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100 Left Hand Patterns Every Piano Player Should Know – PDF download (single use license)


100 Left Hand Patterns Every Piano Player Should Know (Play the Same Song 100 Different Ways) by Music Mentor Jerald Simon, is one of the books from the Music Motivation® Series.

This book was created to help piano students of all ages and skill levels learn how to improvise and arrange music of their own. The 100 left hand patterns introduced in this book can help piano students, piano teachers, and music professionals take their piano playing to the next level by learning how to play the same song 100 different ways.

Use these 100 left hand patterns in this book to arrange the 100 songs from the FUN Fake Book or use the left hand patterns to arrange any music you’d like to play. You can even use the 100 left hand patterns introduced in this book to compose music of your own. It’s all about creating, arranging, improvising, and composing music you want to play. The left hand patterns taught in this book have been divided up into four different groups: 1. Basic Left Hand Patterns, 2. Jazz, Blues, and Boogie-Woogie Left Hand Patterns, 3. Rock and Pop Left Hand Patterns, and 4. New Age and Contemporary Left Hand Patterns. I only included 100 left hand patterns, but there are so many more patterns you can create. See what you can come up with and take your piano playing to the next level! CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the Sample PDF copy to preview the book before you buy it. This book is available as a PDF book (single use license), a Spiral Bound book, a Paperback book (from Amazon), and as a Studio License version.

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100 Left Hand Patterns Every Piano Player Should Know (Play the Same Song 100 Different Ways) by Music Mentor Jerald Simon, is one of the books from the Music Motivation® Series. 


This book is divided into two sections: 1. 100 Left Hand Patterns, and 2. The FUN Fake Book featuring 100 songs in Fake Book Format (where the right hand melody is shown with corresponding chords notated above each measure – the piano player fakes, or improvises, their own left hand pattern using the 100 left hand patterns taught in the book). Here is a list of the 100 songs found in this FUN Fake Book:

Section One (Children’s Songs):

1. Mary Had a Little Lamb
2. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
3. Pop Goes the Weasel
4. The Enemy Weensy Spider
5. This Old Man
6. Three Blind Mice
7. Row, Row, Row Your Boat
8. Skip to My Lou
9. London Bridge is Falling Down
10. She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain
11. Old Macdonald
12. Free Jacques
14. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
15. The Farmer in the Dell
16. Alouette
17. Green Sleeves (and What Child is This?)
18. Rockaby Baby
19. Lullaby
20. Reveille
21. It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
22. Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
23. The Wheels on the Bus
24. If You’re Happy and You Know it!
25. I Love the Mountains
26. Chopsticks
27. A Tiskit, A Tasket
28. John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
29. Camptown Races
30. The Mulbry Bush (Mulberry Bush)
31. For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow
32. The Muffin Man
33. Home on the Range
34. Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
35. The Old Gray Mare
36. Polly Wolly Doodle
37. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
38. Ten Little Children (to the tune of Ten Little Indians)
39. Buffalo Gals
40. A Bicycle Built for Two

Section Two (American Folk/Patriotic Songs):

41. Oh Susanna
42. Good Night Ladies
43. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
44. O My Darling Clementine
45. The Marine’s Hymn
46. Anchor’s Aweigh
47. You’re A Grand Old Flag
48. The Battle Hymn of the Republic
49. America the Beautiful
50. The Star-Spangled Banner
51. My Country, ‘Tis of Thee
52. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
53. When the Saints Go Marching In
54. Yankee Doodle
55. The Army Goes Rolling Along

Section Three (Christmas Music):

56. Jingle Bells
57. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
58. Up On the House Top
59. Deck the Halls
60. Joy to the World
61. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
62. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
63. O Christmas Tree
64. Silent Night
65. Angels We Have Heard on High
66. Still, Still, Still
67. Bring a Torch Jeannete, Isabella
68. Good King Wenceslas
69. The Holly and the Ivy
70. The First Noel
71. Go Tell It On the Mountain
72. I Saw Three Ships
73. I Heard the Bells
74. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
75. Away in a Manger
76. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Section Four (Classical Music):

77. Ode to Joy
78. William Tell Overture
79. Minute in G (Bach)
80. Musette
81. Largo (New World Symphony)
82. Fur Elise
83. Minuet in G (Beethoven)
84. Peter and the Wolf
85. Sonata K. 545
86. The Beautiful Blue Danube
87. Alla Turca
88. Hungarian Dance
89. The Spinning Song
90. Prelude (Op. 28, No 7)

Section Five (Gospel/Spiritual Music):

91. Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
92. Kum Ba Yah
93. Rock of Ages
94. Nobody Knows De Trouble I’ve Seen
95. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
96. He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
97. This Little Light of Mine
98. Amazing Grace
99. Joy in My Heart
100. Simple Gifts

Additional information


This book is perfect for all piano students of all skill level, but is recommended for students are at least an early intermediate level piano student. Students will excel with this book as long as they can read the right hand melody and have a basic understanding of their chords.

Page Count

92 pages

6 reviews for 100 Left Hand Patterns Every Piano Player Should Know – PDF download (single use license)

  1. kearlfam (verified owner)

    This book is very easy to understand and learn for all levels of piano students, it has easy enough songs and rhythms for beginners but also fun and complicated ones for more experienced players. I personally loved it, left hand patterns have been just what I’ve been looking for in piano and this was perfect. Just enough challenge to learn but still have fun!

  2. annemorris (verified owner)

    Simon has created an excellent reference book of patterns for use in improv. Sometimes students can get stuck in a rut creating the same sounds/patterns but Simon has a long list of patterns to choose from in a variety of styles so the student can always change their sound. I appreciate the layout of the book and how all the patterns are grouped together. It makes using it as a reference very easy!

    I also appreciate his approach to teaching: making music accessible to students. This book is a great jumping pad to make that happen.

  3. fingerfundamentals (verified owner)

    This book is a great resource for pianists to learn how to improvise. It gives not only left-hand patterns but also has 100 familiar tunes to practice your patterns with. Other books I’ve tried to use have one or the other so this is a great resource to learn from and implement what you learn right away. I wouldn’t recommend this for a beginner without having a teacher’s supervision. To use the book on its own you do need to read at least a single line of music of both the treble and bass clef as well as understand basic music theory and a variety of time signatures, key signatures and rhythms. It will be fabulous to use to teach my students as well as practice my own improvisation skills.

  4. marionmusicstudio (verified owner)

    This book is divided into two main sections. The first section has left hand patterns in basic, jazz blues and boogie-woogie, rock and pop, and new age patterns. The second section is a fake book with children’s songs, American folk and patriotic songs, Christmas, classical, and gospel/spiritual songs.

    The left hand patterns are numbered 1-100 going through the different styles in progressively more difficult patterns. I especially like the suggestions to do each pattern in all twelve keys. For example, I have my students play simple tunes like Ode to Joy in all twelve keys from the beginning of their piano study.

    I use the iReal Pro app to teach chords, and I have made a 12 bar blues in that app, so these left hand patterns would work really well in that app.

    For me, the fake book part of the book is worth the price of the book, because they are perfect for choosing simple songs to play in all twelve keys.

    This book is especially good for those students wishing to explore pop, jazz, and blues styles and how to apply those styles/patterns to different pieces.

    Sam Marion

  5. ria.aucamp0116 (verified owner)

    This is a great improvising-book. I especially love the variety of left hand patterns making interpretation of songs endless. The book teaches chords and playing from lead sheets in such a way that musicians – of all levels – can understand and play effectively while improvising the left hand. A big yes for me is that it is available in pdf download – especially because we struggle to get hard copies in South Africa.

  6. jeankhpark

    I saw this book pop up while searching for piano books and it sounded interesting. This book is a great book for supplementation to classical piano lessons. I will be using it for myself and also already have a piano student in mind to buy it. This book is definitely a great starter and teaching tool. My only complaint I have is that I wish there were even more LH patterns included!

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