4 Chords on a Piano
One of my new favorite iPad apps is the Virtuoso Piano. This free app is very nice and has nearly all the features an eager and noob piano player like myself would enjoy (there is also a Pro version with more features for the pros). The best part is that you can learn and play the piano anywhere. Granted, you won't be making symphonies with it, but you can make some pretty good tunes. And you can certainly play the 4 Chords....
The 4 Chords refers to a popular Youtube video featuring the comedy rockband, Axis of Awesome. They demonstrated that 4 recurring chords (piano key combinations) appear in nearly every pop song from Aha's Take on Me to Lady Gaga's Poker Face. There have also been many great covers of it on guitar and piano, too.
And so I thought "Wouldn't it be cool if I could play some pop songs on my iPad?" I eagerly searched for the 4 chords and how they translated to piano. Finding what the chords were was easy.
C (C major)
G (G major)
Am (A minor)
F (F major)
However, coming from a non-musical background, I didn't know what these meant. So I turned on the keyboard label feature (one of the best features for learning) on my Virtuoso Piano and tried pressing the keys. It sounded nothing like what I wanted. I later found out that these labels did not correspond to chords (a testament of my noobness). After some more searching, I found how these chords translate to combinations of piano keys. Thankfully, it was pretty simple. So simple, you only needed one hand and you could hold your fingers one way for all 4 chords!
So without further ado, here are screenshots showing what keys to press. It is remarkably easy once you know. Play them over and over!