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Piano Chords

What is a popular chord progression? Chord progressions are actually series of chords which are played one after the other to produce a harmonious tune. By now you have learned the different piano chords and may have memorized them a bit. The knowledge you have about chords will help you a lot in playing the piano. Here is the reason why…

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When you look at a music sheet, did you notice that there are certain chords that loop around the entire music piece? These chords follow the popular chord progression loop. They are said to be popular because you cannot only find them in one music sheet but also in other compositions. The only differences they have are the time signatures and the notes being played on the music sheet.

How are this popular chord progression written? They can be written in two ways. One is through the Roman numeral system and the other one is by the simple use of numbers. The basic chord progression is called the “three chord key” or “3-note triads” which is comprised of three chords that when played together, creates a harmonious melody.

The most basic and popular chord progression is I – IV – V or 1 – 4 – 5. Take the key of C for example, if it follows this chord progression, you will have C – F – G. After playing the third chord of the chord progression order, you will loop around and go back to the first chord. Sometimes one of these chords will be changed into a minor chord that hymns together with the major chords, other times some composers insert the minor chords instead of just changing one of the major chords.

I – IV – V can be changed into I – ii – V which stands for C – Dm – G. Notice the smaller Roman numerals are used to represent the minor chords such as the D minor. However, most composers use numbers instead of the roman numerals. An example for this is the 1 – 6 – 2 – 5 popular chord progression which represents C – Am – Dm – G7. Your guide in order to learn chord progression will always be your knowledge of the fifteen key signatures as well as the different piano chords that’s why it is so important for you to memorize those basics.

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Seventh Piano Chords In It’s Many Forms

by Erik Thiede on June 22, 2014

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.

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Just like with the triads, seventh piano chords can have several forms:

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Dominant Seventh:

Symbol: 7

The dominant seventh consist of the 1st, 3rd, 5th and lowered 7th notes in the scale.

Example: C7 = C E G Bb

Major Seventh:

Symbol: M7 or maj7

The major seventh is a major triad chord plus the unlowered 7th note.

t consist of the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th notes in a scale.

Example: Cmaj7 or CM7 = C E G B

Minor Seventh:

Symbol: m7

The minor seventh chord is the minor triad chord plus the dominant 7th.

It consist of the 1st, lowered 3rd, 5th and lowered 7th notes in the scale.

Example: Cm7 = C Eb G Bb

Minor/ Major Seventh:

Symbol: m/M7 or m/maj7

Can decide between the  minor seventh and part major seventh? Then the minor/ major seventh chord may be your solution. It’s part minor seventh and part major seventh.

It consist of the 1st, lowered 3rd, 5th and 7th notes in the scale.

Example: Cm/M7 or Cm/maj7 = C Eb G B

Diminished Seventh:

Symbol: dim7

Just like the name suggest, a diminished triad chord is a minor seventh chord with the last note diminished or lowered one-half step. Since the 7th note is already lower by definition, the 7th note is double lowered to become diminished (double flat, flat Seventh Piano Chords In Its Many Formsflat Seventh Piano Chords In Its Many Forms). The 5th note is also lowered.

It consist of the 1st, lowered 3rd, lowered 5th and double-lowered 7th notes in the scale.

Example: Cdim7 = C Eb G Bbb

Diminished Minor Seventh or Minor Seventh Flat Five or Half-Diminished Seventh:

Symbol: m7b5

It’s like a diminished seventh chord but the 7th note is only half-diminished, it’s just lowered once not twice as is the case in a Diminished Seventh.

It consist of the 1st, lowered 3rd, lowered 5th and lowered 7th notes in the scale.

Example: Cm7b5 = C Eb Gb Bb

Dominant Seventh Flat 5:

Symbol: 7b5

Just like the name suggest, it’s a dominant seventh where the 5th note is flat in the scale.

It consist of the 1st, 3rd, lowered 5th and lower 7th notes.

Example: C7#5 = C E Gb Bb

Augmented Dominant Seventh or Dominant Seventh Sharp 5:

Symbol: 7#5

Just like the name suggest, it’s a dominant seventh where the 5th note is sharp in the scale.

It consist of the 1st, 3rd, raised 5th and lower 7th notes.

Example: C7#5 = C E G# Bb

Play around with all of these seventh piano chords and learn to recognize them in your favorite music.

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Extended Piano Chords

June 22, 2014

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 […]

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The Piano Chord – Making Sense of This Versatile Music Concept

June 21, 2014

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 […]

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Chord Progressions – The Basic DNA of Music

June 12, 2014

Many things in life have a pattern. In music, we refer to those patterns as chord progressions. They are simply a sequence of chords that tends to repeat throughout the song. Have you ever noticed how easy it can be to learn a new song you hear on the radio? Sometimes it only takes hearing […]

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The Many Benefits of Taking Piano Lessons Online

June 5, 2014

If you’ve ever wanted to play the piano but think that you don’t have time now that you are a working adult, think again! Piano lessons online make it easy to pick up your old hobby or learn a new one. When most of us think about taking piano lessons, we think about having a […]

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Top 10 Ways To Improvise On The Piano

June 3, 2014

1. Use fake books. Fake books, as one of the top 10 ways to improvise on the piano, are gentle introductions to what could be interpreted as the Wild West of improvisation. Improvisation is largely based on freedom of expression. Without having a good foundation of the basics, beginners may feel intimidated by the possibilities. […]

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Piano for Beginners – Different Ways of Learning

May 30, 2014

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 […]

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Top Five Ways To Play Piano By Ear

May 19, 2014

Learn scales and try to pick them out in the music you hear. One of the top five ways to play piano by ear is by learning (at the very least) what scales are and what they sound like. Scales are a series of octave-specific notes that are played in a particular pattern or order. […]

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Beginner Piano Lessons

April 30, 2014

Welcome to what I believe is one of the easiest beginner piano lessons you will find anywhere. I’ve built this introduction to piano based on the experiences I’ve had successfully teaching countless others. My method is to keep it simple, make everything make sense, and move at a pace that keeps things interesting. When you […]

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