• Justin Bieber Never Say Never Piano Chords

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    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


    A minor
    C Major
    G Major
    D Major


    *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”)

    F Major
    C Major
    G Major

    (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 –

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    { 8 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Marty Harshman

    Ok I understand that songs repeat patterns but I just cant seem to figure them out unless I’ve heard the song a thousand times. I thought I understood the circle of fifths/fourths but I guess not. The song does not seem to moving counter clockwise on the circle. I had to cheat and look at the chords down below. Its a simple progression and I couldn’t figure it out. Im not sure Im ever going to be able to play with out written chords. Fun though! Plus my 12-year-old daughter will be impressed.


    2 Jermaine Griggs

    Hey Marty,

    Thanks for attempting to figure this out. You’re certainly among the action-takers!

    Remember my first tip was to look at the chords right next door, especially for this song.

    So if you had started with A minor and asked yourself if things were going up or down, your ear should have told you up.

    Maybe you press B and it is totally wrong. Keep going… aha… “C” sounds really good.

    Now since A minor and C major share the same scale notes and chords, what would you normally play on C if you were in C major? Answer: C major chord.

    So that comes next.

    The G major chord that comes after C… your ear just gets used to hearing that. A very common movement and although it’s not counter clockwise on the circle, it is a neighbor to C (on the other side). So when one side doesn’t work, look to the other neighbor.

    So far, both of my tips, if followed would have gotten you close Marty.

    After G, the D is also a neighbor on the chart.

    Then the chorus, F to C to G… that is also neighboring movement right off the circle.

    This song is a little different because it starts in minor and uses the opposite movement of the circle. But still CIRCULAR!

    So, you’re at the point where it’s not coming as naturally as you want it. And yes, it is a lot of trial and error but once the ear is unlocked, there’s not a better feeling when you’re playing all your favorites (and your kids’ favorites). Just keep at it.

    There are only 7 notes in the key of C major / A minor.

    Folks play the lotto for a 1 in 200 million chance. Here, 1 in 7 that the next note you hit is going to be the right one, if ear hears it. Once that doesn’t work, 1 in 6… 1 in 5.

    It’s just a game.

    KEep up great work.



    3 Chuks

    Thanks Griggs,
    i play bass guiter and i need to improve, just tell me how to register in that regard.


    4 lily

    Hi Jermaine,
    I gave it a try, but I too peaked at the chords at first. The question and your answer here above was a help to me to get the point. Cool! Thank you so much!


    5 Roynell

    Jermaine, that was cool. I had to look at your chords and it took me a few to see that but I can play it. I think my problem at first was I could not hear the bass line on my laptop so that I could find the pattern because it was not going counter clock wise like you stated.


    6 Alex

    Well I tried to play this and I didn’t get it maybe because I am just learning to play so……..


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    8 ella

    these are some good chords to help me play thanks:)


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