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The Pepper of a Musical Meal: Augmented Chords

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
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Augmented Chords – Adding Spice To a Song

Sprinkle Some Pepper On Your Musical Meal Through The Use of Augmented Chords

Augmented chords are to a piece of music like pepper is to a meal; you would never sit down to a meal of pepper alone, but you might sprinkle a little on your food to liven up the taste a bit.

Augmented triads (triads are 3-note chords) are one of the 4 basic chord types, yet they are used very little compared to major and minor chords.

There are four basic kinds of triads in music:

Major triads: composed of the root, major 3rd, and perfect 5th of a major scale.

Minor triads: composed of the root, minor 3rd, and perfect 5th of a major scale.

Diminished triads: composed of the root, minor 3rd, and diminished 5th of a major scale.

Augmented triads: composed of the root, major 3rd, and augmented 5th of a major scale.

Here are the 12 augmented triads:

C aug: C, E, G#

F aug: F, A, C#

G aug: G, B, D#

D aug: D, F#, A#

E aug: E, G#, B# (enharmonic with C)

A aug: A, C#, E# (enharmonic with F)

Db aug: Db, F, A

Eb aug: Eb, G, B

Ab aug: Ab, C, E

Gb aug: Gb, Bb, D

Bb aug: Bb, D, F#

B aug: B, D#, Fx (F double-sharp, which is enharmonic with G)

So like diminished chords, augmented chords are used to add spice to your musical meal. You don’t linger on them, but use them as transition chords between a major and another major chord, or between a major and a minor chord, or sometimes even between two minor chords.

As you play various songs, look for opportunities to use augmented triads as transition chords. And just like pepper is to a meal of food, so augmented triads are to a musical meal.

Click here to go to the web page on augmented chords: http://www.playpiano.com/Articles/20-augmentedtriads.htm

Click here to go to the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnUe3erE7wI

***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

Here’s a great little book on chords and chord progressions on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Chords-Chord-Progressions-Exciting-ebook/dp/B0076OUGDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404158669&sr=1-1&keywords=piano+chords+duane+shinn

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Over 1000 Free Piano Lessons For Adults On YouTube!

Monday, January 11th, 2016
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Free Piano Lessons For Beginners, Intermediates & More! 

Click on this link to watch this video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5rbuRlbmW4&feature=youtu.be

Come on over to my YouTube Channel at http://www.YouTube.com/ChordsGalore and check out over 1000 free piano lessons for adults!

 

Good morning! This is Duane. I would like to invite you over to my YouTube channel at YouTube.com/chordsgalore. If you look right below this video, you’ll see a link to it so you can just click on that link and come on over. The reason you want to go there is because there’s over a thousand free videos that I’ve recorded about all aspects of piano playing. I have videos for beginners. I’ve got videos for intermediate piano players. I’ve got music theory, what makes music tick. I’ve got advanced and semi-advanced amateur piano players. I say that because advanced is really a hard word to define. You think it would be simple but it’s really not. There are classical pianists that can play circles around me, but you take their music away from them and they don’t have a clue what to do or play. They might be very advanced in reading music, for example, but absolute beginners when it came to improvisation or chord playing and arranging.

Anyway, I would like you to come on over to YouTube.com/chordsgalore and watch all the free videos you want because like I said, there’s over a thousand over there for you and you’ll enjoy it. Thanks. Bye-bye for now.

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***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

Here’s a great little book on chords and chord progressions on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Chords-Chord-Progressions-Exciting-ebook/dp/B0076OUGDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404158669&sr=1-1&keywords=piano+chords+duane+shinn

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7 Piano Tips To Make Your Piano Playing Sound Better!

Friday, January 8th, 2016
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Here Are Seven Easy Piano Tips To Make Your Piano Songs More Interesting

Today on this short video I would like to share with you some easy piano tips to make your piano come to life and create more interest.

Click on this link to watch this video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSChTPizwzg

***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

Here’s a great little book on chords and chord progressions on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Chords-Chord-Progressions-Exciting-ebook/dp/B0076OUGDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404158669&sr=1-1&keywords=piano+chords+duane+shinn

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Instant Piano – Is It Really Possible?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
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Instant Piano – Yes Or No?

You see lots of ads promising that you can learn to play the piano in a very short time – such as Instant Piano. But is it really possible?

Good morning, this is Duane. Today I’d like to talk about instant piano. You see ads all the time in magazines and newspapers and so on with titles such as  Instant Piano or Learn Piano in 15 Minutes or Play Piano Instantly, titles like that. I just want to address that today. Is it really possible? A lot of people ask if it’s possible. The answer is, yes and no. Mostly no, but there is some truth to it because you could play some simple things almost instantly. For example, I know it’s possible because I’ve done it many times is to teach a person how to play one song all the way through in just a few minutes, maybe half an hour or something like that. For example, if you have a song that just uses 5 notes, I’m going to use the song, “When The Saints Go Marching In.” You could teach them this. It’s just not that complicated, is it? You have 5 fingers, and there’s 5 notes, so you can learn that pattern pretty rapidly, at least within a half an hour you could do that. A lot of people could to it a lot faster than that. I’ve witnessed that myself.

If you use just 3 chords on the left hand, you can also play with both hands. If you learn that chord, the C chord and the G7th chord, that’s easy because I’m moving the bottom note down one, the middle note up one and leaving the top note where it is. That’s C, G7th, C. Then the F chord, you leave C on the bottom where it is and move the top 2 up. It’s not too hard to learn that in a very short time, those 3 chords. C, G7th and F. Then after a little bit you could teach them how to play both hands together like this. At the end of a half hour or hour or 15 minutes or it depends on the person’s adaptability, they could play that, so is instant piano possible? Yeah.  If you’re talking about more than that, then the answer is definitely no. I mean, if you want to play that a lot fuller, it takes a long time to master that because there’s so many elements that go into it, coordination and knowing chords and chord substitutions and improvisation, all those aspects, and of course, that takes time.

I just wanted to cover that. Is it possible? Mostly. Is instant piano possible? Mostly no, but a little bit, yeah. Hope that helps a bit, and we’ll see you tomorrow with another short video like this. Bye-bye for now.

Click on this link to watch this video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR6mkUFVmww&feature=youtu.be

***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

Here’s a great little book on chords and chord progressions on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Chords-Chord-Progressions-Exciting-ebook/dp/B0076OUGDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404158669&sr=1-1&keywords=piano+chords+duane+shinn

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Inversions of Extended Chords On The Piano – 9ths, 11ths, 13ths

Monday, January 4th, 2016
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What do you call a 9th chord turned upside down?

 Good morning. This is Duane. I would like to talk about the inversions of extended chords. Extended chords, as you know, are chords that go further than one octave. Here’s one octave chord. Extended chord would be like a 9th or 11th or 13th, or any flat 9th, or a combination of a flat 9th and a flat 5th, whatever. Those are extended chords. To invert those is a complex thing. I’ve found that the best way to play a 9th chord or any extended chord is in the second inversion so you can get it all in one hand. Either that or roll the whole chord like this. Root, 5th, 3rd, then play the 9th chord like that, or the 11th chord, or the 13th chord. You play the 13th chord like that, put it on the bottom.

Now, somebody asked me a very good question. What’s the first inversion of a 9th chord? There’s root position, obviously. The 7th is included usually in the 9th, unless it says major 9th; then it would be like that. There’s a 9th chord, or there’s a minor 9th chord. It takes two hands to do it unless you have very large hands. When you get to 11ths, you’re out of luck anyway, so you might as well learn to do it. That’s why I advocate using 2nd inversion, because you can play it like this. Play a low note and then play the whole chord like that. If you want to play it in 1st inversion, it would be like this with the 3rd on the bottom. 1st inversion in classical theory, the 3rd is always on the bottom of the chord. You wouldn’t put the 9th on the bottom of the chord. You could, but then it wouldn’t be called 1st inversion. That would be like a tone cluster. Certainly you can use tone clusters if you want, but don’t call it a 1st inversion. 1st inversion is where the 3rd’s on the bottom. Second inversion is always where the 5th’s on the bottom. 3rd inversion is where the 7th’s on the bottom. Just a little explanation of extended chords when you play them in inversions. Hope that helps. Bye for now. We’ll see you with another video tomorrow.

Good morning. This is Duane. I’d like to walk you through my daily piano tips. It’s a blog that I write most every day. I say write; it’s usually accompanied by a video. I’d just like you to walk through it. If you’re a piano player, you need to know about this because there’s a treasure of stuff in here that goes back for years that you can review from time to time. We’re looking at the face of the blog here. The video here is called How Many Styles You Can Use With One Song, like on Satin Doll. If you want to see what’s current, you click there. That goes through to our current copy. It was Silent Night that I recorded last. The one before that was learning to improvise by simply being playful with the tune. Usually there’s a text. Sometimes like that one there’s no text, but usually there’s a text with the video so you can follow along if you want, or if you don’t get something on the video then you can read about it. This is about fingering, piano fingering and so on.

Look at all the archives here. September 13th, March 12th, May 2011. It goes back to … wow, I’ve been at it for a while, haven’t I? November 2006. Wow, this is 14. I’ve been at it a long time. In any case, you ought to know about that. It’s real easy to find. Right up here I’ll show you the URL. It’s playpiano, all one word, .com. Then put a slash after that, and then WordPress, WordPress. That’s all you need is just playpiano.com/wordpress. I’ll try to make a link for you too so you can just click through it, but if you don’t, just type in playpiano.com/wordpress and you can find that blog. Then you be sure and subscribe to it so that you can get it every time it comes out. Thank you for being with me. I hope you’ll enjoy this. I’m sure you will. Bye for now.

Click on this link to watch this video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAeCRYDg5fs

***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

Here’s a great little book on chords and chord progressions on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Chords-Chord-Progressions-Exciting-ebook/dp/B0076OUGDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404158669&sr=1-1&keywords=piano+chords+duane+shinn

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