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Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music

In this post we’ll use our eyes and ears to compare two different versions of Hey Jude piano sheet music:

An easy version.

And a hard version.

(I have included links to both at the end)

So read on… and listen on… and hopefully this post helps you pick one to learn. Becsuse it really is a nice song to play on piano.


Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music – Intro

Okay so there’s no real intro to Hey Jude. The Beatles kinda just get right into the song. So it’s no surprise that both versions of the sheet music do that too.

First take a look at the first 4 bars of the easy version (and be sure to push the play button to hear what they sound like too):

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music – Intro – Easy Version

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music - Intro - Easy Version

As you can see, it’s fairly straightforward. Melody in the right hand with chord accompaniment in the left hand.

I like that it gives the chord names for each chord change. And also it includes the lyrics so that you can sing along (if you don’t already know the lyrics).

Now let’s take a look at the intro in the hard version:

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music – Intro – Hard Version

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music - Intro - Hard Version

The first thing you’ll probably notice in this sheet music is that there’s much more going on. And the sound. It gives Hey Jude a real mellow, jazzy sound. And I have to admit, I really like it.

To be honest, that’s something I’m trying to learn how to do myself. But more on that in another post.

Anyway, let’s move on to the next section.

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music – Na Na Na Na Section

I gotta hurry up and finish this post… One of my old friends from uni is coming over.

Which should be fun (now that we have kids we don’t see each other too often).

My wife’s even cooking potato bake! For lunch! We never go to that kind of effort for lunch!

Anyway, quick, back to Hey Jude.

Here’s the easy version of the section which I like to call the na na na na section. Actually, the sheet music below says it’s da da da da. Which threw me off when I first wrote this post.

But I did some research, and now I can say, without a doubt, that I’m pretty sure it’s na na na na.

Again it’s chords in the left hand with the melody in the right hand:

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music – Na Na Na Na – Easy Version

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music - Da Da Da Da - Easy Version

And here’s what the hard sheet music looks like for that same section:

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music – Na Na Na Na – Hard Version

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music - Da Da Da Da - Hard Version

Gotta love those chords. Especially the rolled chord at the end. I don’t even know what it is. But doesn’t it sound great.

Anyway, to finish this post off, we’ll take a quick look at both endings:

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music – Ending

First, the easy version:

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music – Ending – Easy Version

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music - Ending - Easy Version

Then the hard version:

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music – Ending – Hard Version

Hey Jude Piano Sheet Music - Ending - Hard Version

Okay so that’s it. I hope you enjoyed this post and got some value from it. And I hope the audio snippets help you decide on a version to get and learn yourself…

Here are the links to both versions:

Easy sheet music

Hard sheet music

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Now, it’s time for me to go eat some potato bake. For lunch. And maybe even enjoy a nice cool glass of beer…