John Mayer's "No Such Thing" is suitable for beginner to intermediate pianists. Written by John Mayer and Clay Cook, with lyrics by John Mayer, "No Such Thing" was the second track on John Mayer's self-released 1999 debut album "Inside Wants Out." The song later became the title track song of the album "Room for Squares," which was released in 2001 to commercial and critical acclaim. Like many of John Mayer's songs, the lyrics address the empowerment of stepping outside your comfort zone.
Familiarize yourself with the sheet music for "No Such Thing," which is available for piano. Sheet music is also available for guitar and voice, or a combination of all three for a piano/guitar/voice performance. Downloadable copies of the sheet music are available for purchase online at websites such as Musicnotes.com.
Get comfortable with the sharps and major chords in the song. "No Such Thing" is in the key of E major, which is a bright and cheerful key. Songs in E major are usually happier than songs in E minor.
Play the song at a moderately fast pace. "No Such Thing," a pop song, is rhythmically peppy. The overall tone and feeling of the song is meaningful, hopeful and anecdotal, but still upbeat. Play the piece as if you are telling a story to a young person just starting out in the world or playing it for anyone of any age who is undertaking something new and unfamiliar.
Translate guitar notation, if you have the guitar sheet music, for piano by playing the root of the guitar chord in the bass range on the piano with your left hand, and playing the full chord in the treble range with your right hand. Improvise on the rhythm and have fun with it.
Watch for natural notes. When a natural symbol is placed next to a note it must be played in its natural state, not sharp or flat, even if the music is notated as such. For example, in the lyric "plotted out in black in white," there is a G-natural in the melody and an additional D-natural in the chord. In the next measure, the notes will have a sharp notations to remind you to return to G# and D#.
Tips & Warnings
- "No Such Thing" has four sharps: F, G, C and D. The key of E major is echoed in the primary chord of the song, and is a triad of E, G# and B.
- If you are singing along while playing, try singing the treble notes instead of playing them for a more natural-sounding performance. This will mean playing the full bass, as well as any notes in the treble that are not lyric notes.
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