I spent years studying piano with teachers. Only classical music.
And not once I have been taught any chord.
That’s a shame.
It is like you were taught to use only the black keys on the keyboard, forgetting about using the white ones!
I don’t want you to learn the same way.
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5 reasons to learn how to play chords on the piano
1. You will be able to play thousands of songs easily
Knowing how to play chords on the piano will open up a whole new world for you. You will be able to play thousands and thousands of songs.
It is a great way to extend your repertoire.
It would be a shame not to benefit from this benefit.
If you don’t know yet how to play chords, you can learn in this article.
2. You will understand better what you play
Playing chords will help you to develop a better understanding of music.
Music that you play or listen to. Even classical music.
Indeed, chords are giving you the harmonic context of a song. You will understand the connection between the melody and the accompaniment.
3. You will be able to play accompaniment
Maybe you sing or play another instrument. Playing chords on the piano is a great way to make an accompaniment for yourself.
But also for others. You may join a band and bring some harmonic support to their song. You can easily collaborate with other musicians.
Again, it opens up your opportunities as a musician.
4. You will be able to improvise
Playing even a few chords will allow you to start to improvise easily.
Yes improvisation. It is often regarded as something out of reach except for very advanced pianists.
The truth is that you can start improvising at a very early stage.
Even children when they see a piano will do some sort of (rough) improvisation by pressing a bit randomly the keys.
Start to play a chord progression with your left hand. Then let your right hand play freely on the scale from the key of the chord progression.
This is a simple way to enjoy playing while practicing the piano.
It will also develop your creativity and musicality.
5. You will create your own music easily
Related to the previous one, you can create your own music starting with a few chords.
Again, you may think that only experienced musician can create music.
I don’t agree at all.
Of course, music composition can be very complex and I admire the work of many composers. But it can be very simple as well.
As soon as you can play a few chords and a few notes together, you can create a song. It can start by improvising on a chord progression.
I believe that playing chords should be part of the set of technique you must have as a musician.
Your musical education won’t be complete without that.
It is not complicated at all and much rewarding.
Go and play chords now, you will like it!