Piano chords for beginners learn four chords to play hundreds of songs
OK, in today's tutorial I want to look at some easy piano chords and how you can use them to play some famous songs and even learn some improvisation skills on the piano. I got the idea for this tutorial from a Buzzfeed post I saw recently it listed 73 songs you can play with just four chords. Now, that got me thinking, because most of my recent piano tutorials have been on fairly advanced concepts, so I thought it was time to get back to basics and do a tutorial that offers a way in for you guys who are kind of relative beginners on the piano and maybe new to my channel.
So what I'm going to do is take a look at those four piano chords That you can use to play, well, actually far more than 73 songs probably hundreds. OK, we're going to look at the chords in the key of C major. There's the scale of C major. It's the simplest scale, the simplest key on the piano keyboard. We'll think about other keys a bit later, but for now C major is where it's all at. The four chords that we're going to use are C, F, G and A minor Yeahé That's the chords of C major, F major, G major and A minor.
C uses the notes C, E and G F uses F, A and C G uses G, B and D and A minor uses A, C and E. You'll notice that all the notes of those chords from from that C major scale. That's because all chords are basically made of scales that's a really important idea in music theory. I'm assuming, by the way, that you don't actually have a ton of knowledge, and I'm going to talk about all the basic concepts you need right here. If you want a bit more indepth information or you want to know more about music theory,
or see other piano tutorials that I've done, do click on the link to subscribe to my channel. You might also find my book, How To Really Play The Piano, pretty useful, but I'll talk more about that a little bit later. So now we've got those four basic chords but they sound pretty dull like that. We want to turn them into something. a bit more kind of interesting, a bit more useful, a bit more musical. How do we do thaté So the first thing we need to do is put them in some sort of order what we might call a quot;chord progressionquot;. For now, the order we're going to use is C, G, A minor, F.
That's C, G, A minor, F. If you're watching this at the piano, you might just want to pause there and get your fingers round that chord progression. C, G, A minor, F. Now, a key thing to understand is that we don't have to play those chords in those shapes, because the piano offers us hundreds ways of playing any one chord. If you're coming from an instrument like the guitar, that can be pretty scary because on a guitar there are maybe, you know, there are maybe three or four ways of playing a chord like C half a dozen if you're a good player, and some are harder than others.
But on the piano, as I said, there are hundreds of ways of playing each chord. OK, so those are all different ways of playing the chord of C. We call them different quot;inversionsquot; and quot;voicingsquot; and basically what you do is just take the three notes of that chord C, E and G and play them in pretty much any combination. Different combinations will have different effects. Sometimes you can even miss one of the notes out and play, you know, just Cs and Es, but most of the time you'll need to use all three notes so the chord keeps what we call its quot;identityquot;.