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The 9th Chords You Need To Know: Lesson 6: C Major 9 & C Minor Major 9 Chords

Here’s the 6th in our series of piano chords and harmony lessons and tutorials.

In this lesson, we’re going to look at the Major 9 and Minor Major 9 chords.

This directly builds on your knowledge of the Major 7 and Minor Major 7 chords you learned before.

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OK, Some Colorful Chords: Lesson 5: C 9 & C Minor 9 Chords

Here’s the 5th in our series of piano chords and harmony lessons and tutorials.

Are you practising the previous chords on your piano or keyboard and getting to know the sound?

This is the secret to success if you know these sounds well.

In this lesson, we’re going to look at the 9 and Minor 9 chords.

This directly builds on your knowledge now of the 7 and min7 chords.

Why?

They are these chords with an added note! Continue reading

Beautiful Sus Chords: Piano Harmony Lesson 3: C Sus 2 & C Sus 4 Chords

Here’s the 3rd in our series of piano chords and harmony lessons and tutorials.

If you have a wide repertoire of chords that you know, then you have a larger bag of tricks to draw from when composing or improvising, and you start to recognise chords in songs when you listen.

In this lesson, we’re going to look at the Sus 2 and Sus 4 chords.

These are quite simple chords, and they are simply the major 2nd or perfect 4th note of scale played instead of the third.

They are Sus or suspended chord as it comes from the idea from contrapuntal technique, that a note is carried over or suspended from a phrase, and will soon resolve to a major or minor third.

In modern use, it does not have to carry over, and does not neccessarily have to resolve. The original term is what gives it its name.

However, the 4th or 2nd note with the 5th or tonis, does give the chord dissonance and anticipation (a better word) of a resolution to perhaps follow.

The lack of a 4rd makes it an open sound, that is not minor or major.

It is used in a lot of popular music and all genres of music as it does create a sense of suspense.

So here’s what these chords are:

Sus 2 Chord

Notation: C7

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Piano Harmony Lesson: Piano Chords Tutorial: Secret To Improvization

The secret to improvisation and playing freely on the piano or keyboard is knowing your chords and harmonies well.

Step 1

The steps to all these skills is firstly to know a good repertoire of chords.

Yes, start with major and minor, and these are the basics.

Then get familiar with this list of piano chords:

Let’s take the example of C:

C major 7th

C minor 7th

C sus2

C sus4

C6

C minor 6

C9

C major 9

C minor 9

C9 sus

C11

C13

C dim

C dim 7

C aug

C7 diminished 5 (or flat 5)

C7 augmented 5 (or sharp 5)

C minor 7 diminished 5 (or flat 5)

C minor 7 augmented 5 (or sharp 5)

C 7 diminished 9 (or flat 9)

C 7 augmented 9 (or sharp 9)

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Piano Encyclopedia Review

Want to learn piano harmony, and how to improvise and even compose?

Want to learn the chords on a piano, to advanced ones, so that you can play by ear, and to hugely help your improvisation as well?

Then have a close look at the Piano Encyclopedia which does exactly this.

This is the only online course that will teach you the logic behind all the chords and discover the musical progressions used in compositions, and so can compose, improvise and play by ear freely on the piano – an amazing skill to have.

Have a look at this intro video:

See the breakthrough Piano Encyclopedia learning method here

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