ALL PARTS to “River Flows In You” by Yiruma | HDpiano (Part 1/5) Piano Tutorial


(funky music) – [Dan] Hello and welcome to HDpiano. My name is Dan, and in
this lesson we’ll learn how to play River Flows in You by Yiruma. This is a highly requested song that I’m stoked to finally
be getting around to, it is slightly complicated, it’s a little bit challenging,
so, stick with me. This might be a long lesson,
but it will be well worth it. This is a nice, beautiful song. We’re going to learn it in five parts, part one in this video. The remaining videos two through five will be featured at HDpiano.com, that’s where you’ll find the rest of the sections to this song. So first, part one sounds like this. (“River flows in You” by Yiruma) Okay. Again, challenging
song, but not too hard. There’s so much repetition in it that it makes it quite easy once we’ve learned a few of these parts. So, F sharp, C sharp, F
sharp is our left hand. I’m going to walk you
through the left hand first, you’re going to notice a
really convenient pattern. We play these three notes ascending. Then we play these three
notes ascending: D, A, E. Okay, then we repeat that. These three notes to these three notes. Okay, not too important that we go through these at tempo right now. I’m just teaching you
the chord progression. Okay, so then when the actual progression comes in after that intro, we have this F sharp, C sharp, F sharp. D, A, E, and then we have an A chord: A, E, C sharp, and then an E chord: E, B, E. That series of chords, those four chords, repeat over and over
throughout this entire piece. It doesn’t change. Really, really convenient in that way. Um, it does change octaves, so sometimes you may be down here. But it is just this series: F sharp, D, A. I wouldn’t expect you to be able to play these three notes at once unless your hands are somehow big enough. And then E. Again see: F sharp, D, A, E. Keep that in mind, okay? I’m not going to touch
too much, too much else on the left hand because
it is so repetitive, so keep that in mind. Another note, another little theory tidbit before we dive right into things, is that we’re only
playing with seven notes in this entire song: two,
three, four, five, six, seven. This is what we call an A major scale, we do not leave that scale, so that makes things even easier. Just seven notes in this whole song. Who would’ve thought? Here we can repeat that top note. Gives us an A major scale. Something else to hold in
your mind for this song. Alright, so let’s learn the actual parts. Starts with A and G
sharp in that right hand. Over that F sharp chord in the left. And the next section is: A, E, A, D. That’s over the D chord. And that repeats. We have pickups on A and C sharp. So let’s play that a few times. Repeat. Play it again. No pickup. Ready and play. Play the pickup: two, three, pickup. Okay, think you get the point. That is effectively the introduction. Okay, we keep going on with the same pickup notes. Pretty similar sounding,
a little different though in the right hand. Ah, but I’ll make it easy for you. These A’s stay on the
outside on the right hand, thumb and pinky. Otherwise, we have just
notes in the middle changing, so it looks like this. G sharp, E, D. So slowly Again. Okay, next part. So we have C sharp, B, A and E, C sharp, G sharp and B. And those are over A chord
and E chord in the left hand. So I got A chord in the left, C sharp, D, A and E, C sharp, G sharp and B over the E chord. Keeps going, pickups on A and G sharp. So once we hit that F sharp
on the thumb of the left hand, we go: E, E, A, B, C sharp. And then we change to the D chord when we hit that C sharp
on the right hand, so ♪ E, A, B, C sharp ♪ and then a pick-up on ♪ C sharp, D, E ♪ ♪ D, C sharp, A ♪ And the left hand ends on a G sharp there which is a little different
than the first time. Okay, so here’s this section again. Coming out of this. Pickup: A and G sharp to G, A, pardon me. E, A, B, C sharp. Keep going up to E. Now come back down to B. Okay, and then we repeat this section with little grace notes on A and C sharp. Grace notes are notes
that we just brush past. So we do this section again. We know that already, or
at least we’ve learned it. And it starts the same,
but now it changes. C sharp to B when the left
hand changes to the E chord. Now this part’s cool. We have grace notes on B, pardon me, just a grace
note on B to C sharp. And when we hit that C sharp
in the pinky, err the ring; the thumb will be playing
an E in the right hand. And then we walk down:
C sharp, B, A, G sharp. All while holding that
thumb in the right hand. It’s kind of, kind of tough. Okay, then we land on an
E and an A in the right. And then we actually play a similar melody to the one that we just played. So it’s A, B, C sharp. Pardon me, play E then A, C sharp, D, E, E, C sharp, D, C sharp, B. All right. Lot of material here
so what we’re gonna do, I’m gonna play this slowly once through. It might take you a few
rewinds and replays of it, but I’m going to play it
all very, very slowly. Okay, so for those of you
that want it slow, here it is. Two, and ready and slow and. One, two, three, repeat. One, two, three, starts the same but different. (“River flows in You” by Yiruma) Alright, like I said before,
that was the entire first part. Like I said before, practice that a few times, ten times if you need to. Until you’re comfortable
with it at that tempo, and then join me here. Here is the studio tempo,
River Flows in You, first part, almost ready to move on. One, two, ready, play. One, two, repeat, and play. One, two, three, start the new section. (“River flows in You” by Yiruma) Alright, wanted to make one last comment about performance here. When you’re playing you’ll notice I let go of the notes, but the sound stays. That’s what we call pedaling. I’m using the sustain pedal. So in this song I’m
using the sustain pedal for almost 100% of it. I break the sustain pedal every time I change chords in the left hand, so pedal down, pedal up and then right back down. Okay, just a little theory or a little performance
tidbit for you there. It might help you smooth
things out if they’re sounding a little bit
drier than you’d like. Alright, this song is River
Flows in You by Yiruma. My name’s Dan, I’m teaching
it to here at HDpiano. If you’re not already on
our website: the dot com, I would advise you to go
there for the remaining four videos, so that you
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hashtag or the handle rather; and we’ll consider your requests. Alright, we’ve got plenty more to learn. River Flows in You by Yiruma. My name is Dan. I’ll see you over there at HDpiano.com for the rest of this song. See ya.

100 thoughts on “ALL PARTS to “River Flows In You” by Yiruma | HDpiano (Part 1/5) Piano Tutorial

  1. Full FREE lesson: https://hdpiano.com/lesson/river-flows-in-you-by-yiruma-all-parts-free/
    ♬ Sheet Music for this lesson available at Musicnotes!: http://mnot.es/2BL33Tu ♬

  2. I can play the easy version of this song and I really wanted to play this version BUT MY HANDS DON’T REACH THE KEYS

  3. manafesting my inner octopus would be really handy right about not

  4. my hands are unable to play two different things at the same time 🙁

  5. 6:05 gotta admit, that singing right there was pretty crisp 👌👌👌

  6. Well i guess i can't play this piece my hands r wayyyyyyy too small to stretch that far on a keyboard

  7. My hands are to small 😭and I was looking forward to this too

  8. I've never understood the hype around Yiruma. His melodies are simple, and tension-less. It seems like he is vomiting some average pop tune rather than actually creating beautiful, dramatic music. So many people in the comments, due to their lack of knowledge on music theory, pretend that this is such a good song. I can't wrap my head around why.

  9. I hadn't played the piano EVER until June 26th.

    With your very informative and thorough tutorial I've learned (with all parts) how to play this piece. Thank you so much! I always recommend your channel when people ask where I learned it…

    Onto I Giorni (learning from you of course)

  10. Hi I’m coming from online part 3. I didn’t that’s Facebook and couldn’t send this message out. So this is aiming at part three. This one was confusing which I get but you didn’t explain the left hand very well in the new parts. I already knew the old ones but the new ones where it goes down an octave I couldn’t get because you didn’t explain it. Not impressed. This was left hand in talking about.

  11. i think i have a huge problem…
    i cant multytask XD one hand moves the other stops when i try together i end up getting the sounds appearing at the same time in the same movement hahaha

  12. I don’t know why but my keyboard for g doesn’t sound properly when I play this

  13. I get it all but my problem is in some parts my hand is too short to reach some keys.

  14. That's what that song is called! This is now my new goal… to master this song! It may take a while, but I'll get it

  15. I just wish I had a new piano bc playing this on my 8 yrs old keyboard is just ASDFGHJKL

  16. It took a lot of on and off days for me to finally get it(3 months). This is because I rarely practiced the part that was hard and sometimes I would skip weeks. I'm now gonna do Reminiscent by Yiruma(same person that made River Flows In You}.

  17. Shocking well done at not teaching me you should put more effort in and go step by step

  18. Thx you so much, I learned this acord of the music only in your content, because others so difficult to understand,, thank youkkk

  19. When he said "practice it 10 times if necessary" if like 10 times is a lot 😫

  20. This was one of the first good piano songs I ever learned like 7 years ago, saw this video while binge watching these videos and got some nice nostalgia.

  21. Let my nails grow for an year, then I can finnaly play the A chord

  22. Who actually learnt this like the whole thing I'm learning it

  23. HD piano is good but some times I wish on the videos they would explain n go a little slower so I don't get left behind

  24. Started yesterday, learnt the whole first part today ^^ mY lOrd tHis wAs-
    oh wait, it isnt over just yet…….Skskskskksskk 5 partssss

  25. My hands are too small to get past a F# to another nearest F# 😔 Is there any other way, i mean any other finger positions to be able to play songs with the notes quite further from each other?

  26. Learning this 4 years ago and perfecting it… got my girlfriends family crying playing for the first time in front of them

  27. Just realized how blessed I am to have perfect but not too long fingers

  28. Note for anyone who thinks their hands are too small. They’re not. Piano is hard. Very hard. Keep working and you will figure out how to bridge the chord together. My crooked broken left fifth can make the noise without stretching. So can yours. Learn a bar at a time and don’t move on until you have it. Take months to learn it. Practice every night and don’t get mad that it sounds terrible. Once it starts to click. It’s one of the most amazing feelings in the world. Cherish it. You’ll never feel that click again.

  29. You make the tutorial seem easy, but I don’t understand anything you’re saying (5:00) try to slow down a bit

  30. MY HANDS ARE TO SMALL FOR THE LEFT HAND CHORDS NOOOOOOOO
    HOW TO I STRETCH MY HANDS????????????

  31. It took me a while the hardest part is playing at the correct tempo with the left hand

  32. I can almost span from a to that c sharp, I can do it but I press b a little too. Still cant play it 🙂

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