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The Piano Player, Issue #46 -- Piano Chords
March 10, 2019

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The Piano Player--Issue #46, March 2019

In This Issue:

Piano Chords

Piano chords are a large part of all piano music. Chords belong to a group called Harmony. Chords can be played blocked or broken and in different inversions.

Combining chords together in a chord progression will create a specific sound or style. In short; learning about chords is important!

Here are some basic lessons about chords. Start with printing a free piano chords chart. Continue learning how to invert chords for more flexibility as you play, and experiment with a few well known piano chord progressions.

Finally, practice what you've learned with the free sheet music "Simple Gifts" in the end. The piece has a simple chord arrangement played by the left hand while the melody is played in the right.


Printable Piano Chords Chart

Here's a free printable piano chords chart (PDF) for beginners!

In this easy piano lesson you'll get tips on how to use this chord chart for piano playing. You'll also learn how chords are built and get tips on how get started playing chord piano. Have fun!

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Piano Chord Inversions in Major and Minor

Piano chord inversions are chords played with the notes in a different order.

When studying piano technique, it is important to learn how to play the basic musical patterns that you'll find in most piano repertoire. These basic patterns are scales, chords and arpeggios.

Here we'll take a closer look at piano chords and their inversions. You'll learn how to play inverted chords and what fingering to use, with free printable piano chord inversions charts (PDF).

Best of all, you will learn how chords are inverted so you wont need charts anymore!

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Common Piano Chord Progressions

Here are some fun ways to combine chords in common piano chord progressions to create well known accompaniment styles.

You could also use the progressions as foundations for your own piano improvisations!

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Got Piano Questions?

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Piano Question of the Month

Moving from One Chord to Another

My teacher has given me these three right hand chords to play with a blues walking bass line that goes from C-F-C-G-F-C. He has written the chords as C = E G A C, F = Eb G A C and G = F A B D.

My problem is when I try to move from the G chord to the F. Because my third finger is too thick to just play the F chord by moving my hand to the left,

I have to move it to the left and forward to play the G and A keys of the chord. When I do this, my fingers keep getting all tangled up in the black keys that I have to reach across to play this chord.

Is there any easier way of doing this or is it just a case of practice, practice, practice until I get it right?

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Sheet Music Recommendations: Free Printable Sheet Music

Here is a nice little Shaker piece called "Simple Gifts". It's free to print and arranged with basic chords played by the right hand and the melody to be played by the right hand. (It also has a part for singing along with the lyrics if you like.)

Learn it as a way to practice playing blocked chords as an accompaniment to a melody.

Learn hands separately first, the combine both. You could also try to vary the left hand chords by inverting them, or playing them broken if you like.

Have fun!

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Happy Practicing!

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