Part of what makes the piano such a beautiful instrument to listen to, is the fact that It can play more than one note at a single time.
In fact, the piano can play multiple notes all at the same time. This unique ability lets the musician play various harmonies and melodies together – giving the instrument a nice, full sound that at times, sounds like a full orchestra playing!
Because of the piano’s ability to play multiple notes at the same time, it’s important that the beginning pianist learn how to play piano chords.
Chords are the foundation that will allow you to play full arrangements of your favorite tunes, and make it sound like an entire band is playing along with the melody.
But before you can play chords, you should probably know a few tips that will help you in the learning process.
First up, you’ll need to know some music theory. The bare-bone basics at the very least. That’s because knowing what notes to play in a chord comes down to knowing your theory and knowing how chords are built.
If you’re still new to playing the piano and music in general, make sure you familiarize yourself with all twelve major scales and the minor scales and variations (i.e. harmonic minor, natural minor, melodic minor).
Once you know these scales, in all twelve keys, then you have a very solid foundation on which to learn how to play piano chords. In fact, if you know your scales then you’ll be able to create practically any chord out there.
The second tip to learning how to play chords on the piano is to train your ear.
Seventh chords can sound bluesy or jazzy. There are so many different colors of sound you can create depending on what chords you use. Knowing the way these chords sound will go a long way to helping you understand harmony and the relationship between different chords and their progressions.
Finally, the last tip is to make sure you put in plenty of practice time. Learn how to play the chords on the keyboard. Get used to how they’re shaped in your left and right hands. This will go a long way to helping you be able to play the chords on the piano in real time.
Eventually, the more you practice, the more playing all kinds of chords will become second nature. Also, realize that this is an area of musical study that truly never ends. There is so much to learn when it comes to chord theory and how they relate to different genres like jazz, classical, and more, that it can take a while to try and master it all.
So don’t get frustrated and realize that this is a life-long process. Not something you’ll study once and then never use again.