Let's Play Some Easy Music!

Easy music! That sounds like fun! Now that you know what the notes are, where they are on the piano keyboard, and what they look like on the staff; and most importantly - how to count them, let's put it all together with some easy piano music!

Below you will find two songs you that should be familiar to you. If not, then enjoy them anyway!

Ode To Joy and Yankee Doodle are shown here with just the first four measures from each song.

A link to a free pdf file of the complete songs is provided after each song.

Enjoy and have fun playing this easy music!

Beethoven's Ode To Joy, easy music

Here is the first phrase of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode To Joy," from his Ninth Symphony. It is simple, easy music; but a powerful melody.

Before you try to play this with both hands, play each hand separately. Get to know the notes and the "moves" before you play both hands together. Don't forget to count out loud!

Play the melody with your right hand in the "Middle C" five finger position (C, D, E, F, G). Your third (middle) finger starts playing the first quarter note on the count of "one." Each quarter note is played on each beat as you count "one -two-three-four." In the fourth measure there is a dotted quarter/eighth note pair. Play the dotted quarter on "one," hold down while you count "and two," then play the eighth note "D" when you say "and" after two (and before three!)

The left hand pays the C, F and G major chords in root position. In the first three measures, the chord is played on the count of "one," and held down while you count "two - three - four." In the fourth measure, each chord is held for two beats. Play the C chord on "one," and hold down while you say "and - two - and." Play The G chord when you say "three" and hold while you say "and - four - and."

Download free printable piano music pdf of "Ode To Joy"

Yankee Doodle easy music

Yankee Doodle is a melody everyone knows. It is a simple early American folk song, that makes for easy music to play.

Again, learn each hand separately before you try playing both hands together. Get to know the notes and the "moves" before you play both hands together. Don't forget to count out loud!

Start playing the right hand notes with your index finger, (finger #2) on the C one octave (8 notes) above middle C. This places your right hand in the "B" five finger position (B, C, D, E, F). Lift your finger on the fourth beat of the second measure to play the quarter rest.

The left hand is again playing the C and G chords in root position. The chords are played with whole notes and held for four beats in the first and third measures; and with half notes, held for two beats in the second and fourth measures.

Download free printable piano music pdf of "Yankee Doodle"

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