Keyboard Chords For Beginners

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  • 1. KEYBOARD CHORDS FOR BEGINNERSChords are a combination of three notes on the keyboard. When struck down at the same time, theysound great!Chords are the root and base of all music, and learning chords as a beginner is the perfect place tostart, as you will take this knowledge with you as you develop as a keyboard player, and be able toadapt them and play them in various different ways, including using them as a melody line, orbulking out the bass, or playing them in a style which would allow a singer in a band to accompanyyou.You have two common chord types in Music. One is called a Major chord, and the other is called aMinor Chord.An easy way to differentiate between the chords is that Major chords are described as happysounding chords and Minor chords are described as sad sounding chords.When the two are combined they create great music. Many pop, rock and classical songs are basedon major and minor chords.For example using just three major chords such as C Major F Major and G Major will create a 12 barblues. Artists such as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis have used this in their songs.You can write a classic pop and rock song using a small selection of chords, and many artists havedone so and created some classic hits by working their songs out on just chords. Once they have thepattern they expand and add to this to create a brilliant song.An easy formula to remember to work out any major or minor chord is to do the following –MAJOR CHORDS – R + 4 + 3.MINOR CHORDS – R + 3 + 4R stands for your root note, so the note of the chord you are working out. Then you will climb fouror three steps depending on if you are working out a Major or Minor chord, then a further four orthree steps once again depending on which chord you would be working out.Some common Major chords to practice as a beginner are: -D MAJOR – The notes in this are D F# A.A MAJOR – The notes in this are A C# E.G MAJOR – The notes in this are G B D.
  • 2. Some common Minor chords to practice as a beginner are: -D MINOR – The notes in this are D F AA MINOR - The notes in this are A C EG MINOR – The notes in this are G Bb DSuggested fingering to use when playing any chords are: -Right hand – 1 is your thumb 3 5 – being your little finger.Left hand – 5 is your little finger 3 1 being your thumb.Alternative fingering you could use is: -Right hand – 1 2 4Left hand – 5 2 1Remember this might feel a bit abnormal to start with but once you get use to how it feels it willbecome natural to you.Another thing to consider when learning chords is that you can invert them and swap the orderaround in which you play the chords.This can be used for a couple of reasons including making the transitions smoother between chords,and the gap between them closer.Another is to change the tone and sound of the chord. Have a go yourself and you will hear thedifference.It can take many years of practice to reach the standard to be able play your own one hour songrepertoire on piano or keyboard.But what if there was a simple method that could show any beginner how to do it in just 12 days?Find out how it’s done...Easy Keyboard Lessons