While rock music is mostly associated with electric guitar, the piano is also a vital instrument in rock music. Indeed, rock music history is filled with songs that feature fantastic piano solos and accompaniments.
If you’re a beginner piano player, there are a lot of rock piano songs you can learn right away. So today, we look at the 6 easy piano rocks to help you get started on rock piano.
Imagine – John Lennon
Imagine is one of the easiest and most enjoyable rock songs to play on the piano. Anywhere you play it, everyone will notice it.
This song is perfect for beginners as it’s in C major. C major contains no accidentals (black keys). You will be better able to comprehend the chord transitions within C Major because it uses only white keys.
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Queen, like Elton John and Queen, make use of the piano in many of their songs. The lead singer Freddie Mercury was an excellent piano player, so it’s no surprise that Queen songs feature some of the best piano solos and accompaniments in the history of rock music.
Bohemian Rhapsody is certainly a classic, therefore it’s one of the most popular and powerful piano rock songs you can play.
This song will allow you to experience a new kind of harmony and texture.
Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
This song is so beautiful and touching, and learning it is definitely worth the effort. If you’re more into slow and soft rock songs rather than hard rock, this song is a perfect one.
It uses a common chord progression found in pop and rock music: I-V-vi -IV. This chord progression is easy to learn and you’ll be able to play many of your favorite rock and pop songs with it.
November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
November Rain is a legendary rock song that uses the piano as its main instrument.
It’s a special song as it’s by Guns N’ Roses. While this iconic band has many beautiful songs featuring the piano, they’re not as many as Queen or Elton John, so this song definitely worth exploring for pianists.
She’s A Rainbow – The Rolling Stones
She’s a Rainbow is a very upbeat and enjoyable song. It’s famous for its piano riff, which repeats throughout the song. If you like rock songs that are more cheerful and leave you in a positive mood, you don’t want to miss this song!
Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
As we’re discussing rock piano, I can’t leave out Elton John on this list. Elton John is a legend in the world of rock piano, so it’s best to include at minimum one song from Elton John in your repertoire. Yellow Brick Road is one of the greatest piano rock songs of all time. When you master the basic variation of the tune, you could play the basic left-hand accompaniment and the left-hand melody.