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Great technique for learning your chords

Post by Admin Andrew on Wed May 14, 2008 5:44 am

There's a great way to get all the chords "in" your fingers, what you do is take your RH for example, then play C, E, G, C with 1 2 3 5 play them all together. That's C major's chord, now take every note you just played, and CAREFULLY go up a semi tone with every single note. You should now be on Db, F, Ab, Db still with 1 2 3 5 keep doing this up every note until you get back to C. There you've just played the chords for every major scale in existence! Cool hey? You can practice that every day and you'll become pro with your chords!

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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by Adelbert0923 on Wed May 14, 2008 5:53 am

Thanks Great Teacher Andrew....it helps me with my practice...coz' Im still a beginner....... Razz
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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by Thomandy on Wed May 14, 2008 10:34 am

Good one =) Ill start doing that Very Happy
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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by Admin Andrew on Wed May 14, 2008 5:25 pm

I think i'll make a video about it soon Smile

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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by VictorCS on Wed May 14, 2008 6:00 pm

You should, because I need to learn how to built my chords, not only play em.....
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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by Thomandy on Wed May 14, 2008 7:14 pm

VictorCS wrote:You should, because I need to learn how to built my chords, not only play em.....

There are a lesson on building major and minor chords ... It is easy =) go check it out, dont remember the lesson number.
But youll find it! =)
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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by Admin Andrew on Wed May 14, 2008 8:24 pm

thomandy wrote:
VictorCS wrote:You should, because I need to learn how to built my chords, not only play em.....

There are a lesson on building major and minor chords ... It is easy =) go check it out, dont remember the lesson number.
But youll find it! =)

Yea, I did make a lesson on building chords, i think it was #25 but i'm not 100% sure

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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by maggiekedves on Thu May 15, 2008 4:14 am

Admin Andrew wrote:I think i'll make a video about it soon Smile

That will be good Id like to see it.
I actually kind of figured that method by myself... but it is not perfect... Im ok until I get from C to B but after it is a mess. ( So I actually not going up half notes... I go C D E F G A B... and after would come the sharps and such... )

To be exact I play a scale 1-2-3-4-5 then 5-4-3-2-1 then 1-3-5 then 5-3-1 and finally the chord 1 & 3 & 5 together... I kind of call it arpeggio scale... but is this right? because I saw people who somehow went further to the next octave... anyway I guess I will see how you think it should look like...

Do you think the strict half notes is a better approach?
Looking forward to see it...
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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by Thomandy on Thu May 15, 2008 4:20 am

Well maggie, if you go up whole tones you will be missing several chords. By going up semitones you are learning ALL the chords! =)
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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by maggiekedves on Thu May 15, 2008 4:39 am

thomandy wrote:Well maggie, if you go up whole tones you will be missing several chords. By going up semitones you are learning ALL the chords! =)
I would go up on the black keys too... but only after the white keys... is it so weird?
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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by Admin Andrew on Thu May 15, 2008 5:01 am

maggiekedves wrote:
thomandy wrote:Well maggie, if you go up whole tones you will be missing several chords. By going up semitones you are learning ALL the chords! =)
I would go up on the black keys too... but only after the white keys... is it so weird?

Well, it's probably easier in the long run if you do everything chromatically (going up from C-C#-D-D#-E-F-F# etc)

Find the first chord and then just move every note up one semi tone Smile that way you get all the chords and once you're playign them you can memorize them and let your muscle memory remember them for you as well

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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by maggiekedves on Thu May 15, 2008 5:18 am

Admin Andrew wrote:
maggiekedves wrote:
thomandy wrote:Well maggie, if you go up whole tones you will be missing several chords. By going up semitones you are learning ALL the chords! =)
I would go up on the black keys too... but only after the white keys... is it so weird?

Well, it's probably easier in the long run if you do everything chromatically (going up from C-C#-D-D#-E-F-F# etc)

Find the first chord and then just move every note up one semi tone Smile that way you get all the chords and once you're playign them you can memorize them and let your muscle memory remember them for you as well

Well first let me see how you do it Wink So my visual memory can remember too not only my muscles...

Otherwise the reason for me to learn in this way because those are the easier for me... I have harder time remembering the sharp ones... ( plus probably I would use more often the "easier" scales... ) At least that is what I was thinking...
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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by alessio on Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:25 pm

For this exercise, for the LH is it correct 5-4-2-1 fingering ? Or it's better 5-3-2-1 ?
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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by Amro on Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:27 pm

I'll Try This Cool
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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by Rayman on Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:23 pm

I'm glad I found this thread - it's been something that has puzzled me. I'll add it to the growing list of things I must do.

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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by Benoit on Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:02 am

alessio wrote:For this exercise, for the LH is it correct 5-4-2-1 fingering ? Or it's better 5-3-2-1 ?

I would like how to do the exercice with the left hand too!

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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by pianochris on Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:13 pm

Nice suggestion and I would imagine it would be good to quicken the pace as well as it would probably strengthen your wrist action. In addition, try and ensure that none of the notes are accentuated - then work on accenting a specific finger. It'll be good to do with the 5th finger as this tends to be the weakest, especially when compared to the 3rd.

Also, do LH and RH together.

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Re: Great technique for learning your chords

Post by ZoologyGirl on Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:18 pm

This is a great technique! I just started learning piano at the beginning of this month and when i first got to chords I thought "I'm never going to be able to get these down"... (I know, I'm such a pessimist Smile ) But now just a few weeks into it I can definitely tell I have improved. My hands and brain are a lot better and quicker at being able to find the correct notes. My left hand is lagging a little behind, but not too much. I would suspect that in the next month and beyond I should improve even more.
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