Its Easy To Play Chopin - Easy Piano Sheet Music.pdf
It's Easy to Play Chopin - Easy Piano Sheet Music
Frédéric Chopin was one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, and his music is loved by pianists of all levels. However, some of his pieces can be quite challenging and intimidating for beginners. Fortunately, there are some easy Chopin pieces that you can learn and enjoy without too much difficulty. In this article, we will introduce you to three easy Chopin pieces that you can download and print for free. We will also give you some tips on how to play them well.
Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2 (Easy)
A nocturne is a musical composition inspired by the night, often featuring a beautiful and expressive melody over a calm accompaniment. Chopin wrote 21 nocturnes for solo piano, and this one is probably the most famous and popular. It has a simple and elegant structure: A-B-A-Coda, where the A section is the main theme, the B section is a contrasting theme, and the Coda is a short ending.
The original version of this nocturne is not very hard, but it does require some advanced techniques such as ornaments, chromatic runs, and wide stretches. If you are not ready for those yet, you can try this easy version that simplifies the melody and the accompaniment. You can download the easy sheet music for this nocturne [here]. You can also listen to the original version [here].
Some tips for playing this nocturne are:
Pay attention to the key signature: E-flat major has three flats (B-flat, E-flat, and A-flat). Watch out for the accidentals too, especially the C-flats (which are the same as B-naturals).
Use a smooth and legato touch for the melody, and a light and soft touch for the accompaniment. Try to make the melody sing out over the background.
Follow the dynamics (loudness and softness) and the tempo (speed) markings on the sheet music. They will help you create contrast and expression in your playing.
Practice slowly and gradually increase your speed as you become more comfortable with the notes and rhythms.
Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28, No. 4
A prelude is a short musical piece that serves as an introduction or a standalone work. Chopin wrote 24 preludes for solo piano, one in each major and minor key. They are very diverse in style and mood, ranging from cheerful and lively to dark and melancholic. This prelude is one of the latter, and it is one of Chopin's most famous works.
This prelude is very easy to play, as it consists of only two elements: a simple melody in the right hand, and a repeated chord progression in the left hand. However, it is not easy to play well, as it requires a lot of musicality and sensitivity to convey its deep emotion. You can download the sheet music for this prelude [here]. You can also listen to it [here].
Some tips for playing this prelude are:
Pay attention to the time signature: 4/4 means that there are four beats in each measure, and each quarter note gets one beat. Count along as you play to keep a steady rhythm.
Use a pedal to connect the notes smoothly and create a rich sound. However, do not overuse it or hold it down for too long, as it will make the sound muddy and unclear. Change the pedal at each chord change or whenever there is a rest in the melody.
Follow the dynamics and tempo markings on the sheet music. They will help you create tension and release in your playing. For example, start softly (piano) and gradually get louder (crescendo) until you reach the climax at measure 13 (forte), then gradually get softer (diminuendo) until you end very softly (pianissimo).
Play with expression and feeling. Try to imagine what Chopin wanted to express with this prelude. Some people say that it sounds like a funeral march, a lament, or a farewell. What does it mean to you?
Waltz in A Minor, Op. posth.
A waltz is a dance in triple meter, meaning that there are three beats in each measure, and the first beat is accented. Chopin wrote 19 waltzes for solo piano, and they are among his most charming and graceful works. This waltz is one of his last compositions, and it was published posthumously (after his death).
This waltz is not very difficult to play, but it does require some agility and coordination in both hands. The right hand plays the melody, which has some fast notes and leaps, while the left hand plays the accompaniment, which has some syncopated (off-beat) chords. You can download the sheet music for this waltz [here]. You can also listen to it [here].
Some tips for playing this waltz are:
Pay attention to the key signature: A minor has no sharps or flats. However, there are some accidentals in the piece, such as G-sharps and F-naturals. Be careful not to miss them.
Use a light and crisp touch for the melody, and a firm and steady touch for the accompaniment. Try to make the melody dance over the background.
Follow the dynamics and tempo markings on the sheet music. They will help you create variety and interest in your playing. For example, play louder (forte) and faster (animato) at measure 17, then softer (piano) and slower (ritardando) at measure 25.
Practice hands separately first, then hands together. Start slowly and gradually increase your speed as you become more confident with the notes and rhythms.
We hope that you enjoyed this article and that you will have fun playing these easy Chopin pieces. Remember that playing Chopin is not only about technical skills, but also about musical expression and interpretation. Try to play with your heart as well as your fingers, and you will discover the beauty and joy of Chopin's music.