EVERYBODY Ought to Learn to Play At Least a Little Chord Piano!
There are roughly umpteen zillion reasons why you should learn
enough chords to be able to “chord a song” at the piano.
By “chord a song”, I mean the ability to play 3 or 4 chords on
the piano in some sort of rhythm while you or someone else sings
the tune. To do this, you don’t need to be a Van Cliburn; all you
need to do is learn a few basic chords and be able to more back
and forth between them in some organized rhythmic pattern.
For example, did you realize that all of these songs (and
hundreds more) can be sung or played with just 3 chords?
Auld Lang Syne
Kum Ba Ya
Joy To The World
Down In The Valley
On Top Of Old Smoky…
and hundreds or maybe thousands more!
Add just one more chord to the basic 3, and you can play another
thousand songs or so. So why not learn a few chords and start
your chording career?
Here are my top 10 reasons for learning “chord piano”:
1) It’s easy. Learn 3 chords and start in — it’s not rocket
2) Even though it’s easy to get started, you don’t have to stop
there. You can learn more and more chords and more rhythm
patterns and get really good if you choose to.
3) You’ll be able to play “Happy Birthday” while the gang sings
it, since it only has 3 simple chords.
4) You’ll be able to play half-a-dozen Christmas carols like “Joy
To The World”, “Silent Night” because they too have just 3 simple
chords. In case you haven’t noticed, Christmas comes every year,
so every year you’ll get better as you participate in family
5) You can help your kids learn to play the piano, guitar, or
most any other instrument by learning chords. Most teachers don’t
teach chords, so you’ll be giving your kids an advantage by
6) People will admire you. It’s true. Musicians are popular.
Anyone who can play anything is in demand at parties and social
gatherings. And if you can “chord” while others sing, you’re
bound to be popular.
7) Piano playing using chords is good for your brain. Studies
have shown that people who actively participate in music do their
brain lots of good. And since chords require 3 or 4 notes at a
time instead of one, you are giving your brain a good workout.
8) Piano playing, particularly using chords, is good exercise for
your wrists and fingers. (Take the time to learn about correct
hand position, though!)
9) Piano playing is excellent therapy for the stress of life.
Many professional people come home from a hard days work and
relax by expressing their emotions on the keyboard. Play a few
dark and angry chords, and you’ll be surprised how much better
10) Piano playing is a blast. It’s just plain old fun. So learn 3
or 4 chords and get going. Maybe you’ll stop there and enjoy it
the rest of your life.
But just maybe you’ll love it so much that you keep going and
turn yourself into an excellent piano player who can read music
as well as play chords!
To get started, go to http://www.chordpiano.com