How do I Play Horror Movie Themes on the Piano?

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How do I Play Horror Movie Themes on the Piano?
The versatility of sound makes piano ideal for horror movie themes (piano image by Sergey Goruppa from

Many well-known horror movies have theme songs or accompanying music played on a piano. These themes are usually very easy to play, even for someone who has never played piano or who has no musical knowledge. With a little practice, you can learn to play all your favourite horror movie themes to leave your friends and family with chills running up and down their spines.

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Things you need

  • Piano or electronic keyboard
  • Horror theme sheet music

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    Listen to your favourite horror theme several times to get familiar with it. The more you have the sound in your head, the easier it will be when you select a song and begin to practice it. A recording of the song you can play while you practice can be helpful if you get stuck.

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    Purchase sheet music if you know how to read it. There are piano books available that feature nothing but horror movie themes. You can also find some of them online. Video websites such as YouTube often have videos of horror theme songs being played. Watching these videos is the best way to learn to play your favourites, especially if you can't read music.

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    Read the music or watch a performance in small increments. Play what you read, hear or see just a few bars of the music at a time. Sit comfortably at the piano as you work through the song. Continue to work on one small piece of the song at a time until you feel comfortable playing it smoothly, then move on to the next piece of the song.

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    Pay attention to the way the notes are played, not just the notes that are played. Horror music is creepy. Focus on the variations in volume. Horror music often starts quiet and builds. The music may frequently rise and fall in volume. Adding these variations as you play horror songs on the piano will help ensure your version is as creepy as the original.

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