Here is a rundown of some simple tunes to play on piano for novices. These are straightforward and mainstream, as well as hone your finger developments over the piano keys, also the delight you will get from them.
Firstly, for a beginner, I would recommend that you play scales, chords, majors, and minors thoroughly for about 15 minutes, and if possible, for half an hour. This is essential so that your ears and fingers register each and every note in a specified scale. Registry of notes will help you to up your performance in playing songs on the piano. Apart from that, since your songs are located in a single scale and tend to have a specified chord combination which, hopefully, you have practiced well, would also help you to play more and more comfortably. On the contrary, you will find it really difficult to play some songs due odd chord combinations and such other problems. In such case, it is recommended that you take the help of some sheet music or websites to improve your skills. A simple sketch of the chords progression will do just fine, figuring out the remainder of the notes on your own would prove to be of great help in your ear development. Now, let us proceed to the list of some really easy songs that can be played on the piano.
This list has been divided into several categories. Almost all these songs are very simple to play. Also, let me tell you one simple key to find out all the notes: find out the chord and the first note, and the remaining song will flow out beautifully. Furthermore, some of the songs mentioned here have lovely bass lines, hence if you figure out your left hand notes and then the right hand ones, the coordination in the two would sound much better.
First off, it is not a whim or a childish suggestion, as nursery rhymes would help you sharpen your basic chord and scale playing. This is due to the fact that a maximum number of rhymes are played in basic scales, such as C major, D major, and G major. On the whole, you will not only enjoy yourself, but also get to practice all the frequently and commonly-used scales. The second advantage is that the simple structure of the song gives you a lot of freedom to improvise within the rhyme, change the scale, go one step (tone or semi-tone) up or down, play the 5th or 3rd harmonic of the original song. The best thing to do is to basically fly on the key board and rediscover all the scales if you are playing after some time. Further more, you can also start with changing the bass line, creating a totally harmonic parallel tune, or other such experiments. Nursery rhymes are an excellent way of sharpening your listening, playing, and composing skills, and also help you to enjoy the piano thoroughly. Here are some suggestions:
- Ding Dong Bell
- Hey Diddle Diddle
- Jack and Jill
- Yankee Doodle
- Pretty Little Dutch Girl
- Rag time Ragles
- Tweedledum and Tweedledee
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- Rain Rain Go Away
Well, that’s pretty much, but you can take up any nursery rhyme and go wild with it.
Contemporary Christian Music
Gospel rock and Christian rock songs are greatly admired. These songs have a very pleasant toned vocals and lyrics, that go along with a very pleasing and reasonably well-groomed chord sequence. These songs are not very difficult, but some time and patience is required to get a hang of the song. But once you get it at your fingertips, there is no stopping to your playing as you will be able to find your way about quite quickly. Michel W. Smith and Chris Tomlin are two artists who have some really great songs with lovely chord progressions and notes. Apart from that, you may also try out some songs by MercyMe, Ruben Morgan, Jason Morant, or Rebecca St. James. Again, let me repeat that this task is a bit patience teasing, and you will need to take a little bit of time for every song. I would recommend that you try the bass part first and then the right hand side. In addition, while you do the bass part, try to sing along. The right hand part is usually to be played in multiple octaves. Here are some really easy piano songs:
- I Can Only Imagine – MercyMe
- Surrender – Marc James
- I Thank You – Rebecca St. James
- Majesty – Delirious
- Awesome God – Michel W. Smith
- The Wonderful Cross – Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman
- Rain Down – Dave Crowder Band
Please note that these songs are quite tough, and you will need to match the notes from you left and right hand very properly and patiently.
Contemporary Rock Songs
There are some contemporary rock songs which you may like to play on the piano. See if you can find the following list agreeable:
- One – Metallica
- Fade to Black – Metallica
- Clocks – Coldplay
- November Rain – Guns and Roses
- Sara – Fleetwood Mac
- Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
- Days Like these – Van Morrison
- Let it Be – Beetles
- Piano Man – Billy Joel
- Your Song – Elton Jon
- Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
- Goodbye – Hootie and Blowfish
In addition to these songs, old Jazz songs or film scores, such as the one of Sound of Music and Titanic, can also be played quite easily on the piano. Remember that when you play the piano, you need to identify three important things about every line of the song that you play, viz., the octaves, timing, and notes. The best way to play songs is to feel their music.