If you’re looking for inspiration or some new songs to learn at your piano lessons in NYC, look no further than the early work of Neil Young. While Young is known more as a guitarist than a piano-player, in his early days, he composed some of his most powerful tunes on the piano, and he played a number of his songs live on the piano as well. Here are a few of our favorite Neil Young songs to play on the piano:
1. “After the Gold Rush” — The title track off of Neil’s third album, “After the Gold Rush” is a sparsely arranged track with three verses and a beautiful french horn solo. It works wonderfully as a solo piano performance and the piano part tracks the vocal melody beautifully.
2. “A Man Needs a Maid” — This is another classic Neil Young piano ballad about love and longing for companionship. It features dynamic and powerful accompaniment on the piano. If you’re looking for a particularly heart-wrenching performance, check out Neil’s 1971 performance live at the BBC.
3. “Heart of Gold” — While on the album, this song is performed with a guitar, Neil performed it on piano in the Live at Massey Hall recording. There have been a number of wonderful arrangements of the song as an instrumental piano number, and you can find a great recording of one of these arrangements with sheet music here.