Pop Piano Lessons

What is “Pop Music”?


When I’m talking about playing “pop music” on the piano, I’m really talking about playing *songs*.

These could really be almost any songs that are played on a regular radio station. Songs by Elton John, Billy Joel, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Don McLean, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Adele, Kate Nash, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, Tom Jones… all these singers have great songs for learning on piano.

How is Pop Music Different From Other Music?

Pop music is generally written and structured in an easily memorable way, and usually according to a number of quite simple “rules” that allow us to play it quickly and easily on the piano (or whatever instrument you play). It usually features many repeating sections and simple harmonies.

It is also possible to play a pop song in *many* different ways and it still *be* that song. (See, for example, “Your Song” played by Elton John, Ellie Goulding and many millions of others on Youtube).

If It’s So Simple, Why Do People Fail?

It’s staggering how many people go to a piano teacher wanting to learn pop music, get taught Mozart, and think it is *them* who have failed when they still can’t play their favourite songs after two years.

Put simply, it’s because they’re…

  • 1. Learning skills they don’t need for pop music.
  • 2. Not learning skills they *do* need for pop music.
  • Here’s a collection of lessons that I hope will get you started.


    The Very Basics

    The Major Scale

    The Circle of Fifths (Part 1)

    Mapping Out A Song

    Building a Chord

    Building a Section
    Building a Section