When you enroll in piano lessons, your teacher's first priority will be to teach you some scales and basic theory. Eventually, though, you'll get a chance to learn some songs — and your teacher will customarily ask you if there are some songs that you'd like to be able to play. This question may send your mind racing, but it can be fun to think of some ballads from the years in which you grew up. If you grew up in the 1980s, there are plenty of choices to consider. Think about the songs that have instantly recognizable piano parts, as they'll give you satisfaction upon learning them. Here are some suggestions.
"Wind Beneath My Wings" — Bette Midler
The piano line in Bette Midler's hit "Wind Beneath My Wings" is something that people will recognize as soon as you play it for them, making this an ideal 1980s piano song to learn during your piano lessons. Additionally, the slow tempo of this song means that it shouldn't be too challenging for you to learn. While it might be a while before you can play through the song in its entirety, you'll be pleased with what you can play after just a lesson or two.
"Don't Stop Believin'" — Journey
Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" is the group's biggest hit and one of the most recognizable piano rock ballads from the decade. The opening notes of this rock song will immediately bring a smile to any family members and friends who hear you playing, and learning this song gives you a perfect opportunity to enjoy a spontaneous sing-along with some friends of the same age the next time you get together in your home. "Don't Stop Believin'" increases tempo as the song moves on, but your piano teacher will emphasize learning the notes and playing them slowly until you can gradually pick up speed to play along with the recording.
"I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" — Elton John
Elton John's hit "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" is another 1980s-era piano hit that can be fun to learn and fun to play for family and friends once you've mastered it. It also has a slow tempo that makes learning easier, even if you're relatively new to playing the piano, and your piano teacher will break the song into the introduction, verses, and chorus so that you can learn each component individually.
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