Valentine's Day is just around the corner, which is why I'm creating this Valentine's Day Piano Tutorials post. If you would like to serenade your sweetheart, your friends, your dog, or your social media followers this post is for you. I have a FIVE classic songs for you to learn on piano and get under your fingers for the big day.
Let's get started!
#1: The Classic: My Funny Valentine (Easy Version)
You can't go wrong with the OG Valentine's Day song: My Funny Valentine.
Written in 1937 by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, this classic song is a great choice to serenade your sweetheart.
In this lesson, I will show you an easy-but-awesome version of My Funny Valentine that will be great to sing and play in piano. You’ll even get a free download, which you can get here.
First I’ll take you through the chords, then I’ll show you a great accompaniment strategy which isn’t too hard to sing along to. Let's do this!
My Funny Valentine (Sophisticated Jazz Version)
In case you want to kick things up a notch, you can also check out thisthis My Funny Valentine Piano Tutorial, I take you step-by-step through a Bill Evans-inspired voicing strategy that is easy to follow and sounds like a million bucks.
Once you've master the piano voicings, I'll show you four accompaniment strategies: two different ballad options and two options for Bossa Nova.
Don't forget to download the free printable for this lesson HERE.
#2: Have I Told You Lately? Piano Tutorial
Have I Told You Lately is a classic ballad by Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison. It was released in 1989 for his studio album Avalon Sunset and was awarded a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
It was covered by British pop icon Rod Stewart in 1991 and again in 1993, where his live version became a massive international radio hit. Nowadays, you are more likely to hear the Rod Stewart version on the radio, but I tend to prefer the original.
In this tutorial I am going to shwo you my arrangement of this song, which adds a few jazz voicings that help to make it feel more full harmonically. It makes it sound so amazing, but doesn't make it harder to play!
#3: Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton Piano Tutorial
Wonderful Tonight is the classic love song written by rock legend Eric Clapton. Released on his 1977 album Slowhand, it was allegedly written about model Pattie Boyd. Fun fact: Yvonne Elliman sings back up on this song. (Yvonne was a Broadway singer and sings lead on “If I Can’t Have You” on the Saturday Night Fever album)
Click below to watch the entire Wonderful Tonight Piano tutorial.
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#4: Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
If you are less about the sappy love songs and want to get your message across in more of a Motown vibe then this is the perfect song for you! Singed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours is an up tempo groove with relatively simple chords, a few snazzy jazz voicings and an instrumental hook that won't quit!
Click below to watch the entire Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours Piano tutorial.
#5: Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
If you are looking to get your sweetheart in the mood for a little slow dancing, Never Tear Us Apart is the perfect song. In this tutorial, I teach you how to play Never Tear Us Apart by INXS on piano. You'll learn the authentic chords and accompaniment strategy to do a soundalike sing and play version of this iconic 1980s classic.
Click below to check out the Never Tear Us Apart piano tutorial.
BONUS: Not feeling the romance? Try a sad song instead! I Can't Make You Love Me
If this whole love this is totally bumming you out, then here is the perfect song for you: I Can't Make You Love Me Sad as heck and perfect for a little "I hate Valentine's" sip and cry.
Click below to check out the I Can't Make You Love Me piano tutorial.
Using Holidays as an Opportunity for Musical Growth
I am a huge fan of using holidays and special events as an opportunity to build up piano skills and repertoire. Each one of the songs in this Valentine's Day Piano Tutorials post contains new chording and accompaniment ideas that you can add to your skill set. Choose one song at a time and work through them using all of the tools I share in the workshop.
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