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Bill Hilton – All the basic piano chords in one epic tutorial

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on December 30, 2018

Bill Hilton

Published on Dec 21, 2015

Check out my book: http://www.billspianopages.com/how-to…

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are those timestamp links, by the way (hat tip, Ollie!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1i-cF… – Basic major and minor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1i-cF… – Dominant seventh (chords ending -7, e.g. G7, Eb7)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1i-cF… – Minor seventh (chords ending -m7)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1i-cF… – Major seventh (-maj7)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1i-cF… – Sixth (-6 or -m6)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1i-cF… – Major ninth (-maj9)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1i-cF… – Added ninth (-add9)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1i-cF… – Suspended fourth (-sus or -sus4)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1i-cF… – Diminished and diminished seventh (-dim or -ยฐ; -dim7 or -ยฐ7)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1i-cF… -Augmented (-aug or -+)


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MUSIC THEORY – Seventh & Extended Chords

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 3, 2016

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Piano Lesson – Plurality 7, 9,11,13 Chords – LetsEnjoyPiano

Posted in Chords, Extended Chords by Higher Density Blog on April 28, 2014

LetsEnjoyPianoยท22 videos

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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Saxophone Arpeggios – Extended Chords

Posted in Arpeggios, Saxophone by Higher Density Blog on January 11, 2014

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