๐Ÿ’” Jason Derulo — Savage Love Piano Sheets

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Piano Player Ability Rating: Beginner

As I learned, many of you are self-taught piano players and never had a piano class. I try to cover several popular mistakes in piano-playing techniques that we are prone to do.

About Jason Derulo — Savage Love

The song, Savage Love was released on .

Listen Savage Love on Spotify, see wikipedia entry for more details.

certainly liked to challenge himself when recording! He’s an artist of considerable imagination packed with stylistic authenticity. Here, his perfectly judged harmonies merges with the distinctive flair for melodies.
This song conforms to convenient symmetrical pattern for the Pop-song: Savage Love is composed in a binary verse-chorus form that consist of two four-bar phrases. Both sections are repeated before a short coda. It's perfect for those with elementary skills. This piece fits well under the fingers, it makes coherent musical sense and it’s not too hard to memorize.

Practical Tips for Piano Playing

✋ Before touching the piano keys, warm up your fingers and wrists with slow and soft circular motions and moderate stretching, rotate your shoulders and arms.

Instead of sight-reading the piece as it is, get to know snippets of the music bit by bit. Break the piece down into tiny units (enough to hold in our working memory) at the speed of no mistakes (this might be extremely slowly to start with) and with the mind fully engaged. To begin with, practice hands separately. Practice each piece no more than three repetitions in a row as you risk to decrease your ability to concentrate (a phenomenon known as habituation), and this is when sloppy mistakes can easily creep in.
⌚ Work on the hardest bits first without caring about technical difficulties — repetition and practice will do the job and you will learn the sheet music faster than you think. You might focus on just one or two sections in a single practice session if you are learning the piano notes for the first time.
Don’t always begin at the beginning; if we you able to start from any section you will be much more secure in performance.

Count out loud to ensure precise rhythm. By counting I mean a tA-ta, tA-ta, not an old inefficient one-and, two-and. Use a metronome app.

Make sure to arch the fingers. This is crucial for the health of your wrists and palms. Slacking your fingers will overwork them and cause strain. Keep relaxed, flexible wrists, hands and arms when playing Savage Love — a flexible wrist allows producing a warm sound. Both hands should play smoothly (tenuto) if not indicated the opposite (staccato) although not with the fingers glued to the keys.

Focus from the very beginning primarily on phrasing. With the right technique, a pianist’s phrasing can be as persuasive as a singer’s. Create the illusion of a singing piano by
  1. accenting strong beats,
  2. playing the first bar of any phrase louder than the last bar,
  3. peaking near the highest-pitched note of a phrase.

Guard against a bar-by-bar approach — phrases don’t obey the barlines.

How to Memorize Sheet Music

Start memorizing Savage Love from the very beginning. Use the sheet music as a hint and avoid looking at a paper sheet (or a monitor) as long as you can when rehearsing the music piece.
Read the score in bed in the evening, analyse the whole piece to see where the different themes were, and to find out what the Jason Derulo message was.
Sing original lyrics, la-la-la or ta-ta-ta, or simply hum the melody out loud, so you can easily memorize the notes.
In the left hand there are only four chords that are repeated for the whole song. It takes nothing to remember only four chords instead of 100 bars of an accompaniment.
✍ And the last, be artistic, be creative. Print the pdf, take correction fluid and a black pen and add or delete whatever you want in this arrangement.

How to Play Jason Derulo — Savage Love Sheet Music


Accuracy in articulation is essential for playing Savage Love piano sheet music. Make the piece sound as expressive as you possibly can. Your touch should be soft lively refined spontaneous effortless-sounding and sparkling intimate and passionate.

This is a romantic song, full of sweetness and charm. It should be played very slowly for a lyric, melodramatic effect. It should impart the lilting feel of a lullaby. Figuratively speaking, you should communicate a sense of comfort, ease, or pleasantness. To sound quietly, keep your fingers close to the keys and do some firm practice from the knuckles.

Savage Love is speedy. Always keep the hands relaxed, especially with repeated notes, piano keyboard is not lightweight and causes a muscle pain. Its rhythmic basis is sustained throughout, so the LH’s primary duty will be to provide an even and danceable footing.

The articulation in this piece is tricky because it alternates between legato and staccato. You see a lot of slurred and tied notes — learn these legatos by holding them as a chord, it stretches your fingers and helps to learn the fingering naturally.

Accent every note, varying the accents each time you play. Play as if you are being listened to.

There’s a lot of repetition throughout, so be creative with phrasing and dynamics. This will create some drama in your performance. Jason Derulo presents us with a wide range of dynamics (the sound volume levels). Be generous in varying the dynamics, it’s the easiest way to sound expressive:
  • The Opening phrase imitates a tuba. The RH should be short and snappy.
  • The Verses demand two different tone-colors. The first verse requires an intimate tone, the second is more energetic. Give the music a beautifully graded, warm tone. Make sure to grade the repeated patterns s they don’t sound monotonous. Think in long lines, not short phrases.
  • Save a full weight and depth of tone for the Choruses. Feel free to play a strong Forte. Keep the phrases as long as possible. Pedal carefully in this section. Make a well-judged decrescendo at the end.
  • At the little Bridge the mood changes, the articulation becoming more legato, the sound is losing its weight, so it’s important to change your touch. Try plucking each note with the tip of the fingers. There is potential to make a small crescendo.
  • The Coda requires a full tone and a slight diminuendo over the final bars — make a sudden lowering of dynamics to piano here. Place the last chord with a soft, emotional sound and a sensitive touch. Make a gradual and smooth decrescendo to pianissimo.

Write down all these crescendo/diminuendo (< & >) and piano/forte (๐“Ÿ & ๐“•) markings in order to make your piano sound more noticeable or prominent, to emphasize the Jason Derulo's lyrics.

The Right Hand

There is no need to learn hands separately: the score is very easy. Practice slowly with an obvious emphasis on the topline while playing the accompaniment as gently and calm as possible.

Listen to the track Savage Love as you begin to learn the arrangement. Think like a singer — breathe where a singer would, and aim to contour every phrase and line imaginatively. Notice how short phrasing is. Put the emphasis on the first note of each phrase. Don’t attack the keys.

The Left Hand

After getting familiar with the RH, focus on the LH. Practice the LH alone here to ensure a rich and mellow bass. This is one of those pieces where the bulk of the practicing will be devoted to an accompaniment.

The LH is generally soft throughout. Ensure that the LH line is always softer than the RH. The LH is the rhythmic foundation over which the dramatic RH melody shines.
The hardest technical challenge in this piece is the execution of the thickly textured, wide-interval chords. When playing, the chord background ought to be subdued. To voice each chord effectively, give the lower note greater emphasis, tone and shape by rotating your hand towards the weaker 4th and 5th fingers.
A chord is too big for the left hand? Leave out repeated notes or/and transfer the top to your right.
Or arpeggiate the chord.
Get your hand in position for each chord before playing it.
A relaxed wrist will help you to balance chords so that all notes sound at the same time.
In the left-hand’s chords use the forward and backward movement along the axis of the hand. Instead of twisting the left hand to the left to reach the next lower chord in the progression, move your arm closer to the black keys, thus allowing for the hand to remain in a linear, more natural position.
In the left-hand’s accompaniment we can avoid the build-up of tension in these left-hand octave-long wearing movements: instead of using solely your fingers (1st and 5th), rotate the wrist and forearm while keeping the fingers fixed.

In the last phase of learning a piece the use of a metronome is vital as you will be working on rhythmic partnerships between both hands. Nearly all modern pop music contains a firm beat. Become aware of the underlying pulse and accent where the stronger beat falls but remember that more is less. Avoid over-using your left hand. Aim at simple and clear playing. When speed is added, lighten the touch and the playing should feel easier, with fingers running smoothly over the keys. Focus on soloing with the right hand without relying on the accompaniment in the left hand. Make every single note that you play to mean something.
In playing any piano transcription of a song, the aim is to give the impression of a singer (the RH) that is being accompanied by a sensitive pianist (the LH). Imagine a duet between a band and a singer, so color the two hands differently.


At the very late stage of learning the Savage Love add a pedal, sustaining or sostenuto — your choice. Practice without the pedal until fluent and smooth.
Pedal each bar completely, as you do not want to lose the bass notes.
It is common practice today that the pedal is depressed when the hand is lifted, and released as a finger is on a key.

You should remove the pedal wherever you see the rest in the LH.

With excessive and inappropriate use of the pedal, it greatly compromises clarity in the overall tone quality. Think of it this way: the sustain pedal should be used as an aid to playing fine legato, not as a substitute for our fingers.

This piece certainly benefits from the added warmth of the pedal, but keep control of your pedaling and listen carefully for any smudges. Short dabs of pedal are generally better than long ones.

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