If you have recently bought a piano, along with its very own upright piano cover cloth or Steinway piano cover, it is time to learn how to play piano chords. Learning how to play chords on the piano can seem difficult at first, but it's really not as hard as it seems. In this blog post, we will provide a basic introduction to how to play piano chords for beginners. We will also provide some tips on how to make the learning process easier for you. So if you're interested in learning how to master beginner piano chords, keep reading!
In music, a chord is simply two or more notes played together. Chords can be played on any type of instrument, but we will focus specifically on how to play them on the piano. Basic piano chords are usually named after the root note, which is the note that the chord is built upon. For example, if you build a chord off of the note C, it would be called a C chord.
The most common types of chords are major and minor chords. Major chords are typically made up of three notes: the root note, the third note above it in scale, and the fifth note above it in scale. A minor chord consists of the root note, the flattened third above it in scale, and the fifth note above it in scale. There are also other types of chords, such as an augmented chord and a diminished chord, but we will focus on major and minor chords for now.
To build a major or minor chord, you simply need to know the chord symbol. For example, a C major chord would be written as CMAJ, while a C minor chord would be written as CMIN. Once you know the chord symbols, you can begin building chords on the piano.
Start by finding the root note of the chord you want to play. The root note is always going to be the first note in the chord symbol. So for our CMAJ example, we would start by finding a C note on the piano. Once you've found the root note, play the third and fifth notes above it in scale to complete the chord.
If you're having trouble finding the third and fifth notes, don't worry! There is a helpful trick that you can use. If you're building a major chord, simply move up two keys from the root note. So if our root note was C, we would move up to an E major chord. Then, move up another key to find the fifth note. In this example, we would end on a G major chord. For minor chords, the process is similar - just flatten (or lower) the third note by one semitone. So if our root note was C, we would move up to Eb (E flat). Then, move up another key to find the fifth note.
Now that you know how to build chords on the piano, you can start practising some basic chord progressions. A chord progression is simply a series of chords played in order. One of the most popular chord progressions is known as the CAGED system, which uses the chords C, E, G, A, and D. To play this progression, simply start with a C chord and play through each chord in order.
Once you're comfortable with the CAGED system, try experimenting with other progressions. Chord progressions are a great way to add interest to your playing and make your music sound more complex.
We hope that this blog post has been helpful in teaching you how to play chords on the piano. If you're still struggling, don't hesitate to reach out to a piano teacher or take some online lessons. With a little practice, you'll be playing chords like a pro in no time!