Learn How to Play Chords on the Piano in Less than 8 Minutes



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 alphabet 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 this video thank you so much for watching

20 thoughts on “Learn How to Play Chords on the Piano in Less than 8 Minutes

  1. This is the first piano tutorial I watched on YouTube and I think I am really lucky !!! Thanks Brother !!

  2. Damn thanks man!! I learnt more in those eight minutes than in the last 12 years in school. What a pathetic display for schools haha

  3. This is amazing! Thank you so much! You're a great teacher. You made it so easy to understand. You're awesome!

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