Rhythm Exercises For Groups - The TechniquesPosted by Mike Schuck
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Piano chords are essentially trills, but the other way round: they use one note a trill, and one note a chord.
You must practice scales, chord shapes, and other ways of playing different note combinations in order to achieve a good rhythm and melodic line.
The most essential technique for learning how to play the piano chords is to learn to transpose. Transposing is the process of moving a single note or chord to a different key, either left-to-right or right-to-left.
As a beginner, you should focus on learning how to transpose a song into the key of your choice.
This is done by practicing a metronome exercise: play your song as you normally would, but at a slower tempo. The notes will begin to be a trill, and at each trill, play the new note in the key that you wish to transpose to.
Often, you will not even need to try and transpose in actual key; it is often faster to transpose by moving down the scale than by moving up the scale. Try to keep this in mind as you learn chords.
Learning piano chords in perfect position
The most fundamental way to learn piano chords is to learn them in the correct position on the keyboard.
Learning in this position means that you are looking at the bottom left hand corner of the keyboard.
When you are looking at the keys from this position, the rest of the keyboard on the right hand side will be invisible. You need to learn the chords in this position.
Here are the chords I play in this position.
It is not always the most comfortable position for me to play in, but I have learned to love it for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is essential that you learn the chords in this position.
In case you haven’t noticed, piano keys tend to be of uneven size: the notes will be slightly smaller on one side of the keys than the other.
By learning chords in this position, you can also play them in all the keys. It may sound obvious, but learning chords in this position makes it easier to transpose to any key.
Playing piano chords without a frets
A common problem with beginners is that they are used to playing music by playing on the piano in positions without frets. For example, on the piano, when a key is pressed, the black keys below that key show that note.
If you are playing a chord and using the full range of the black keys, you should expect to see all the black keys underneath it. However, if the black keys below the key are not visible, you should play it in this position.
So, this is how you play a C chord without a frets. First, you play the G chord, and use the bottom right hand black key to set it as your main chord.
When you have pressed all the black keys, play the C chord using the black key as the main note. You should now only see the black keys that are visible on the white keys.
When you see only the white keys below your chord, you are in the correct position to play the black keys you need in order to play the chord in that position.
Two notes down on the keyboard, you should see a G chord. This is your second chord.
You can now place the note on the G key as your root note for the C chord.
Picking the correct note to play in this position
If you are struggling to remember how to play this particular chord, here’s an easy way to remember the order.
When you place the G chord in position A, you will see the red notes next to it. When you play the A chord in this position, only the red notes below that C note show you what chord you should play.
Remember, all the notes on the white keys above the note you want to play on the C should remain invisible. When you hit the A note, all the notes on the black keys will be visible.
You will only be able to see the notes on the white keys when you play a chord in this position.
This means that you only need to remember one note in order to play in the correct position on the piano. When you play a chord with two notes, it is called a diminished chord.
On the other hand, there are some chords that only require one note. For example, in a major chord you only need to play the middle note (A) in order to play the A chord.
When you are playing a minor chord, you only need to play the root note, so it is called a major chord.
Sometimes, you may not be sure if you should play an open or closed chord in this position.
The main thing to remember is that there is no need to play a perfect chord unless you are playing a minor chord (in which case you play the C note).
For example, playing a chord with a C note in this position means that you need to play an open chord (A) if you want to play a minor chord (F) or an open chord (D) if you want to play a major chord (E).
This can make learning chords on the piano easier and more efficient, as you only have to remember one note in order to play the chord.
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