Imperial March

This post is about the Imperial March piano arrangement for the beginning piano student (children that already enjoyed 1 to 2 years of frequent piano lessons).

It includes my three part video training series that shows how to learn and play the Imperial March Theme (Part 1) from Star Wars on the piano.

Imperial March Piano Training Video 1 shows how to play the piece with both hands in different tempi, and is great as a play along.



Imperial March Piano Training Video 2 shows how to learn and perform the melody with the right hand.


Imperial March Piano Training Video 3 shows how to learn and play the accompaniment part with the left hand.


Important note:

In video 2 I simplified the rhythm in the melody a little bit. Once the pupil masters the melody as taught in video 2, it is time to replace the two consecutive 8th notes with a dotted eighth note followed by a sixteenth note, as shown in the image below. (The top staff shows the new version).  It is a little more challenging to play, but it is the original melody after all.


Exercise for performing from chord charts

In popular music we use chord symbols to indicate the harmony of a song. One of the most important skills for a contemporary pianist to have is performing from lead sheets (melody + chord symbols) and chord charts.

The following images show two versions of the left hand accompaniment of the Imperial March arrangement.

On the left you see the actual written out arrangement with chord symbols added (click on it to enlarge the image).

On the right you see a chord chart with chord symbols and slashes only.

Tip: The slashes indicate the beats in the measure. (Quarter notes in our example). IMPORTANT: A chord symbol is valet until the next chord symbol appears.

Imperial March – Left hand with chords

Imperial March left hand

Imperial March chord sheet

Imperial March chord chart

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