# CHORDS THEORY

Lesson 1: Basic Chord Knowledge : If you're just starting with piano chords I suggest you stick to the beginning piano lessons for a while before you go further with piano chord theory. Read the basic chord lessons and practice a few songs to get your technique all together. Once you are fast and accurate enough with changing chords in inversions I think it would be suitable for you to take this step further. Reading Piano Notes : I'm going to show the basics of chord theory by using piano notes. If you don't know how to read piano notes you might want to check our piano notes section before you go through this piano lesson. As far as I'm concerned this is a step further in world of piano harmony. It's not so complicated to follow and anyways, I believe we all should be eager to know more and get to the bottom of music in order to become better musicians. However, it's also possible to play chords just by reading the symbols and following the songs. Alright, let's get to business with the basics of piano chord theory. When we use chords in a song we do it in order to accompany a certain melody. But where do the chords derive from? Well, just like the melody of song derives from a certain scale (For example the melody of "Jingle Bells" is based on a major scale) so does the chords. Let's say we play Jingle Bells in C major. We could assume that the melody will be written out of the notes of C major.

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and press on A. We continue this procedure and this is what we get. But what happens if we would like to find the harmony of a song? Is there some logic in that aspect too? You bet there is! Just like melodies. skip G . Then we press on E. The first chord of C major scale would be C major. The members of the family are very friendly. Press on F (we follow the notes of the scale).I'm sure. and then trust our ear and intuition to figure the melody out. and then we skip a note in the scale. That's the basics of piano chord theory. Let's get to know the family of C major.This is very useful for playing melodies by ear since it helps us to know the logic in a song and limit our notes options. then skip a note again and press on G. So if we would like to find the harmony of "Jingle Bells" we would search for chords that belong to C major. Scales are divided to scale degrees. This is quite easy. . You can find information about playing melodies by ear in here. We state their number in roman letters. The second chord of C major would be D minor. This is already familiar to you . We start from C. We start from D skip the E. chords derive from scales. All we have to do is hear if a song derive from a major scale or a minor one.