Playing from chord charts is a musical skill that can sometimes seem like magic. How can a few chords on a page turn into music? This beginner-friendly course puts you in the driver’s seat as we navigate a ten-step process for taking a lyric or chord chart for a simple song in a major key from zero to hero.
By the end of this course, not only will you be able to create your own musical arrangements, but you'll be able to understand the harmonic context of every new song you learn.
This 90 minute course (split into more than 20 bite-sized lessons) covers all types of triads, basic rhythms, inversions, arpeggios, voice-leading and even touch on seventh chords, minor keys and other popular embellishments. At this price, you can't go wrong!
Here are the 10 steps we'll use for playing any song from a chord chart.
- Pick a song, find a chart
- Plot out the big picture form
- Master the diatonic chords
- Understand the harmonic context
- Play every inversion
- Pick your positions
- Check in on the rhythm
- Pick your patterns
- Fine tune the arrangement
- Re-introduce fancier chords
Plus a bonus lesson on navigating minor keys which are known to have a few curveballs.
Thanks for checking out this course, I hope to see you on the other side!
The videos in this course are entirely visual (no sheet music) and feature falling blocks that guide you to the right notes. The videos in this course were originally created for HDpiano.com using their tools and software.