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How to Play Chords on the Piano (the quick way)

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in this video I'm going to teach you as

quickly as I can how to read and play

chords for those with zero piano

experience okay so here we go so we look

at the piano for the first time here

you'll see that there's a pattern of two

and three black notes right so two three

two three two three all the way up the

keyboard right so that pattern of five

black notes two and three you look at

those five black notes there are seven

white notes that surround it right so in

total there's seven plus five which is

twelve so there's twelve notes that

exist that repeats up the keyboard those

are the twelve unique notes so let's

learn those notes if we look at just the

white ones those seven each of those

seven has a letter name letter of the


so if we start with here the then let

the note in front of the two black notes

that's letter C and you can think of

this as the C group the notes that

surround the two black notes so you have

C D and E right just up via up the

alphabet C D now if you look at the

three black notes here there are four

notes that surround it right and this is

the letter F so you can think of this as

the F group so in front of the three

black notes here you have the F so

that's just F G then once you get to the

letter G it flips back to a so it's a B

and then look you're back at C because C

is in front of the two black notes and

you just go up the alphabet cdefg

flip over a B and you're back at C now

we need to learn the black notes right

so if you notice all the black notes are

between two white notes so if we choose

a black note like this it's between C

and D so it has two names you can call

it a D flat or a C sharp sharp means

above flat means below so blody D flat

above C it's also called the C sharp

right let's pick another one this note

is between what two notes it's between F

and G right so this is an F sharp or a G

flat okay so now the understan notes the

next thing you have to understand or

what we call intervals intervals are two

notes or the distance between two notes

so say for example you have two pennies

here and you have a distance from one

penny to the other penny if you move it

here now you have a wider distance right

and a wider distance or a wider interval

you can see here same thing with notes

we can have a very narrow distance or

you can have a wider interval right and

so depending on how wide

is or whatnot it's called something

different so our smallest interval

that's called minor second the next

biggest interval from here to here

that's a major second the next biggest

interval from here to here is a minor

third and then you have a major third

okay so these are the intervals that

we're going to work with minor second

major second minor third major third

notice that a minor third has two notes

inside of it and a major third distance

has three notes inside of it so with

that knowledge we can go play other

minor thirds and other major thirds so

over here that's a major third right

because it's three inside of it I hope

we go here that's major third so as

those three notes inside of it here

that's a major third because there's

these three notes inside of it but if we

played this that's a minor third because

it has two notes right and so is this

that's a minor third okay so now that we

know what a major 3rd and minor third is

what we can do is use those to build

chords chords are three notes so we have

notes which are singular we have

intervals which are two notes and we

have chords which are three notes so

there are major chords and there are

minor chords a major chord is a major

third like that plus a minor third C

because you have three here and then you

have two here so three two major third

minor third that creates a major chord

and since we have C at the bottom

it's called AC major chord to play a

minor chord it's the reverse so you have

a minor third which has two notes right

and a major third which is three notes

so together that is AC minor chord

because you have a minor third and a

major third with that knowledge we can

play different chords now so say we

wanted to play an F sharp major triad or

major chord right so we find the F sharp

so this is F sharp means above that's an

F sharp now we need a major third first

so we have those three notes here so

that's this one and then we need a minor

third so two notes and then here that is

a F sharp major chord now if want to

play an a major chord start with a you

need three notes

and then two notes that's an a major

chord want to play an a minor chord all

you do is lower the middle note because

now you shifted it over so now you have

two here and you have three here right

because you have a minor third in a

major third it's the reverse okay so

those are your chords the next thing in

understand why what we call inversions

so you can take a chord like a C major

chord and you can reorder it so the

notes here are c e and g but what if you

took away the C here and you put it up

here now I have a different inversion

right and we take away the e here and we

put it up there now we have another

inversion and there's only going to be

three versions of it right because there

are three notes so you have three

different versions with a different note

at the bottom want to see at the bottom

we'll eat at the bottom one of the G at

the bottom those are your inversions

those are important because say we want

to play a song with a chord progression

a chord progression is a group of chords

so our chord progression for example

could be C major chord G major chord a

minor chord F chord you see how that

sounds very jumpy when you play it in

those root positions like this

to make it sound more smooth you can

play different variations of them

meaning different inversions so how

about this c2 this g2 this a minor to

this F and with the left hand here we're

just going to play the root so see if

you're playing a C chord you can just

play a C in the left hand C G a minor F

see that how smooth that sounds and how

natural that sounds I'm going to show

you now an easy way to do that which is

called voice leading because it's sort

of like your three fingers like a choir

right these voices are moving very

smoothly like a choir voices would move

smoothly in choral music so how you do

it is you write out the notes you write

out the letters so you can write out c e

g when you write out G B D and your

write out a c e and then you write out f

AC right and then you want to circle all

the common notes like c e g the c chord

has the g in common with the g chord

right they both have G and then the next

one doesn't have anything in common so

you don't circle anything right because

because the a minor is AC e nothing in

common but then the FAC has the a a and

the C in common rights you circle those

all the letters that aren't circled you

draw arrows over to the next notes and

basically all the circled letters are

what you keep the same and all the

arrows are what you move so say we start

with c e g since G is circled but the

other two have arrows so you just move

those notes than you notes right and

then if there's nothing circled that

means all three letters move and then

here we have two letters circled and

just one arrow so all you do is just

move for the e to the F

and that's what you can do for any chord

progression when you look up chord

progressions online just draw a figure

out the chords now that you know how

chords are built draw up the letters

circle the common letters draw the

arrows pointing and then you'll have

this professional voice leading sound

last thing you have to add is rhythm so

most songs are in 4/4 time or 4 beats

per measure so you can just do a very

basic rhythm pattern which is 2 3 4 1 2

3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 and your left hand

is just holding notes for 4 beats but

that's it you can now look up any song

online and if they have chords you can

read them and start playing and singing

at the same time ok so that's it for

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