Introduction: How to Play "Smoke on the Water" on the Piano

Basically this is just a tutorial on how to play that riff that everybody knows.

Step 1: The First Note

The first note you play is C. Look at the picture below to see where that is if you don't play piano.

Step 2: The Second Note

The second note you play is D#. Again, look at the picture below to help if you don't play piano.

Step 3: The Third Note

The third note of the song is F. Check out the picture for help.

Step 4: The Fourth Note

This is the fourth and final note in the riff. The note is F#. Check the picture for help, as always.

Step 5: String It All Together

Now to play the song is simple. All you have to do is correspond each note to the number in the order I gave them to you. So the first note in the instructions would be 1, the second would be 2, and so on. The song goes like this (you probably want to know the rhythm of the song to make it sound better, though): 1 2 3 1 2 4 3 1 2 3 2 1. It's as simple as that! Good luck!


jbman2 (author)2011-03-06

I think the bass line is just DDDD DDDD DDDD?

jbman2 (author)2011-03-06

Thank you!
I can't read music so I was looking for the actual notes!

HisDivineShadow (author)2009-11-21

What software is that?


Garageband. Standard on all Macs.

WillTheRescue (author)2009-08-10

Um...actually...this isn't right. The notes are D F G G# and there's also a fourth harmony to it. The harmony notes are G A# C C#

Argool (author)2009-07-27

remember, this project is entered in the art of sound contest, so vote for it!