Learn Piano Chords | Learn Piano OnlineIf you are interested in immersing yourself in the world piano chords, you'll be starting an ongoing adventure that's full of rewards...
A familiar with triads (three-note chords) will serve you well as a start:
These four chord types make up the foundation for any and all chords you will be learning and playing. They serve as the "flour, eggs, and water" to the "musical baker." : )
There are different approaches that one can take when it comes to learning these. However, I would like to bring up what I believe is an important point, which is this: many aspiring players never learn the basics because they become overly "theory conscious" and, as a result, don't treat themselves to going much further.
There's nothing wrong with being conscious of learning music theory. On the contrary, the more you understand, the more things make sense to you and, ultimately, the more you are able to use what you learn in a variety of ways that you otherwise might not have thought of. However, the need to "learn it all" does not have to get in the way of making the kind of practical progress that is possible. For example, you don't need to know anything at all about music before you can learn to play the four basic chord types mentioned above in all 12 keys. That's a fact.
Sure, you can take the theoretical approach and say to yourself, "Okay, the major triad is built from the 1, 3, and 5 of each major scale. If I learn all my major scales, then I can figure out the 1, 3, and 5 of those scales, and then I'll know the notes in all these major chords." Yes, you can do that, or you can learn all those major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords in about an hour (an actually be playing them) via a much quicker method.
You see, the idea is to appreciate what the left side of your brain is capable of without allowing it to boss us around by telling you not to go further unless "you understand it all."
It's the same with 7th chords. If you consider the four most common types of 7th chords, which are major 7ths, minor 7ths, dominant 7ths, and diminished 7ths, you can can the theoretical approach to all of these, or you can start mastering how to play many of them within minutes. There are actually 10 types of 7th chords that you are encouraged to learn. Multiply that by 12 keys, and you've got 120 chords that you get to add to your "piano playing toolbox." However, mastering the four basic chord types in this category will carry you a long way.
So, it's up to you as to how you go about it. I will speak from personal experience when I say that I learned most of my chords first, long before I understood the theory behind them. Since I could play them (and apply them, via songs, etc.) I appreciated the theory aspect of things a whole lot more as the gaps in my understanding became more and more satisfied.
As a matter of fact, a significant reason for my creating ProProach was so that any man or woman, upon knowing a few 7th chords, could play many of the more tasteful sounds pro piano stylists play time and time again (like the 9th chords, 11th chords, and 13th chords, etc.) without having to congest themselves with the kind of theory that can deter the average individual. I believe that if you can get results by learning some of the "how"s, your enthusiasm for learning the "why"s later will usually come naturally (and if it doesn't, you're still having fun making music!).
Consider this: we have laws for everything...
We have the law of gravity which says that if you hold a glass of wine in front of you and release it, you'll have a mess to clean up. Do you need to have an understanding of how gravity works to know that it's a good idea to hold on to that glass?
We have the law of electricity. Do you need to know how it works to turn on that light switch and get the result you're looking for? Of course not. As a matter of fact, no one understands what electricity really is. Ask any master electrician what it is and where it comes from and you'll have that individual stumped for an answer. But he or she can certainly perform wonders when it comes to applying this law to make your home a more comfortable living environment.
So, to create great music, do you suppose it's necessary to understand all the laws behind it? Subscribe to that idea would deprive you of the many musical rewards that await you.
You know a lot already, so give yourself credit for it. For example, go to your piano or keyboard and, with two hands opened up, face down flat, press down on a bunch of keys like a child would. What do you have there? Well, you have proof that you can play every note that was ever responsible for being a part of a great song. You just need to learn more and more about what notes not to play, would you agree? It was Claude Debussy who commented, "Music is the space between the notes."
So, consider approaching it this way: you already know more than you need to know. What's left is learning which notes not to play and where!
Ahhh, here we are back to one of my favorite concepts:
Less is more :o)
Make some music today.
PLAY WITH PASSION!
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