Piano is a great instrument; incredible variety, beautiful tones, and great versatility. Most of the time, we tend to associate piano with long haired-classical music, but for those about to rock, here’s a list of the best easy rock piano songs that won’t break your fingers that includes well-known radio level artists such as Coldplay, Adele, Amy Winehouse and more. The best easy rock piano songs are versatile; allowing the performer to play them at different levels, thus beginners, intermediate and advanced players can all perform them at their level, given some creativity.
Easy Rock Piano Songs by Coldplay: Clocks and The Scientist
Clocks tops our list as one of the best easy rock piano songs as it employs easy left hand structure, and basic repetitive patterns in the right hand. The single notes in the left hand can be converted to octaves or evens root-fifths to give more advanced players a stiffer challenge. Although the song itself does use quite a few sections (Intro, verse, chorus, bridge, outro), overall, the majority of the sections are variants making this a top choice for someone looking to learn an easy rock piano song.
The Scientist, a much slower and more interactive song, is a bit harder, but once again, for beginners find ways to make the song sound the same, yet easier to play. A general rule of thumb is to eliminate fine details that the majority of your audience won’t hear anyways. Of course, once you’ve improved you can always add these details back in, but you have to start somewhere.
Easy Rock Piano Songs by Adele: Hometown Glory and Someone Like You
What’s not to love about Adele? Of course, the real intro can be quite a bit intimidating, but truthfully, when’s the last time you actually heard the real intro on the radio anyways? Stick with the main melody, and you’ll find yourself playing one part the entire time. Boring? I think not. Good musicians know how to keep things interesting by being creative and improv’ing where necessary to spice it up.
Someone Like You is difficult on the right hand, but not exceptionally so, and the left hand is easy enough to qualify for our easy piano rock songs list. For kids, it’s always nice to hear the melody so who cares if they play the right hand melody with both hands, while you help out with left hand in a duet? Really, the goal is just to get kids reading music, having fun, and develop the mechanics of motion on piano.
Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
Any Winehouse knew how to rock a piano. Back to Black, a breakout hit for Winehouse is built around a single section, with the bridge being a simple variant. Because of this, I’d rate this easy piano song as suitable for all ages 8 and up. Just change the lyrics.