Learn the treble clef piano notes for Silent Night

4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano

1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies

2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies

3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords

4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques

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Learn to play Silent Night while exploring the piano notes on the treble clef. This lesson offers playing tips for this Christmas classic as well as alternative chord substitutions for spicing up your arrangement.

Piano notes for familiar songs.

Learning to read by using familiar songs is helpful for ear training as you can hear when you have made a mistake.

It is also helpful to sit down at the keyboard and try to pick out familiar melodies you have running around in your head without reading them. This will also help in training your ear.

The goal is to one day hear a song and be able, with your knowledge of scales and chords to sit at the keyboard and pick out the piano notes for the melody and be able to find the right left hand harmony chords.

Let's start with this Christmas classic.

Helpful playing notes.

Right hand fingering.

You will notice I have added fingering numbers in places where you will need to shift your right hand.

The song start with 3rd finger on G.

Fifth finger on D in measure #4.

Third finger on A in measure #8.

Third finger on D in measure #17.

Fifth finger on C in measure#21.

3/4 time signature.

Remember in the 3/4 time signature also called "waltz time", there will be three beats or counts for each measure and a quarter not receives one count.

Watch for the tied notes and be sure to hold them for the duration of both notes.

Left hand magic.

Much of the fun you will have playing piano using chord symbols in in creating interesting left hand parts.

This takes time to develop if you are a beginner but keep at it and you will see improvement.

At a minimum you will want to play at least a block chord where indicated in the music and on beat one of most measures.

Try using "broken chords" or "arpeggios" in addition to the block chords or as a substitute.

A standard left hand waltz pattern would be to play the root note on beat one and a chord on beat two and three using the simple chords in black.

Want some "hipper" chords?

Try using the chord substitutions I have provided in RED. They will add to your pallet of musical colors.

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