For my students, it's important to review the language of piano chords.
Major and Minor chords, that is, for beginner piano students. There are many valuable resources for sale from music dictionaries to theory music books. Understanding the name of chords and how to play them will open up a whole new world for you.
I found this awesome tutorial, online chord dictionary, from latinpianist.
View the clip, study it, repeat it and use it as a warm up. With practice, watch how you can quickly grab these basic chords... you're on your way!
Beginner's Chord Dictionary
This a beginner's video to all those people that need to know how to play all the basic chords on the piano.
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Credits: VozUngida (Yeisha) (Video Editing and Video Recording)
* On The Go Music Resource
If you're interested learning the formation of chords while you're in your car, at the gym, jogging or at home, purchase Hear and Play's Chords Audio Course. I have the set and highly recommend it. It goes hand in hand with a chord dictionary, and it's on tape!
Click Here, Chords (Audio)
* Music Resources
|Piano Chord Dictionary By Morton Manus. For Electronic Keyboard. Electronic Keyboard. Book. 48 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (285)
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Now that you know your major scales, the next thing is to learn the formulas for your 4 basic types of chords. Once you learn the formulas, apply them to each key one at a time until you go through all 12 keys. Here is the order that you should learn and play them in:
Major = 1-3-5
Minor = 1-b3-5
Diminished = 1-b3-b5
*Fully diminished = 1-b3-b5-bb7 *just an extension of the regular diminished chord
Augmented = 1-3-#5
As you go through learning and practicing the chords in this order, you will find that the last note for the augmented chord is also the last note for the major chord in the very next key. The next thing you should learn are the chords that are built off each scale degree of the major scale for every key. Again, learn it one key at a time until you go through all 12 keys:
1st - major
2nd - minor
3rd - minor
4th - major
5th - major
6th - minor
7th - diminished
Then move on to learning progressions. Play progressions like the 1-4-5, 2-5-1, 7-3-6, etc.
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