How to play Havana on Piano Guide
In this song, it’s essentially a two-measure pattern that consists of three different chords. The first one is a G minor chord which consists of a G in the left hand and then G, B-flat and D in the right hand. The next chord that’s featured is an E-flat major chord So play an E-flat in the left hand and then G and B-flat in the right hand and that completes the chord E-flat major like so if you want to fill out the right hand even more you can add another E-flat underneath it.
It makes this chord sound fuller, or if you just want to keep it easy and just play G and B-flat like you did in the previous G minor chord, you can do it that way. And the last chord is a D7 chord. It consists of a D in the left hand and then also F-sharp, A, and C in the right hand It’s actually an F-sharp diminished chord in the right hand except when you add the D in the left hand, it makes it a D7 chord So to sum up those three chords again: it’s G minor, E-flat major and D7. Next I want to show you the left hand bass line, because it is a little bit tricky.
If you take a closer look at the bass line there, it again features those notes that we talked about in the chords the G but in between the G and the E-flat there’s a D which acts as a nice little extension of the G minor chord and then you can go to the E-flat down below like that with your fifth finger and then before you get to the full D7 chord in the right hand, you can prep it by playing the D on the upbeat of the second measure and then use the A as kind of a bridge to fill out the chord and then towards the end of that measure, we go back and forth between the fifth and the root of that chord the A and the D. Let me do it again in slow motion one two three four. So let me show you how the first measure goes hands together first measure goes like this Left Right Left Left Left Right and then left hand plays the D at the end of the measure. Again one more time. Here’s how the second measure goes second measure remember the D is tied over so it goes like this and then I play the A, and that leads to that D7 chord there on the second beat. So again and then towards the end there’s a little added bonus chord here that you play in the right hand here when the left hand is doing this A D A the right hand is playing this F-sharp, A, and E-flat combination that actually is an extension of the D7 chord.
It’s a D7 with a flat 9 there, for all you theory nerds out there. It adds a little bit of color to the whole song here so here’s how both measures go let me do that one more time and now here’s how it goes up to speed here two three four and that’s how the piano part goes.