So, here I am driving my car on Cambridge Street like I do 3 times a day in my town. My radio is on and I am listening to a top 40 station outside of Boston when a song comes on that I have never heard. The man’s voice astounds me and I am transported in another way entirely. It’s such a beautiful ballad and I need to find out who is singing it. Before I know it, the song is over and I don’t know who it is! Tragedy! So I go home and look it up on Youtube and discover that it is John Legend. I know the name but am not that familiar with his music. Now I am. I have listened to many of his songs online and watched his videos.
Being the pianist and vocalist that I am, I had to learn how to play and sing this song. I discovered quite quickly that it is not a hard song to learn. There are only 5 chords in the song – Am, G, F, Dm, and C. That’s it! So I’ve made a 7 minute video for you that goes through the chord progressions for each of the sections (verse, prechorus, chorus and bridge) as well as offering a few accompaniment techniques for the left and right hand. Give this a try, then sing your heart out!
This article written by Contributing Writer, Debbie Gruber B.M.,M.M. Debbie Gruber has a Master of Music degree, performs regularly at restaurants and is a private piano and voice teacher from Massachusetts. She is also the author of numerous books and DVDs on how to play popular piano and is the President of www.EasyPianoStyles.com where she teaches Skype pop/jazz piano lessons.
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