In this post, I figured I’d switch things up by showing you how easy it is to pick out Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never Piano Chords.
For years, I’ve been preaching how most popular songs use extremely simple chords and the same recurring patterns over and over.
My 4-year old daughter, Jadyn, like many other young girls is a huge fan so she pulled me to the piano and made me learn Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never chords.
Sarah joined us a few minutes later and was surprised I was already playing it while Jadyn was singing.
“Wow, daddy learned that fast, huh?” She says to Jadyn.
What they don’t know is the song is only 5 unique chords.
As you listen to this video of the song below, I want you to try to follow the bass.
The bass is KEY.
The song is in the key of A minor in the beginning but switches to C major for the chorus. For beginners, you can really just think about this being in C major the whole time if you want. No need to confuse yourself.
The only difference is you’ll find things centered around the “A minor” chord (which is the 6th tone of C major) in the verse of the song. You’ll find “A minor” starting the song and chords always coming back to it. That’s how you know it’s in “A minor” — because how it is functioning.
But if you’ve followed me for some time, you know A minor and C major are relatives. They share the same key signature… the same number of sharps and flats (in this case, zero), and practically live in the same house (one upstairs, the other downstairs). So this is no surprise.
So those are two hints for you. We’re in C major (or A minor in the beginning and C major for the chorus). And the first chord is A minor (A + C + E).
You do the rest. Follow the lowest bass note. And remember your C major scale (C D E F G A B C). If you’re more experienced, you can rely on the A minor scale (which, again, has the same notes in a different order – A B C D E F G A).
Remember, most songs use notes of the scale and don’t move far. So if your first chord is on “A,” you should ask yourself if the chords have gone “down” or “up” in pitch. If you say down, move over right next door and see if that sounds right. If not, keep moving over. Use the notes of the major scale because 80% of the time, that’s what’s being used. If something sounds a little different, it may be outside the scale but I can already tell you this song doesn’t do anything crazy. It’s very straightforward.
Also keep in mind the circle of fifths. Songs like to move in the counter clockwise direction of this chart (e.g. – “C to F to Bb to Eb” and so on around the circle). This song is no exception. If you find the notes right next door aren’t working, try the neighboring notes on this circle of fifths chart.
Good luck with Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never! I’ll give you the chords below.
Never Say Never Piano Chords – Exercise
Justin Bieber Never Say Never Chords
*This is the part (above) that can be considered “A minor” but there’s no harm in ear-musicians thinking of this as C major.
If thinking in terms of “minor,” the numbers are:
If you’re going to think about this as “major,” the numbers are:
(When you understand numbers, you can take this to any key. Just apply the appropriate scale number and chord and you’re all set!)
When they get to main chorus (“I will never say never”)
(repeat x 2)
“Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up”
Just hang out at A minor doing the same rhythmic pattern til’ the song repeats back at the beginning (which starts on “A minor” again).
Never Say Never Piano Chords – Conclusion
See how easy that was?
There’s literally 5 unique chords in this song. Just arranged in various patterns that are hardly new to you.
This is how 80% of songs work too!
Until next time -