Common questions

How difficult is it to play the entertainer on piano?

How difficult is it to play the entertainer on piano?

When a student begins piano lessons, The Entertainer by Scott Joplin is a popular piece many students want to learn how to play. Rhythmically, it’s an intermediate piece. Even when you can find it arranged for a lower level, it’s still rhythmically challenging. Beginners struggle with it.

What grade piano is the entertainer?

The original version of Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer is at least piano grade 8 standard (ABRSM/Trinity College London). There are also many simplified arrangements which have been set for lower piano grades on different exam boards, including grades 2, 3, and 4.

How long should it take to learn the entertainer?

Take your time and patiently learn it just one section at a time. Each section should take at least a week to learn and memorize. Then, once you have all the sections learned, keep on working until it starts to flow. Increase the tempo using your metronome as you continue to work in the same fashion.

What are the notes to the entertainer?

The piece is written in C-major which is a very beginner-friendly scale. This song is a very light-hearted composition and it’s really fun to learn!

What key signature is the entertainer?

C major
It is primarily set in the key of C major; however, for the C section (commonly referred to as the ‘Trio’), it modulates to the subdominant, F major, then through a transitional passage modulates back to C major for the D section.

How hard is the entertainer?

Why The Entertainer Could Be Considered Harder Than Grade 8 Standard. Even though the notes of The Entertainer could be considered around a grade 8 level, to play this piece with as little tension as possible presents an additional challenge.

What is the fastest way to learn a song on the piano?

Here are some tips for learning fast piano songs:

  1. Be patient…
  2. Watch your fingers.
  3. Don’t practice in front of an audience.
  4. Don’t practice the same mistake twice.
  5. Celebrate your accomplishments with feelings of confidence.
  6. Let your metronome be your best friend.
  7. Continue working on speed, one metronome notch at a time.

Author Image
Ruth Doyle