The key to learning this song is to make your left hand very smooth and steady. The right hand melody is fairly simple, so focus on an even left hand. At the same time, don’t let the left hand accompaniment cover up the right hand by being too loud. Finally, use the sustain pedal to help fill out the the sound.
This song uses a very common chord progression called the Circle of Fifths in places like measure 1-8 and measure 9-16. Since the right hand has a single note melody starting at measure 9, focus on a smooth left hand accompaniment with the help of the sustain pedal. The melody is repeated at measure 34 with a few embellishments.
Try to be very exact with your timing in this song, especially at places like measure 1 where you have those short, punchy notes. The sustain only needs to be used in certain spots like the chorus sections (ex. measure 25) and the bridge (measure 65). The other sections sound better without the sustain pedal.
The section starting at measure 25 is the hardest. Take a look at that right hand part. The top of the right hand part is the melody and only uses the notes E, D, and C. The lower notes of this right hand part are the supporting chords and you play them in a quarter note rhythm. If you’re having trouble with the measure 25 section, you can just play the top notes and it will still sound good.
This song is a little more challenging. Remember, you don’t have to play every note to play it “correctly”. Just play something close that sounds good to you.
I did something with this song that I’ve never done before. I start the song slowly and then get a little faster, and then a little faster, until the song really takes off. It actually makes it easier to learn because you learn the majority of the song at a slow speed and then just increase the tempo of the material you already know.
Look at the right hand in measure 45. There are two D#’s in a row, but only the first note has a big sharp symbol in front of it. That’s because accidentals (sharps and flats) continue through the measure. If you like at the right hand if 46, that D# also has a sharp symbol in front of it because it’s a new measure.
Don’t be intimidated by measures 57-72. It’s the exact same thing played over and over again. To practice this section, just loop measures 57 and 58. Play these two measures over and over at a very slow speed. Once you can play it ten times in a row without making a mistake, try moving the right hand up one octave.
The trick to playing measures 17-23 is to play the same thing over and over and just keep moving one to the left. Another tip, for measures 53-60, the right hand and left hand play the exact same thing, just an octave apart.
If you don’t have a full 88-key keyboard, here’s how to play the section starting at measure 63. Move the entire left hand part up one octave. And for the right hand part, instead of playing two notes at a time, just play the top notes of the right hand and ignore the bottom notes. Everyone should be able to play measure 71-78 as written.