Chord Study: What’s really important?
A recent visitor to DoctorKeys asked me why my course doesn’t get into more complex chords like 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths. (1/26/15 Update: My newest course, Pop Piano Accompaniment, does indeed teach 9th chords.)
It’s because our focus so far has been on building a strong foundation, on helping you to grasp simple chords in a truly practical way, before moving on to more advanced harmonies.
As a teacher, I’ve learned over the years that students can often build the most complicated chords without knowing how to actually use even the simplest, including:
–how to create smooth chord connections using inversions
–how to play a bass line
–how to set chords into motion to suit various songs and rhythmic styles
–how to use chords to accompany your own singing
–how to play chords using relaxed, efficient, piano technique
–how to transpose chord progressions from one key to another
So that’s what I’ve been teaching you up to now. In a nutshell: how to use simple chords to play music you love.
It’s a great place to start, don’t you think?