Getting through a tough piano lesson can be tortuous, but push through, it’s worth the effort! If you learn to play the piano, you will own a talent that can soothe you when you’re anxious, serenade the ones you love, and electrify an audience with the power of well-played piano pieces. Even if you’re still taking piano lessons for beginners, there are some easy peasy pieces that you can learn in a jiffy. Show them off to your friends, and amaze your parents. How easy they were to learn will be our little secret!
Für Elise was composed by Beethoven under the name Bagatelle No.25, but it wasn’t released until forty years after the brilliant composer’s death. It is considered easy piano music and good for beginners because it is repetitive and can be broken down into some basic piano chords.
The piece is played in A minor, and the left hand goes back and forth between A minor and G major to open. The middle of the song changes to C major and G major, and then returns to the beginning chords again. If you are starting to learn piano online or through an app, only do the first part. It sounds wonderful and can be mastered quickly.
Another Beethoven legacy is the Moonlight Sonata. The piano sonata was dedicated to one of Ludwig’s students, a Giulietta Guicciardi. Interestingly enough, the name Moonlight Sonata was coined by a music critic from Germany years after Beethoven passed away. Rellstab, the critic, said that the piece had the effect of moonlight shining onto Lake Lucerne, and the name stuck. Pianists can focus on any of the three movements, but the opening Adagio sostenuto is the most basic. It’s written in C# minor with soft, repetitive accompaniment from the right hand.
Beatles fans will love to learn this British classic. The slow melody can be broken into parts, so you can learn to play piano chords for each chunk separately, moving onto the next part once you’ve mastered the first. The first set goes like this:
Do that over and over again, go back and forth between A and C and an F with your right hand while playing F major with your left, and continue on with the piano chords as you go.
Of course, you can always focus on really simple songs like the Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Happy Birthday. These are instant crowd-pleasers that’ll win some smiles and warm up the crowd for your big (and easy, shhh) final piano number!