Every great musician was once a beginner.
Being a beginner in the age of social media is not an easy thing to deal with. You watch those 10-year olds play Chopin like they were born for this or cover artists play your favorite tunes effortlessly. You want to play like them. Impress your family, win the heart of that special someone or just join that exclusive club of people called “talented”.
If you’re reading this post, it means you’ve probably made up your mind and want to get serious about the piano. Instead of watching others play, you’ll get to work on it yourself. This is the start.
We’ve compiled a list of 9 super-easy versions of popular songs that you’ll be able to play after your first few weeks. Note they have been shortened on purpose to allow you to master them within a couple of hours.
1. Over The Rainbow by Harold Arlen
This easy version of Over The Rainbow is truly 8 measures with a repetition. The only difficulty for beginners lies in switching between the C and F positions on the right hand. Other than this, should be nice and easy to master within 1 hour. You’ll also learn your reference song for the “Octave” interval.
2. The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
This is an arrangement of The Sound of Silence for beginner pianists. There are no sharps or flats to worry about and the majority of the time the left hand is played separate from the right hand.
3. Let It Go by Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Frozen is likely the most acclaimed Disney movie after the Lion King. This easy arrangement will get you playing the main theme very quickly.
Play the piano sheet music of Frozen
4. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
This is probably the most played piano song in the soundtracks arena. Made popular by the movie Shrek, this song will get your friends singing along in a joyful atmosphere.
Play the piano sheet music of Hallelujah
5. La Valse d’Amelie by Yann Tiersen
Amelie made everyone believe you could find love in Paris at any street corner. Well.. while that might be a bit romanticised, the movie will certainly make you fall in love with the soundtrack. Composed by Yann Tiersen and released in 2001, La Valse d’Amelie will get you playing “what-if” scenarios in your head all evening.
6. Deck the Hall
This is an easy piano arrangement of a traditional Welsh song ”Deck The Hall” originally from the 16th century.
Play the piano sheet music of Deck the Hall
7. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
This arrangement will help you play the song with only chords.
Play the piano sheet music of Tears in Heaven
8. Castle in the Sky
If you don’t already know it, “Castle in the Sky” is a 1986 Japanese animated steampunk fantasy-adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. This is a solo piano arrangement of the main theme for beginners.
9. March of the Toy Soldiers
This is an easy piano arrangement of the theme ”March of the Toy Soliders” from The Nutcracker.
10. The Dreidel Song
This is an easy piano arrangement of Dreidel Song originally composed by Samuel E. Goldfarb.
If you need some help interpreting the notes, check out our guide on how to read sheet music.
We have a wide range of easy piano sheet music for beginners and intermediates on Jellynote.
What are the songs that helped you enjoy the beginning of your journey?