‘Levitating’ by Dua Lipa: a Quick down-and-dirty piano tutorial

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Credit where credit is due amongst my circle of friends: I was the first to say aloud how amazing “Future Nostalgia” is. It was the start of the pandemic here in the States, and I found myself working from home a lot and listening to music.

Where I slipped, however, is in underestimating “Levitating.” I sure didn’t have it pegged as the best track on the album, but there you go. It’s not only the best track on “Future Nostalgia,” I’d make the argument it’s one of the best pure pop songs in two decades.

But this isn’t a music review. It’s a piano tutorial — and this song is easy, especially if all you’re aiming to do is set the groove for a band or vocalist.

There’s three chords: Bm9, F#m7 and Em9.

That’s it. Have a nice day, lol.

But let’s talk a bit more about what those chords are. The Bm9 is a B, D, F#, A, C#, not played necessarily in that order. You do what’s called ‘inversion,’ which is a fancy way of saying ‘change it up,’ and the it in this case is the chord’s voicing.

Ah, music terms!

But in a nutshell, those are the notes in a Bm9. The F#m7 is an F#, A, C#, E. I add a ‘B’ in the voicing, in the tutorial video I am embedding below.

Lastly is the Em9, an E, G, B, D, F#. Boom!

The rest is melody, voicing and timing. I’ve posted a video explaining it all to my YouTube channel, ‘RyanWeltonMusic.’ Give it a watch below, and if you dig music videos, cover songs, tutorials, etc., please consider subscribing — and let me know about your content so I can check it out, too!

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