Piano Chords: How To Form Basic Chords On Piano And Keyboard

Master The Most Common Piano Chords With The Help Of An Experienced Piano Player
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  • Lectures 36
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Yes you can! You can master piano chords. I will show you exactly how.

In this course, I show you how to form and play the most important types of piano chords in every key. These are chords that every piano or keyboard player must know! If you want to master your chords, this course is right for you.

The course starts with me showing you how to play basic major and minor chords. Later on, I show you how to play dominant 7th, major 7th, minor 7th, sus2, sus4, augmented, diminished, major and minor 6th chords, and more. This course goes into great detail and I present scales and formulas to show you exactly how the chords are constructed. I demonstrate all the chords on the piano, so you know exactly how to play every chord. Piano chord charts are included, showing you the exact notes to play.

Learn I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi and vii° chords in every major key, as well as i ii° III iv v VI VI chords in every minor key. Everything is well explained and presented in a manner that is fun and exciting.

Learn about chord inversions, piano fingerings and voice leading. Learn how to move from one chord to the next, where your fingers should go, and how to pick the best sounding and most comfortable notes.

Learn how to play some of the most popular chord progressions ever, and much more.

By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge required to play the chords of all your favorite songs. Whether you want to play in a professional band or duo, accompany singers, play solo, sing and play, or perhaps, simply play for fun, this course will surely give you the tools you need.

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What are the requirements?

  • No prior musical skill is required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Build and play every major, minor, augmented, diminished and suspended chord on piano.
  • Build and play extended chords, namely, major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th, major 6th and minor 6th chords.
  • Play the most popular chord progressions in music and sound professional when playing them.
  • Master piano chords and have a solid foundation to play basically any song.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for beginners who are new to chords as well as those (including intermediates) who know a few basic chords but want to take their chord skills and knowledge to the next level.
  • This is not for advanced players who want to master more complex 9th, 11th and 13th jazz chords.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:22

This is the introduction to your piano chords course where I welcome you to the course, quickly tell you about myself and walk you through the curriculum. By the end of this lecture, you will know exactly what to expect in subsequent ones. You will have a general view of the topics we will be going through and what you will be learning.

Section 2: Major Chords
04:01

This is an introduction to major chord formation. Before you learn how to play chords, you need to know how to form the major scale. Scales set the foundation for chords. In this lecture you learn how a major scale is constructed. Learn the formula for forming any major scale. Learn about half steps and whole steps and how they relate to the major scale.

02:59

Learn how to form a major chord. Learn exactly what notes in a major scale are combined to form this type of chord. Learn formulas for forming any major chord.

05:46

Learn how to play major chords in all keys on your piano or keyboard. We take a look at the notes that make up every chord. You will know how to play every major chord with the right and left hands separately, and with both hands together.

04:57

Learn what fingers go where when playing major chords. Learn how to play major chords in their root position, first and second inversions.

Section 3: Minor Chords
05:03

Learn how to form and play minor chords. Learn formulas and methods for constructing any minor chord. Learn what notes are combined to form this chord. You will be able to construct every minor chord on piano.

05:12

Learn how to play minor chords in all keys on your piano or keyboard. We take a look at the notes that make up every chord. You will know how to play every minor chord with the right and left hands separately, and with both hands together.

05:11

Learn what fingers go where when playing minor chords. Learn how to play minor chords in their root position, first and second inversions.

7 questions

This quiz will test your understanding of major and minor chords.

Section 4: Easy Piano Chords for Beginners
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In this lecture, you will learn some of the easiest and most basic chords that you can play on piano/keyboard. Learn easy, basic chords in the keys of C, D and F major. Learn easy I IV V vi chords. This will give you a great foundation to build upon.

Article

In this lecture, we continue taking a look at some of the easiest and most basic chords that you can play on piano/keyboard. Learn easy, basic chords in the keys of G, A and E major. Learn easy I IV V vi chords in these keys.

Section 5: Chord Inversions, Piano Fingering and Voice Leading
10:57

In this lecture, you will know how to apply chord inversions to your playing. You will learn how to use the correct fingering for chords. You will learn how to smoothly move from one chord to the next when playing a song.

Section 6: Dominant Seventh Chords
04:07

You will be able to form every dominant seventh chord (dom7 chord) on piano. You will know what notes in the scale to combine to form this chord. You will be able to start on any key and form a dom7 chord.

05:15

Learn how to play dominant seventh (dom7) chords in all keys on your piano or keyboard. We take a look at the notes that make up every chord. You will know how to play every dominant seventh chord with the right and left hands separately, and with both hands simultaneously.

02:42

You will be able to play dominant seventh chords in their root positions, as well as their first and second inversions.

5 questions

This quiz will test your understanding/knowledge of dominant seventh chords.

Section 7: Minor Seventh Chords
02:38

You will be able to form every minor seventh chord (min7/m7/-7 chord) on piano. You will know what notes in the scale to combine to form this chord. You will be able to start on any key and form a minor seventh chord.

05:17

Learn how to play minor seventh chords in all keys on your piano or keyboard. We take a look at the notes that make up every chord. You will know how to play every minor seventh chord with the right and left hands separately, and with both hands simultaneously.

03:47

You will be able to play minor seventh chords in their root positions, as well as their first and second inversions.

Section 8: Major Seventh Chords
03:17

You will be able to form every major seventh chord (maj7/M7 chord) on piano. You will know what notes in the scale to combine to form this chord. You will be able to start on any key and form a major seventh chord.

05:31

Learn how to play major seventh chords in all keys on your piano or keyboard. We take a look at the notes that make up every chord. You will know how to play every major seventh chord with the right and left hands separately, and with both hands simultaneously.

02:59

You will be able to play major seventh chords in their root positions, as well as their first and second inversions.

Section 9: Suspended Second and Suspended Fourth Chords
06:00

You will learn how to form every suspended second and suspended fourth chord. Learn what notes in the major scale are combined to form these two types of suspended chords. Understand intervals more clearly.

02:07

In this lecture, you will learn all about suspended chord inversions. Learn how to play inversions of sus2 and sus4 chords. Learn about quartal chords.

03:54

Learn how to play suspended 4th chords (sus4 chords) in all keys. We take a look at the notes that make up every chord. You will know how to play every sus4 chord with the right and left hands separately, and with both hands simultaneously.

04:53

Learn how to play suspended 2nd chords (sus2 chords) in all keys. We take a look at the notes that make up every chord. You will know how to play every sus2 chord with the right and left hands separately, and with both hands simultaneously.

Learn how to play a dominant seventh suspended fourth chord (7sus4 chord).

Section 10: Diminished Chords
03:24

You will be able to form every diminished chord on piano. You will know what notes in the scale to combine to form this chord. You will be able to start on any key and form a diminished chord. Learn four ways to build this chord.

06:15

Learn how to play diminished chords in every key on piano. What are the notes that make up each chord? You will know how to play every diminished chord with the right and left hands separately, and with both hands simultaneously.

Section 11: Augmented Chords
02:40

You will be able to form every augmented chord on piano. You will know what notes in the scale to combine to form this chord. You will be able to start on any key and form an augmented chord. Learn formulas and ways of forming this chord.


03:59

Learn how to play augmented chords in all keys on piano/keyboard. What are the notes that make up each augmented chord? You will know how to play every augmented chord with the right hand and left hand.

5 questions

In this quiz, I test your understanding of augmented chords.

Section 12: Chords by Key: Piano Chords in Major and Minor Keys
05:05

Learn how to come up with chords in major keys. I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi and vii° chords in a major key. The pattern of chords in a major key.

Article

What are the chords in each major key? Learn all about it in this lecture. I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi and vii° chords in every major key.

Article

What are the chords in each minor key? Learn all about it in this lecture. i ii° III iv v VI VI chords in every minor key. The pattern of chords in a minor key.

Section 13: Common Piano Chord Progressions
Article

You will know chords for some of the most popular chord progressions. Learn common chord progressions in major keys. The keys of C, D, F, G and A major, and common chord progressions in these keys.

Article

Learn popular chord progressions in minor keys. The keys of A, D, E, F, and G minor, and common chord progressions in these keys. Common chord progressions and hit songs that make use of them.

Section 14: Major Sixth and Minor Sixth Chords
03:41

Learn how to form and play every major sixth chord on piano. You will be able to start on any key and form a major sixth chord. Play the maj6 chord with the right hand and the left hand.

03:32

Learn how to form and play every minor sixth chord on piano. You will be able to start on any piano key and form a minor sixth chord. Play the m6 chord with the right hand and the left hand.

5 questions

This quiz will test your understanding of major and minor sixth chords.

Section 15: Conclusion - What's Next?
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You will know what comes after mastering every chord in this course. An explanation of 9th, 11th and 13th chords. This is where we close the curtains on this exciting piano chords course.

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Instructor Biography

Mantius Cazaubon, Musician, Pianist, Music Artist, Author

Mantius Cazaubon is an extremely talented and hardworking musician. He has been playing piano and keyboards for over 20 years and is the author of 14 piano lessons and music theory books, including several Amazon bestsellers. A leading songwriter, composer and music artiste, he has recorded numerous hit songs, won multiple Caribbean music awards and consistently topped music charts. 

Mantius has an enormous passion for teaching and adding value to others. This has led him to create several niche websites over the years, such as piano lessons website, Piano-Keyboard-Guide, where he imparts his musical knowledge and serves thousands daily.

On his new journey as a Udemy lecturer, he continues to over-deliver, and takes his passion to new heights, staying true to his mission of helping, sharing and inspiring others.

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