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Still D.R.E. – Piano Tutorial with Letter Notes

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Do you love the song Still D.R.E. and want to know how to play it on the piano? You’ve come to the right place ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

First, a little presentation ๐Ÿ™‚ :

In 1999, Dr Dre released his second album entitled “2001”, featuring the track “Still D.R.E.” with Snoop Dogg. The single did so well that it helped the album achieve multi-platinum certification. This legendary track (part of our top 10 rap songs to play on the piano) is considered one of rap’s most mythical songs. The song has exceeded one billion views on Youtube and one billion streams on Spotify. The lyrics underline Dr. Dre’s success and perseverance, despite the obstacles he has encountered throughout his career. A true commercial success, the song reached the top 10 of the charts in many countries, became an anthem of hip-hop culture and made Dr. Dre a great rap icon.

The aim of this article is to teach you how to play the song Still D.R.E. on the piano. First we’ll teach you how to play the notes with your right hand, then with your left, and finally with both hands together.

And because we’re so nice ๐Ÿ˜‰ at the end of this article you’ll find a free PDF score of the song to download.

By the end of this article, you’ll know how to play Still D.R.E. like a pro ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Ready to go? We’re off!

Bonus : you can also learn to play this song at your own pace on our interactive piano learning app La Touche Musicale.

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Still D.R.E. on the piano: finding your way around the keyboard

Before you start playing any notes, it’s important to briefly review the basics of piano playing. We invite you to take a look at the image below to learn how to find your way around a keyboard:

piano keyboard notes

The name of the notes on a piano keyboard.

This picture shows the different keys on a piano keyboard and the notes associated with them (C, D, E, F, G, A, B).

We’d like to draw your attention to the groups of black keys. As you can see, they work in pairs or threes. These groups will help you find your way around the keyboard by providing a visual reference.

An octave (group of notes from C to B) always begins with a C. To make a C, press the white key to the left of a group of two black keys. Once you’ve identified the C, it’s easy to locate any note.

We encourage you to practice finding each note on a piano keyboard. Once you know them by heart, you’ll find it much easier to follow this tutorial on learning Still D.R.E. on the piano.

Still D.R.E. : playing the notes with the right hand

Where to start?

Now that you know how to spot the different notes on the keyboard, it’s time to learn the melody of Still D.R.E. with your right hand (the melody is almost always played with the right hand). The accompaniment, which is played with the left hand, will be discussed next.

So let’s start this tutorial by identifying the first note to be played with the right hand. For Still D.R.E., the first note is C.

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C is the first note to be played with the right hand for the song Still DRE on piano.

The notes of the right hand

You’ve found the C? Great!

Now press the following notes in succession to play the whole melody:

C – D – A – C – D – A – D – B – D – A – B – D – G – D – C – D – A – C – D – A – D – D – B – D – A – B – D – G – D – C – D – A – C – D – A – D – B – D – A – B – D – G – D – C – D – A – C – D – A – D – B – D – A – B – D – G – D – C+D+A (x8) – B+D+A (x3) – B+D+G (x5) – C+D+A (x8) – B+D+A (x3) – B+D+G (x5) – C+D+A (x8) – B+D+A (x3) – B+D+G (x5) – C+D+A (x8) – B+D+A (x3) – B+D+G (x5) – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – D – B – D – A – B – D – A – B – D – G – B – D – G – B – D – A G – D – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – D – B – D – A – B – D – A – B – D – G – B – D – G – D – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – D – B – D – A – B – D – A – B – D – G – B – D – G – B – D – G – D – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – C – D – A – D – B – D – A – B – D – A – B – D – G – B – D – G – B – D – G – D – C+D+A (x8) – B+D+A (x3) – B+D+G (x5) – C+D+A (x8) – B+D+A (x3) – B+D+G (x5) – C+D+A (x8) – B+D+A (x3) – B+D+G (x5) – C+D+A (x8) – B+D+A (x3) – B+D+G (x5) – C+D+A – B+D+A – B+D+G – D+D (play the E of an octave + the E of the octave to the left. Same for C+C, G+G etc.) – C+C – G+G – C+D+A – B+D+A – B+D+G (x7) – C+D+A – B+D+A – B+D+G – D+D – C+C – G+G – C+D+A – B+D+A – B+D+G (x7) – A – D – C – A – D – C – A – D – A – D – B – G – D – B – G – D – A – D – C – A – D – C – A – D – A – D – B – G – D – B – G – D – A – D – C – A – D – C – A – D – C – A – D – C – A – D – C – D – A – D – B – A – D – B – G – D – B – G – D – B – G – D – B – D – A – D – C – A – D – C – A – D – C – A – D – C – A – D – C – D – A – D – B – A – D – B – G – D – B – G – D – B – G – C+D+A (x8) – B+D+A (x3) – B+D+G (x5) – C+D+A (x8) – B+D+A (x3) – B+D+G (x4)

When you can play all these notes with your right hand, you can consider the melody part acquired.

It may take a little time, but don’t be discouraged ๐Ÿ™‚ . Practice playing one sequence several times before moving on to the next, and so on until your playing becomes more and more fluid. You’ll feel more and more at ease, and you’ll see that you’ll master the various sequences quite naturally.

Once you’ve reached this stage, you can move on to learning the accompaniment to the song, which is played with the left hand on the piano.

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Still D.R.E. on the piano: the notes of the right hand.

Video tutorial

To complete your learning with a visual aid, we suggest you watch this video tutorial to learn how to play notes with the right hand. Take your time, familiarize yourself with the rhythm and sequences. It’s a complete learning method, and a lot of fun too.

Enjoy your training ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Video tutorial of the notes to play with the right hand for the song Still D.R.E.

Now you know how to play the Still D.R.E. melody! Congratulations!

Let’s move on to the left-hand accompaniment ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

Play the notes ofStill D.R.E. with the right hand on an interactive app

La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the right note with your right hand on your piano before moving on to the next one.

Still D.R.E. playing the notes with the left hand

Where to start?

In this section, we’ll learn how to play the accompaniment played with the left hand. Proceed in the same way as for the right hand, starting by identifying the first note to be played. For Still D.R.E., the accompaniment begins with two A notes.

still dre piano first note left hand

The first notes to be played with the left hand for the song Still DRE on piano are: two A.

The notes of the left hand

The A are found? Great!

Now press the following notes in succession to play the entire accompaniment:

A+A – B+B – E+E (x2) – A+A – B+B – E+E (x2) – A – B+B – E+E – E+E – A+A – B+B – E+E – E+E – E+E – A+A – A+A (x3) – B+B – E+E – E+E (x2) – E+E – A+A – A+A (x3) – B+B – E+E (x7) – A+A (x4) – B+B – E+E (x4) – E+E – A+A (x4) – B+B – E+E (x9) – A+A – B+B – E+E – E+E – A+A – B+B – E+E – E+E (x3) – A+A – A+A (x3) – B+B – E – E – A+A – A+A (x3) – B+B – E+E (x7) – A+A – B+B – E+E – A+A – B+B – E+E (x7) – A+A – B+B – E+E – A+A – B+B – E+E (x7) – A+A (x6) – B+B (x2) – E+E (x8) – A+A (x6) – B+B (x2) – E+E (x8) – A+A (x6) – B+B (x2) – E+E (x7) – A+A – B+B – E+E (x7) – A+A (x6) – B+B (x2) – E+E (x8) E+E (x8) – A+A (x5) – B+B – E+E (x6) – A+A (x5) – B+B – E+E (x5) – A+A – B+B – E+E – E+E – A+A – B+B – E+E – E+E (x3) – A+A – B+B – E+E – E+E – A+A – B+B – E+E – E+E

Once you’ve mastered all these notes, you’ll be able to consider the accompaniment part as acquired.

Practice in the same way as for the right-hand melody part. Take your time and don’t get discouraged. You’ll be proud to play it completely (melody + accompaniment) by the end of the tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚ .

still dre piano notes left hand

Still D.R.E. on the piano: the notes of the left hand.

Video tutorial

As with the right-hand melody, here’s a tutorial video to help you learn how to play the left-hand accompaniment in a fun way.

Good practice ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

Video tutorial of the left hand notes for the song Still D.R.E.

Play the notes of Still D.R.E. with the left hand on an interactive app

The La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the correct note with your left hand on your piano before moving on to the next.

Congratulations! You can play the melody by yourself and the accompaniment by yourself. That’s great!

Now we’re going to take it up a notch by learning to play both at the same time.

It may sound scary, but you’ll get the hang of it. Our tutorial is here to help you ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Still D.R.E. on the piano: play the song with both hands

Advice

Playing with both hands is THE test of any beginner pianist. We encourage you to stay calm, and to keep telling yourself that it’s perfectly normal not to be able to do it at first.

Don’t feel like a failure. You’re not. It’s perfectly natural to struggle to get past this hurdle, but once you’ve done it, you’ll be happy with the music ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

Start small. Don’t be too ambitious from the start. If you set yourself the goal of mastering a song with both hands in 30 minutes, you’re bound to get frustrated, and that’s not the point.

It can take weeks to learn a new song, but by the end of those weeks you’ll be playing your favorite piece to perfection. You’ve rehearsed it so much that you know it by heart and may even be able to play it without help (notes written one after the other as we noted earlier, our application La Touche Musicale etc…) because you have all the notes in your head.

Our advice: proceed in short sequences of a few seconds (5 to 10 seconds, for example).

You play only the melody over these few seconds several times, then you play only the accompaniment several times and finally, when you feel comfortable enough on each hand individually over these few seconds, you can try playing both hands.

Once you’ve mastered the sequence with both hands, move on to the next sequence, then try playing both in succession if you feel ready. To master the song, simply proceed like this, sequence by sequence, right up to the last note.

This gradual learning process gives you the satisfaction of seeing your progress on the song as you practice, and you’ll find it easier and easier as your brain gets used to it.

still dre piano notes both hands

Still D.R.E. on the piano: the notes of both hands.

Video tutorial

You’re getting the hang of it, so get ready to follow this ultimate video tutorial for playing Still D.R.E. with both hands on the piano ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Remember, it’s going to take you a while to get the hang of it, but you can do it. Look carefully at the different tempos and pay attention to the coordination of notes with both hands.

Sometimes you need to play some notes at the same time, but other times they need to be played one after the other.

Don’t hesitate to pause the video when the notes arrive on the virtual keyboard, just long enough to position your fingers to play the right notes at the right time.

If you’d rather the music didn’t keep playing without you, if you’d like to have the time to position your fingers without pausing and learn right-handed, then left-handed and finally both hands, we’ve got good news: these videos are taken from our La Touche Musicale application.

Our app allows you to activate only the right hand, the left hand or both. There are several playback modes, including the “learning” mode that awaits you (the music doesn’t advance until you play the notes), and among all the very practical features is the display of the notes C, D, E etc. on the scrolling note bars (as you can see on these videos ๐Ÿ™‚ ) to help you, but you can also deactivate this option if you don’t need it later.

We have a very large catalog of songs, in all musical styles, from easy to expert. We’re sure you’ll enjoy learning to play the piano on our app ๐Ÿ˜€ .

Video tutorial to play the notes of both hands of the song Still D.R.E. on the piano.

Play the notes of Still D.R.E. with both hands on an interactive app

The La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the right notes with both hands on your piano before moving on to the next.

Congratulations! You can now play the song Still D.R.E. on the piano with both hands! You can be proud of yourself! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Download the free piano sheet music of the song Still D.R.E. in PDF

A promise made, a promise kept ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

This tutorial has served its purpose: you can play Still D.R.E. on the piano with both hands, you know the notes, you can find your way around the keyboard… All that’s left is to offer you, as agreed, the opportunity to download the score of Still D.R.E. in PDF format, free of charge.

Now you can play it anywhere.

See you soon ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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