26 Feb Fact: With 3 Chords You Can Play Hundreds of Songs On The Piano
Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Hey there – Scott Houston here. One of my three “Secrets” to teaching adults of any age how to learn AND enjoy playing the piano is that you only need a couple of chords to play dozens and dozens of songs that you know and enjoy. Learning songs you like helps to keep you energized and makes the learning process enjoyable instead of a chore. Over the years, many of the most popular songs we hear on the radio actually use this secret to create their chart topping hits.
But don’t just take my word for it! Below, you’ll find a comical video by the Australian comedy rock group “The Axis of Awesome.” Back in 2009, they preformed a skit to prove just how many chart topping hits only use 4 chords by meshing together 35+ songs into one “4 chord song.” It demonstrates in a fun and entertaining way how just a few chords can open up the flood gates!
WARNING: I must warn that there is one instance of “colorful” language at the beginning of this video – around the 0:45 second mark. But don’t worry, the rest of the video is very clean and entertaining! I think you’ll be surprised by how many tunes you recognize.
35+ Songs With Only 4 Chords
Here is a full list of the songs they play:
Pretty incredible huh? With just a handful of chords in your pocket, songs that you know and love, just like these, will open up to you on the piano!