Imagine is a great song for beginners to learn to play by ear piano. It was famously written and sang by the legend that is Mr John Lennon. It was written on Piano, and has a beautiful chord arrangement, which is done with great simplicity but creates a very powerful song. This makes it perfect for a beginner learning piano, as it is using easy chords and therefore makes it a great song to have in your repertoire.
Imagine was released in 1971 of the Album also named Imagine, and this was the opening track to the album.
It was released as a single a month after the album was released, and reached number 3 in the US Charts, number one in Canada, and was his only hit in Australia, reaching number one here and staying for five weeks.
The Rolling Stone ranked Imagine as the third greatest song ever, and John Lennon himself said that this song was as easily as good as anything he’d written with The Beatles.
It was later released as a single in the UK in 1975, at the same time as the release of the album shaved fish, and it reached number six in the UK charts, but then was re-released the UK in 1981 where it then climbed quickly to number one position.
The song was written about portraying life with no divides, such as religion and possessions, and how the world would be a more peaceful place to live without war or pain. This was aimed to give out a strong political message.
In the video that was produced for the record John Lennon dressed as a cowboy, and again this was his way of trying to get a message across through his music to people, and his way of trying to get cultures to get along.
The song is written in the key of C Major, which makes it perfect for beginners, as it uses simple chords and notes. It uses the Chords, C Major, F Major, A Minor, D Minor, G Major and E Major.
It has a lovely melody which would be played in the Right Hand alongside powerful chords in the left hand. The Melody notes for this are –
E G E G B B A
E G E G B A
E G B B A
E G E G B A
Then moving onto the Chorus these are the notes for the melody –
A C B A B C C
A C B B A G E
A A C B A B C C
A C D C D E C C