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Post by Erikai on Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:29 am

I'm new here and I've always wanted to play piano like a real pianist, but I never had a teacher to teach me music theory in a way I can remember it. I already play by ear really well because my first instrument was flute. I would like to get to know piano good enough to make well written songs, as I do on the flute.

I look at music like patterns, and if someone tries to explain it anyother way, I get lost. I know that there is a pattern for everything in music, but the new teacher I have now just wont tell me for some reason, so I would like it very much it someone would tell me the patterns to every type of chord using patters with tones and semi-tones.


  • Triad: I was told to start on whatever note I wanted, count 4 semi-tones for the second note, and 3 more semi-tones for the third note.
  • Sixth:
  • Seventh:
  • Extended:
  • Added Tone:
  • Suspended:
  • A major chord:
  • A minor chord:
  • Augmented chord:
  • A diminished chord:
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Post by pianohama on Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:02 am

Learn scales first. Then learn chords... After you've done this take a natural scale and see how many different chords you can fit in there without going out of the scale. This is how you start learning harmony. Good luck
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Post by Erikai on Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:24 am

I now all of my scales from playing the flute, but I memorized the pattern to them on piano also. I know it sounds crazy, but when I look at a piano I don't see scales, chords, or notes poppig up at me, I only see the patterns.
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Post by Thomandy on Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:23 am

Erikai wrote:I now all of my scales from playing the flute, but I memorized the pattern to them on piano also. I know it sounds crazy, but when I look at a piano I don't see scales, chords, or notes poppig up at me, I only see the patterns.

Yeah, you got to approach it as YOU feel best! Smile And if You feel that you now want to learn the chords in this way, that a great way to do it and that you allready got the scales down is Great Smile

But when you say you see patterns, thats sort of what everyone does? When I see the C major scale on my piano, I see the pattern on how it moves to know that its a C major scale. So if you can do that comparasing from the pattern to the name, what you really do see is a C-Major scale. Isnt it?? Or am I seeing it in a different way? Smile

I cant give you those chords though, but I know there is a great site somewhere, written in a Scale-Topic somewhere that you can look up, or if anyone knows where to find it. There you can choose what scale and chords you want to explore simply by jumping from the one to another, with Great overlook over the patterns aswell Smile
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Post by pianohama on Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:55 pm

Erikai wrote:I now all of my scales from playing the flute, but I memorized the pattern to them on piano also. I know it sounds crazy, but when I look at a piano I don't see scales, chords, or notes poppig up at me, I only see the patterns.

you will get to the patterns eventually. when I say learn scales i mean that you should be able to look at the piano and be able to see most of the scales immediately.

just trust me on this. take a scale and see how many different chords you can fit in there
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Re: The Patterns to All Chords?

Post by Erikai on Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:22 pm

pianohama wrote:

you will get to the patterns eventually. when I say learn scales i mean that you should be able to look at the piano and be able to see most of the scales immediately.

just trust me on this. take a scale and see how many different chords you can fit in there

Even if I did that, I wont know what the name of the chords are, or what type of chords they are. So how will that help me at all?
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Post by Thomandy on Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:44 pm

Erikai wrote:
Even if I did that, I wont know what the name of the chords are, or what type of chords they are. So how will that help me at all?

But you said you know the scales? Its a good thing to know scales, and it will be easyer to learn chords after you know the scales!! Smile Like a major chord in a C-Major is: 1st - 3rd - 5th (C - E - G) and there are formuals for every chord if you go to that site ai was talking about, you can see the patterns on how to find any chord in any scale! Smile

Okay, I found it! If you want to learn chords ect its all here Smile
But if you dont havnt learned scales on the piano, you should Smile

Here you go Smile

http://www.pianoworld.com/fun/vpc/piano_chords.htm
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Re: The Patterns to All Chords?

Post by Erikai on Fri Dec 12, 2008 7:41 pm

Thomandy wrote:
Okay, I found it! If you want to learn chords ect its all here Smile

Here you go Smile

http://www.pianoworld.com/fun/vpc/piano_chords.htm

Thanks, that's just what I needed. Very Happy
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Re: The Patterns to All Chords?

Post by Thomandy on Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:21 pm

Erikai wrote:
Thomandy wrote:
Okay, I found it! If you want to learn chords ect its all here Smile

Here you go Smile

http://www.pianoworld.com/fun/vpc/piano_chords.htm

Thanks, that's just what I needed. Very Happy

No problem Smile Its my pleasure to help Smile
And Good Luck Smile
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