4 Basic Piano Chords to Quickly Learn New Songs

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There is no doubt learning to play piano can be intimidating for many people. They have this perception that it’s a terribly tedious process with months or years of lessons before the joy of actually learning and playing a piano song. SoCal Pianos with showrooms in Ontario & Palm Desert, CA (appointment only at both locations) has some shortcuts that can help shorten the process. Please understand that this article assumes you already have a rudimentary understanding of chords, notes, and reading music.


Most pop songs are based on a simple progression of four piano chords. There are many ways to learn how to play these chords using your left hand. You might find online video tutorials to be the most effective way to learn piano. With a little practice you will soon be able to play those four piano chords with your left hand without even looking at the keyboard.


Now it’s time to get your right hand involved in playing the melody of a particular song. There are many popular songs you will enjoy playing that have a relatively simple melody. Again, the internet is a good place to find tutorials for a specific song. Since you’ve already memorized the four piano chords with your left hand, you can concentrate solely on the melody and get your right hand to work together with your left. 


The idea of this article and these online tutorials is to give you the enjoyment of learning piano songs more quickly which can help relieve some of the boredom of non-stop lessons. SoCal Pianos just reminds you; most beginning players will benefit from one-on-one instruction from a piano teacher. Make sure to check out our teacher database which is available on our website. This simple to use tool allows you to search for a teacher by name or by location so you can find someone close to where you live.


SoCal Pianos can always help you find the right piano to match your needs and abilities. Our showrooms in Ontario & Palm Desert, CA (appointment only at both locations) are filled with new and used pianos for sale and for rent. Our staff will work with you to find an instrument that won’t break the household budget while you learn to play piano songs.