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There is surely no better instrument for playing a ballad that on piano or keyboard!
Most of the famous ballads ever written will more than likely have either been composed on a piano or keyboard or contain a hook from one.
The main reason for this is because no other instrument can evoke the emotion that a few note on the keyboard can give. Anthor major factor with this is the sheer range of piano notes being around 7 octaves for a full size keyboard. A nicely crafted melody on the higher range really can tug on those heart strings and it is a device used in many famous ballads throughout history, from composers such as Chopin to modern day rock star like Jon Bon Jovi and Elton John.
Traditionally a ballad uses a mixture of major and minor chords to take the listener on what at times can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. Many of the best ballads contrast a happy positive vibe with sad and melancholy hook or chorus. If this 'feel' is then cleverly combined with strong and emotional lyrics and melody then a very powerful ballad can be the result.
Ballads do tend to stand the test of time because human emotions are the same worldwide and love songs play a major part in everyone's lives no matter where they live or in what period of time.
Ballads are great for beginners to perform on the piano or keyboard because they can be played very easily but also sound impressive and also create a strong response from but the player and the listener.
Here are just a few ballads that are great for beginners to play, because they are quite easy to pick up even if you are unable to read music:
Annie's Song - John Denver | I Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley | Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon | Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler | With or Without You - U2 | Always - Bon Jovi | Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John | I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston | My Heart Will Go On (Theme From Titanic) - Celine Dion | I Will Do Anything For Love - Meatloaf
Click the player below to hear 'My Heart Will Go On - Theme From Titanic'. Just one of 'Beautiful Ballads' arrangements that you can soon be playing, even if you are a complete beginner:
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