When learning to play the piano, whether it be online lessons or private tutor, you will no doubt want to get to a level where you can play a song, if you have read in the past, build up to this. In this article I am going to show you how to play some chords, put them together and play a sing along you will hopefully recognize. This is the seventh in a series of seven articles; if you have followed them you will be ready for this.
First we are going to play with our right hand and white notes only, using the thumb, third finger and pinkie. If you read my last article you will remember the note C is the white note to the left of the pair of black notes, left of center of the keyboard. If you have not read my first article I suggest you do, as I need to continue as if you had. Finger numbers are thus, thumb is the first finger, index is the second finger, middle is the third finger, leaving the forth finger, and pinkie as the fifth finger.
1. Let's go, with your right hand thumb on the note C; miss a white note then third finger on E, miss a white note and pinkie on G. Play altogether as one note this is the simple chord of C major. Now the difficult bit, not really. Hold your fingers and thumb in that position and move them to the right one note so that your thumb is now on D, third finger on F, pinkie on A. This is the chord of D minor. Now hold your finger position and go right one white key, now your thumb is on E, third finger is on G, and pinkie is on B. this is the chord of E minor. You are going great.
2. Same again move the same finger positions right one note. Thumb is on F, third finger is on A, and pinkie is on C. this is the chord of F major. Move to the right again hold the finger positions, now the thumb is on G, the third is on B and the pinkie is on D. This is the chord of G major. One more move right, the thumb is now on A, the third is on the next C and the pinkie is on the next E, this is the chord of A minor. Now look at this, you can now play the chords of [C, Dm, Em, F, G, and Am]. You should now make a note
[pun] of these and keep them in a folder probably, pat yourself on the back. Well done.
3. Now I'm going to introduce the Bar lines. For our first songs we will be using what's called Four beats to the Bar. In our example we are going to use a forward slash / to denote a bar line so between every bar line we can tap out four beats. 1, 2, 3, 4, / 1, 2, 3, 4, / just like that. So if I put down C, G, / Am, F / C, G, / F, Em, Dm, C, / you can assume that each chord in the first three bars is played twice as in two beats each. Ok, But in the last bar we have four chords, so four chords four beats one beat each, makes sense yes?
4. If you practice these chords so that you can play them in the sequence of- [C, G, / F, / C, G, / F, Em, Dm, C, / and "repeat"], this is four beats to each bar. So what this means is you play [C twice, G twice / Am twice, F twice / Then C twice, G twice / F once, Em once, Dm once, C once /] And to make it sound a little better if you can play the Em and Dm a smidgen sooner than the F and C surrounding them you should get something like this: — Dhaa, Dit, Dit, Dhaa to finish. Hope you managed to decipher that.
5. Now just to make it more spectacular you can introduce the left hand. Are you ready for this? Starting with the C, when you play the C chord with you right hand also play the C note [bass note C] lower down the keyboard, with your left thumb, then when you change to the G chord also play the G note lower down the keyboard with your middle finger, and so on with Am play the A, and with F chord play the F bass note.