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5 Levels of Despacito: Noob to Expert (Piano)

March 26, 2020

(imagine beautiful landscapes of beaches, waves, and inappropriately dressed females) it is here we begin our fruitful adventures into the harmonic abyss of Despacito (6.6 billion people have watched the music video, which is every person on the planet) Chromatic descending bassline, adds to the building of tension The lyrics here literally say “Let me trespass your danger zones, until I make you scream” Dramatic octaves creates an “expanding” feeling in the music ARE. YOU. READY??!!! (I’m not a fan of despacito. I’m much more of a rapido) Modifying the melody here, because someone has to do it (Thumbnail) Unlike some pianists (cough) my thumbnails always represent the video Peaceful interlude, to demonstrate emotional maturity Unusual key change, as we enter a higher dimension Another variation of the main melody Nina was the first piano piece I fell in love with, that inspired me to change from clarinet to piano Are the arpeggios truly necessary? No. But neither are ice cream cakes, which destroy regular cakes I wrote Napoleon’s March in 2008. It’s been 12 years. Insanity. This is my favorite part to play, mimicking a rapper Are these JAZZ CHORDS? Nah, they’re just regular 7ths. I am unhealthily proud of the chromatic bassline here Why Faded you ask? Because 1) it uses the same chord progression and 2) I felt like it writing level 5s can be tough. I’d much rather be writing level 3s, but then no one would watch FIRST PERSON TO GUESS THIS SONG GETS A 5$ AMAZON GIFT CARD! (thanks for watching my video all the way through) Stay safe amigos


  • Reply Iacob Idris March 24, 2020 at 9:02 am

    When the impossible is possible

  • Reply Adham M.Kamel March 24, 2020 at 9:11 am

    4:17 ninja

  • Reply GoProHolic March 24, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Might I request 4 seasons Vivaldi?

  • Reply Ben Stringer March 24, 2020 at 11:01 am

    3:20 – 3:21

    Thank you for this

  • Reply Terry one lee March 24, 2020 at 11:12 am


  • Reply Terry one lee March 24, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Brilliant I give like :]

  • Reply Rice Farmer March 24, 2020 at 11:50 am

    My brother has epilepsy and he spasms when he sees the keyboard.

  • Reply Kevin Diaz March 24, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Bro I forgot despacito existed cuz they over played that song so much when it came out.

  • Reply feha92 March 24, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    So my takeaway is that I am a virtuoso, as noobs can only use 1 notes per hand when playing piano, students can do 2 notes per hand, and experienced 3 notes per hand. And I learned how to do 3 notes per hand as a kid (and remained at that level for my entire life, with a fair bit of degradation), such as "oh when the saints" (which was in the intro-book/pamphlet I followed). And here I thought regular chords were considered beginner stuff that might show up in an intro-book on piano.
    edit: also, the level 4 sounds like a mess (particularly around 0:57), so another takeaway is that I should probably try to stay away from learning any more if at all possible.
    edit2: level 5 displays its emotional maturity… somehow I get the feeling that is a dig at the performer and calling him/her immature?

  • Reply BeeLover March 24, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    6.6 billion people is not the entire population
    Corona's not that bad…yet

  • Reply Javier Almoro March 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Who else got the Simply Piano add?

  • Reply nopicturesplz tenk March 24, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    This video told me I suck at piano in 5 different languages

  • Reply Elena Garcia March 24, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    So what's below noob

  • Reply Dhwaneel Kapadia March 24, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    This is the kind of guy who says
    I paid for the whole piano so I will play the whole piano

  • Reply Crystalize March 24, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Who thinks "Noob" Is so underrated and dead

  • Reply Pablo Wagner March 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Do an epic version of Liszt Mephisto Waltz no.1

  • Reply Tiaan Werth March 24, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    The only reason why people disliked the vid is because they’re jealous. Loved it🔥

  • Reply Jrpilot5 March 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Why is you channel name MusicalBasics?

  • Reply Winnie Cheng March 24, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I commented that you are truly amazing in another video, but slight modification: you are so amazing and so talented and funny like omg please continue to do this!

  • Reply Denchik Shows March 24, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Please, could you do 5 levels of LA CAMPANELLA by Liszt.
    Because I want to play it better

  • Reply Belén vf March 24, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    I think I'm in a high level 2 or a low level 3 😂

  • Reply Thriller 97531 March 24, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    The level 5 is very hard

  • Reply DreamDruid89 March 24, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    when learning a new piece, do pianists start at level 1 and move up levels, or do they start at levels 2 or 3?

  • Reply Despacito Dude March 24, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    U made a song after me

  • Reply Owen Darby March 24, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I’m OnWy 9 aNd I ALREADY kNoW hOw To PlAy PiAnO

  • Reply Victor Yu March 24, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Do 5 levels of phantom of the opera!

  • Reply Aleksander Kurgan March 24, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Expert is kinda overkill

  • Reply Fortnite Theory March 24, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    Your hands are moving so fast that it’s scary!

  • Reply S2KPHD March 24, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    what's below noob b/c that's where i am at the moment. 😀

  • Reply ][ March 25, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Can you please make a remake of your piece napoleon's march? It is beautiful

  • Reply Vincent P. March 25, 2020 at 12:19 am

    2016 vibes

  • Reply Kusdarini Anik March 25, 2020 at 12:24 am

    Can you make an expert arrangement of "Tenkyuu" from Kono oto tomare Anime. I think it will be great to change 7 koto instrument in one piano version.. Yet it will be difficult, but you're the expert so you will do that… 😁

  • Reply Danielle Topaz March 25, 2020 at 12:55 am

    Tbh I'm not really a fan of the level 5… I prefer level 3 but your piano skills are incredible 🤩

  • Reply Greta Schleuning March 25, 2020 at 12:56 am

    🤚 🤚

  • Reply Amelia Marin Wietting March 25, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Through the fire and flames?

    Also, top notch commentary!!!

  • Reply Emily Kasprzak March 25, 2020 at 1:06 am

    Gee, if only I could play this on my trombone.
    My only talent is left handed playing. And what are those? 32nd* notes?

  • Reply LS Graveyard March 25, 2020 at 2:37 am

    The arpeggios are always necessary. Always.

  • Reply Parker Wirth March 25, 2020 at 2:44 am

    OMG wow

  • Reply myla ajero March 25, 2020 at 2:45 am

    It's noob but it sounds beautiful… As well, You use 2 hands for it.

  • Reply Dark Phoenix March 25, 2020 at 2:53 am

    This was just GORGEOUS please keep up the Amazing work. This helps me get through my horrible days. This cheers me up alot😊😊

  • Reply Kosinsk Music March 25, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Is last song you asked to figure out: through the fire and The Flames?

  • Reply Guillermo Daniel Luviano March 25, 2020 at 4:32 am

    Heroic polonaise – Chopin?? C:

  • Reply Sanket Patil March 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Bro you are insane. I guess your competitor would be Rousseau

  • Reply Louie Cornejo March 25, 2020 at 5:10 am

    thanks for the captions

  • Reply Josue David Corro Galicia March 25, 2020 at 5:24 am

    the expert version is very bad, saturated with unnecessary fixes there is not even 5% of the essence of the song and I don't like it despacito

  • Reply I like Potatoes March 25, 2020 at 5:27 am

    I love this! Hope you could do more. Your compositions are amazing!

  • Reply _Nava Music March 25, 2020 at 5:40 am


  • Reply J. S. March 25, 2020 at 6:38 am

    The captions dude…😆 It’s one thing to play like that and separate oneself from us mortals, but to articulate jokes and the tactics used to manipulate our emotions throughout an annoying Bieber song—it does make you appear more like a down-to-earth human. I still don’t buy it. You’re nuts, man. Bravo!! 👏🏻 👏🏻
    I learn so much from these videos. Thank you. 👍🏼

  • Reply Magic Fireball March 25, 2020 at 7:11 am

    So amazing

  • Reply Anant Rajput March 25, 2020 at 7:56 am

    His level 3 always sounds the best nd most satisfying 😍
    Great work

  • Reply jandera21 March 25, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Was that some bloody tear at the end?

  • Reply Shinaan Nazeer March 25, 2020 at 9:33 am

    'Better fingering, better rythm'
    I see 👀

  • Reply Grrumakemeangry March 25, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Noob level army rise up!

  • Reply Zelda Flannery March 25, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Enjoyed it to the end amazing as always

  • Reply Deborah Mary Njuguna March 25, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Level 5 -How to get arthritis

  • Reply FREADS WORLD March 25, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Level 4,5 are too much… level 3 sounds best

  • Reply Owen Reich March 25, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I think that experienced sounds the best

  • Reply Joseph Masih March 25, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Please do 5 levels of shape of you .

  • Reply Random facts and entertainment March 25, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    I am not hating but if there is too many notes, it wouldnt sound as good as your effort

  • Reply Soulfire FlameZ_E March 25, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Please do 5 levels of no time to die by Billie eillish

  • Reply Alexander Gilomen March 25, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    performer sounds just bad

  • Reply Kelvin KJ !!,!! March 25, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    So if I’m not even a noob what am I 😐

  • Reply Priyesh Shetty March 25, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    I loved the way you switched levels

  • Reply Iewa Ieva March 25, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Who thinks that, they don't like despacito, but they like how it isbon piano?

  • Reply KitKatGachaverse March 25, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Omg. This was so cool! I’ve been playing piano for probably 6 years now and I have to say that these videos of you and others creating amazing songs is why I continue with it, so I can hopefully compose my own music and play it a level 5!

  • Reply Bow 2Arrow March 25, 2020 at 7:31 pm


  • Reply David J March 25, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    I personally more enjoyed listening level 3 instead of level 4 or 5 🙁 but your content is amazing ! keep posting great content !

  • Reply GriefNinja26 March 25, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Love the commentary adds a new dimension of humor to the masterpiece of music. Also you should do faded itself next. Do a faded noob to expert

  • Reply chris Hayes March 25, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    6.6 billion people is not equal to the 7.4 billion global population

  • Reply YT_quizzy S March 25, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Expert is easy does that mean I’m an expert

  • Reply Antonio Fernandez March 25, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Im level 4

  • Reply Joshua Ezer March 25, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    I absolutely hate like beggars.

    Like if you agree.

  • Reply Sergio Rivas March 26, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Thee last song is Bloody Tears from Castlevania.

  • Reply Oon ZhiKang March 26, 2020 at 1:38 am

    Not bad I like it good job

  • Reply Bang Bang March 26, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Lvl 5 feels like the credits after beating Mario Cart 10 times during day 1 quarantine

  • Reply Electrows March 26, 2020 at 2:52 am

    2:00 swan lake inspired introduction

  • Reply EA RL March 26, 2020 at 3:08 am

    Cool 😯

  • Reply Lightning Dragon 2004 March 26, 2020 at 3:43 am

    that is the best piano music video I have probably watched my entire life. That is so cool. Captions were hilarious

  • Reply •Camilo Uchiha• March 26, 2020 at 3:49 am

    I am in level 3

  • Reply 赵琳 March 26, 2020 at 4:18 am

    Please do 5 levels of faded

  • Reply Shravan's music March 26, 2020 at 5:07 am

    Sorry level 5 should be renamed as musical basics.

  • Reply jeroannlie March 26, 2020 at 7:09 am

    BASIC 100%

  • Reply ATO민헌 March 26, 2020 at 7:24 am

    i can play level 4 but i can't play level 3…
    What?????? Why???????

  • Reply Ernest Chan March 26, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Some of these ‘levels’ are so extra and so unnecessary . They are cool though haha

  • Reply P4-1 ALAM RAIFA NASHITA March 26, 2020 at 10:02 am

    This is the perfect video for my new keyboard (piano)
    struggling with part 2 🙁
    Great vid 🙂

  • Reply Sticknoder March 26, 2020 at 11:10 am

    I noticed I can’t even do noob

  • Reply AverageAngler March 26, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Level 5 is kinda like ragtime

  • Reply Kirtesh March 26, 2020 at 11:21 am

    There are few levels mission between level 4 and 5.


  • Reply N a t u r a l C r y s t a l March 26, 2020 at 11:34 am

    5:20 it looks like he has lightning coming out of his hand

  • Reply 小倍小琪在一起 March 26, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    I tried to play a piece of your piano piece but unfortunately my fingers are long enough

  • Reply Arttu Kettunen March 26, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Not gonna lie, imo level 4 sounded better than level 5

  • Reply Steven Copeland March 26, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Impressive! Somehow, you managed to make one of the most annoying songs in the world actually pretty decent!

  • Reply izoneitzyeverglow blackpinkgidle March 26, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    i’m not even on level 1

  • Reply Bypig March 26, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Do 5 levels of hot cross buns

  • Reply Alex Vec March 26, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    I refuse to believe this is real how tf can man be moving his hands that quick 🤣

  • Reply Eden Rose Desamparo March 26, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    idk why but i fell in love with your hands 😄 weird* you’re remarkably amazing 😍

    btw new sub here 👋🏻

  • Reply Jeff The Wizard March 26, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    I started singing Wrecking Ball

  • Reply Insanity Doggo March 26, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Still chill no matter how high level

  • Reply Saharsh Juneja March 26, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    I am a noob 😔

  • Reply louisa's foxes March 26, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Am I the only one who can’t even do level one (noob)? Ok I am…

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