Any pianist will be able to tell you that one of the most fundamental skills in knowing how to play the piano is being able to play chords. If you are familiar with chords in most keys, then your left hand is pretty much sorted. After all, the majority of piano playing involves playing the tune in the right hand, as well as the chords in the left hand played at the same time. Sometimes, the melody is not played in the right hand, but sung instead, in which case the piano player will just play chords in both hands. Whatever it is that you aiming for, chords will come into your piano playing a great deal, so having a good knowledge of what notes are in each chords, including any sharps and flats will be so important in your progression in learning how to play the piano. Chords can be played in a variety of ways. The notes in the chord can all be played at the same time, or they can be played separately in a broken chord pattern. Depending on the style of the piece you want to play will determine in what way you play the chords. Also, you can play chords percussively to create a driving rhythm. As you get more familiar as to what notes you need to use in each chord, you will become more confident in attaching a rhythm to the chords you play. This can be a very effective way to accompany a singer, or accompany yourself singing. If you actually take a look at what the likes of Elton John actually play on the piano, you will realise that they are improvising around set chords. It may look very complicated and intricate, but the truth is when you know where all the chords are on the piano, you can improvise around them and it can create a very impressive sound.
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If you are a beginner or more advanced student, you maybe looking for piano lessons online. The first thing to do if you are considering lessons is make sure you teacher is well qualified. Matthew gradated in Music from Cardiff University and has been teaching music over the last ten years in his home studio and in schools. He has helped learners to really make serious progression in their piano studies. And more than that, he instills a life long love of the instrument and music making in general. Matthew will equip you with all the skills you will need to play the piano effectively.
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