Extended Piano Chords

by Erik Thiede on April 27, 2015

As the name suggest, extended piano chords extend beyond the range of the major scale. Recall that chords are created with respect to there corresponding scales. For example, the major scale of “G” has this 8-note sequence: G,A,B,C,D,E,F#,G.

Chords that require notes beyond the 8th note (e.g. the last “G”) are extended piano chords.

The 9th, 11th and 13th chords are extended chords and are very popular in jazz music.

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Noticed that the notes are displayed on both the treble and bass staffs for these chords. This is because these chords generally require both hands to play them.

Ninth Chords:

The ninth chord is just like the seventh plus the 9th note from the root (counting the root itself).

ninth chord

Eleventh Chords:

The eleventh chord is just like the ninth plus the 11th note from the root (counting the root itself).

eleventh chord

Thirteenth Chords:

The thirteenth chord is just like the eleventh plus the 13th note from the root (counting the root itself).

13th chord

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Learn To Play the Piano today…Choose Your Way!

by Tania Gleaves on April 26, 2015

You should be proud of yourself … you’ve gone from wanting to learn to play the piano to researching how to go about it.

Depending on your musical abilities, your attention span, and your personality, one learning method will work better than all others for you. Let’s look at some of the many ways you can learn piano.

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Traditionally

The traditional method guides a student by using the most basic fundamentals as a foundation, then slowly introduces increasingly complex lessons. The benefit of a traditional learning experience is that the student gains a greater understanding of the keyboard, music theory, the relationship between notes in the scales, and so many other details that make sense out of an unfamiliar skill. And when it comes to performing, you will eventually gain the proficiency necessary to play your desired piece of music as the original artist or composer intended. The drawback to this method of learning is that it takes a significant time commitment and great patience to get up and running.

By Ear (Aurally)

Do you “have an ear” for music? Can you translate what you hear into notes and chords on an instrument? If so, you have a talent that significantly streamlines the learning process. Learning by ear eliminates the task of learning to read music. But to be effective at playing by ear, you still ought to learn how to place your fingers in the appropriate patterns, learn the names of the notes, etc.

Chord-Based

If you’re the type of person who’s looking to play as soon as possible (is today soon enough?), then the chord method is for you. Each chord is a basic note combination that provides enough audible information to sing along to. Even though the actual song you are “covering” may contain a complex series of notes, chords represent enough of the music to get the party started and have some fun. The great thing about this method is that learning chords takes relatively little time. That said, chords tend to oversimplify music. A song’s distinctive melody, or a signature run of notes that lend to a song’s popularity, cannot be expressed in a chord. Put another way, you could mix together bits of steak, potato, green beans and a dinner roll; compress them into bar form; and eat the conglomeration for dinner. You would get most of the nutrition of the ingredients, but wouldn’t enjoy the bar nearly as much as you’d enjoy all the elements of the entrée separately on a plate.

Pattern-Based

This learning method teaches you shortcuts that supposedly mimic most popular music. I say supposedly because some argue the pattern-based method disregards the actual nuances in a song that differentiate it from other songs. Yet, it is another popular way to reach your piano playing goal more quickly than more traditional methods because you can learn a few key playing patterns and then proceed to sound like a professional with little other training. It’s more complex than the chord method, so it enables you to sound more like the original artist. However, like the chord method, it tends to oversimplify the music, and a trained ear in your audience will pick that up.

As you probably discovered, if you want to learn to play the piano, you can take your time or you can be up and running by dinner time. Think about the kind of player you want to be, choose your method, and then proceed to other pages on this site to get to the next step in becoming a great musician!

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Black Gospel Piano Chords – The Soul of Religious Music

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Piano Jazz Lessons – Learning Through Its History and Its Music

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Ear Training – A Simple Guide to Hearing The Color and Structure of Music

April 21, 2015

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Piano Music – A Guide To Finding A Perfect Fit

April 20, 2015

Finding piano music isn’t difficult at all. The problem with finding it however is finding appropriate pieces to play. The music that you want to play should reflect your current skills so that you don’t feel overwhelmed or unchallenged. Good music should not only encourage growth in your playing ability, but also confidence as well. […]

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Piano Songs Every Pianist Likes To Play

April 19, 2015

Piano songs come in all sorts and styles. Every pianist loves to play some now and then, even if you prefer classical pieces. And although a song usually contains vocal parts, many have been rearranged for performance on piano only. Let’s take a closer look at some great composers of songs you can play as […]

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How to Read Music – Definitions to Help You Learn

April 18, 2015

L earning how to read music is like learning another language. It has its own letters, syntax and grammar. Whether you are learning to play the piano through the classic method or the chord method, you’ll have to be familiar with how to read music. A page of music has a lot of symbols and […]

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