Easy Piano Christmas Music

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Lots of Christmas music can be easily played on the piano, such as Jingle Bells, Silent Night or Deck the Halls. Play some merry music with help from a professional pianist in this free video.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Kirk Wilson and I live in Los Angeles, California and I perform in and around the area and I also teach at Arka Peel School of Music as well as studio sessions in Burbank and Hollywood and today I'm going to show you how to play easy piano Christmas music. First of all we want to start with "Silent NIght which is one of the most famous Christmas songs of all and in this particular arrangement we have, we have a core progression which is basically F Major Seven to A Flat and then there is an F Bass. Whenever you see the slash, the note to the right is what is on the bottom in the left hand so that A Flat over F is how we say it and then G over F and then G Flat over F. So when we play that with the eighth notes that you have there, I'm going to play those eighth notes with my five finger here like this. So then F Major Seven is my left hand and then my A Flat is going to be like this but the F is still the bass note and then G like this with F still being the bass note and then G Flat like this with F still being the bass note. So the F is the bass note through the entire introduction, those four measures you see. And of course there's a repeat sign so you can go back to the beginning to play another verse. In this particular arrangement there are some very unique chords and whenever you read those chords whether it's really Christmas music or anything, but what's unique about Christmas music is that the melody is always pronounced. If you are playing for a vocalist and you're playing accompaniment piano, in that case then you don't need to play the melody like I'm playing. If you are caroling and you have a choir or two or three people or even a soloist, when you play "Silent Night" instead of playing this melody, you basically play the chords. But you want to use lots of arpeggios and that is going to give it that significant Christmas sound. So whenever you play Christmas carols, just remember pretty, lots of arpeggios, especially sounds like "Silent Night", "Hark the Herald Angel's King", "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" all of those standard Christmas songs that we've grown to love that we grew up with as children, many many arpeggios and always keep the melody ringing even when you play as accompanying pianist, you must keep the melody going. Sometimes just a little and then...Okay, so that is how you play easy Christmas music on the piano and of course this arrangement isn't exactly easy but that is our approach to making it easy. Once you understand the basics of how to read these arrangements where you have compound chords such as G and then F in the left hand, then it really becomes much easier. So my name is Kirk Wilson and that is how you play easy piano Christmas music.


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