Chords are essential parts of piano playing. You cannot play a good piece with just notes. You need to support it with the right chords so you can get the full musical effect. In fact, many music teachers would say that chords are one of the foundations of music. You cannot play the piano without learning what the chords are. The thing is, there is really only one way for you to learn the chords – you need to memorize it. Just by looking at the many keys of the piano, you must know which keys are the C chord, D chord and the list goes on.
The Major Chords
The major chords in the C scale are C, D, E, F, G, A, B and back to C. As you would notice, these are the same as musical notes but what sets them apart is that a simple chord is played with 3 notes. They produce a harmonious sound that appears to be one even though it is played with many notes. However, one cannot play good music with just the C scale major chords. This might work for kiddie songs and nursery rhymes but surely every aspiring pianist wants to progress to more than that. To add flavor to your tunes, you need to know the flats and the sharps at the very least.
When you make a certain chord “flat”, it automatically turns into a minor chord instead of a major chord. You do not even have to see the keys that a pianist is playing to know if a certain chord is a major or minor. Major chords have a happy and full sound to it while minor chords tend to sound a bit dissonant. Hence, major chords are used as happy background music while minor chords are used for suspense and thrillers.
A good musical piece is not just about playing all major or minor chords. To make it sound more interesting, a combination of the 2 is often used. Of course, for those who are still learning piano, sticking to the majors may be wise before you eventually get to the minors as your skill progresses.
Now how can you make sure that your skills do progress? There is only one word for that – practice. Nobody can learn to play the piano well without practice. That is why you must dedicate yourself to it and play regularly. Usually, chord exercises are done to help a person’s finger dexterity in playing chords. You see, to play chords, and your fingers need to stretch out a bit in order to reach keys that are far apart. With practice, this happens until such a time when reaching a far key is no longer difficult. At first, the chords are done in sequence but as the student improves, the best way to train eye and hand coordination is to write down chords that are not in order in a piece of paper and ask the student to play it in the piano.