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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction to chord class


    • 2.

      Understand chord theory


    • 3.

      C chords


    • 4.

      C# Db chords


    • 5.

      D chords


    • 6.

      Eb chords


    • 7.

      F chords


    • 8.

      F# Gb chords


    • 9.

      G chords


    • 10.

      Ab chords


    • 11.

      A chords


    • 12.

      Bb chords


    • 13.

      B chords


    • 14.

      Creative chord playing


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In this class, you will build a big vocabulary of chords on the piano.  I go note by note and show you five different chords built on each of the 12 piano  keys- major chords, minor chords, dominant 7th chords, minor seventh chords, and diminished seventh chords.  These chords are used in almost all forms of music and piano.  With this course, you will have a permanent reference library of chords on the piano.  The PDF comes with a list of the chords for memorization and study.  

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Thomas Bazzoon

Learn Piano Fast! Learn Piano for Fun!


Do you want to learn piano but don't know where to start?  This is the channel for you!  If you are new to piano then please take the "Learn Piano in 45 Days" classes part one and two. Then move onto whatever you like- technique, theory, chords, or look at specific songs.  

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1. Introduction to chord class: Hey guys, I'm TJ bassoon, and this is a class called lug, all of your courts. Now first things first. If you've never had a music class before and never had a piano, of course you don't know anything about piano music. Go take my Learn PNO in 45 days Course, which is also available here on skill share. That will answer a lot of your questions. But many of you are wondering, how can I learn all the different courts. You know, I have questions from students about. I want to learn all the different kinds of chords by just don't know how. Well think of this class has a reference library. I'm gonna go note by note and show you the different chords built on that note. We're going to start with C, C sharp, then D, E-flat, et cetera, et cetera. There's 12 different notes, has, you know, and there's many chords you can build upon the foundation of those notes. I'm going to look at the major chords, minor chords, the dominant seventh chords, the minor seven chords, and the diminished chord. So if you ever get stuck, you can go back through this class and look at the chapter on, let's say, E major. And you can figure out that it's this core, or you forget what you're F7 is. You go look it up. Okay. So here's a PDF with this class with a list of all the courts and there's a video on each note and a detailed explanation of what those courts look like and sound like. I hope you have fun. 2. Understand chord theory: Can our first video here we're going to look at some basic chord theory. Then you can watch the videos and the C chord, the C sharp chords that the cords, etc. etc.. If you ever just want to learn or memorize different chords you're going to use in different songs. But in this video, I'm just going to kind of explain why a chord is, the weight is like why is it chord a major chord? What makes a chord a minor chord? What makes the seventh? Okay? So let's start right here with our basic quarter C major chord. Now if you took my learn piano and 45 days class, you already know this chord. It's a C And it's an E and a G. The question is, why? Well, this is the root of the chord. This is what it's built on. It's built on sand because it's, like I said, the C major chord. If we go up 1234 notes, we get to the e. And then we go three more to three. Look. We get to the g. Now, do you really have to know that? No, you don't have to know that at all. You could just learn and memorize these chords. But if you're interested in the theory and the distance between the notes in the chord. This is useful. So here's our C chord, C 1234123. That is our C major chord. Now to make it minor, to go from major CGI to minor, All we do is we take this middle note, we go down one, that's called a half-step. So I'm going down and this node to that node, okay? So there's our C minor chord, C, E flat, and G. Okay, let's make things a little bit more complicated. The next chords, the Dominant seven or the seventh chord, whatever it's called. The minor seventh chord, or the diminished seventh chord, or all four notes. Now let's look at the dominant seventh chord. It's also called the seventh chord. You see this in music all the time. You'll see C7, you, or you'll see C dominant seven. They are the exactly the same thing in most music notation. You're going to see just the symbol C, seven, that means Discord. It's our major chord, C, E, and G. We add this note for the Seventh. Now why is it called the saffron, and why is it B flat? That's what some of you are wondering. Well, let's think about this. C is here, 1234567. And you're running well, why isn't it b? When you know it's B flat white, why is it not the Bina? Well, think about this. Seventh is always going to be one to down from the c. C 12 gives us that sound. So let's try another core just to kind of work on this. Okay, let's look at the next one was look at the D chord. Here's our D-Major. Okay, the seventh, we're going to look at the d, we're going to go down one, go down to, and that's this C up here. Okay? So that's one thing you can do is you can look down too and then go up the octave. But again, if that's too complicated, then hey, just memorize that out. If you just want to play for fun. Don't need to be a master of theory. But let's get back to our C family. Of course, you've got to see ct here. We've got our C-minor. We got the C dominant seven, or the seventh. Now how are we going to get to the minor seventh? All we do is we do the same step that we did. We went from major to minor. We take this note, the middle note here, that E. And it goes down one. And there's our C minor seven. Final chord sounds really scary and spooky. Just listen to that sounds kind of like it's intense. It's leading to something else. But you see this court a lot in almost every kind of music. It's called the diminished seventh chord. Now let's think about this. What does the word diminished means? It means to go lower, make smaller, right? So with our diminished seventh chord, it works like this. Here's our C. We go up 123, there's our next. Now, you're what? 1-2-3, F-sharp, 123, a, C, E flat, F sharp. And let's try this. Another netlist round, E-flat, E-flat, 1-2-3. Oh, there's a G-flat. 123123. Basically sounds the same. Doesn't sounds kinda scary, sounds like it's intense or something. Okay? So as you go through this class, just memorize the different chords. You see this into PDF. I've got a list of all of these chords. You may just want to take one day and memorize all the cords on c and then maybe take a week and memorize all the cords on d. It just depends on how much practice time you have and what your goals are. Alright, see you in the next video, we're going to be talking about the C chords. 3. C chords: Okay, we're going to look at our chords built on the note C first is our C major chord, C, E, and G. C major. Next we have C Minor. All we do is take this note down, does E-Flat, so C, E flat and G And that C minor. Next we're going to have C7, that's going to be C, E, G, and B-flat. Altogether like this. Then we're going to do the C minor seventh. We're just gonna take this note down just like we did for the major sea. E flat, G, B flat, C minor seven. And finally, C diminished seven, C, E flat, F sharp, and a. 4. C# Db chords: Now we're going to look at the chords for C sharp or D flat. That's this note here. Sometimes they're called D-flat, sometimes they're called C-sharp. There's a theoretical reason for that I can get into it, but it's really not all that important. So some of these chords I'm gonna describe as D flat sum is C-sharp. Let's start with D flat major, D flat, and a flat. Now, let's get C-sharp minor. That's going to be C-sharp, E, G-sharp. Now we're gonna go for D flat, seven chord, D flat, a flat. And sometimes this is notated as C-flat. Next, we're gonna go for C sharp minor seven. We're just going to take this note down to here, C-sharp, E, G-sharp, and be your C-sharp Minor seventh. And finally the diminished seventh, C-sharp, E, G, and B flat, C sharp diminished seventh. 5. D chords: Now we're going to look at the chords built on D. Let's start as usual with D major, D, F sharp a. And now we're gonna go D, F and a, and that makes us our D minor chord. Now we're gonna go D, F sharp, a, and C four are D7 chord. Now we're gonna make it minor. F, a and C, D minor seven chord. Finally, the di, diminished seventh chord. F, a flat, and B. 6. Eb chords: Next we're going to look at the chords based on E-flat. First we have E-flat major, E flat, G, B flat. Next we have E-flat minor, E flat, G flat, and B flat. Next we have E-flat seven, E-flat, G, B-flat, and D. Next we have E-flat minor seven, G flat, B flat. And finally we have E-flat diminished seven, E-flat, G-flat, a, NC. 7. F chords: We're going to look at the chords built on F. Here's F-major, F, a, and C. Here's F minor, F a flat, and C. F7, F, a, C, and E flat. F minor seven, F, a flat, C and E phi. And then finally F diminished, F, a flat, B and D. 8. F# Gb chords: Now we're going to look at the chords built on F sharp or G flat. Sometimes it can be called F sharp, sometimes it can be called G-flat. Remember that's not important, we just want to know the names of the notes. So here's our F sharp, or G flat major chord, F sharp, a sharp, and C sharp, or you call it G flat, E flat, and deflected. Now here's the minor, F sharp, a, C. Let's do the seventh. G flat, E flat, D flat, and E, the minor seventh. We're gonna take this guy down, F-sharp, a, C, and the E. And the F sharp diminished seventh, F-sharp, a, C and E phi. 9. G chords: Time to look at the chords built on G. This is G, B, and D, G major. To make it minor, we simply do G, B-flat, and D. G7, G, B, D, and F. G minor seven, G, B flat, D, F, G diminished, G, E-flat, C sharp, and E. 10. Ab chords: Let's look at the chords built on a flight first, A-flat major, E-flat, C, and E flat. And here we're going to call it G sharp for the minor. So G-sharp, B, and D sharp. G sharp minor. Now we're gonna go a flat, seven flat, c, E flat, and G flat. Remember the minor we're usually going to call G-sharp. So G sharp, B, D sharp, F sharp, G sharp minor seven. And then finally, the diminish G sharp, B, D, and F. 11. A chords: We're going to look at the chords built on a restart with a major, a C-sharp, E, a minor, a, C E, A7, a C-sharp, E, G. A minor seven, a, C, E, and G. And a diminished seven. C, E flat, and F sharp. 12. Bb chords: We're looking at the chords built on B-flat. First, the major, B flat, D, F, B flat major. Now B-flat minor, B flat, E flat, and F. And B flat seven, B flat, D, F, and a flat. B-flat minor seven, B flat, D flat, F flat, B-flat diminished seven, B flat, D flat, E, and G. 13. B chords: Finally, we're looking at the chords built on B. Here's B major, would be D sharp, F sharp minor, B, D F sharp. Now b seven, b, D sharp, F sharp minor seven B, D, F sharp, a. And finally be diminished seven B, f. And baseline. 14. Creative chord playing: Okay, in this video, we're going to look at something called how to play chords creatively. In all the videos you've seen on the C and the C sharp to D, etcetera, all these family of chords, you've learned the names of the notes in each coordinate. That's great. We've got to know that. But how can we do them a little bit more creatively? For example, let's just take our basic C chord. That sounds okay to do it that way. There's nothing wrong with doing that way. But let's say we're accompanying someone. Let's maybe say it's a sing-a-long or something. What can we do that's a little bit more creative than just playing has a block. Well, I'm gonna throw out this possibility. Do you see what I'm doing here? I'm just taking the first note. And then after that I'm playing The next two notes. Okay. That's one possibility. Here's another possible, lou, let's say you're doing a song in 34 time 123123. Well look at this. You could do that. Here's another possibility, rolled chord that probably reminds you of the strum on your guitar or maybe a harp. Here's another possibility. We do one at a time. Here's another one. Another one. Can we combine that? Do a whole bunch of different ways? Yeah, just, just experiment. What can you do with C chord all in a row? You did the block divided core. Now what's the vocabulary? The C chord, the C, the E, and the G, right? What if we do this? Here's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna play a simple song. We all know it's happy birthday. And I'm just going to fool around with this. You know, I'm comfortable with these chord. I'm just going to fool around with it. So we're just gonna be the first part, Happy birthday actually. Here's another way to do the first part of Happy Birthday. Ok, here's another way. Isn't that possible? So, has we exit this course? I hope that you've committed some of these courts to memory. Keep having funds with chords. Just know that the more and more you build up your chord vocabulary, the better and better piano player you're going to be. Thanks.