The last thing we all want to think about is that the summer holidays are halfway over. But there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the weather, the company of friends and most importantly: music. Summer is the time during which live music, from bohemian funk to traditional New Orleans jazz, fills the streets of cities across the world. But when the weather gets too hot and you head inside to cool off (or the other way ‘round), you too can create beautiful summer-music. And with family and friends in town visiting for the summer holidays, you can show off your new piano playing skills by playing easy summer songs on piano.
It comes down to more than just being easy and breezy. There are musical concepts responsible for the upbeat feelings that summery songs awake in us as listeners. Identifying them can only help you bring them out more intentionally in your piano playing.
Songs that make you wanna dance
What’s the main defining quality of a summer song? Easy. It makes you want to dance. And what makes you want to dance? Rhythm. The rhythm doesn’t have to come from constantly beating drums. It doesn’t even need to be fast. As long as it is consistent enough to sway to as you sip cold drinks pool-side.
💡 Try it out: “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves is probably one of the rhythmically most uplifting songs ever written. If you are a beginner, Skoove offers you an easy piano arrangement to master the piece and bring you and your friends into the summer vibe.
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Majorly hyped up piano songs
It goes without saying that most, if not all, happy songs are in major keys. Why? Because the bright tonalities of major keys evoke feelings of hope and happiness. Don’t believe it?
💡Try it out: “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry is one of the most famous Summer songs ever composed. The key centre is C-major, and that is where the tune stays pretty much all the time. Get to play the song make your friends wanna dance to your piano sounds.
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Keeping it simple on the piano
Notice how the songs mentioned above have a catch phrase that repeats, both in the lyrics and in notes. These tags help us as listeners recognize the song easily and remember it. A clear indicator of a summery song is whether or not you can sing it at the ready. Songs that do fit the bill in style and simplicity are perfect choices to practice piano technique. The repetitive refrains of hit songs make you practice the phrases over and over until your fingers flow smoothly over the keys like a surfboard on the perfect wave.
💡Try it out: Fun and practice are no contradiction. Get your fingers going with “La Bamba” by Richie Valens.
Summer songs on piano: Sunny sounds & Palm tree grooves
Get your mind set on exotic places before you perform your summer sounds on your piano. Places at the beach have always been a huge inspiration to songwriters. So why don’t you come up with your own summer song. We’d be super curious to hear it. Maybe these songs can inspire you:
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Find many more summery songs in Skoove’s Song Courses. Travel musically beneath the summer sun and enjoy your “Holiday in Black & White”.
💡 Try it out: The Beginner Song Course will fit your needs, when you just started learning piano. If you are an intermediate or advanced player, check out the summer songs in the Intermediate Song Course.
Reading this at the wrong season? Check out our article Playing piano songs during Christmas season.
And you can still play our Four piano love songs every beginner can learn all year long.