now do (or watch do the course and you'll definitely be able to), pick one of the songs below and video yourself playing it - post it here in the project gallery so we can see what you're up to! I love hearing from you all - makes me smile :)

Songs in the official music video:

  1. Journey – "Don't Stop Believin'"
  2. James Blunt – "You're Beautiful"
  3. The Black Eyed Peas – "Where Is the Love"
  4. Alphaville – "Forever Young"
  5. Jason Mraz – "I'm Yours"
  6. Train – "Hey, Soul Sister"
  7. The Calling – "Wherever You Will Go"
  8. Elton John – "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (from The Lion King)
  9. Akon – "Don't Matter"
  10. John Denver – "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
  11. Lady Gaga – "Paparazzi"
  12. U2 – "With Or Without You"
  13. The Last Goodnight – "Pictures of You"
  14. Maroon Five – "She Will Be Loved"
  15. The Beatles – "Let It Be"
  16. Bob Marley – "No Woman No Cry"
  17. Marcy Playground – "Sex and Candy"
  18. Men At Work – "Down Under"
  19. Jill Colucci – "The Funny Things You Do" (Theme from America's Funniest Home Videos)
  20. Jack Johnson – "Taylor"
  21. Spice Girls – "2 Become 1"
  22. a-ha – "Take On Me"
  23. Green Day – "When I Come Around"
  24. Eagle Eye Cherry – "Save Tonight"
  25. Toto – "Africa"
  26. Beyoncé – "If I Were A Boy"
  27. Kelly Clarkson – "Behind These Hazel Eyes"
  28. Jason DeRulo – "In My Head"
  29. The Smashing Pumpkins – "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
  30. Joan Osborne – " One of Us"
  31. Avril Lavigne – "Complicated"
  32. The Offspring – "Self Esteem"
  33. The Offspring – "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid"
  34. Akon – "Beautiful"
  35. Timbaland featuring OneRepublic – "Apologize"
  36. Eminem featuring Rihanna – "Love the Way You Lie"
  37. Bon Jovi – "It's My Life"
  38. Lady Gaga – "Poker Face"
  39. Aqua – "Barbie Girl"
  40. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Otherside"
  41. The Gregory Brothers – "Double Rainbow Song"
  42. MGMT – "Kids"
  43. Andrea Bocelli – "Time To Say Goodbye"
  44. Robert Burns – "Auld Lang Syne"
  45. Five for Fighting – "Superman"
  46. The Axis of Awesome – "Birdplane"
  47. Missy Higgins – "Scar"

Other songs that have been played in the medley:

  1. Alex Lloyd – "Amazing"
  2. Richard Marx – "Right Here Waiting"
  3. Adele – "Someone Like You"
  4. Christina Perri – "Jar of Hearts"
  5. Crowded House – "Fall At Your Feet"
  6. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Under the Bridge"
  7. Daryl Braithwaite – "The Horses"
  8. Pink – "U + Ur Hand"
  9. The Fray – "You Found Me"
  10. 3OH!3 – "Don't Trust Me"
  11. Tim Minchin – "Canvas Bags"
  12. Blink-182 – "Dammit"
  13. Kasey Chambers – "Not Pretty Enough"
  14. Alicia Keys – "No One"
  15. Amiel – "Lovesong"
  16. Bush – "Glycerine"
  17. Thirsty Merc – "20 Good Reasons"
  18. Lighthouse Family – "High"
  19. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Soul to Squeeze"
  20. Banjo Paterson – "Waltzing Matilda"
  21. Bic Runga – "Sway"
  22. Ben Lee – "Cigarettes Will Kill You"
  23. Michael Jackson – "Man in the Mirror"
  24. Mika – "Happy Ending"
  25. The Cranberries – " Zombie"
  26. Natalie Imbruglia – "Torn"

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