The term chord
piano is a general musician's term referring to an approach to
piano study, which is based on knowledge of chords.
their simplest permutation, are three piano keys stacked one
upon the other, vertically. Think of them as groups of piano
keys, played simultaneously.
The validity of
this approach is universal and applies to all styles at the
Chords are the
elemental organizing element of music. If you know six or seven
basic chords and their permutations, you can navigate most
popular music. If a six year old can do it, anyone can do it.
So if you see
someone offering to teach you piano with a method based on
chords, it is likely a valid approach, for one can hardly go
wrong imitating the chord progressions of the greats. Every
great song can be reduced to an essence of chords, which is
But before you
can string groups of chords together into a "song,"
you'll need as much knowledge as you can about the individual
Chords are very
easy to distinguish visually at the piano, for the piano is
essentially an analogue: there is one key for every one of
EIGHT-EIGHT pitches or tones, unlike the guitar where one must
fashion thousands of chords out of just SIX strings. It is for
this reason that composers are almost always pianists.
arranged in groups, to form "chord progressions," much
like the building blocks of a sentence: subject, verb, and
progressions, in popular music at least, are usually very
limited. In other words, many songs use only three or four, and
six or seven is a maximum. You can see it wouldn't be hard to
handle three or four groups of keys, especially when they fit
your hand and fingers rather well once you get used to them.
Another plus of
the chord approach is that melodies are almost always fashioned
from the very notes of the chords which support them, making
them easy to remember in groups of notes rather than as an
endless stream of single notes.
disadvantage of the chord approach is that it does not deal with
the melody itself, which can only be expressed as single notes.
For this reason, regardless of your involvement in the chord
approach, you will still have to learn how to read music unless
you use a sophisticated starter method like PIANO BY NUMBER.
reward of chord study is that the secrets of musical
construction are laid bare before you.
There is a
satisfying logical, intellectual and emotional engagement to
chords, which is hard to describe until you play one.
Put two or
three chords together and you're hooked.
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