Are you struggling to memorize all your major and minor chords? 

I totally get it—it can feel like a daunting task at times.  But don’t worry, I’ve got your back!

I’ve just uploaded a brand new YouTube video that I think you’re going to love.

In this video, I’ve compiled some seriously cool tips and tricks designed to accelerate your mastery of major and minor chords.

Here’s why you should hit play:

  • Unlock the secrets to effortlessly memorizing major and minor chords.
  • Discover practical techniques tailored to your unique learning style, whether you’re a visual learner or prefer mnemonic devices.
  • Learn how to quickly identify major and minor chords, making your piano practice sessions more efficient and enjoyable.

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION:

There are a lot of chords in this world and it can be extremely overwhelming to even begin to think about memorizing them. Today I’m going to show you a couple of hacks that are going to help you memorize your Major and Minor chords in a snap. Let’s go.

So in case you don’t know what even is a chord? A chord is basically when we’re playing multiple notes at the same time like this. In music, we can have all kinds of different chords. Major chords typically sound happy and Minor chords typically sound sad.

Now I’m going to show you one hack right now that can help you find any Major and Minor chord, and here it is. So let’s say you want to find C Major. I’m going to play the note C and then I’m going to count 1, 2, 3, 4, and then 1, 2, 3. That is C Major. So you count four plus three.

Let’s try another one. How about G Major? I’m going to do the same thing. G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3. This is G Major. You can do the same thing for Minor chords. So let’s find C Minor. I’m going to go C, 1, 2, 3, and then 1, 2, 3, 4. So this is C Minor and it’s the opposite of Major. It’s going to be three plus four. All right, let’s find G Minor as another example. Say G, 1, 2, 3 and then 1, 2, 3, 4. All right, so that is one hack, but I’m going to do another hack today as well.

So there are 12 Major chords and 12 Minor chords, and I’m going to show you a way to very quickly memorize them. If you’re a visual learner, this is also going to be just so awesome to you. Okay, some of our Major chords are just all white keys. So for example, these are the chords that are all white keys. It’s going to be C Major, F Major and G Major. These chords are always just white keys, okay? So what you can do is you can memorize a funny sentence to help you memorize the ones that are all white keys. I just thought of one, cats find gnats. Do whatever works for you.

All right, our next batch of chords are white, black, white and those chords are D, Major, white, black, white, E Major and A Major. They kind of look like a little triangle. My sentence that I thought was dogs, D Major, eat, E Major ants, A Major. Again, do whatever works for you.

All right, our next batch of chords are black, white, black. Those chords are D Flat Major, could also be known as C Sharp Major, and E Flat Major or D Sharp Major and A Flat Major or G Sharp Major. All right? So if we’re thinking in Flats, that would be D Flat, E Flat, A Flat. What’s a sentence?

Two hours later. Oh my gosh, it’s the same thing. Dogs eat ants. There’s also going to be a chord that’s just all black keys and that chord is G Flat Major or F Sharp Major. You could just remember that or you could think of a funny word. I don’t know if you have a funny word, let me know in the comments.

Some chords I just say are weird and they have funny shapes. So for example, B Flat Major just has one black key on the left or A Sharp Major, and B Major has two black keys on the right. All right, but for me, I just remember that the B chords are weird.

So you can look back on these and just memorize the shape of these chords and use little funny sentences like I did. You don’t have to use the same ones as me. If you have different sentences, let me know in the comments. I think it could be kind of funny. Do whatever you have to do to memorize those little chords in all these different shapes.

Before we discuss the Minor chords, have you memorized all of your Major and Minor chords already? Let me know in the comments. Luckily, the Minor chords are so easy if you know the Major chords. So all you have to do is move that middle note one note down to make it Minor. So for example, if I have C Major, all I have to do is move one note. We call this a half step. So the very next note down and that makes it C Minor. You can think, oh, cats find gnats. Okay, that’s one of our all white chords. Find it and then you can go, oh, I’m just move those a half step down. So you can do that with any Major chord, just move it a half step down.

So let’s do another one. How about G Major? Let’s just move it a half step down. Now it’s G Minor and chords are really, really cool and all, but it doesn’t really mean anything if you just know your chords and you have no idea how to play them and make them sound good with music. After all, we’re after playing music, not just playing chords, right? Yes.

So if you’d like to learn more about how to play music and how to play the piano with chords, I highly recommend watching my free training. In that training, I show you how to play the chords of a song. I show you how to jazz up those chords and make them sound good. I also show you how to play the melody with your chords. So if you’d like to see how that works, definitely head to the link in the description below. If this video helped you, be sure to like and subscribe, and I will see you next time.