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Baffled by piano chords? Use my shapes shortcut - Amazing reviews, 11000 students and 97% approval!

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Lessons in This Class

28 Lessons (1h 32m)
    • 1. Intro vid piano

    • 2. Anchoring ourselves

    • 3. Using our anchor to work out other note names

    • 4. What is a chord and how do we make one

    • 5. PIcket fences and triangles

    • 6. Explain table what's to come

    • 7. Minor chords

    • 8. First song to play!

    • 9. Working out the names of black notes

    • 10. Sharp and flat Chords

    • 11. 7th chords

    • 12. Minor 7th chords

    • 13. Maj 7th Chords

    • 14. Table with 7ths

    • 15. Better left hand

    • 16. Arpeggio' s

    • 17. Passing note's

    • 18. Run up's and down

    • 19. Augmented chords finished

    • 20. Diminished chords

    • 21. Sus chords and that table all filled in!

    • 22. Using beats and bars to work out when to play chords

    • 23. Putting it all together

    • 24. Chord inversions

    • 25. Johnny Cash's Hurt

    • 26. Sam Smith's stay with me

    • 27. Skinny love bon iver/birdy

    • 28. Imagine John Lennon

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Baffled by piano chords? Here's how it should be explained, no notation/scales - just easy to remember shape shortcuts

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“I am just blown away by this. I am kicking myself that I did not know this sooner. I would have been playing piano for years by now if I'd realised how easy it would be"....Would you like to know the four simple shortcuts that changed everything for her?

Using intuitively simple shapes and patterns, discover how to play songs in just an hour (side stepping common barriers to playing, such as having to read music). Designed to be just long enough to give you exactly the knowledge you need, yet manageably short enough that you actually complete it (no filler) it really is possible in just one hour to learn enough to have a lifetime of fun and enjoyment actually playing. I know it's a really tall claim, the reviews

But is it proper music? Well, that depends what you want to get out of it. Many people's experiences of being taught music are ones of being made to feel 'unmusical'. That's because the dominant form of piano teaching is focussed on first knowing how to read music. We remove that barrier enabling people to experience the joy of playing incredibly quickly and easily, you can use this method to play any song you want, if you don't think that's 'proper' music because you're not reading the notes then that's ok, this isn't for you, but generations of rock, electronic, country, pop, folk musicians would probably disagree with you.

All songs you hear are made up of chords. They are the building blocks of songs. If you know enough chords you can play any song. After doing the course you'll know how to play 48 of them and we do it in under an hour.

"I am confident I could sit down at a keyboard and play any of the 48 chords covered, instantly without needing to refer to these videos; now I know the system. If you'd love to learn to play the keyboard or piano, this is for you. You will be playing all of your favourite songs in no time at all."

To put that into a little perspective you can actually use the same four chords (IN THE SAME ORDER) to play thousands of songs (you'll learn how to do that if you take the course).

"Making something that appears extremely complicated into something simple and understandable is an art. This course is the first I have ever done that had me hooked from the first minute, and Simon is a superb instructor. Student

I'm a professional musician with 20 years top flight experience, four record contracts, years of international touring, and major festival appearances. I stopped touring and started teaching finding that I was really good at explaining quite complicated concepts in ways that anyone can understand. Now highly in demand, I've set up this course to be able to share that knowledge wider

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What are the requirements?

  • No prior music experience needed
  • If you have a piano or a keyboard then great!
  • If you don't, it's not a problem just download a simple piano app onto your phone or Ipad and see if it works for you before investing in a keyboard

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 15 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • A Manageable condensed course that's full of content and no filler, getting the job at hand done as quickly and easily as possible.
  • Learn every note on the keyboard in 5 minutes
  • Intuitively understand how to play chords, the building blocks of the vast majority of songs
  • Have the independence and knowledge to search the internet for the chords of the songs they love, and be able to play them!
  • Be able to play Major, Minor, Sharp, Flat and 7th chords
  • Develop independence with your left hand
  • Be able to improvise on the Piano, no written music needed
  • Be able to build your own chord progressions, even write your own songs
  • Read a chord chart
  • Have a world of fun and satisfaction inherent in being able to play a musical instrument opened up for them

What is the target audience?

  • For beginners
  • Didn't get on with music lessons at school but would love to play - This is for you
  • Anyone who wants to feel great about themselves finaly realising their ambition to play a musical instrument!
  • Not for advanced players

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Simon Glenister

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I have 20 years experience as an internationally touring musician. I've been lucky enough to have had 4 record contracts and appeared at major festivals all around the world. I've helped hundreds of people to realise that actually they can play an instrument, it's not an impossibility and it can be a lot of fun, and it can make you feel great about yourself.

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1. Intro vid piano: Hi, everybody. It's Simon here. I have your all keeping safe in these very, very old corona virus influence times. Um, which to introduce myself. Eso I've been teaching online for about five or six years now, and I've taught thousands of people to play the piano using my shapes technique with some fabulous fabulous results. Um, people have been really surprised about how simple this convey be a za process, I think often the piano's tour in a way that's designed to make people Western classical music players on. That's a very complicated thing to achieve and quite difficult where it actually just to be able to do what 99% of people wanted to you, which is just a knock out a song at a keyboard. That's actually really, really very easy to do. Okay, I'm gonna show you how to do it. So you need to be clear. This is for beginners. People have not played before. It doesn't matter. If you actually got a piano, you can just use an iPad and a free piano. Happy if you haven't, But it is absolutely for beginners, and it's not designed to make you an amazing classical music player. It wont to do that. But if you want to sit down and I don't knock out Beatles tune or an Ellen John June or or track you've heard on the radio and know how to do that and know how to learn to do it, I know where to go to find the information tea. After that, then this is absolutely the course for you. Um, I think people's brains are designed to learn in certain ways, and one of the ways that brains are designed to learn is to make sense of patterns on what I've developed on what I delivering. The course is a very, very simple, shapes based way of understanding how to play. Courts and cords are the fundamental building block of songs. Every song you hear has a few chords repeating okay on. That's what we're teaching. You were teaching you the ability to be able to really easily be able to play hundreds of different courts so that there, by the end of this course, there are literally or will literally be hundreds of thousands of songs that you can play, which is really exciting, right? Imagine that, you know, if you're somebody who's always wanted to be able to play the piano. Genuinely. Now you can. And if you look at some of the feedback at the end of this video, you'll hear from other people who have had exactly that experience that could massively surprised actually how simple it can be. There's a whole bunch of other stuff in the course. Aziz well will teach you some techniques to make you sound really advanced. Really, really quickly. There's a court direction, eri, so that you can check if you're playing the right chords. You'll understand where to go on the Internet to find the information to find the cords for the songs that you want to play, you'll be able to understand how to interpret that information and had to practice it in a way so that yet you'll be up and running and playing their songs that you want to really, really quickly. So I hope that's exciting for you. If it is and you really, really hope you do want to become someone who can actually play the piano, and I want you to be as surprised as so many other people about how simple that could be. Just hit the subscribe button on. I'll see you in the course 2. Anchoring ourselves: Hi. Thank you for joining me. Okay. So, uh, I'm gonna teach for the piano. I'm not gonna do most of it. In about an hour. When people first see a keyboard and they haven't had an experience, they tend to be quite nervous. It makes people feel a little bit scared. I think it looks really, really complicated. My job is to demystify this for you. Okay. And the way I am going to do that is by using shapes and patterns, okay? Because they're a really good way getting quite complicated things across, right. I think our brains work really, really well with shapes and patterns. So here is a pattern that I want you to see if you can recognize you. Ready to back? Notes. Three black notes. Two black notes. 3 to 3 to 3 to 3. Goes all the way across the panic. Now, I don't know what you've got in front of you. You may have a keyboard. You may have a piano. You may have an iPad or a phone with with an app on it. All of those are fantastic. And they will all have that same pattern. I think to 3 to 3 to 3 to 3. For the moment, I want you to just concentrate on a group of three. Okay. Doesn't matter which one. And I want you to think about what shape those three black notes bring up for you. Differences. When I look at a group of three black notes for May, it looks a little bit like an M. Okay, it might be the McDonald's logo might be the monster energy drink logo, but it looks a bit like an M for me. Why not be for you? And it doesn't matter as long as it brings up some kind of shape for you. But for me, it's an M. So I'm gonna use that as an example. So tucked up on the inside of the M on the right hand side is this key here. Okay, you see if you can find that key booth reason I'm interested in that King is because it's the key A and we're gonna use it as our anchor. Delighted to be able to work out the names of all the other notes on the inside right of the shape for three keys for me is a veteran old note a 3. Using our anchor to work out other note names: you may have had some experience of somebody teaching me piano. You might have had some stuff done at school. And people tend Teoh in a sort of mawr western classical piano type of scenario. Always start with C. And I could never work out why I never made any sense to me. Surely it makes more sense to start with a because the first letter of the alphabet, right, which is a clue, right? So if this is a here, we go deeper. Relax. And I ask you a very, very difficult intellectual question. Are you ready? If this is a what's that gonna be be? Yes. Thank right. Hey, be see d e f g. We're back to again. Okay? Tucked up on the inside of the end. So what's interesting about that is, although this looks really, really complicated and there's lots off it. Actually, we were only trying to learn that much of the keyboard, because then it repeats itself. Okay. Okay, so we're actually only Durning. 1234567 notes before the whole thing starts to repeat itself. We don't need to learn all that. We just need to learn one of them because if we learned one of them, we learned all of them. Okay? Waken use that little A to anchor ourselves to find the other nights. It's not a race. We're not trying to do it quickly, but it's a great way to work out what the other notes called. So, for instance right, uh, let me just close my eyes and randomly here key. Okay, So I keep I don't know what it is. What I can do is I can go back to my nearest a and count up. Hey, it's if And if I look at where it is in relation to that pattern of two and three black notes is on the outside of the group of three. So that means that must be in F as well. That must. That must be in there by yourself. Randomly pick something. OK, find the nearest A a B c d e. OK, but if that's an eve was it is on the outside of the group of to back. That must be It must be basically within a couple of minutes. What we've done is allow you to work out the name of every night 4. What is a chord and how do we make one: Okay, You came back. Um, so we've taught you all the names the next. Now what we're gonna do is teach you what to do with that. Um, so some of you may or some of you may not have heard of the word courts courts. All it means is a bunch of notes that sound nice together. Okay. It's not very, very complicated. Cords are used to build songs, okay? They're like the building blocks that make up songs. So that's what we're gonna be doing. We're gonna be teaching you how to play the building blocks of songs and knowing what the names of the Knights is really useful for doing that. So, uh, let's start. If I wanted to play a C chord, what might the first note of a C chord be? Clue is in the name. Okay, we're looking for C to begin with us the first note in our C chord. So we start from a count up AP thirties. There's our C now to find the next note that works well with C. To be in accord we have to do is count this way. Count up the keyboard. Four keys. Now we don't count the one we've started with the sea because we've already got it. But every other key we come to you whether it's black or white. We do count, and we gonna count four that way. 1234 Okay, we pressed them both together. Nice noises. OK, now, now we've got that. The next note that also sounds nice with them to find that what we have to do is count three nights carrying on that way. So 123 There's a court we find name, but the note for the court we want to place. I want to play a sequel. So I found I catched up four from the C 1234 And then I counted 3123 Way pretty easy. Um, again, I really like imagery for this kind of thing. Um, So I'm gonna try and put a picture in your head to help you remember that formula, cause that formula is the crux of everything we're teaching you. Okay, so the first see that we were finding cause he wants to pay a C chord. The first note of accord. It's sometimes called the route. Okay, It's a bit like, um, like tree right. The roots of where all its sustenance comes from. Okay, so with the court is the first first night in it. Okay. And then we got the 123 When I think about this to remember this, I think of those old London buses and those old London buses. The red ones are called route Master buses route route, master buses. And they often have the number of the route they're driving on in the front of them. So if you think often old London route Master bus driving Route 43. There it is, right coming towards you screaming and it's got a friend over 30 is Route 43 r 43. That's the image I'm remembering. That helps me remember that formula route for 3123 5. PIcket fences and triangles: Okay, so we've learned how to play a court. Yes. I'm looking some other ones. Okay, so we've done see. 123 Let's try. Okay, so we find a income ago a BCG. There it is. Way count. 41234 Thinking about bucks. Route 43 123 There is 23. Let's try it. Where G I being seen? G? 1234123 Thanks. Okay, okay. I've said already that I really like shapes. So what do you notice about these three shapes For 3/4? When I look at it is that's why I know that we hit a white knight that we've missed way. This is the same for that Geico. That shape to me reminds me of, uh, the white picket fence fences that you sometimes get outside houses, especially in America. Apparently, allegedly, um so yeah, so the on the on the video are all a white picket fence type shape. Now, remember, we're only trying to learn seven chords at the moment and three of them at the same shape. OK, let's play. Decode D is out of reach. Root for three. Remember the bus 123 This time, when I get to four, it's landed on a black note. But that's okay. It's still right because it's the fourth key going that way. Let me count. 3123 you know, but it's more of a triangle shape. It happens when we dio e start with a 1234 we have that ends up on a black notice. Well, one Teoh, Same shape. So a 1234 yet another triangle shape. So on and hey also allow the same shape. So if the seven chords were trying to learn at the moment, free in the shape three of the season be Hey, beat 1234 won t the same role signing different shape. But it's okay because we never played be anyway. Okay, really? The Beatles did it anyway. Okay. Okay, so there's seven courts. One de triangle shaped trying F one gene white picket fence. A A try anguishing be. I guarantee, if you just practice that five minutes a day within a week, you won't have to think about what sort of shape is. You will just know. Okay. Becomes really, really quick and As I said, these are the building blocks with which you can play songs, which is the really fun bit that we're gonna get to in a minute. 6. Explain table what's to come : before we move on to show you how to play songs. I just wanted to show you this table just so you get a bit of an idea about how much information you're gonna be getting from the course. We talked about major and minor chords on what the spaces of notes were between them, how we counted the root note and informed and three to make our major chords on how we just moved our middle finger down one to make sad cords. Minor chords which, if you count out, was actually root. Note three, then four. So it's kind of reversed. There are a whole bunch of other flavors of cords. For instance, courts called seventh chords and major seventh courts and minor seventh chords and augmented chords and diminished court sauce to called suss forecourt. All these different types of chords that you might come across what I'll be doing in the course is also giving you the formulas so that you can very, very simply work those out, but that are becoming later. For now, let's have a look at how we can use the information you already have to get you playing and having fun as quickly as possible, just using major and minor courts 7. Minor chords: Okay, So in about three minutes, we taught you to play seven courts. That's pretty cool. I think about that for a second. That's what. Impressive. Um, well done. Um, what I'm gonna do now is give you one more small piece of information on that. One piece of small information is going to double your cord repertoire from 7 to 14. On. With those 14 cords, you can literally play hundreds of thousands of songs. Okay, just let that settle in for a minute. Okay? So here we go. So far, all the courts I've taught you are what we would call major chords or, more simply, happy courts. Okay, Most songs that made up of a mixture of happy cords and sad courts, also known as minor chords. And that's what I'm going to show you how to change your happy chords that you already know into minor courts with one simple bit of information. So let's start with a C court. There it is. Let's see. White picket fence shapes starting at sea. So what is this amazing piece of information? What is this all you need to do to change from a happy court major to a sad called minor is take your middle finger and move it down. One key, one key doesn't matter If it's black on white that it's going to, it just moves down this way. One key to the left. Sad, happy, happy. The really cool thing is that that rule works for all of the courts, but I've already shown Okay, let's take a a white picket, fence shaped F court. If major happy, I make it an f minor called by moving out middle finger down. One key, the G I mean to say, with a triangle. Courses have a look Happy, happy from seven chords, uh, to 14 courts, making them all sad with those 14 cords. What I'm going to show you in the next video is how to go and find a song that you want to play on. Will use those 14 cords to get you playing straight way 8. First song to play!: Okay, so what are we actually going to do with all this information? Well, play songs is the idea, right? We know the names of the notes, we know how to make happy and sad codes may Germanic codes. What we need to do is find a song and the best way to find a song or how to play a song is to use the Internet, right? So I have typed in the name of a song that I like. In a minute. You can type in your own songs. But for now, bear with me because I'll tell you a couple of hints and tips that should make it a little bit easier. Okay, so the song I wanted to learn to play today is by Van Morrison and it's cold and it's stone me. Just a really nice so I like it. So I've types in the title and I've typed in the word chords, and I've hit return. And the first thing that's come up is a website called ultimate Okay, now, ultimate is a site where people upload the chords for songs almost immediately. Since that releases, it's a massive sigh with codes for pretty much every song you can think of. And a really lovely thing is like guitar quarter, actually exactly the same as Piano calls. Okay, they're made up of the same notes. So we can look at this and then use this and our knowledge of how we might quote to stop having fun playing songs. Okay, so let's click on it. Let's see what happens. Here we go. Okay, so I'm looking at, and it stoned main chords by Van Morrison. And it looks pretty simple as a G chord, D chord, C chord, G code Jie Guo De chord, C chord G. That's the same thing. Repeated. One to repeat it out. Then it repeats again. Then it repeats again. Ok, four times. I've just playing G, d, c, g. Always look for these sorts of repeating patterns. When you're learning songs, Muslims are made up of three or four coats repeated over and over. The thing to avoid is really, really complicated. Songs at the moment because we're just learning. You just want major chords and minor chords. Major chords on just the name of the court on their own. If it's got a little m after it, then it's a minor chord. Okay. Anything else? I would leave alone at the moment until we do a little bit more work. Three coats, pretty simple. Tablet. So it starts off with a big eventually, moves to a DIY triangle shape. Makes to a see, white picket fence. Makes it back to the g function. Just keeps doing. You'll notice I'm playing. I'm playing another just fills out of it. Sounds nice. So yeah. I think to give it a bit more movement, I'm going to play this hands a little bit more often. For this bit of the song. We're going to play each note twice. Keeping the spaces between the courts, really even tapping your foot might help keep you in time. Usually, you'll be able to play a chord either 12 or four times before changing to the next chord, C. What sounds right? Who makes? So once you get used to it, then if you want, you can maybe start thinking about singing as well from fishing. And then there's a chorus. And so we can start to break down the song. We've learned the verse already. The course is a minor. So if we play a shell and then make it a minor changes today, doesn't again, it goes to a D Triangle. Okay, you got the idea. Now, go and find some songs that you want to play, but just the ones with simple major and minor chords. Listen to them on Youtube, then play around with the rhythm. As you play with the courts. There is no right or wrong. Just make sure you have fun. But to come back to the course where we'll practice learning more songs, but looking at lots of other types of course that we can use and how we can spice up your plane. If this course is useful for you, please, please leave a review. It does make a huge difference to me. 9. Working out the names of black notes: so the black notes get their name from the white note there. Next. If a back note is above a white note, it gets its name from that white note and it's a shop. Okay, so it's not here is above sea. So it's a C Sean. It's black. Not here is above a D. So it gets its name from the D. But adds Shop D show. This note here is above an F. So it takes its name from the F on Dad's shop. Sharp F sharp. Thats one g shop because it's above the G, this one a show because it's above the A. OK, if a black note is below a white knight, then it's flat. But it also gets its name from the White Knight that it's Bill O. So this is a B making this B flat e black note below. It takes the A on ants flat, e flat, black minutes, but low. Why? No, it's flat. If it's a love what know it shop? Some of you will have noticed. That's some Black Knights have one knows that are both above and below. That's the slightly confusing thing, so it can be both think so. This one, for instance, can be both de shop, taking its name from the D. It's above Andi e flat, taking its name from the E, but it's below. Okay, so that's one here G that blows. That's a G flat that's above that's a G sharp, but it's also on a flat because that's a and it's below it. Okay, so it's a little bit confusing. Some black notes can be called to things. 10. Sharp and flat Chords: Okay, So, having gotten out the way understanding how we name the black notes if you want to play a court, the rules are exactly the same as for the major and minor chords that we've already talked about. So, for instance, if I wanted to play a C sharp court, the first thing I need to do is find the sea shop because that's the route. So there's the black note above a say so that see shop and all I do in exactly the same way we remember our bus bricked for three. 1234123 That's a C sharp court. If I want to make it a c sharp minor again in exactly the same way all I do state my middle finger, move it down one to make it a c sharp minor, this one. So this one is a DIY shop or any flapped spending on which one It is written that, uh so we find a DIY shop. Let me go. 1234123 We want to make it d sharp. Minor. We just move our middle finger down this one F shop 1234123 F sharp minor. Just move my middle thinking a flat. Hey, that's next to it. So below it. So it must be in a flat. 1234123 A flat minor. Which is what you get when you drop a planet down the shaft. A flat minor. So it's not complicated. It's just a question of knowing what the black notes are called, applying exactly the same rules that you have for the major miners, Okay? 11. 7th chords: Okay, so I said we'd start looking at some other types. Of course. Is what some other flavors of court. So far, we've talked about major chords and talked about minor calls. Happy and sad. There's a whole bunch of other ones as well, which I think I showed you in the table. Eso Let's start with seventh cause Okay, so seventh chords are just another note built on to the courts. We've already lead. So let's take a C court, which is Ah, white picket fence. Play like that. I'm gonna leave some fingers free up here. So again, you know this. But we build this by finding out route No, accounting for 1234 and then counting. 3123 Nothing major about that, but to make it 1/7 chord, which is what we're gonna talk right now, playing its seventh chord, we are going to count up a further three. So we'll be playing four notes. Okay, so from the last note there, I'm going to count up 3123 I play those all together. That's 1/7 chord in. And in this case, it's a C seventh court. Always done is counted up. Another 3123 Let's try that with a D called, which is a triangle shape, we can't have another three on top of that. 123 Okay, uh, let's try on F, which is Ah, white picket fence shape. And another three won t three f seven decent si seven. Okay, when you're looking at songs, uh, and you see just letters written, which is just major chords, or you see an M a small M After called making It a minor, you'll be able to tell it's a C seven. Finally enough by there being a seven next to it. Okay, so now when you come across 1/7 chord, do you know what it is? 12. Minor 7th chords: now, Obviously, if we wanted to make it a C seventh miner or minor C seventh exactly the same holds true as it did before, I just take what was the middle finger on? Move it down. One key C minus seven se seven C minus seven holds true for all the other course. Let's play a deep A deep count of 3123 D seventh D minus seven. Okay, pretty simple. But at another layer of texture, it's a bit more complex than just a DeCourcy a normal day D seventh. 13. Maj 7th Chords: I should also say that there are these things called Major Seventh as well. So if I'm playing my C court one of the major seventh or do is count up four at the end instead of 31234 Okay, that's normal. Seventh, the major seven. But instead of counting three, just count for okay. 14. Table with 7ths: 15. Better left hand: Let's talk about slicing up. You're playing a bit. At the moment we've been playing some courts, and I think, as you remember, as I mentioned when were playing the Van Morrison So I've been adding in a root note just to fill it out of it. Okay? Fun developed that little bit. Okay. Doing some more stuff with our left hand. What I'm gonna also parties try is to as well as playing Rooth top night court as well with the other hand. But not at the same time. Although you can if you want. If it sounds nice to you, what I want to do is sort of rock between them because that will create a sense of movement . So way that move Teoh, uh, on a minor, which is a white picket fence shape and do the same thing, right? See how that sounded? Nice if you keep this hand going as well. No way. It gives a sense of movement what you're playing, So I think that's quite useful. 16. Arpeggio' s: there's nothing you can do to make your playing more interesting. Let's say I'm just playing a sequel, but the root next supporting it down here late with a six night as well. If I, instead of playing all of those notes together at the same time, play them individually one at a time. I know where they're going to be, because my fingers are that register. Play them. But if I play them one at a time and maybe come back down the other way, we start to get what's called an arpeggio, which sounds rather lovely. It's whatever sounds right to you. But if we start moving those shapes around, so I'm going to I'm gonna go from I see. Yeah, maybe get down to the A minor. Yes, another one convention rolling truth back. The A minor. It's nice, right? You can experiment with the rhythms that use, but the interesting thing to know is you can choose any of those court shapes. The point is to roll through the notes to give it a bit of a flourish. 17. Passing note's: Okay, So here is another thing you can take here. Let's try. This D court thing is a passing note. Okay, so let's say I'm playing my decode here, which is my triangle shape. And I know the next court. It's gonna be a C decided already again to make it just a little bit more interesting. Instead of just going straight, I started instead of just going spring from D. C. I'm gonna play the note in between before I get there. Okay, - so that's a passing notes. 18. Run up's and down: you could also do what's called a run. Let's say, uh, again on the on the way. How about yourself? You have to get there in time. The run down. Obviously, you can do a run up a swell, just something that you can throw in every now and then, just a little bit more sparkle. 19. Augmented chords finished: quite everybody. So we're gonna look at this table on fill it in bit more. The first thing we're gonna look at off augmented courts. Okay, So augmented chords are a another augmented quarter. Another flavor of court. If we take ornamented C chord let you know how this works. By this point, there's a formula that we can use So we start without route ever augmented chord. What we do, it's find out right now and then we can't up 41234 what we do with the major happy calls. But then, instead of counting three for a happy court, we can't have another 41234 No, Just because it's a different flavor of court doesn't mean it necessarily sounds nice. But in the context of a track, it can work. Really, really well. Okay, so augmented. Courts route. 12341234 We'll see. Let's try with 12341234 Okay, so they go. That's it. Automated courts 20. Diminished chords: if you want to play a a diminished court, Um, it's ideal. Find the night booth. Count 3123 and then three again. 123 Diminished cornice again. Try that with 123123 Huh? Okay. Again. Sounds old on its own. But in the right context, it's already great. Okay, that's it. They don't come up that often, But you will see them occasionally when you're searching for songs that you want or augmented calls having a you g off them and diminished chords have d I m okay augmented to finish school, okay? 21. Sus chords and that table all filled in!: Okay, So a couple of other types of courts suspended chords. Now I think they sound much nicer than the old lamented over diminished chords myself. But again, you know how it works. It's just a formula. So if you want to play, if you come across the cord that has sus to suss to written after it, then here we go. This is what we do. We find out route through. This is a see saw, Steve. Right on. Then we count to get clues in the name. 12 on. Then we can't. 51234 Okay, so that's a sussed to To the formula is the route. 1212345 Okay, on that pretty much completes table. So you've got major chords Minor called seventh chords. Major sevenths minor. Seventh augmented courts diminish called suss cords too. And for that should give you a pretty broad court vocabulary. And so that when you go and search for your songs on year, you see them there in ultimate guitar or wherever it is that you find your your courts for the songs that you want to play. You should be able to go back yet. I know what the formula is to be able to work out What that cord is. Okay, have fun. 22. Using beats and bars to work out when to play chords: Okay, so I want to talk a little bit about how we interpret sums. Some of you would have had some experience. Some of you would have had none. So for those that had no experience, I took a little bit about things called beats and bars. And this is a way that musicians break things down. So this should if you if you don't know this stuff. If you are looking at a guitar called Chart to get your courts from Fuel Song, this should break down for you when to play the courts or should help with that anyway, So beets beets are essentially single hits. Okay, so this is a beat. There's another one. There's another beat. It's just a single moment in time, often using quite a rhythmic sound. So this is a drum kit playing here. Okay, says it beats when you have a bunch of beats working together, they create a rhythm. Okay, that's a very standard rhythm that you might hear behind thousands of songs when we're trying to work out a song. What we want to do is break it into bits so that we can more easily understand what's going on on that rhythm that I just played you there. I play again. If we play four beats of it one and three, that's a measure or a bar. Okay. A section of a song may have four bars or eight bars If we break this beat down a bit hold this rhythm down of it. What you'll find is that this sound the bass drum kick normally lands on the one on the three If you listen 1313 frowned snatched that normally lands on the two in the four. That's a look. A classic song one that most of you will have heard off, right? No judgments about the song Whether you like it or don't like it It's just a song that most people have heard off So we're gonna use sun by the Beatles were going to use Hey, Jude. Okay, I'm going to try and break down the verse so you can see how we apply this and see how many times we can fit the measure or bar into it. Hey, thing is 2345 Remember? Lettering Teoh 67 Okay, so there are eight lots off in a verse eight bars. The cords are changing every bar, I would say. So you would start with the F 1234 Chase the C 1234 Stay on the C 1234 for another bar on up the F 1234 Sometimes these letters that's quite line up. So I would have put back f right at the beginning so that, you know, you're starting on it. Um, but they give you an idea. You have to use your ears a little bit. I may be listened to the song as well before you start to learn to play it. None of this is an exact science, and we're not trying to get you to play exactly the same. We're just trying make it pleasant for you so that, you know, it feels that you're playing the songs that you want to play. Um, but that's how we break it down. We count, and then we work out where the courts are gonna lie. Okay. So for this instance, cause the changing every bar, another song, they might change twice in a bar you need toe. Listen. Think about how many measures there are how often the court changes within the measure. Break it down. The more you break it down, the easier it. 23. Putting it all together: right. So I thought what we do would take a whole bunch of the lessons that we've learned. How toe play chords, how to find the songs we want. Maybe some arpeggios, maybe a passing note or two. Maybe some stuff without left hand and seeing if weaken put it all together that you can see how that would work. So I've got my piano sound up. I'm gonna go to the Internet. I'm gonna choose a song. So I choose Adele someone like you because it's quite piano. We this one. So I've gone to ultimate guitar dot com. This one has 6000 like so I'm guessing that's probably family gets. Okay, So what do we got? Says here the talk we got G. It was a white picket fence shape. We've got ah, b minor. So that's that would be shaped but moving. Having a finger down e think about that shape a bit once we got going. E minor is a white picket fence shape. We gotta see which is a white picket fence. Shapes are pretty good. Three white picket fence shapes on one B minor shape, but we'll just think about that. Okay? So Those are the courts. Um, if you listen to the song, what you hear is that the cords change every ball. Let's try. Let's see what happens. So we start with a G 1234343434 So, what we choose to do in terms of where we place those course that's up to us? You know how many times we play it within the bar? We got four beats that we can play them on. Let's try change 123 way that Or we could play just on the one on the to It's up to you how you interpret it. Okay. Ah, let's see. Okay, so I'm gonna just have a look at it here. We've got g minor. Be mano a mano siege. Eamonn, Eamonn, Eamonn C G B minus. So it's just the same thing again. Repeating over. We're just looking at the verse. I'm gonna get that rocking. That's quite nice. Or maybe I could do some of the arpeggios. Yeah, that sounds quite nice. Or maybe a mixture with some passing notes up to you. Uh, sort of Sounds like singing. You go on, you. You're James came You? Yes, you. And then we can start to look at the chorus. It's a D on any minor A c D e minor c Fairly simple. It's about uninvited. But I couldn't stay away. I couldn't fight it. I hoped you see my face that you be reminded that from me it is no, uh, passing notes, arpeggios, different chord rhythms, different left hand patterns. All the things that you can use to make the song your own interpretation That was useful. Thanks. 24. Chord inversions: So we've shown you all sorts of flavors of chords, and at some point, you're gonna want to start putting your own chords together, maybe to write your own songs, but maybe haven't forbid, uh, maybe just a bit bored Sounds of court playing you and you want something slightly different, something slightly unusual. And there's something that piano players have been doing for a very long time, which does just that. Okay, let's take a sequel. Here we are. It's made up and g okay, but we've been playing them in exactly the same order. See at the bottom, cause that's our route. But what happens if we take the sea? And instead of putting it at the bottom, playing exactly the same notes, but in a different order, is it now the is at the bottom from this season, bottom through this on the bottom G still there for now in the middle, before WeII done is we've inverted it. That's the technical term. This is the first inversion. Thank you. Court swath first inversion. If it would be a second inversion now do would be to have tea in the booth middle, the the three different versions of the same court. Uh uh For months, Inversions works for any of the cool 25. Johnny Cash's Hurt: everybody. Piano hank dot com We're back with another tutorial today we are going to learn how to play hurt the version I really like. This is by Johnny Cash. I think originally it was Nine inch Nails Who wrote it? Uh, so that's a great song to plain it's not too complicated. Um, let me show you which courts you need to be able to play with. D I'm gonna go Teoh e uh, let me get a goes to B minor on a day e against. It's just the same thing repeated. It does that. 1234567 times on another last eight time it goes Dee Finch is on a Okay, so t be mine seven times and then that also e on said a goes to B minor Goes to a Okay, Teoh. That's really try, Teoh, Wait A Okay, so that's the verse. It's not too complicated just in terms of again. What? To play with your other hand? My favorite technique again. Just depend things out is to play whatever first if you want technicals called the root of the court every playing a d The first night, we're gonna play if you play D called. The first note plays a denote. If we're gonna play a B minor, the first thing is gonna be a B after gonna play being a Okay, uh, let me just remind you, this is for beginners as well. So anyone who's sitting there thinking who this is really simple. Uh, it's only simple if you already know it. This is aimed at beginners. Okay, wait. If you want to get fancy, you can count up from the roots. Upset keys. 123456 on. So play around with those two notes while you're playing the course, and you get some nice effects. Okay? - Wait , wait. No. The way chorus is quite simple again. It's the money. Yes. It's a pretty nice progression on it. Just repeats that four times. - Okay . And then we've actually course called the courts every back to the verse. Sorry. You might want to pick it out. Just one note at a time. It's a link between us. Okay? Okay. And first, the only two parts to it. Really? So it's just a question of learning the lyrics, learning those two parts on sickness together. Experiment with what you're doing with the left hand. Um, but the basic thing you need to be Oh yeah, it's to learn this chord shapes changing them. OK, you might start to see patterns of court shapes. Triangle pattern with black space, one patent My know anyone that's quite old. It doesn't come up that often anyway. If you're interested in patterns on how to play. Lots, of course, then had along to w w dot piano hack dot com, where you can find out. Of course, you could buy expensive. That'll teach you 48 cords in under an hour on have to play. They had to work them out really useful. Took it if you want to quickly be out to get from running playing songs. If you want to subscribe to the channel that be great and will be sticking out videos fairly regularly. Eso hit the subscribe button. If no good, check out w w dot piano hack dot com. Uh, thanks for us. We'll see again. See 26. Sam Smith's stay with me: Okay. Hi, everybody. Simon here from piano hack dot com. Um, we enable people to learn how to play 48 courts in under an hour, which gives you enough course to play hundreds and hundreds of thousands of songs were going to be doing regular tutorials on YouTube about how to take some of that information that you have learned on applying to songs that you want to play today. We're gonna play Sam Smith. Stay with me. Okay? S I'm going to start by showing new which cords. We need to be able to play the 1st 1 for the introduction. Ist sie. We also have play f um, I need to know how to play d minor. Okay. First thing to notice about those three court shapes is that they're all the same. Shake white note, Mr White note, Mr. Note White note that the f and also D minor all the same shape. So you keep your hand in that shape. Only need to worry about is which key to start. Okay. Actually, on this YouTube channel, there's a short free video and w w don't piano hack dot com about how to learn the names the notes in five minutes as well. That's quite useful. You might want to check that out. Okay, so here we go. The intro. Okay, so that's d minus. Okay on in terms of if you want to count it once in 3434123412343412341231234 So see his account of four way. Start counting four on the F, but we only get up to three on. Then we jump up to see on the four. 12313412341234 Onda again. That pants repeated with the second part of the intro, which is the f D minor in the sea. 1234123412341234 So all together. Okay, great. Okay. So let's move to the verse for which we need to know how to play a minor again. Same shape keeping it easy for you. It s seeing done those d minor. We've done those. That's it. That's all you need. Teoh seem to know so Let's try the verse. The verse goes a minor minus on that. It repeats repeats. Okay, let's try that with the words. I guess it's true. I'm not good at a one night, but I still look us. I'm just man. These nights never seem to go play. I don't want you home. Okay, that's the verse. Uh, let's move on to the chorus for which we need a minor. Then repeat on then we dio a minor thing. There's been an old one. A flat a my Okay, that's that. A minor shape, a flat shape. Sorry if you want to check it out. Okay. Right. Let's try and put those together. Oh, me Because you IHS. But won't you stay with may? Okay, there we go. I want to talk a little bit about maybe bringing in your left hand. I mean, the whole point of piano hack is to get people started playing. So that's why this is I'm keeping this really, really simple. Just court shapes, But it would be good to be able to bring in the other hand as well. All I want you to do. Okay, lets try. It's with the other hand. is to play a note that's the same as the beginning of the note. The cord, your plane. So that's in a in a down here, and that's the same if you're playing way, that will fill out the sound. If you wanna get really adventurous, you can also mess around with playing the seventh here from this 11234567 you're planning on that will really start to feel things that make things sound more interesting. So let's try that with the verse. Is it true? Just did you get the idea that much nice? Doesn't it way? That way you get the idea. It just makes it sound much fuller. Um, it's great. Okay, So, like I said, if you go toe w w w dot piano hack dot com, you get the details of that course on how to learn to play 48 calls in under an hour, which is a fantastic talk it toe Have. If you want to subscribe then to this channel, then please do the buttons that should be at the top will be releasing regular, hopefully weekly videos on courts, songs, tutorials, that kind of stuff that will hopefully enable you to have a lot of fun with the piano, which is the whole point, right? Eso drops the line if there's anything you're interested in. Subscribe. Yeah, we'll see you later. 27. Skinny love bon iver/birdy: Okay. Hi, everybody. It's Simon here from piano hack dot com www dot piano hack dot com. This is a really quick three minute tutorial. No fluff, no filler, a squeak. It's possible to get you playing skinny love, as done by Boniver, Andi or so Birdie. First thing I'm gonna do is teach you how to do or play four chords. Your any four course to play this song. It's very, very simple. Okay, so the first thing I'm gonna do this e minor e minor. Okay. The next chord you need is a C next court date is G on the last court you need for the verse isn't a minor. Another thing to notice about a lot of those courses that they're all the same shape. It's a white note, Mr White. No, it's a white knight, Mr White. No, it's a white note. Same shape. No need to worry about is what you need to stop the minor shape. See way you wanna learn, have to play 48 cords, andan under an hour and a whole bunch of other stuff. You can go to www dot com. Um, that's as much for sales pictures. You're going to get, uh Okay. Ah, let's try playing that, uh, it should be played. Let me give you the count for see G eight. So it sounds like this. I think this is where that fourth court comes in. The a minor staring at the sink of blood. I'm crushed way back ups, the e minor. So essentially the versus just a minor. Three times on the fourth time. It's a minor for before accounted for. That's the whole verse. Okay, that's pretty simple. The courts for the chorus are again that same shape in my same Shane soothe. Same shape. Now, in terms of the count for this, it's almost flipped around. We do, um, eight on the G and that's repeated four times. Let's give that a go t T o T T o u t o be different. So that's it? That's the chorus. The second chorus. That pattern carries on for a bit more with who will love you? Who will fight on who will fall far behind line. I'm gonna put a pdf or word document link on here so that you can download it s so you can get the lyrics and see where the court changes aren't should be on the video as well, but that's essentially it. It's pretty simple if you want to make it a bit more interesting. Um, we teach all of the stuff that w w dot piano hack dot com around Obviously playing. That's fortunate court with your left hand, you can make it much more interesting on we could get you playing tunes you wanna play amazing your friends or family a couple of hours. 28. Imagine John Lennon: Hi, everybody. Simon here. So I said I was gonna do any fiction where I was gonna ask people what? Something like to learn. I had an email from Barbara Barbara G. He said she would like to learn how to play. Imagine, by John Lennon. I'm presuming that anybody who's watching these videos has done the course, which tells you how to construct. Think upwards of 48 courts using very simple shapes on Hatton's. I'll do a quick recap anyway whilst we're working, If you're not sure, just get I can do a little bit of the course and for this tutorial if you want. If you're not sure on how to build a course, then go and brush up on the videos around major and minor chords on. If you've got those two years, which I think is about six minutes, if you got those down, then you'll be able to play this song. Okay, so the first thing we need to do is actually go and find the court for the song. So I type in. Imagine on where courts. I got a whole bunch of options. I use this site a lot. Ultimate baton dot com so that guitar calls, But they were equally as well for the piano. Okay, so there are lots of different versions of this song. This version six, I think it's pretty good on here. We have the courts in on guitar. We're gonna simplify them by clicking this button here, since Michael's so the only course we have to learn to play the intro on diverse R c e minor and f on again. If we go back to our course, you can very easily know how to do that. Do that. Okay, I'm gonna post this on the site A swell. So you've got this as a reference. But generally that's a really, really good way of finding out the chords to the songs that you want to play. Just type in the name of the song on the word cords. Ondas say this site ultimate guitar dot com is actually really, really, really extensive. Somewhere somewhere some time has written out the guitar chords for the songs that you want to play. I would imagine some of them are more complicated than others. This one, as it happens, pretty simple. Okay, Sameness crackle. Okay. Hello, everybody. How we do? Good. So the first thing we're gonna do is look at the three chords that we need to play or to be able to play, to be able to do the introduction and the verse, and they are minor on F. Okay, now I'm presuming that you have watched the course already. If not, you need to go back and recap about a method for easily knowing how to construct those court. What the shape of the Moby recap? Very, very briefly. It's been a while, but if we need to play a C court the first night, we need to find it. See, the it is because it's the name of the cord on. Then we can't up. 41234312 against All explained in the course of a C chord, if we need to make that called a minor chord sad sounding court, we take my finger down one thing down and it makes it okay. Very, very quick synopsis. Go and brush up on the course. If you're a total, not sure, so we need to be able to play to play. Imagine C e minor, sad sounding version of course with a minor? Yes, something bit familiar. Okay, let's look at the count for that. We're gonna play the C two e might offer to on the F for four. Normally with songs everything's gonna resolve into four or eight or 16 or 32 counts. OK, so this 134 and then it repeats 34 Okay, that's the intro. And it's also the verse. So we do it twice for the intro and then four times for the verse. Okay. To make it a little bit more interesting. Four years, uh, I'm gonna ask you to do is to as per the course copy route with your other hand here. Yeah, that immediately fills out the sound I did without it. With you can also do it is what's copy this. Now you can copy this. No, A swell. Okay. Sort of rock between the two again. All covered in the course. Look a little bit closer. Just looking at this hand I'm doing there isn't going. It's the first last night of the court. If I was gonna pay the court just rocking with first last night when you put it all together. When you get better. You condone, syncopated a bit more you can play with. But that's essentially it. You won't make it, but you can't say Copy that. Okay, so that's the intro and the verse to play the chorus. It's a minor minor. The last line is G. That last line is just G way. And that's where the verse comes back in. In a nutshell. We can This how you could shut the courts 23 4 to 3. Practice between shapes. I think the thing to remember this song is that there are no other shapes other than this white note. Mr White. Now, why No, Mr White? No, It's like a picket fence, white picket fence. All you got to do. You remember what it starts on the O and that just repeats for the Internet verse. And then when we're doing the courses de G way, come back to see for the beginning of the vest again. So there you go. That is Germans. Imagine. Um, I will place all of the, uh, courts within this class s so you can check out. Show me what you do. I really like to see how you get on. OK? Love to see some videos. Thanks. Look, just by