Are you a beginning pianist looking for great songs to play?

If so, you're not alone. Many beginners struggle to find good, fun music to work on that is achievable for them. Regardless of your age, there's only so many times you can work through that four note arrangement of Three Blind Mice without beginning to go crazy, yet by no means are you read to perform the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto!

Here are a few ideas of pieces you might consider playing for some of your first real life piano works, that don't sound like they've come out of an exercise book.

Best Classical Music: Mozart

The first area to turn to is the world of classical music. Of all of the classical eras, the best ones to focus on for beginning pianists are those from the Classical Period of the late 18th century.

This is the world of Mozart, Haydn, and Handel, and many of their songs are not very technical.

While performing a full sonata might still be a challenge, you can easily find excerpts or even entire movements that are more than reasonable to play.

My recommendation is to get a book of the Mozart piano sonatas, and find one that works well for you. If you're a true beginner, K545 is widely considered the easiest of the bunch.

Best Popular Music: Disney Songs

Another route you might take is to pick from popular songs that are easy to learn.

The best group of these songs, almost all of which are technically easy to play, or can be arranged into to an easy version, are Disney songs.

There's something about these short, catchy tunes that makes them so appealing, and as a budding pianist you'll quickly be able to impress your friends and family with one of their favorite songs from the latest hit Disney movie.

For example the "Do You Want To Build a Snowman" piano sheet music, from the movie Frozen, is extremely easy to play, even for a novice pianist. You can also browse more Frozen songs to find other gems that are fairly easy to work on.

I hope this post has given you a few ideas of types of songs you might play. I'm a firm believer that one of the main keys to success when learning a new instrument (no pun intended for you pianists!) is the ability to have fun while practicing, and learning songs that you like and are genuinely interested in, rather than simply following along and playing the next one in your lesson book, can go a long way to making practicing an enjoyable experience, and turning you into a better pianist in the process!

As you're beginning to learn any new instrument, one of the most essential parts of any practice routine is going to be scales and other technical exercises.

There are lots of different ways to practice your scales on guitar, but there is no doubt that it has to be included into your daily practice session in order to be effecting in the long run.

Here are a few tips for getting started.

Know the Types of Scales

The first point to keep in mind when learning scales for any instrument is to remember that there are a number of different types of scales for you to choose from.

There are literally dozens of different scale sounds, modes, and variations to learn, which turns into hundreds of scales when you multiply them across all twelve keys! Fortunately, you don't need to know every single one of them to get started, and you can learn the rest gradually as you progress with the instrument.

For starters, there are three main scales you should focus on:

  • Major scales,
  • Minor scales, and
  • Blues scales.

If you can play each of these scales well, you'll be able to work your way through a large majority of the music that's out there, and certainly all of the common beginning and intermediate guitar pieces!

Learn more about types of scales.

Pick a Starting Scale

Now that you know which scale groups you need to focus on, it's time to pick a specific scale to start with.

Many people start with a common major scale, for example the C, F, or G major scale, since they are common keys and easy to play. You might also consider working on the relative minor scales for each, the A, D, and E minor scales respectively. Working on relative major and minor scales together is a good practice because you'll be able to learn two very closely related scales at the same time, doubling the bang for your buck!

Another option is to go with a blues scale. This is a great strategy to use if you want to play blues or jazz music, but is also common throughout a lot of rock music. Rock, after all, had its roots in the blues! Picking the right scale here can also translate across a lot of pieces. The G Blues Scale, for example, is a great place to start for many guitarists, because it is both very common across a wide range of music and something that can be learned in a day or two.

Because G is such a common key for guitarists to play in, the G blues scale can feature prominently across a lot of different songs. That makes it a good investment of your time and a great place to start before working through the other keys, which brings us to the next point...

Go Through All 12 Keys for Each Scale

Finally, it's important to remember that wherever you start, you ultimately want to practice everything through all 12 keys. Good musicians are experts at playing things in multiple keys, and if you're serious about learning an instrument you should be able to play as effortlessly in Dflat or F# as you can in C or G!

A good teacher or course can help guide you to find a good practice schedule for your scales, and gradually prepare you to play in any key!

For more information and to get serious about learning to play guitar, read more about the best online guitar courses.

If you're just beginning to learn guitar, one of the most important steps you can take is to pick a good song to learn as your first tune.

This is an extremely important step on your path to becoming a good musician, and yet it isn't always an easy decision to make. In this post we'll look at some tips for choosing a good song, and then give you two popular recommendations you might want to consider.

How To Choose Your First Song

First let's take a look at some tips for how to choose your first song. Believe it or not, your first selection can actually have a huge impact on the path you take as a guitarist. It will either cement your intuitions and encourage you to keep practicing, or convince you you'll never succeed and make you want to give up. Obviously we prefer the former, which is why the following two considerations are so important.

Choose a Song You Love

By far the most important area to consider is what music you really enjoy listening to. Most people pick up the guitar because they want to be able to play songs they've heard on the radio and mimic artists they're really into.

That passion can serve as a great motivator, and while your favorite song might not be realistic as a beginner (depending on the level of difficulty) you should definitely choose a good beginner song that you love.

After all, you're going to be practicing this song a lot, and it will instill within you a love of the instrument that you can carry with you for years.

Choose an Easy Song

The second consideration is to choose an easy song to work on. The point here is simply to make sure that you don't overextend yourself and set yourself up for failure.

There are lots of great lists of beginner songs you can choose from, many of which focus on a few main chords, like E, C, D, G, and A, or even just a small subset of those chords. Avoid songs that use more difficult chords, like F, to start out with, or that require you to use a capo in order to play them well. Get a good grounding in the basics first, and then you can move on to those other songs later.

See a list of beginner songs from GuitarWorld.

Recommendations for Beginning Songs

Sweet Home Alabama

The first recommendation I have for a beginning guitarist is Sweet Home Alabama. This song is a classic hit, and is a great tune that isn't too hard to play and is something you'll be eager to brag about to your friends and play at the next party you go to.

Because it's so well known, you'll be able to master the sound and feel of the song more easily as well. See the Sweet Home Alabama guitar chords to get started.

Photograph

Another popular choice is Photograph, by Ed Sheeran. This is a great easy song that is a lot newer than Sweet Home Alabama, giving it more popular appeal with a younger audience. The song only uses a few chords, and has a slow, easy strum style that makes it accessible for a novice guitarist.

See the Ed Sheeran Photograph chords for more info and to get started learning it!


I remember it well. It was a cold January day in Chicago and my friend and I decided to trek out through the snow to visit the Modern Art Museum.

I’d been countless times before, and was eager to see the new photography exhibit, which dealt with voyeurs, and included a series of disturbing photographs, many of which implied the photographer was stalking the subjects.

In one crude series, the artist photographed a man standing on the street waiting for a bus. The man subsequently had a heart attack, and the artist documented the entire process of him collapsing, a crowd gathering, and paramedics arriving on scene to attempt to revive the man, but ultimately remove the cadaver.

To place yourself in the eye of the behold was disturbing, to say the least.

Another example we encountered on that cold January day didn’t even appear to be art at all. In the center of the museum, just outside one of the main exhibit areas, was a couple passionately embracing and kissing.

Not a simple peck on the cheek, but full-fledged making out. My friend and I exchanged glances and continued in to the exhibition. A few minutes later, however, we noticed the same couple still making out, but now they were rolling on the floor passionately.

What do you do? Do you notify security? SWalk by and pretend nothing is amiss, or stare and watch?

After a moment, we realized that this was an installation, and the couple was two actors hired for the performance.

The question is clear: how does one approach modern art? What can the lay person, the average individual who can’t speak for hours opn end about the avant-garde scene, appreciate the work?

Art Is What You Make It

After years of struggling with this question, I have arrived at a simple answer: art is what you make it.

There isn’t an appropriate response. The appropriate response is your natural reaction to the piece. Notice how it impacts you, whether or not you’re emotionally affected and, if so, how.

I think much of the shock and awe that goes on with modern art is really a commentary on how passive we’ve become when we trudge through museums.

We stop and stare at a painting, looking at…what, exactly? Some of these more active works, like the two mention above, achieve one of Art’s main purposes: they each make us seriously question fundamental beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world around us.

Isn’t that what art’s all about, after all?