Welcome to the Piano Chords page. The material here is presented for various levels of piano skill. So if something is too easy for you, go through it once, or skip it. When you find something that makes sense and is useful to you, go over it until it's very familiar. Use the sound clips to train your ear; to build your understanding of chords.
By listening to the sound clips on this page and then the chord progressions page, you'll be led, gradually, to more sound examples of how music chords can affect the melody. If you want to skip ahead you can go directly to the Music Chords page. If you want a piano chord finder visit the Piano Chord Finder page.
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Let's briefly touch on basics. Chords can have three, four, five, or more notes sounding at the same time. In rare cases two notes can make a chord. We will be using three note chords, called triads; and four note chords for now. So let's listen to some examples.
Here are a few major chords:
Take your time. Listen as many times as you may need to get comfortable and have a break if necessary.
Alright, here are a few minor chords:
Notice the difference in sound between the major and the minor. We call this difference the structure quality.
Remember, these triads and four note chords are presented here in basic form and in a random fashion in order to make it easy for the mind to absorb the sound and structure quality.
Now, let's see if you can tell the difference between major and minor chords. Take out a piece of paper, and as you listen to the following clip write down your answers. To make it easy, you may want to use 'M' for major, and 'm' for minor. The answers are in the text file following the clip. Once again, in order to accommodate the various musical levels of people visiting this website, we will use a slow to medium pace for this little test.
So, how did you do? If it was easy as pie, good for you. If you got some and missed some, that's pretty normal for starters. If you were totally lost, simply review the previous clips of all majors, and all minors.
Please remember, there are many types of piano chords, or keyboard chords, and ear training is a huge subject. We only touched on things here in the course of learning basic chord structure qualities. Ear training is one of those funny subjects. It can be mysterious and baffling. However, if you take the time to condition yourself, it can become a simple game.
A good next step would be Chord Progressions. The played up clip is more musical and will help with understanding harmony.
If you feel like learning a little exercise that is simple and adaptable to various levels of difficulty, visit Play Piano By Ear. It's one of the best tips to learn and utilize for all levels of ability, and can prove practical when learning piano chords.
Choose-piano-lessons.com will break things down nicely and give you more of a visual, clearly laid out.
Musicarta.com also has free online piano lessons which teach the essential chords in a key and show you how to play around with them creatively.
Looking to keep your piano keys clean and operating well? Have a quick look at Piano Keys.
Thinking of looking for a chord chart? Read this first and make good use of your time.