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How to play If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys

From an early age Alicia Keys earned praise for her amazing singing voice, skillful piano playing and emotion-filled lyrics. She wowed audiences and critics alike with her debut album Songs in A Minor and continued that with the follow up album The Diary of Alicia Keys.

That album produced four songs that hit the top 20 on the Billboard charts and three of those, including the hit If I Ain’t Got You, reached the top 10.

The ‘If I Ain't Got You’ full video lesson will show you how to play the song in easy to learn parts.

Lesson Quick Facts

Song Title: If I Ain't Got You
Artist: Alicia Keys
Recorded: 2003
Tutor: Ruth Searle
Rating: Medium
Duration: 28 mins (approx.)

If I Ain't Got You video lesson
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Contents:

Learn the Chords to If I Ain't Got You

Why we think If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys is a great song

Why we think If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys is a great song to learn

Why we classed If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys as ‘Medium’ on Piano

Visit the If I Ain't Got You Video Lesson

Learn about Alicia Keys and If I Ain't Got You

Some history about If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys

What Album If I Ain't Got You came from

YouTube User plays If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys

Can you Play If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys?

Learn the Chords to If I Ain't Got You

Here are main chords that are used in the song:

Chords:

  • a_min7
  • b_min7
  • c_maj7
  • d_dom7
  • e_maj
  • e_min7
  • g_maj7

These chords can also be found in the chord viewer on the ‘If I Ain't Got You’ video lesson page.

In this lesson you learn how to play If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys on the Piano in step-by-step chunks.

Why we think If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys is a great song

  1. It has such a soulful sound
  2. Key’s singing voice is amazing
  3. The music is just as great as the lyrics

Why we think If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys is a great song to learn

The song has some really recognizable riffs. It’s a great song for an intermediate pianist to learn techniques like broken chords, arpeggios, block chords and more.

Why we classed If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys as ‘Medium’ on Piano

SongPond tutor, Ruth Searle delivers a cut down version of the full song, which makes learning the song as a whole a lot easier.

The main sections are broken down and prepare you for playing the song as a whole. Each video section is about 8-10 minutes long. We recommend you listen to the original piece and really get a feel for the song.

Check out the preview and introduction on the If I Ain't Got You lesson page.

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Learn about Alicia Keys and If I Ain't Got You

Alicia Keys is an American singer-songwriter and pianist who is known for her incredible voice. Born Alicia Augello Cook, Jan. 25, 1981, Keys was raised in the Hells Kitchen area of New York City. Keys began playing classical music as a child and graduated as valedictorian from Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 16. She attended Columbia University briefly before pursuing a career in music.

Her debut album, Songs in A Minor was a huge commercial success. She became the best-selling new artist and the best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her follow up, The Diary of Alicia Keys was equally successful spawning such hits as If I Ain’t Got You.

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Some history about If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys

If I Ain’t Got You is a song that talks about how the singer would rather have the love of her life than the things that money can buy. The song peaked at #4 on the U.S. charts and #18 on the UK charts helping to make The Diary of Alicia Keys a meteoric success.

What Album If I Ain't Got You came from

If I Ain’t Got You comes from the album The Diary of Alicia Keys, which was released Dec. 2, 2003. When it was released, the album debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart selling 618,000 copies in its first week. It became Keys’ consecutive #1 debut in the U.S. and generated positive reviews from critics.

With lots of pressure following the success of her debut album, Songs in A Minor in 2001, Keys pulled off another hit, with her sophomore effort garnering positive reviews. The album also garnered three Grammy Awards and spawned three top 10 singles including If I Ain’t Got You. The release of The Diary of Alicia Keys earned her comparisons to the likes of Nina Simone, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin.

The Diary of Alicia Keys

YouTube user plays If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys

f I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys is a wonderful song because of Alicia Keys’ tremendous voice, but YouTube user elshaynez shows that the piano can be the star of the song just as well. Awesome playing of this fabulous song.



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