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Different ways of playing chords on piano?

Post by greatman05 on Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:08 am

My question is the title. However, what I mean is that I want to know the different ways you can articulate a chord besides arpeggiating and block chords. I see and hear people who play piano chords in really interesting ways, and I want to learn how they do that. Thanks for any insight you can provide! Smile

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Post by Matthieu Stepec on Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:32 am

Maybe what you mean is the way to play chords by stressing single notes within it, in order to change their general sound... To control this, you need to play chords with your fingertips (don't use your arms to press the keys) and try to feel each note in it. By developing this ability you should attain a wider spectrum of possible sounds.
Of course, as for all technique (especially regarding sound control), this works only on an acoustic piano...

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Hello there

Post by majesticglaze on Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:02 am

Hi there friend,

Hello, here's my video on youtube: I used mostly all chords in there and I hope it helps you by watching it... You will know what the other guy is trying to tell you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBCuaTbVoVk

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Post by Matthieu Stepec on Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:16 am

Hello!

I don't know if you meant that your video was going to show what I was trying to explain... It's not, obviously.
Nice playing, though! I agree with the comment you've got on youtube: you need a pedal; but I'd add that maybe you should try to make it more legato with your fingers already: it's a good exercise.
This means that, although your chords progressions are nice, you should think of playing them in a more "narrow" way (i.e. less than an octave) and try to bind everything with your fingers.

Good job.

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Post by majesticglaze on Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:43 am

Hi there,

Thank you very much for your advice and comment. Smile But I do have a question though, when you said play it in a narrow way what do you mean by that? What do you mean by playing it in less octave? Thanks Smile

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Post by Matthieu Stepec on Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:35 am

What I meant was to keep your chords narrower than an octave, to reduce movents. For example if you play a F#7 chord, try to play only A# C# E in the right hand, with F# in the bass (left hand). That's just an example of course; what I mean is that you could reduce your movements a lot, arpeggiate less (or if you arpeggiate your chords, use it to play the upper voice legato by holding it.) and achieve a better legato overall without a sustain pedal.

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Post by yokewong on Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:46 pm

greatman05 wrote:My question is the title. However, what I mean is that I want to know the different ways you can articulate a chord besides arpeggiating and block chords. I see and hear people who play piano chords in really interesting ways, and I want to learn how they do that. Thanks for any insight you can provide! Smile

There are many different ways of playing chords on the piano. The basic ones are triads and their inversions. For example, you can play a C triad. C/E/G or 1st inversion E/G/C or 2nd inversion G/C/E. You can add “color” to the triads by adding another note. In order to do this, you will have to understand scales, intervals and harmony. For example, you can build 7th on all the chords. If you are playing the C major triad, you can add “color” by playing C major 7th, or C dom 7 (which is a flat 7). Besides the 7th, you can add different notes to get the “color” that you are looking for. For example, C major 9 or C 69, C13, etc.

Another thing to do is to omit certain notes, like the 5th. You can always just play a C and E instead of the full triad, C/E/G.

You can also try comping different rhythmic patterns, or half arpeggios and then block chords. Using different bass patterns in your left hand can also help give you a different feel.

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