How to Play Piano Pirates of the Caribbean – He’s a Pirate

how to play piano pirates of the caribbean

Learn to play Pirates of the Caribbean piano music easily with this beginner piano lesson! It is perfect for practicing long held notes and music ties (a set of consecutive notes with equal pitch). Watch the video tutorial below or sign up for a free trial at Skoove to discover this and many other iconic movie songs!


No matter if you are an accomplished pianist or just beginning, learning Pirates of the Caribbean on piano will get you off on the right foot. This video lesson will show you some of the catchy and memorable parts from this movie theme song; due to their complexity full song lessons take more time and effort; we only include those which we feel would most benefit our students – practicing scales, arpeggios and hand coordination exercises will also aid learning this piece of music.

Klaus Badelt was forced to quickly compose the score for Pirates of the Caribbean when original composer Alan Silvestri left early in production, due to a conflict with another film project and Hans Zimmer already being engaged on another. To address this problem, producers hired multiple additional composers who wrote short music cues – you can sign up for Skoove’s one month free trial and learn your way around this classic film series and many more iconic movie songs step-by-step!


He’s a Pirate is the fifteenth track from the soundtrack album for 2003 film “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”. This track appears at the opening credits and serves as Captain Jack Sparrow’s theme song; its composers were Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer.

This video lesson will show you how to play this classic piece on either piano or keyboard. You will first learn the basic chords and how they connect, followed by practice on some key elements of the song itself. After playing at regular speed initially, then slowly after that so that it is easier for you to follow, including having one octave higher middle C due to camera placement constraints so the chords could be seen clearly by all.

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Tied Notes

Piano ties add an infectious rhythm to this piece, creating a memorable melody. A tie is a curved line connecting two notes that indicates they should stay together for one beat; these ties may also serve to indicate when one note is weak or strong and help sight-readers better comprehend its rhythm.

In this song, the initial tie occurs between a quarter note and an 8th note – often used to emphasize the second beat in each measure as its tied 8th note will play for its full duration. Ties may also occur between whole (4 beat) notes joined into an eight beat note or between adjacent half notes (3 beats). Tie symbols can also be used between adjacent half notes (3 beats).

Music ties differ from slurs in that they only affect the rhythm of the piece and not how it should be played. If a curved line extending over multiple notes indicates smooth, legato technique should be employed when playing these notes, this would likely indicate that slurs should be employed as opposed to ties; practicing these techniques will help your playing become more fluid and expressive. Learn more about slurs and ties by enrolling in Skoove piano courses; get started today with a one month free trial trial offer!

Long Held Notes

To create the sound you desire from piano pirates of the caribbean, long held notes should be practiced. These long notes may be used in chords or in the lower part of your left hand for a bassier and fuller sound – this makes practicing scales, arpeggios and other left-hand techniques vital. Want to learn more? Begin your one-month free trial of Skoove now to start piano lessons for all your favorite songs!