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CHORD PIANO METHOD

The term chord piano is a general musician's term referring to an approach to piano study, which is based on knowledge of chords.

Chords, in 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 piano. 

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 easily imitated.

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.

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.

Chords are arranged in groups, to form "chord progressions," much like the building blocks of a sentence: subject, verb, and object.

Chord 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. 

The one 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.

The ultimate 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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By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2011 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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