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How to Play "Auld Lang Syne" on Piano

Learn how to play "Auld Lang Syne" on piano from musician Paul Sandberg in this Howcast video.

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My name is Paul Sandberg. I'm an actor, singer and teacher in the New York City area. For more information, please visit my website at paulsandberg.net.

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne. We'll take a cup of kindness yet, for days of auld lang syne.

So that was 'Auld Lang Syne', which can be roughly translated into English as 'old long since' or, for the purposes of our song here, 'for the sake of old times'. It's a traditional New Year's Eve song, and a very good tune to know, when the ball drops.

The chords are very simple, and everyone knows the melody. In our left hand we're gonna be playing the chords F, C, B flat, and D minor. And it looks like this. F major we have, C major, B flat, and then the D minor. And then we have the right hand playing either a single line of melody, or you can start playing thirds in that hand.

Another point, there's about five different verses to this song. I don't know how many people actually know all the verses. I, personally, only know the one. So, next time you're sitting at the piano playing this for a group, ideally at New Year's Eve, get to the end and then, keep repeating. See how many people in your group know all the lyrics.

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and days of auld lang syne?

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