One of the most requested songs of all my students is “Apologize” by One Republic. I had a fun time playing along with the recording on this one. Basically, it repeats the same four chords throughout the whole song: Cm, Ab, Eb, Bb. This is in the key of Eb and has three black keys – Bb, Eb, and Ab. It could also be argued that it is in the key of C minor, but the phrasing ends with an Eb so I’ll go with that.
Basically, when you start learning this, you want to break the chords down one hand at a time. Start with your right and learn the notes of the intro. Those notes then become block chords for the rest of the song. The left hand is simple – just repeat C, Ab, Eb, and D over and over. The song has four sections of music: the first section is the introduction and includes the broken chords. Then the verse has the block chords. You can continue to play the block chords on the chorus, or you can play a counter melody which is heard behind everything and is on page 2 of the intermediate tutorial. Finally, the instrumental interlude between the first chorus and second verse is the same as the introduction but up an octave.
Overall, this song is very repetitive and easy to play once you get the initial chords down. I hope you enjoy playing along with the recording. Please leave a comment if you found this helpful, or have any requests!
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Easy Apologize Sheet Music
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Apologize Sheet Music Level 2
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