Learn to play “Yellow” by Coldplay : Piano Lesson #24

August 22, 2009

Hello everyone!

This is Shohini, and I am very pleased to have joined Edutainment! Playing the piano is my hobby and although I had wanted to play the piano since I was a child, I got the chance to learn and play this glorious instrument only as recently as 2005. I love picking up songs by ear and letting my mood decide what I play!

I am sure that all you piano lovers will agree that handing control of your thoughts to your fingers as they play the piano is nothing short of beautiful! Here is an honest confession though: I have never really been very fond of reading sheet music and prefer playing by ear any day!

It feels great to be a part of The Piano Encyclopedia team and I am very excited about bringing to you new songs to try out on the piano as part of the Piano Video Tutorials column of Edutainment!

I also have very exciting news to share! After almost three years of development, and more than 50 contributors – musicians, pianists, developers, graphic designers, writers and editors from all corners of the world, the second major venture of The Piano Encyclopedia, The Logic Behind Music Digital Home Study Course is completed!

Piano enthusiasts everywhere, rejoice! The method that revolutionizes conventional piano teaching is about to be unveiled to you!

I have been personally talking with Rod (the CEO & Founder of The Piano Encyclopedia) and he has been telling me some of the high points of our Digital Home Study Course. It is a dream come true for all of us here as we look forward to presenting before you the most exciting and fun way to “tickle the ivory”!

Interactive, innovative and exhaustive, The Logic Behind Music aims to help music enthusiasts learn the theory of music in a ‘practical way’ so that they have no trouble whatsoever in composing and improvising and get a well-deserved boost on their way to becoming musicians. So if you love playing the piano and don’t want to merely “interpret” music but “create” it as well, The Logic Behind Music is perfect for you!

Do watch this space, everyone, as I will be keeping you up to date with all the “secret” and inside sneak-peek news of the launch of the Digital Home Study Course “The Logic Behind Music!

Today, I have a wonderful piano lesson for all of you –

You are about to learn:
Song: Yellow
Artist: Coldplay

Yellow strikes a hypnotically alluring note right from the first few chords. Produced by Coldplay and Nelson, Yellow released in 2000 and was the band’s first breakthrough hit. The song remains an eternal favourite among Coldplay fans even nine years after its original release.

Hauntingly beautiful, it is one of those songs that you simply cannot stop humming once you hear it! In fact, Yellow is one of my all-time favourite songs! The background music in the original song is mostly acoustic guitar, however, a song as melodious as Yellow can’t possibly sound anything but good on piano, can it?

The first video here is a tutorial that shows you how to play the song by slowly showing each note with the accompanying chords. If you are just starting out with the song then getting the notes right is very important so you can learn the right notes to play from this video and then listen to the actual song to get the tempo right.

The next video is an amazing piano rendition by Adrian Lee who has played this entirely by ear. You can see the notes and chords that he has played quite clearly. How we all wish we were this good, right?

Now let me tell you a little about the original song video. The band had come up with the idea to film the video in a happy, sunny background with moving stars in the sky – an allusion to the lyrics. Yet, the weather played spoilsport with Studland Bay, where the video was filmed, being held hostage by howling winds and rain. Right then, let us have a look at the video itself!

Enjoy yourselves while learning to play this, and remember to:
“Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And all the things you do”

I hope you liked this piano lesson!

If you would like to take your piano playing skills to the next level so that you can easily play all the songs you love on the piano, do look forward to the launch of The Logic Behind Music! I promise you that you will have even more fun creating your own music following our approach towards learning music!

Till then,
~ Shohini 🙂

Now we have a new fun feature as part of the run-up to the release of The Logic Behind Music.

I will be asking trivia questions regarding the song taught in each post and all of you are invited to submit the answer in the comment box. In a particular quiz, the first person to give the right answer will be the winner. We are also going to have weekly “merit lists” where I will mention the winners with the most number of correct answers in this very column!

Sounds exciting, right? So are you ready for today’s question? Here it goes!

What, according to the band is the theme of the song, Yellow?
(Answer: “Yellow refers to the mood of the band. Brightness and hope and devotion” and also Chris Martin’s unrequited love.)

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Rihanna’s-Take a Bow: Piano Lesson #23

December 1, 2008
Piano Lesson #23

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You are about to learn:
Artist:
Rihanna
Song: Take a Bow

Rihanna fan or not, Take a Bow was beautifully composed and written by Neyo and the production team Stargate.

Released in 2008, Rihanna’s single has risen to the top. Men lovers worldwide enjoy this song…there is just something about the sarcastic singer croning to her boyfriend that his “performance” was an Oscar winner. 🙂 Enjoy this first performance of mysterious hands showing us the keystrokes to the ballad Take a Bow.


David Sides does a beautiful rendition in the next youtube video. All is not lost when it comes to the material that can be found on the internet…parental supervision not required : ).

Now, this blog would be incomplete without a video of Hanson performing Mmm Bop. I mean Rihanna performing Take a Bow (very similiar songs, so you can see my initial confusion). Enjoy:

Ahhh yes, handsome guy and a stunning gal (not me…Rihanna) almost always make for a good video. Take a Bow is a wonderful ballad, and I wish you a great deal of fun while you take the time to learn how to play this song.

Ciao.

xoxo Sheena


I Am Me…;)

November 30, 2008

Hi everyone! 🙂

I am glad to announce that Sheena has joined Edutainment, so from now on you’ll be enjoying great piano lessons from both Chrissi, Sheena, and myself.

Sheena is a total piano lover and she’s ready to join in the fun.
But before me telling you more about her, why not have her speak by herself: ;o)

Hello piano novices,My name is Sheena, and I will be contributing to the Piano Video Tutorial column. There are two things I can’t stand:

1. Blindly trying to figure out which key strokes on a black and ivory will make the sounds of my favorite songs and 2. Finding time between my morning hours of nothing and my late day nap to search the net for tutorial videos…

My newest endeavor is to continue what this site has started: providing various video tutorials of classic and modern songs played on piano by unknown avid pianists and by the original bands. Music to my ears, right? Look out for new piano tutorials coming to your computer soon. Ciao!

xoxo Sheena

Start casting your vote!
Tell Sheena and me what you’d like to learn next!

You may also propose us songs not listed in there by writing the song you want to learn next in the “other” field:

Cheers!

Questor


Piano Encyclopedia Lesson Report: Music Fundamentals Release Today!

October 6, 2008

Hi Everyone,

I’d like to tell you about Piano Encyclopedia’s upcoming release of the Piano Lesson Report I: Music Fundamentals on October 5th at 4pm EST. We’ve shown you videos on how to play certain songs throughout our blog and thought that the Piano Lesson Report could really help you out in actually understanding how to play those songs you love.

It can be difficult learning a song without actually knowing what the keys are called and how they should be played with a certain note, so Piano Lesson Report I: Music Fundamentals could help you understand how to play all those songs you love.

Let me show you some of the things that Piano Lesson Report I: Music Fundamentals includes so you can see what I mean when I say you could actually understand how to play the songs, instead of just knowing what key to push.

Get to know the fundamentals of composing, and improvising:
Discover how mastering scales, chords, and music intervals will take your piano skills to the next level.

Starting right at the beginning: chords, scales, and music intervals explained!

Discover how to use intervals to play any chord or scale type on ANY key, without having to memorize every single note.

Understand why chords sound like they do, find out the relationship between music intervals and the basic chord types.

Master the major and minor triad chords and learn to play them on any key- by using the music intervals.

Get a sneak peak into more complex Jazz and Blues chords and the role music intervals play here too.

Discover the relationship between Scales and intervals, and get a sneak peak into some interesting scales.

Learn what scales or chords are usually helpful in creating a sad, melancholic, romantic, happy or cheerful mood for a song – and understand why.

Get an introduction to all the fundamentals so you’re ready to get into composing and improvising.

We’ve included Tons of Piano Interval & Chord Charts full of graphics, so you can print them out and practice everything right in your piano

And more…

As you can see you will actually get an understanding of the chords, scales, and intervals which could really help you out in the end because every song is created by a chord and then a scale and then intervals.

Check out the following screenshots from the report:

Now if you’d like to get your hands on Piano Lesson Report I: Music Fundamentals but are worried that its going to cost you tons of money, don’t be. Piano Encyclopedia is actually releasing it with no price, meaning you won’t have to pay for a thing. You will get 55+ pages of unique content, over 100+ illustrations, and over 7 piano charts without having to pay a thing. Now if you were to go to a music store and look for the same thing you’d pay an arm and a leg for numerous books that are full of nothing but repeat content in each.

The release will be on October 5th at 4pm EST, but Piano Encyclopedia is actually offering bonuses for those that subscribe to receive Piano Lesson Report I: Music Fundamentals before 4pm EST. If you are interested just simply click on the following title and it will take you there to do so.

Reserve Your Very Own Piano Lesson Report I: Music Fundamentals Now

You can also look through Piano Encyclopedia’s blog for further information on Piano Lesson Report I: Music Fundamentals. They have been updating their blog constantly to give the viewers more information on the release and reminding everyone the amount of time they have left before people can no longer reserve their spot to receive Piano Lesson Report I: Music Fundamentals plus the bonuses. You can still reserve your spot after 4pm EST, but you won’t receive the bonuses that are being included for the people that reserve their copy before 4pm EST.

Piano Encyclopedia’s Blog

Hope that I’ve helped you out even further with learning how to play your piano. Feel free to leave feedback or questions on Piano Lesson Report I: Music Fundamentals. I’ll gladly answer all questions and feedback that you throw at me.

~Chrissi~


Piano Lesson #22 – Apologize by One Republic

September 29, 2008
Piano Lesson #22

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You are about to learn:
Artist:
One Republic
Song: Apologize

This is an amazing song that has become quite popular all over the American radio broadcasts with the help from Timbaland. One Republic was a band that not many knew about in various parts of the world, but now everyone is seeming to rave about them.

With the popularity of the song Apologize I thought it would be a great idea to teach everyone how to play this beautifully melodic song. If you haven’t heard this song before I highly recommend you listen to it. Here is a link to a video of this song so you can truly hear what I mean about this song being one of the best. This is the version that includes Timbaland because I feel this version gives you a better feel of the piano and emotional portrayal that it is trying to give its listeners.

I can truly say I myself can be caught singing this song any time I hear it and have downloaded & purchased the One Republic CD just so I can listen to it whenever I want. When you listen to this song the wording with the inclusion of the many different instruments such as the cello and violins just makes the song feel even more put together then most you hear on the top 100 music hits lists now a days.

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Piano Man is Just Great Man :) Piano Lesson #21

September 28, 2008

Piano Lesson #21

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You are about to learn:
Artist:
Billy Joel
Song: Piano Man

Throughout the site you have most likely discovered many piano tutorials. Now we are going to experience the song Piano Man which has been done by Billy Joel and accompanied by Elton John some occasions. This song is a great display of great musician multitasking with the use of a harmonica, the piano of course, and vocals.

The first video that you will experience will be a fabulous piano tutorial which will take you through the entire songs piano parts. If you take a look at this gentlemens youtube site you will discover he does a lot of piano tutorials, each being just as good as the next. Lets take a look at his well layed out tutorial.

He does the tutorial so well you will be able to go through it just a few times and have the song pretty much down pat.

Throughout the world you will discover many covers done of Piano Man but none quite like the next video you will take a look at. He is capable of doing all the things that Billy Joel does himself, including the harmonica and vocals. It is one of the most amazing covers I have ever seen in my entire life.

Now that you have sat here through the tutorial and one of the best covers ever, I think its time we take a look at Billy Joen himself and a special guest known as Elton John playing this song live. This is a great version of the song done by these two amazing singers.

All the camera angles of that video were done fantastic. Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. I know I have been singing this song in my head all day long since I watched this video.

Now that we have learnt the fascinating song Piano Man it is time to rest our fingers and begin our next upcoming tutorials. Bookmark this blog, there are new posts coming your way.

~Chrissi~

Coming up soon will be a treat of newer songs coming from Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and many more.


Piano Lessons Are Coming Back!

September 27, 2008

Hi all you piano fans,

I am happy to inform you that I will be bringing back the piano lessons again for you. I know its been quite some time since I’ve wrote a new piano lesson, but we’ve been working so hard on The Piano Encyclopedia to get it up and running for you that we haven’t put together any new piano lessons recently.

Well, you will be glad to know its time for me to sit down and bring out all those piano lessons that just need to be learn’t by you. First things first, what songs do you want to learn? What bands? Come on give me some ideas. Switch things up.

I know Coldplay was a definite hit and they seemed to get a lot of traffic so I will gladly put more of these, maybe also some older bands. The possibilities are endless. I’d like to get some suggestions so I know I am satisfying all your expectations, since that is exactly what we are here for. You want to learn new songs on the piano and I want to help you learn them, so let me know what you want and I’ll get it.

Over the past six months you’ve seen a few posts in our piano section that have been great and now we feel it is time to begin teaching you guys again. You can never know too many songs especially when you enjoy entertaining and playing the piano while everyone sits around talking.

In the past we’ve done lessons for the more recent bands, but I am thinking maybe we should include a few classical lessons, and maybe some jazz songs. I have so many ideas brewing away in my head that I think its time I let them loose on the world.

I am more then excited to be back doing the piano lessons and hope to see you guys leaving me many suggestions.

~Chrissi~