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" Secrets of Exciting Piano Chords & Piano Chord Progressions!"

Piano keyboard with musical notes dancingDuane behind Yamaha grand piano


- Week 14 -

All The 13th Piano Chords

Another one of the most exciting chord types you'll ever learn...



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      Hello again, and welcome to the next edition of the newsletter. I hope you are enjoying learning about all the chords in the world -- and we're going to cover them ALL before we're done -- you'll know more about chords than 99% of the people in the world -- believe it or not, it's true.

    If you recall the first week we learned about the three chords you absolutely, positively CAN'T do without. . Then the next  week we took an airplane ride over Chordland just to get the lay of the land -- the overview of the world of chords.

     Then in the next  weeks lesson we showed you how easy it is to learn ALL the major chords (there are 12 of them) and be able to play them in seconds -- not hours or days or weeks or months or years. Some people go through their entire lives not being sure about what such and such a major chord is -- and it's all so unnecessary, because you can memorize them in just a few minutes, and learn to play them in 12 seconds or less - one second per chord. I have had many private students over the years who could play them all in as little as 5 seconds -- one little gal (she was about 12 at the time) had particularly fast hands, and could play them in - believe it or not - 3 seconds!  I have slow hands with fat fingers, and yet I can play them in something like 5 or 6 seconds.

     Next  you learned how to easily turn major chords into minor chords just by moving one key one-half step -- by lowering the 3rd of the major chord.

     Then we learned diminished triads -- just by lowering the 3rd and the 5th of a major chord 1/2 step.

     Then we learned inversions -- how to stand chords on their head.

     And finally, we took up augmented triads -- formed by simply raising the 5th of a major triad.

    Then we learned about  major 6th chords. They are 4-note chords -- the root, 3rd, 5th -- just like a major chord, but you also add the 6th degree of the scale to the major triad. The 6th is ALWAYS one whole step above the 5th -- never a half step --  so they are real easy to find.

     Then we changed those major 6th chords into minor 6th chords just by altering the 3rd 1/2 step -- in other words, a minor triad with a 6th on top.

     Then we took up 7th chords -- very important chords, because they move you from one tonal base to another tonal base. In other words, when we move from the C chord to the F chord, we often use C7 between the two as a "connector". After that we learned about major 7th chords, and then, 9th chords, and then 11th chords.

     Today we're going to learn to form an 13th chord. It's just like the 11th chord, except you move your little finger up from the 5th of the chord to the 13th -- same as the 6th, except the chord includes the 7th, 9th, and 11th.


A 13th Piano Chord = 

Get your chord in 2nd inversion, add the 7th and 9th and 11th, then bring your little finger up a whole step -- from the 5th to the 13th (same as the 6th).

Here's what 13th piano chords look like on the staff:

13th piano chords

(Remember that accidentals carry over in each measure!)

     (The lowest note in each case is the root of the chord -- even though I have shown them above directly under the chord, be sure to play that note before you play the chord, and use your sustain pedal to "hook the two parts together".


Low C on the piano

And here's what they look like on the staff when played with the left hand:

C13 piano chord        F13 piano chord

G13 piano chord        D13 piano chord

E13 piano chord        A13 piano chord

Db13 piano chord        Eb13 piano chord

Ab13 piano chord        B13 piano chord

Bb13 piano chord        Gb13 piano chord

     Now - go through all 12 major chords, inverting every one. Then go through all the 12 minor chords, inverting each one up and down the keyboard -- hands alone, then hands together. Then go through all 12 diminished chords, inverting each one up and down the keyboard -- each hand alone, then together. Then play the 12 augmented chords, up and down the keyboard. Then skip around from major to minor to diminished to augmented, etc.

    Then add minor 6th chords to your rehearsal schedule.

     And then add 7th chords and their inversions....then major 7th chords.....then 9th chords, and now, 11th chords.

      Do you feel like you're getting a handle on chords yet? You ought to -- I know we're going slowly, but chords are SO important that you absolutely MUST master them if you are ever going to play the piano like you hope to!

     So here's our revised chord scorecard:

12 major piano chords


12 minor piano chords


12 diminished piano chords


12 augmented piano chords


12 major 6th piano chords


12 minor 6th piano chords


a dozen  7th piano chords


a dozen  9th chords


a dozen  11th piano chords

and now...

one dozen 13th piano chords


 3 or 4 inversions of each

which means you can now play

Over 800 piano chords!

In one octave, yet - and there are 7 octaves on a full piano keyboard!

Wow -- are you a genius, or what?

Are you as smart as Einstein, or what?

    Next week we will investigate diminished 7th chords. So be sure to master 13ths before next week.


    By the way, have you checked out the Keyboard Chord Finder? It immediately shows you all the chords, and resides on your computer screen for handy reference. Click here to learn about it.

Duane Shinn's "Instant Chord Finder" software -- find any chord instantly!

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