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Music Chords

Music chords are the bricks and mortar of western music. Thus, familiarity with them is a necessity for any serious (and even not-so-serious) musician.  

For songwriters, singers, pianists, guitarists, composers, and instrumentalists of all kinds, knowing the basic chords is indispensable.

Here, the basic chords are listed using common chord symbols, music-staff notation, and piano keyboard pictures. Just click on whichever chord (named by the root) you would like to see.

Hopefully, this will be helpful to you as you seek to learn the chords.

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The pianists music chords:

"A" chords
"B-flat" chords
"B" chords
"C" chords
"C-sharp" chords
"D-flat" chords
"D" chords
"D-sharp" chords
"E-flat" chords
"E" chords
"F" chords
"F-sharp" chords
"G-flat" chords
"G" chords
"G-sharp" chords
"A-flat" chords

For some ideas for practicing chords on the piano, see "Piano Chord Chart" , and "Keyboard Chords"

For the pianist, as well as all other instrumentalists, knowing the music chords is an absolute necessity. The piano player must learn the chords in all of their inversions and many different voicings. The more you know your chords, the easier it is to read music, to write music, to memorize music, and to play music. They show up in melodies, and in countless patterns of accompanying harmonies.

Along with the chords, every instrumentalist show have a deep understanding and mastery of the major and minor scales. [The mastering of all major and minor scales will benefit your piano skills in countless ways. Your knowledge of keyboard geography and confidence in the feel and shape of each scale will help in reading and memorizing music, as well as understanding the structure of the music you play. Chords and chordal structures will make much more sense to you and you will see relationships and patterns which would not occur to you without proper knowledge of the scales. Also, your technique will grow and your ability to solve and master fingering issues will expand greatly. The pianist who has all the major and minor scales firmly in his head and in his hands will be much more confident and comfortable with all areas of piano playing then one who does not. So master the scales... all of them. Learn the fingerings for all, develop speed and dexterity using the metronome, rhythms and links. Play the scales in octaves, play the scales in thirds, in sixths, in tenths. Play them hands-separately, hands-together. Play them parallel and in contrary motion. Play them loud, play them soft, play them with musical shaping and touch. Play them in your pajamas, play them in your work clothes, play them in your football uniform... Play them, play them, play them. Oh yeah... don't forget to enjoy them! Scales can be lots of fun. You should never be bored when the scales are on your mind and in your fingers.]

Click here for a handy reference regarding scales.

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