vendredi 13 décembre 2013

A Simple Introduction To Piano Chords

By Leanne Goff

On a basic level a chord is the building block of tunes. It can often be a lot easier to learn tunes after you have learned how they are structured. Learning piano chords over time will often make it a lot easier for you to get the most from your instrument in the long term.

While for some people this can seem quite intimidating the irony is that in a lot of ways it is easier to perform a chord on a key than it is with a guitar. With a guitar it involves moving your hand in a way that at first does not always feel natural whereas this becomes a lot easier over time.

The best way to start is to learn the layout of the instrument. Learning where the middle C is will make this easier. This is so called because it is the white key that is positioned in the middle of the piano and it is from here that you begin to learn where the notes are located.

In simple terms the notes on the white keys go from C, D, E, F, G, A and B from the left and then this is reversed from the right. The black keys are the sharps and the flats and this differentiates chords. For example you may get a chord that is an E flat or an E sharp.

Another thing to check is the tone. A lot of the time you will play the chord in a major key. This is generally considered the more upbeat form of note and therefore it tends to be featured in a lot of music. Indeed a lot of hit songs will have a major key change as part of its structure.

The minor key is not inferior despite what the name suggests! Minor in this case refers to a more downbeat style of music. If you have a more introspective style of song then it is more likely to be played in a minor key. It is interesting listening to a song that is played in a major key played in minor as it completely changes the tone.

When playing the best way is to start with the lowest note and build up. The main note of the chord is what is known as the root note. A root note on the left hand side is usually best played with the pinkie finger on the left hand while the root note on the right hand side is best played with the thumb on the right hand.

There are a lot of books that provide piano chords. Ideally you want to choose a book that includes songs that you like. This will then make you more likely to want to learn to play and will mean you are more likely to independently practise rather than trying over and over to play something you do not really like. With a smart approach and the right teacher you can get the most from your instrument!

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