Visual Catalog of 108+ Piano Chords

Here’s an interactive  eBook that I put together as a reference for my Piano Chords 108 series.

 

IMPORTANT:

This book can serve as a stand-alone reference for checking your piano chords.

However:

The sole purpose of my Piano Chords 108 series is to teach piano students how to memorize all 108 of these chords as they appear on the piano keyboard.

Therefore, this catalog should be used, ideally, only to check your understanding of the memorization system taught here.

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Chords are listed alphabetically. Each chord is spelled out by using a simple image (consisting of dots on a keyboard, indicating which keys/notes make up the chord in question).

 


In a nutshell, all the standard three and four-note chords are illustrated.

 


LIST OF ALL CHORD TYPES ILLUSTRATED IN THIS BOOK

 

Major triads (all)

Minor triads (all)

Major 7th chords (all)

Minor 7th chords (all)

Dominant 7th chords (all)

Diminished triads (all)

Diminished 7th chords (all)

Half-diminished 7th chords (‘Minor-7 flat-5’) (all)

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Blues Lick #3: “Boogie House”

 

Here’s one that feels right at home in a classic boogie-woogie piano groove, as well as in a hard-driving modern “boogie rock” or “boogie country” jam. At the end of the day, this lick fits in anywhere that is bluesy or funky.  So think of the classic boogie-woogie beat as you get the rhythmic feel of this pattern. The way that I’m demonstrating this lick keeps that boogie feeling in mind.  So, don’t just think of the individual notes; listen to the groove, and tap your foot while you work on this!

Oh, and make it fun, that’s part of the assignment, for all these lessons. It’s a very serious assignment I’m giving you, a requirement that there has to be a grand dose of fun in this mix. The fun aspect is also helpful when studying, writing, or performing “classically serious” kinds of music.  That’s why, in the end, even with much serious study, our most desirable and worthy goal with music is to play it, and never to work it.  (I didn’t make that one up, and I forget where I heard it first, but I have to remind myself of that important truth sometimes, so I’m reminding you here, too 🙂 Even the most focused and drill-like practice can be made better by remembering that it won’t be “perfect” until it really sounds like there’s some fun up in there.  OK so let’s jam.

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Blues Piano Crash Course #11: How to play blues in any key (transpose)

from The Blues Piano Crash Course

This sample lesson (complete) is available to our visitors, and, of course, to our supporting members!

Lesson #11  (video)

Learn how to transpose the chords, scales, and concepts you learned in this crash course into other keys.

“All the same things” apply to playing blues in any key.  You will simply be learning the steps needed to move your musical patterns and shapes — that is, the three main chords, the blues scale, your favorite licks, etc. — into any desired key!

Especially good keys for you to learn to jam in are:

C, E*, A, G, B-flat, and F.

*Q: What new key to play in first?

A: For most contemporary keyboard players, I recommend that you first apply the concepts from this lesson (#11) to playing Blues in E.  My main reason for suggesting “E Blues” as your next key to conquer is that most guitar players really like to jam in E.  In standard guitar tuning, the key of E has lots of convenient hand positions, including especially comfortable fingerings for the E blues scale.  I’m sure there are other reasons for the popularity of E in guitar blues, but I think this is a big one. (I’m going by my own limited guitar-playing experience, with that “E is easier theory.”)  But regardless of the reasons, there is absolutely no doubt that E is popular with guitarists and rock/blues bands, so if you’re planning on jamming with guitarists, that’s the first new key for you to learn. (Tip: You can pick “E” up right after, or right along with, your current studies in C — I’m thinking “bilingual” studies here in a sense.).

VIDEO

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