I’m thrilled to share my latest video with you: “How To EASILY Create Your Own Beautiful Piano Chord Progressions.” Whether you’re a seasoned pianist or just starting, this video will open doors to new musical horizons.
Imagine crafting emotive piano chord progressions effortlessly. In this video, I reveal techniques that will spark your creativity and transform your playing. I’ll show you exactly how to know which chords sound good together with some special tricks.
Ready to elevate your musical journey? Join me as we explore the enchanting world of piano chords.
Hi, and welcome back to Pianoly. Today I’m excited to share with you a video about how to know what chords sound good together.
This is a big question when you just want to improvise or just write a song. So this is going to show you exactly how to put chords together that sound good and make them beautiful.
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All right, let’s dive in. How do we know which chords sound good together and what will be very beautiful together? The first thing you really need to know is your keys. Every song is in a certain key. So for example, the song Let It Be by the Beatles is in C major and so on. You can have a key in D major, G major, C minor, F minor, and so on. This is the first step in knowing what chords are going to sound good together.
So when a song is in, for example, the key of C major, that means it only uses the notes in the C major scale. So for example, Let It Be is in the key of C major and it only uses these notes. No other notes. Or you could have a song in the key of D major. It’s only going to use the notes of the D major scale.
So how do you know your keys or your scales? I always recommend this book for scales, as you know, if you’ve seen me recommend it a billion times in my YouTube videos. But another quick way is to visit this website. If you go to musica.com/scale-finder, you can see all of the keys. So here is C major. I could also look for D major. That means the notes are D, E, F sharp, G, A, B, C sharp, D. You can only use these notes in your song.
So once you’ve picked out the key of your song, you’re going to build triads. From the major scale, build triads by stacking three notes on top of each other. So for example, in C major, I’m going to build the first triad. Here’s the first chord in C major. Then the next note in the C major scale is D. I’m going to build a triad, E, F, G, A, B, C. So these are the only chords I can use if I’m playing a song in the key of C major. Relabel, these triads with Roman numerals in music.
So once you have built your triads, label them with Roman numerals. So for example, in the key of C major, this first triad is the C major chord. It’s going to be labeled with a Roman numeral one because it’s the first chord in the C major scale and it’s a major chord. If it’s a major chord, we’re going to label it with an uppercase Roman numeral one. The next chord is D, F, A. That is a minor chord, D, F, A, so we’re going to label it with a lowercase two for Roman numerals. The next one is E minor. That’s going to be a lowercase three. The next one is F major, uppercase four. The next one is G major, uppercase five. And then we have A minor, which is a lowercase six. Then we have a B diminished chord, so that is going to be a lowercase seven. And we usually have a little circle over here to mean diminished, or they might write DIM next to it and then we’re back to C major.
So again, these are the only triads I can use if I was in the key of C major. Now, if I was in the key of a, let’s say G major, this triad starting on G is going to be one. Then we have two, three, four and so on. The key of G major has an F sharp. So that’s why you saw me go like this with an F sharp right here.
If you’re kind of lost about chords, you don’t know a lot about chords, watch this video. And before we move on to the next step, which is going to be really fun, let me know what’s your favorite chord progression on the piano. Let me know in the comments.
Now that we know exactly what chords are in each key, we can start putting those chords together to make a beautiful chord progression. So let’s put our newfound knowledge into practice. I’m going to do this in a really fun way.
So I always recommend at least for beginners, start your chord progression on your root chord. So for example, that root chord is one. So if I was in the key of C, then you would start with C. Now I’m going to pull out the rest of my cords from a hat. So my first chord in my progression is going to be C. Now I have four, major four. Now I have minor two. And I’m going to do one more. And then I have minor six.
All right, let’s see how this sounds in the key of C major. Remember I’m starting on one, C. Now I’m going to go to four, which is going to be F major in the key of C, minor two, which is D minor, and then six, which is A minor. So that makes a very interesting chord progression. Let’s hear it.
All of those chords sounded really nice together. I thought it kind of sounded a little bit solemn because it ends with two minor chords at the end of it, so it’s a little bit sad. Let’s make one more, just showing you how easy this really is. Remember, I’m going to start on one and then let’s do another one. We’re going to go to minor two, diminish seven, major four.
All right, let’s see how that sounds. Starting on one, minor two. That’s very interesting. All right, let’s listen to that again. One, two. So all of those chords went together, and when you’re done with your chord progression, just like you start on the root chord one, you should always end on the root chord as well. So for this one, it could go like this, one, two. That way we resolve back to one.
You can see just from my two different examples that I pulled out of a hat that you can make chord progressions and they’ll all set different moods and feelings. So experiment with this. You might write some really cool improvisation or some really cool songs.
And if you’d like to hear some inspiring chord progressions, I highly recommend watching this video. If all of this sounds really cool, but you have no idea where to be in with learning the piano, I highly recommend watching my free training. It shows you the exact roadmap that I take my students on that helps them go from zero to playing their favorite songs in months, not years. The link is in the description below.
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