How to Play Ode to Joy by Beethoven

Ode to Joy is a great song to learn on the piano early on because it teaches you how to place your hands the right way on the piano. You get to use every finger in your right hand which will force you to develop some coordination and finger strength as well!

Sheet Music Download:

Click here to download the sheet music: Ode To Joy – STEP 1

Notes on the Fur Elise Sheet Music – Step1:

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  1. seattle piano lessons 16. Aug, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    This site rules! I’m going to show this to our piano students :)

    • Chris Marx 04. Sep, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

      (This is our music school in Seattle.. Stop by for a free lesson if you’re ever visiting!)

  2. Mike 16. Aug, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    The sheet music was cool how the letters was written in. That helped so much. Thanks.

  3. Danny Joyner 20. Aug, 2010 at 2:05 am #

    That was pretty good, I learned it in 8 minutes after I printed off the music. I need to practice it to make it smoother. How about a bluesy version???

  4. Mario World Gunman Series 26. Aug, 2010 at 12:38 am #

    Very good post.

  5. Bruno Tonon 29. Aug, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    Excellent presentation thank You.
    cheers Bruno

    • Chris Marx 29. Aug, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

      Thanks Bruno!

  6. Eirian 29. Aug, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    Great site! This was really an easy way for me (a piano playing newbie) to get a feel for proper finger placement. Definite thumbs up :)

  7. Dale Engblom 30. Aug, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    Thanks Bruno! I like the fact that you gave us the music and showed us how to play it properly. (Newbie of Newbie’s)

    • Chris Marx 30. Aug, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

      Thanks Dale!
      When you’re learning how to read sheet music, it helps to see a video that shows you how its supposed to sound.

  8. LuisCarlos 31. Aug, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Hi Chris!
    You are right is very easy..thanks friend!
    Best regards
    LuisCarlos (Spain)

  9. John Collins 31. Aug, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Makes crystal seem muddy.

  10. Frank Vosnick 04. Sep, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    Well done. I’m thrilled with the arrangement and your method of presentation. This piece that I l always thought was so difficult is quite easy the way you teach it.

  11. Dianne 22. Nov, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    Excellent teacher

  12. joana 22. Dec, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Love the site!

  13. Therese 25. Jul, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    Wow! I thought I was already using an easier free lesson on the internet but I was wrong. This tutorial is way easier and plus I learn to read the notes and the proper placement of my fingers.

    I wish you can also add the song entitled “What Kind of Fool Am I” Jerry Vale sang it.

    Thank you for your free and interesting lessons!

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