What are the Piano Chords, how do you play Piano Chords ?
If you are learning piano, you may ask about Piano Chords. What are chords? What are Piano Chords? How do you Play Piano Chords? What fingers do you use to play piano chords? This section will attempt to answer these questions.
What is a chord?
A chord in music theory is a set of two or more notes which are played together. The chord would form harmony in music or can support the overlying melody. Chords are divided into types, such as major chords, minor chords, 7th, Major 7th, Diminished chords, augmented chords, suspended chords and many more.
How do you construct a Chord?
In order to construct a chord you need to know what is involved in each chord type.The chord of C Major includes the root note of C, the 3rd note E and the 5th note G. In order to make a C minor chord, it is the same but you flatten the 3rd note (reduce by one semi-tone) and this becomes Eb. In order to make C7 chord, you have the usual C E G combination but add a 7th note of Bb.
Now that you know how to construct the C chord the pattern is the same for any other note, e.g. D. The chord of D Major includes the root note of D, the 3rd note F# and the 5th note A. In order to make a D minor chord, it is the same but you flatten the 3rd note (reduce by one semi-tone) and this becomes F. In order to make D7 chord, you have the usual D F# A combination but add a 7th note of C.
o for each chord type, eg. Major, Minor, Diminished, 7th, Major7th – you need to understand the pattern. After that, you just move the chord to whichever root it should be played at.
How do you play piano chords?
If you can understand the theory of the first two points above, playing a chord on a piano should be easier. Knowing the notes and the patterns will certainly make it easier. To play a piano chord, simply play all the notes in the chord at the same time. The chord will need to be played with specific fingers, in order to make it easier to play. e.g. the piano chord of CMaj would be played on the right hand with Thumb, 2nd finger and 4th finger. As you learn your piano chords, you will learn the right piano fingerings for each chord.
How to I learn all the Piano Chords?
I have created a script which will show you all of the piano chords you will need. The Piano Chordmap has 420 chords , all the piano chords from A to G#.
Click the link below to view the Piano Chordmap