Key Stage 3 Learning Zone

"Someone Like You" - Learn How to play this Adele hit!!!

This song is written in the Key of A Major. To play it, you will need to learn the chords in A.

Here are the keyboard chords you need:

Chord Name Left Hand Right Hand
A Major A A C# E
B Minor B D F# B
C# Minor C# C# E G#
D Major D D F# A
E Major E E G# B
F# Minor F# F# A C#

NB The way the chords are played, though, are different to what we have come up against before. The chords are mostly played as Arpeggios An arpeggio is when, instead of playing all the notes together at the same time, we "break them up", playing one after another.

Here's how you play the Introduction, and the verses:

Chord Name Left Hand Right Hand
A Major A A C# E C#
C#Minor/G# E and G# G# C# E C#
F# Minor F# and C# F# C# F#' C#
D Major D and A A D F# D

Next here is the Bridge (1). The chord names are quite complex here. You don't need to know them to play it. Your teacher can explain them to you, or you can find out more here

Chord Name Left Hand Right Hand
E add9 E F# G# E G#
F# Minor 7 F# F# A E A
D Major D F# A D A
E add 9 E F# G# E G#
F# Minor 7 F# F# A E A
D Major D F# A F#
E9 /D D F# G# E G#
D Major D F# A F# A

Next up (if you're still with me) it's the chorus:

Chord Name Left Hand Right Hand
A Major A A C# A' C#
E Major E G# B G#' B
F# Minor 7 F# A C# F# C#
D Major D A D F# D

Bridge 2 is like Bridge 1, the end bit is different:

Chord Name Left Hand Right Hand
E add9 E F# G# E G#
F# Minor 7 F# F# A E A
D Major D F# A D A
E add 9 E F# G# E G#
F# Minor 7 F# F# A E A
D Major D F# A F# A
E9 /D D F# G# E G#
D Major D F# A F# A
D Major (b5) D F# G# G#' G#

Well, we are nearly there. In the video, the guy calls this " Nothing Compares..." because that's what she's singing:

Chord Name Left Hand Right Hand
E E G# B E B
F# Minor F# A C# F# C#
D Major D F# A D A
B Minor B B D B' D
D/C# C# D A D' A
D Major D D F# A F#
E7 /D N/A D G# B G#

Well, that's more or less it. There's some block chords in one of the choruses. You should be able to work these out for yourself. There's another bit too, but it's very like the other parts. I you want to learn it, watch the video.

 

If you want to learn more about how to play the song, go to the YouTube Video here.

 

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