Billy Joel’s Just The Way You Are
This oldie but goodie pop ballad by Billy Joel has a beautiful chord progression that is worth exploring. T
To be clear, I won’t teach you how to play the melody in this tutorial. It’s all about the accompaniment style and chord progression.
I created a video that show how to play a relatively simple accompaniment over those chord changes. The beauty of it is, that you can apply the same technique to many other pop ballads. This is really great news for singers who want to accompaniment themselves playing this kind of music, but don’t call themselves pianists.
Below is my video tutorial that demonstrates how to play the intro and an easy accompaniment that get’s you through the changes. I suggest you watch it first, before you read on.
I am in the process of creating the second video to explain in detail how you can learn to play this kind of piano accompaniment. So please check back soon.