If you weren’t one of the millions of people who purchased a new instrument in the last couple of years, you may hear a song kick in with some piano and wish you had the opportunity to learn the song and play along.
Luckily, stumbling upon products like the Donner DDP-80 digital piano has made it apparent that you can easily learn how to play the piano in the comfort of your own home. That’s why Discogs has surfaced 15 iconic piano intros of varying difficulty that may inspire you to tickle the ivories and discover new music.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Into My Arms”
“Into My Arms” is one of Nick Cave’s most beloved piano ballads and its influence has extended far beyond the Bad Seeds’ core audience. The heart-wrenching video for the song has been viewed over 25 million times and many fans have found comfort in it as they remember those they’ve lost.
Philip Glass – “Helen’s Theme”
It’s hard to think about piano and not think about Philip Glass. Glass has composed dozens of operas, symphonies, and film scores, but “Helen’s Theme” from the Candyman soundtrack remains one of his most hauntingly beautiful works and a perfect example of how he uses minimalism to great effect.
The Rolling Stones – “She’s A Rainbow”
The incomparable Nicky Hopkins laid down the piano for many of the Rolling Stones’ most enduring hits, including “She’s A Rainbow.” Often cited as one of the most beautiful songs the band has ever written, it’s the piano work of Hopkins that really elevates the song and makes it such a unique entry in the Stones’ vast catalog.
Theodore Shapiro – “Main Titles” (Severance: Season 1)
Severance quickly became a phenomenon with its retro-future aesthetic and a score that complements the mystery and tension building in every episode. The piano-centric music heard during the main titles has reminded some people of “Amy’s Theme” from The Conversation, a film that touches on some similar themes.
Big Star – “Holocaust”
“Holocaust” is one of the most devastating songs Alex Chilton ever wrote and the piano is a contributing factor. In 1984, This Mortal Coil (with the vocal stylings of Howard Devoto) released a cover version of the song and, once again, the piano helps create an atmosphere of utter despair.
Feeling inspired to take the plunge? The demo video below is a quick way to get acquainted with the Donner DDP-80 digital piano. Designed with aspiring pianists in mind, the modern wood color finish, easy assembly, built-in 20-watt speakers, and 88-key weighted keyboard provide you with the sound of an acoustic grand piano in a compact design. The hardest part now is picking which song to learn first.