Issue No. 17
"Secrets of Exciting Chords & Chord Progressions!"
         

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" Secrets of Exciting Chords & Chord Progressions!" 

 

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- Week Three -

"All The Major Piano Chords"

Duane Shinn teaching piano lessons on piano chords

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    If you recall, last week we took an airplane ride over Chordland just to get the lay of the land -- the overview of the world of chords.

     Today, we are going to show 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 major 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.

     So if I can do it with little fat hands and chubby short fingers, you can too.

     First, here's what the major chords look like on the staff:

 

     And here's what major chords look like when played on the piano with your left hand:

C major piano chord G major piano chord F major piano chord
D major piano chord E Major Piano Chord A Major Piano Chord
Db Major Piano Chord Eb Major Piano Chord Ab Major Piano Chords
Gb Major Piano Chord B Major Piano Chord Bb Major Piano Chord

                  

     I hope you noticed that 3 of the major chords were made of all white keys:

C          F          G

      And I hope you noticed that 3 of the major chords were made of  white keys on the outside, with a black key in the middle:

D          E           A

     And did you notice that 3 of the major chords were like an Oreo cookie? Black on the outside, white on the inside?

Db         Eb         Ab

    That only leaves 3 major chords, one of which is all black, and one of which is white, black, black, and the other the reverse -- black, white, white.

Gb (all black)     B (white, black, black)     Bb (black, white, white)

     And that's it.

     Practice playing the first 3 major chords over and over until you can move between them smoothly and quickly. Then practice the next 3 major chords -- then the next  3 -- then the last 3. After you can play them by 3's, practice playing the first 6 without stopping. Then practice the first 9 without stopping. Then finally practice playing all 12 without stopping.

     There's no particular virtue, of course, in playing them quickly, except for the fact that it makes you confident you can find them in a hurry when you need them in a song. But you'll find that as your confidence grows, your enjoyment and competence in piano playing with grow commensurately.

     That's it for this week. By next week you ought to be a pro at all the major chords -- every single one.

     Next week we'll learn how to stand 'em on their heads, and therefore triple the number of major chords we can play quickly!

 

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     Meanwhile, if you haven't already  taken the little test I give to see if you are capable of playing "chord piano", titled " Can I Really Learn To Play Chord Piano", be sure to go there right now!

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    Tidbits you might find interesting...or maybe not

     Years ago when I was operating Piano University I was in a cubicle teaching a young gal named Cari, when all of a sudden a baseball came crashing through the window and bounced off several walls before coming to rest at the feet of my young student. Cari screamed, jumped up and was headed for the door before she fully realized what was happening. A moment later my son Garth appeared at the studio door looking a bit sheepish. Seems he had been taking batting practice on the lawn adjacent to the studio, and a four ball took it's toll on the window and my student's nerves. Needless to say, class was over for that day!

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Here's what you'll learn in 10 days:

  • 1st Day: How to instantly recognize every note on the keyboard.

  • 2nd Day: Music symbols and what they mean. Rhythm symbols. Pitch symbols. Dynamics symbols.

  • 3rd Day: Chords and how to form them. 12 Major chords, 12 Minor, 12 Augmented, 12 Diminished, 6ths, 7ths, minor 7ths, etc. Chord symbols.

  • 4th Day: How to create a left-hand chording pattern in 3/4 time.

  • 5th Day: How to create a left-hand chording pattern in 4/4 time.

  • 6th Day: Adding 3rd and 6ths below the melody for a "duet" sound.

  • 7th Day: How to play arpeggios in the left hand for an "orchestra" effect.

  • 8th Day: How to add "meat" to the melody.

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  • 10th Day: How to arrange a song from start to finish. Intros and endings.

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