Welcome to this third post in this series. It has been a while though and I apologize for such delay.  In case you are just joining you can check out previous lessons here. The First  here and the Second here

By Now, if you have been following the series from the beginning and practiced the exercises then your fingers should  have been flexible to all the notes on the keyboard. Please make sure you consistently practice these exercises.

In the previous post, we looked at the major scales of all 12 keys alongside their minors and right fingerings. After having the knowledge of playing the scales appropriately. We move on further to Chords. As you are getting familiar with the scales of the 12 keys, it is paramount you practice the Chords also. If you have gotten to this stage, I am fully aware and sure you know what Chords are and how they are formed. You can still check out the post on Chords here

Right now, you will practice the Chords on all keys. Chill!!!I know that list of 36+ chord types can be intimidating. It should be.But I am sure you know you can play all of those chords by simply knowing just FOUR main chords: major, minor, augmented, and diminished. So you have to Practice these four main Chords on all 12 keys. And this is very very simple. All you have to do is to follow the formula and practice it following the circle. ( The Importance of the Circle of the Fifth cannot be overemphasized)

Major: 1-3-5

Minor: 1-b3-5

Augmented: 1-3-#5

Diminished: 1-b3-b5

Also the 7th.

Major Seventh: 1-3-5-7

Minor Seventh: 1-b3-5-b7

Augmented Seventh: 1-3-#5-7

Diminished Seventh: 1-b3-b5-b7

This Exercise should be practiced alongside the previous exercises.

Exercise 4: Practice this also following the Circle of Fifth and Fourths. It should be practiced on both hands .Starting with the major Chords, you practice following the Circle, Starting from C, you move to G to D to A and so on.

This Exercise can be dropped once you no longer make regular mistakes playing the Chords on all keys.

If you have gotten to this stage and you have been practicing the exercises, you should be noticing a real change by now.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I think I should mention that a dim7 tetrad is formed with an interval cluster of a R+b3+b5+bb7. What you have in the post is for a half-dim7 tetrad, which is formed with an interval cluster of a R+b3+b5+b7.

    Thanks.

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