Billy Joel’s Just The Way You Are

This old pop balled by Billy Joel has a beautiful chord progression, no matter what you think about the lyrics. (Some find them just a little bit too corny.)

The chord progression is definitely worth analyzing, because it can teach a lot of things to keyboard players, especially those that are not that advanced just yet.

To be clear, I will not teach you how to play the melody in this tutorial.

I created a few videos for you that shows how to use a relatively simple accompaniment style to 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.

Demonstration Video

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.

Meanwhile, you may want to subscribe to my youtube channel youtube.com/musictrainingonline. That way you will get notified when new videos are available. And once you are there check out may PopJazzKeys related playlist. 


I just finished the introductory video tutorial above about sus4 chords. It shows me jamming on the keyboard over a Csus4 chord, and afterwards explaining how you can do the same by following a few simple musical ideas.

I am in the process of adding a lot of great information to this post soon. So be sure to check back soon.

Sus4 chords are amazing tools for pop musicians. Especially, because you can play 9 different pitches in the bass with any given bass note, creating really interesting sounding harmony.  To demonstrate this I created a chord table that shows all possible chords we get when we use different bass notes for Csus4.