Scientist - Coldplay (Part 1)

Intermediate Lessons

Learn How To Play 'Scientist' by Coldplay On Piano!

This song is in the key of F. The basic riff that starts off the song is based on a D note in the left hand and an F major in the second inversion in the right hand. This combination gives us a D minor seventh. All the left hand does is pound away at eighth notes. While the left hand is doing this, the right hand plays quarter notes. The second note is B flat. At the end of the section with the B flat, you'll move up the pinky of the right hand to hit a C note. You can see what I mean but watching me play in the video. The third note is an F in the left hand, with an F major in the right. He plays that for a while before switching to a C suspended chord in the right hand, and the left hand still on the F. Now the pattern repeats itself a bit, going back to the D minor, then B flat, F and finally ending on A.

As a solo piano piece, we aren't going to keep playing that all the way throughout the song, although on the recording that is exactly what he does. WIthout a band and vocals to back us up, we need to play the melody line ourselves. The melody is based around the F triad. Use my playing in the video, and the skills you've learned for picking out melodies to see if you can teach yourself this melody.

In the next lesson, we'll talk a little more about how to give a solo piano arrangement the full sound that one normally gets from having a full band playing behind you.

Watch Part 2 of The Scientist by Coldplay .