Below you can print out a piano chords chart and learn more about how to play chord
Use the chart in this way:
The chart displays how to play the most common basic chords in all 12 keys in root position: Major, minor, diminished, seventh chord and major seventh chord.
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Try it out now on a piece you probably know!:
Beatles- Yellow submarine.
When you start to learn piano chords, I recommend that you get a “Fake book” with great songs to practice playing chords and making (faking) your own accompaniments.
A chord consists of three or more notes played together.
The notes of a chord in root position are all spaced an interval of a third apart.
You actually “build” chords by stacking thirds on top of each other.
Depending on if the thirds are major (big) or minor (small) and in what order they are stacked, you get different types of chords.
The most common chords are either three-note or four-note chords
Three note chords (or Triads):
The 7th chord is a four note chord. It has a root, a third, a fifth and a seventh. Starting from the root:
When using for example a “Fake book” you play chords and melody following a lead sheet. A lead sheet has only the melody written with notes (or only lyrics), and above it the chords are written as chord symbols; Cmaj7, Eb dim., Bm for example.
If you already know the melody, you only need the lyrics and the chords.
You can either sing the melody of the song (or have someone else sing it!) and make up your own accompaniment, or pick out the melody in one hand and play the chords in the other.
Have a look at the piano chords chart above when you need to remind yourself how to play the chords.
However- the chords in the above chart are only in root position. Make sure to check out the lesson about how to play piano chord inversions to see how you can change the position of the chord for smooth transitions from one chord to the next!
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