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Piano for Beginners – Different Ways of Learning

by Tania Gleaves on August 1, 2015

There is a bit of a mini-revolution going on in the world of piano teachers. And it all has to do with teaching piano for beginners.

You see, there’s the old way of teaching piano. This way focuses on learning notes, learning to site read music, and learning where each individual note is on the piano. This method also focuses on practicing scales day in and day out.

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This classic method is what a lot of people think of when they think of piano for beginners. But it’s not the only way to learn.

Many piano teachers have begun teaching in a new way that is exciting and enjoyable to their students. The students of these teachers learn to play music faster and have a better time doing it.

What is the name of this miracle method?

While it doesn’t have a formal name, people refer to it as “learning chords.” Piano for beginners is taught with an emphasis on learning chords, rather than individual notes.

This method is so popular because it makes learning piano exciting. After just a few short lessons, students can play real music. This is much more thrilling for students than practicing scales. After all, most people want to learn piano to play songs, not scales.

Chords are a natural lead into music making. It’s the way people learn to play guitar, and it’s the reason that guitar players often enjoy their lessons more.

When a beginning piano student learns chords, they can easily play a song within the first few lessons. This creates a sense of satisfaction of the student and encourages them to learn more. It builds confidence, in children and adult beginners alike. And that confidence can get the student excited about piano.

Piano for beginners taught through the chord based method is enjoyable for student and teacher alike. Could you imagine listening to nothing by scales for hours each day? A teacher that instructs their students to use chords can hear actual music as they teach their students to play.

Chords allow new students to speak the language of music, rather than just learning the “letters” of that language. With a chord-based method, students develop a real appreciation for music and an understanding for song composition much earlier. They can learn music, instead of just learning notes. This is satisfying for the student and the teacher alike.

Piano for beginners can be exciting and fun when the right method is used!

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The first key to remember when trying to make sense of the piano chord is that they’re based on…you guessed it…piano scales! In our examples, we will use the key of “C” but the formula applies to all keys.

Remember that the major piano scale for the key of C is C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C – where the first “C” is the root of all chords in the key of “C”.

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One more thing: We use the terms lowered or raised a lot below.

  • “lowered” means shifted down one-half step or made flat (flat).
  • “raised” means shifted up one-half step or made sharp (sharp).

We will reference this scale in our examples below.

There are Four Main Piano Chord Types each are further distinguished by what’s often referred to as their quality (Major, Minor, Augmented, Diminished, Suspended):

  • Triad
  • Seventh
  • Extended
  • Other

Let’s explore the construction of the triad chords…

The TRIAD PIANO CHORD:

Remember triads are the simplest chord pattern consisting of only three notes.

triad piano chord

Further, these three-note (triad) chords can be one of the following:

Major:

Symbol: M or maj, implied if no symbol is present

This the probably the most basic and familiar chord form.

It consist of the 1st, 3rd and 5th note in a major piano scale.

Example: Cmaj or CM = C E G

Minor:

Symbol: m

This the probably the second most basic chord form.

It consist of the 1st, lowered 3rd and 5th notes in the scale.

Example:

Cm = C Eb G

Diminished:

Symbol: dim or o

Just like the name suggest, a diminished triad chord is a minor triad chord with the last note diminished or lowered one-half step.

It consist of the 1st, lowered 3rd and lowered 5th notes in the scale.

Example: Cdim or Co = C Eb Gb

Augmented:

Symbol: aug or +

Just like the name suggest, an augmented triad chord will last note in the chord augmented or raised one-half step.

It consist of the 1st, 3rd and raised 5th notes in the scale.

Example: Caug or C+ = C E G#

Suspended or Suspended Fourth:

Symbol: sus or sus4

Just like the name suggest, a suspended chord is a chord that when played doesn’t sound “resolved” The listener is sort left “hanging” or suspended, waiting for another note or chord to finish the sequence. It’s like the following incomplete sentence: “Once you play a chord…”

It ends without giving you what you need to complete the thought.

In a suspended chord the 3rd note is typically replaced by the 4th note.

It consist of the 1st, 4th and 5th notes (sometimes the 3rd note is also played)

Example: Csus or Csus4 = C F G

THE SEVENTH PIANO CHORD

EXTENDED CHORDS

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Seventh Piano Chords In It’s Many Forms

February 14, 2015

Seventh piano chords are just like the triad chords PLUS the 7th note in the scale. It’s used a lot in jazz, gospel and blues piano music. Just like with the triads, seventh piano chords can have several forms: Click Here To Get The Lowdown On Seventh Piano Chords! Dominant Seventh: Symbol: 7 The dominant […]

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A Chord Chart for the Piano

September 6, 2009

Using the piano chord chart table, Here are the A Chords: A Chord Name Symbols Chords Notes* A Major (implied if without notation) AM or Amaj or A A C# E A Minor Am A C E A Augmented Aaug or A+ A C# F A Diminished Adim or Ao A C D# A Dominant […]

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E Chord Chart for Piano

August 26, 2009

Using the the piano chord chart table, Here are the E Chords: E Chord Name Symbols Chords Notes* E Major (implied if without notation) EM or Emaj or E E G# B E Minor Em E G B E Augmented Eaug or E+ E G# C E Diminished Edim or Eo E G A# E […]

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F Sharp Chords Chart for Piano

February 20, 2009

Using the piano chord chart table, Here are the F# Chords: F Sharp Chord Name Symbols Chords Notes* F# Major (implied if without notation) F#M or F#maj or F# F# A# C# F# Minor F#m F# A C# F# Augmented F#aug or F#+ F# A# D F# Diminished F#dim or F#o F# A C F# […]

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F Chords Chart for Piano

February 20, 2009

Using the piano chord chart table, Here are the F Chords: F Chord Name Symbols Chords Notes* F Major (implied if without notation) FM or Fmaj or F F A C F Minor Fm F G# C F Augmented Faug or F+ F A C# F Diminished Fdim or Fo F G# B F Dominant […]

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Piano Chord Chart – A Gentle Introduction

February 16, 2009

To make learning chords a little easier, you might want to try using a piano chord chart. This handy reference tool gives you immediate and visual access to some of the most commonly played chords. And although they can be quite complicated for the beginning pianist, this article will describe their fundamentals. Acknowledging that a […]

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Looking for a Chord Chart for the Piano?

February 16, 2009

Instant Piano Chord Chart Finder Need a Quick and Convenient way to find piano chords and voicings? The construction of a piano chord chart can be easy once you understand the formula for each chord. It all follows from the intervals of the respective scales. For example, the major scale for the key of C […]

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