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FREE Interactive Piano Chord Catalog of 108+ Piano Chords

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UPDATE Nov. 17, 2020: You can now purchase a downloadable PDF version of this complete piano chord book HERE.

At bottom is a free interactive eBook which is an excellent reference for my Chords 108 series.***

***This book can also serve as a stand-alone reference, arranged alphabetically and by chord type.

The purpose of the Chords 108 series is to teach students of piano how to memorize all 108 of these chords without the use of an external reference (after one has mastered what’s covered here).

In the context of ‘Chords 108 this optional catalog may be used to check your understanding of the memorization system taught here.



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How to Play Difficult Chords on Piano or Keyboards

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“Sometimes I can play the C7 Chord, lots of time I am hitting the G# because I have to move my hand higher on the keys to sound the chord. Any hints on fingering or practicing this? Thanks much!“


My answer:

 Instructor · 8 minutes ago

Hi Dale! Thanks so much for your question! I think many other students can relate to this, so it’s great to have this discussion posted here. I have two suggestions to start with: (1) To get used to not hitting any neighboring notes, for any chord, practice playing the notes of the chord as an ARPEGGIO a whole bunch of times. In this case try playing C, E, G, then Bb, one note at a time, starting on C, up to E, then G, then Bb, then back down. Increase the speed of this arpeggio as you get more comfortable.  (2) You can always leave out the G entirely (in a C7). This is not cheating, because the C7 chord sounds nice that way, a bit more powerful and open sounding. Theory note: The important thing in playing any “complete” chord is to include the THIRD and the SEVENTH (if there is a seventh). This produces the “full effect” of the type of chord being played; so, this C7 example works fine. (In this case, the third is E, and the seventh is Bb.) Please let me know if these suggestions help, or if you have any other questions, of course!  Thanks!


I’ve been doing the Arpeggio thingy (but not enough I guess) I did that trick with learning Triads and just moved it on to this.  Leaving the G out is something new and I will give that a shot, my music theory is not great so I had no ideer about the 3rd and 7th rule, I played guitar before but never paid a great amount of attention to theory, I think by trying to learn the Piano I’ve learn more about music in a few months than I did for years of playing the Guitar.  Thanks for excellent reply


Sure thing, Dale! One other suggestion, closely related to the arpeggio: With improvisation, like blues or jazz, feel free to play the root of the chord before or after the rest of the chord, or to occasionally play only the root and third, or to rhythmically outline the notes in a “walking bass .”  With improv, musicians can find interesting ways around technical hurdles without breaking any “rules.”

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The Rule of ‘Three Times Right’ for Memorizing Any Task

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How to memorize music with certainty?

Today, I want to share a very simple technique for being confident that you have memorized a section of music. This works for many similar things, such as an actor memorizing lines.

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Sheet Music: Lick #10 from “A Study in Blues Piano”

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More Sheet Music for ‘A Study in Blues Piano’

Updated Jan. 1, 2021.

Here’s a downloadable PDF file of sheet music covering Blues Piano Lick #10, for optional use with my course “A Study in Blues Piano” (all on this site).

This sheet is part of a supplemental collection I’m putting together, in response to recent requests.


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“Prelude in C” with Letters and Notes | Piano Sheet Music | Original and Unabridged | PDF Download

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J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C Major with Letters and Notes

I’ve added a new custom sheet, Prelude in C,  written by J.S. Bach, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book OnePrelude in C is an extremely popular piece that will never lose its appeal to piano players and listeners alike.

This Bach piano sheet music has each note labeled with its musical letter-name, such as E, D#, A… Some markings (dynamics, etc.) have been omitted to make room for the added letters.

You can read about the pros and cons of marking in letters on sheet music, here.


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How to Play “Piggyback” Arpeggios

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How to Play ‘Piggyback’ Arpeggios on Piano

Updated: Dec. 31, 2020

Here’s a straightforward way to play impressive sounding arpeggios on your keyboard!

This sounds especially nice on piano when using the sustain pedal!


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A Study in Blues Piano – Focusing on Twelve Licks

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Welcome to A Study in Blues Piano!

Course Description

This is an in-depth study of twelve blues licks, with extensive left-hand support tips. Each lick/riff is explored in detail, including variations, fingering, playing tips, and supporting music theory.

More than just learning the notes by rote, you will get insight into the patterns, scales, chords and intervals involved, including how to transpose each lick.

As a result, each lick will be mastered as RAW MATERIAL for endless variations, with applications in many musical settings (genres).

Lick #10 of this group is actually more than a lick; rather, it gives you a complete two-handed 12-bar opening groove, including a left-hand pattern to support your licks throughout your soloing.

Sheet Music

Students can download and print optional sheet music for several of the licks. There’s also a sample solo piece with a 12-bar introduction, followed by a 12-bar piano solo that features licks from the class.



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Learn all 12 Major & all 12 Maj7 Chords by Pattern (not by rote)

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<- Back to the Chords 108 Main Course Page

Welcome back!

Today we’ll learn the unique 3-letter formula the applies to every standard Major and Major Seventh Chord.

Audience: Any musician who’s struggling to memorize the individual notes to all those dang chords on piano or keyboards, and looking for a solution!

Description: Learn how to immediately call up the notes to any of the twelve major chords — without having to rely on rote memory.  This lesson applies to all twelve major seventh chords as well.

Video Lesson:

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Maple Leaf Rag with Lettered Notes | Easy-to-Read Piano Sheet Music | Original and Unabridged

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The Complete ‘Maple Leaf Rag’

Original and Unabridged.

More Piano Sheet Music with Lettered Notes