How to Play the "Star Wars" Theme Song on the Piano

Updated April 17, 2017

The soundtrack to the "Star Wars" films contains some of the most familiar film music. The main title of the soundtrack, by composer John Williams, is arranged for piano in various levels of difficultly. The first 16 measures of the main title represent Luke Skywalker and are titled "Luke's Theme." It consists primarily of three chords, making it easy to play and memorise. The "Main Title" is played at the opening of every "Star Wars" movie.

Print a piano version of the "Star Wars Main Title." You'll use the printed sheet music as a reference while constructing your arrangement. Look for one sharp sign between the clef sign and the time signature at the top left-hand corner of the score. This is a simplified arrangement of the "Main Title" in the key of G major, which is the key signature you want. The original music of the "Main Title" is in the key of B-flat major. Most sheet music websites will allow the customer to view one page of a score for free but require a purchase to view the rest. Print the first page only. See the Resource section for sheet music websites.

Play the melody of the first eight measures with the right hand only. Use finger one, or your thumb, for the pickup bar and your second and fifth fingers for the two half-notes in the first complete measure. When you arrive at the triplet in measure two, use your third, second and first fingers. Measure three is a repeat of the previous measure. Use your first three fingers for the triplet on beat one and your thumb on the A of beat two. The next four measures repeat the first four exactly.

Play the chords with the left hand. The chords are the G, C and D chords with one exception. Depending on the arrangement, the first measure will consist of a blocked G chord or notes that outline a G chord. The first beat of measure two consists of the C chord followed by the G chord for the remaining three beats. Measure 3 repeats the previous measure. Measure four is the exception to the three chords. The first beat of the fourth measure moves from an F chord to a D chord.

Repeat the first eight measures. Play another measure that ends on a G chord. The final chord should contain a G as the top note and bottom note. Accent the final notes that lead into the last G chord.

Things You'll Need

  • First page of "Main Title" sheet music
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Nicolas Arteaga has been working as a freelance writer since 2008. He writes articles about music education for "Musopen" and "Music Teachers Helper." Currently, Arteaga teaches and performs piano throughout northern California. He has studied music theory at the Guildhall School of Music.