Enya Easy Piano

Enya's easy piano style and haunting Celtic melodies are a gift to the 'New Age' piano soloist. Her standard keyboard texture is simplicity itself - read up on it below, watch the MisterMusicarta Enya YouTube videos and play the MIDI files on MidiPiano – you can’t fail to learn these beguiling Celtic gems!


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Enya easy piano style - with MIDI support

This ‘Enya Easy Piano’ page has MIDI support. To benefit, you need to download the MIDI files and have an application that can play them. Musicarta recommends the ‘MidiPiano’ virtual keyboard - a small, free, reliable application that's easy to download and use.

You can download MidiPiano using this link.

Learn more about playing MIDI files on MidiPiano on the Musicarta MidiPiano web page.

Download the Enya MIDI files here. (The folder also contains annotated chord charts of the YouTube performances.)

Please take the time to download MidiPiano! You only have to do it once, and it will prove a valuable addition to your learning resources. If you need help ‘unpacking’ your zipped MIDI file folder, there are full instructions on the Musicarta MidiPiano page (link, above left) as well.

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  A note on the page contents

Musicarta.com's main mission is to nurture your abilities and to turn you from a music consumer to a content creator. Enya’s beguiling melodies and recorded arrangements are ideal for this purpose: if you work through the content of this page, you will have learnt a simple keyboard texture you can use for any chord sequence, whether your own or someone else’s.

The clues about Enya's ‘easy piano style' you will find on this page, however, are no substitute for the full piano score, which you can easily purchase on the web or at your local sheet music shop.

The audio performances and Musicarta YouTube channel videos are strictly ‘how-to’ quality and no substitute for the CDs as a listening experience, while the MIDI files are bald mechanical versions of personal score writing programme transcriptions, offered, like the videos, only in order to show how hand placement and chord sequence are related.


We pianists owes a great debt to Enya and her collaborators Nicky and Roma Ryan for bringing such sweet, playable music into the world. This web page is a homage to them.

Here are the four Enya solos dealt with on this page. The tiles below the audios will take you to the individual solo sections.


An easy piano texture

Enya sets up her basic texture by rocking a three-note left hand chord consisting of the root, fifth and octave.

  • If you put your left hand little finger on the note named in the chord symbol, you’ve got the root.
  • If you put your thumb on the next chord symbol name-note up, you’ve got the octave.
  • Your second finger will probably fall right over the fifth just naturally.

Enya plays these notes up and down, giving a basic four-quaver set which can be moved around anywhere.

(The music and the hand in the photo match up.)

The beauty of this is, both the left hand little finger and thumb play the note named in the chord symbol most of the time, so you can easily play from a chord chart.

What the right hand does

The three notes of the Enya left hand texture are easy to find, but, on their own, they sound rather ‘bald’. They lack the ‘sweet’ chord tone – the third. In Enya’s style, the third usually appears in the right hand as the melody note with the first of the four left hand quavers.

The music sketches out a basic performance of No Holly For Miss Quinn.)

But you can’t have melodies using only the third, and from time to time the right hand plays the root - the same note that the left hand thumb needs to play. You have to share the note – and the melody (right hand) has priority, of course.

You can see clearly where this happens if you play the MIDI file of No Holly For Miss Quinn on MidiPiano. Watch the video closely at these points to see how to manage your hands.

No Holly For Miss Quinn

Watch the video.

There’s an annotated chord chart pdf of the YouTube performance in Enya MIDI file folder you've downloaded. Try to follow as you watch the video.

With the chord chart, the explanations on this page, the video and the MidiPiano performance, you only need to pick out the melody - by ear or just copying - to get the solo into your repertoire.

Listen to Enya's original version on her ‘Shepherd Moons’ CD (various issuers) for inspiration and performance ideas. Get the full piano transcription, published by Hal Leonard (HL.308133).

From Where I Am

Here's the video.

Very similar in texture to No Holly For Miss Quinn, but the left hand misses out quite a few of the left hand quavers, leaving gaps, usually where the right hand plays.

There's quite a variety of phrase lengths in the piece. Listeners don’t usually register odd phrase lengths consciously (unless you're analyzing the piece – to write the chord sequence down, for exanple!) – but the unnoticed ‘a bit out of the ordinary’ quality keeps the interest up.)

Note that the MIDI performance clips are only for finding the notes and organising the hands – they have no rubato (tempo elasticity) at all, which is central to Enya’s style. Consciously imitate the ‘stretchiness’ of the original CD performances.

Lothlorien

Here's the Mister Musicarta YouTube video.

Note the structure: A B A B A B – with the usual extended ending. The left hand texture of each repetition is however slightly different (to keep the interest up); so A1 B1 A2 B2 A3 B3 would be more accurate.

Watch the tricky counting:

The first bar is counted in quavers, the second in crotchets (more correct). Listen out for this rhythm in the performances and practice the counting – it’s hard not to rush the bars where this happens.

Ladders

('flip') The standard Enya left hand pattern plays the root, fifth and octave (R–5–O) but the hand can easily invert upwards and play the fifth, the octave (= root), and another fifth above that (5–O–5), so:

Musicarta calls this climbing arrangement of roots and fifths a 'ladder', and the four Musicarta Enya arrangements you've been listening to use them as endings.

Pay close attention to the fingering as the hand crawls across the keyboard sireways. Notice the middle finger changes from 2 to 3 in the new fifth-octave-fifth position. If you don’t change the finger, you’ll probably play the wrong middle note here.

Watermark

Watch the video first.

The key to learning this piece is understand the handful of left hand patterns used in the accompaniment. Only one of the patterns is used for more than one chord.

For example, for every F chord the left hand plays:

  • root, fifth, ninth, tenth, ninth, fifth,

  but for the A minor chord, you play:

  • root, fifth, octave, (minor) tenth, octave, root .

You can see that in the MidiPiano performance of your MIDI download file.

Here's your final crib sheet, showing the tones used in the six patterns.  You need to learn them by heart first, and use the chord chart to help you play the piece.

Taking it forward

This Musicarta Enya page aims to show you how to get four lovely Enya songs into your repertoire - but also to demonstrate that a simple keyboard texture can generate lots and lots of wonderful music. 

In fact, Musicarta is a keyboard creativity site – not so much about “Play this by so-and-so” as “Listen to this – it’s by ME!”

It’s easy to improvise and compose using the keyboard texture demonstrated in this material – if you’re prepared to make a few mistakes and ‘push on through’!

Now, there's a whole Musicarta digital study pack dedicated to making you the master of this easy piano style...

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Each workbook module demonstrates a different way of developing the basic material. There's always a simple version you can get into you can-do ‘bag of tricks’ while you work on more advanced skills.

All the module studies have performance videos which are collected on the MMYT Musicarta Easy Piano Style MEPS playlist.

As well as these attractive solos, the Musicarta Easy Piano Style (MEPS) package invites you to learn the simple building blocks, then ‘doodle’ them into something all your own.

Make Musicarta your creative keyboard companion and become a composer today! Click through to the MEPS series home page for a closer look at the study course contents.


If you enjoy playing this style of piano playing, you're sure to enjoy the piano solos in this collection - most of them were composed at the keyboard using the Musicarta Easy Piano Style.

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You can browse the contents in detail on the Musicarta Solos web page and the video performances are gathered together on the Mister Musicarta YouTube Solos playlist.

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Most of Enya's music is modes-based - so check out those playlists!

Musicarta teach-yourself piano solos

There are two slightly more advanced  Musicarta piano solos - featuring the signature Musicarta 'left-hand-over' style - which come in both the full teach-yourself digital download and sheet music 'lite' versions.

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There's a fun MMYT 'Left hand over style' playlist too!

Musicarta Celtic piano improvisations

Here are a couple of Musicarta piano solo performances in the Celtic style which haven't made their way into Publications yet. Watch the videos - you'll see that they use the left hand root-fifth-octave accompaniment, but played OVER (literally!) the the right hand melody. (You have to keep your right hand quite flat, but it;s a nice trick to get and generates a unique instrumental sound.)


Watch it on YouTube

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