Bill Hilton

Published on Dec 21, 2015

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Several people have asked me to make a tutorial revisiting all the basic piano chords – so here it is! There’s a little bit of theory, covering how piano chords are constructed, and how you can voice and invert them on the keyboard.

Most chords are built of thirds, and once you’ve figured out how to make major and minor thirds, and understood a couple of other basic intervals, it’s pretty easy to work out all the chords you need, even if you’re a relative beginner on the instrument.

As always, the secret to really mastering this stuff is to spend time sitting at the piano practising the techniques I talk about. One thing you could do is dig out a song book that has a vocal line with the chords written in. Practise reading the chords, and soon you won’t need the written piano part 🙂

Here are those timestamp links, by the way (hat tip, Ollie!)… – Basic major and minor… – Dominant seventh (chords ending -7, e.g. G7, Eb7)… – Minor seventh (chords ending -m7)… – Major seventh (-maj7)… – Sixth (-6 or -m6)… – Major ninth (-maj9)… – Added ninth (-add9)… – Suspended fourth (-sus or -sus4)… – Diminished and diminished seventh (-dim or -°; -dim7 or -°7)… -Augmented (-aug or -+)

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If you struggle, your eyes glaze over & you start sweating profusely trying to make sense out of extended chord symbols.. this lesson will come to the rescue & eliminate your frustration!! Using the chapter on “Plurality” one chord is part of another, you can quickly memorize these larger extended chords by linking triads (3 part chords). Ex: CMa7 ( C E G B ) has an Em chord ( E G B) inside it.. spread across both hands, play LH C chord + RH Em = CMa7..or play only C root in LH + Em in RH, other ex: ( LH C + Edim = C7) ( C + Em7= CMa9) (C + Gm7 = C11) ( C + BbMa7 = C13 ) See “Let’s Enjoy Piano Self-Expression Method” website for details and order a copy! Enjoy!!

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