Christmas Carols on the Piano - Silent Night
Chords are the "backdoor" to piano playing. By understanding and using chords a player can start simply and end up playing most anything he/she wants to play.
I can hardly overemphasize the importance of learning all about chords as you take piano lessons. The reason it is so important is because music is largely made of broken chords, partial chords, arpeggions, and block chords. Knowing what chord is in force at any point in a song allows you to not only understand the music better, but also to add to the music as you play.
So when you look for a music lesson teacher, be sure to ask them if they teach music theory (which includes chords).
It is exciting for any pianist to picture himself or herself playing those LIGHTNING FAST runs up the keyboard and back down in time for the next chord, or playing CASCADING RUNS down the keyboard for a WATERFALL of wonderful sounds, to say nothing of using mordents, inverted mordents, trills, turns, tremolos, grace notes, glissandos, fillers galore, cocktail-piano runs, plus gospel-style runs as well as "blues runs" based on the blues scale!
Is it worth the effort to learn some or all of these techniques? It certainly has been for me, but every pianist will have to make that judgment for himself or herself.
For the complete article, please go to http://www.playpiano.com/broadcast/2-runs&fills.htm
Lots of people wonder how many chords there could possibly be -- they hear song after song and think that there must be as many chords as there are stars in the sky.
Continued at Piano Chords: http://www.playpiano.com/Articles/29-howmanychords.htm
Did you know that by learning just 3 chords you can play hundreds of songs?
Did you know that there are only 12 major keys you can play in, but you only really have to master one key to play most popular songs?
Did you know that it is possible to easily match any melody note (tune) to a chord, so you can harmonize any note?
Did you know that Beethoven's Fur Elise and the blues song "Summertime" uses the exact same chords for the theme of the song?
Did you know that it is quite possible to predict what chord comes next in a song with accuracy approaching 85%?
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