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Lesson notes

Piano Man is Billy Joel’s signature song. It was released as a single in 1973 and has been on several albums. It was his first major hit In this lesson, I’ll introduce the 7 different triads used in the song. Two of these chords are played with an added 7 and the walking bassline of the song means that there are many slash chords – where the bass note is different from the root of the chord/ As usual, we’ll first go through each part of the song with chords in root position – then follow that up by using the technique of finding the nearest inversion. There is a special section to this lesson – Readers’ Corner – to provide you with sheet music for the piano solo in the middle of the song. I also suggest fingering to make the solo easier to play.