Feeling lost on how to tackle learning all your piano chords? In today’s new video, I’m diving deep into EVERY SINGLE TYPE OF CHORD you’ll ever need to play your favorite songs.  But that’s not all…

Here’s what I’ve got in store for you in today’s new video:

  • From basic major and minor chords to advanced seventh chords and beyond, I’m covering it all.
  • Learn simple tricks to easily find any chord on the piano, no matter the key. You’ll never have to second-guess yourself again!
  • I show you how to turn chord practice into a fun and engaging activity. Say goodbye to boring drills—learning chords has never been more enjoyable!
  • Discover how to use rhythm patterns to add depth and flair to your playing. You’ll be amazed at how a simple rhythm can transform your favorite songs!
  • I’m pulling out all the stops to ensure you have everything you need to become a chord master. Get ready to take your playing to the next level!

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION:

This is your ultimate roadmap for learning all of your piano chords, and how to jazz them up. Today, we’re going from zero to 100. Level one: this is where you don’t know any chords at all. So in level one, we’re going to touch on just a few major and minor chords that are extremely popular in music. And if you have no idea what a major and minor chord is, a major chord typically sounds happy, and a minor chord typically sounds sad. So for level one, I recommend learning C major, G major, A minor, and F major. Why? These chords are the building blocks of music. They are found in tons of songs, seriously, hundreds of songs. Check out this video from Axis of Awesome. In this video, they have mixed a lot of these songs together that use this chord progression, and it’s pretty awesome.

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So if you start with these four chords, you can quickly start playing a lot of your favorite songs. So let’s go with learning these chords. On the piano, C major is always C, E, G. G major is always G, B, D. A minor is always A, C, E, and F major is always F, A, C. And if you’re in level one, I recommend playing what we call a fifth in your left hand. So a fifth is basically five notes apart. So for example, C to G is five notes apart. So if you’re playing C major, then just play the fifth of C major in your left hand, C to G. If you’re playing G major, then play G, D. A minor, A, E. And then F major would be F, C.

So practice between these chords and get comfortable with that. Then pick one of the songs with this chord progression and start practicing it. You can refer to the Axis of Awesome song for a list of a lot of these songs that have this chord progression. Some of my favorites are Let It Be by the Beatles, or I’m Yours by Jason Mraz. And you can easily find these songs online by going to a website called ultimateguitar.com and you can find it like this. So for playing a chord sheet like this, you’re basically going to play the chord where it lines up with the lyrics. So it would go like this: (singing). And on these sheets, major chords are written with a capital letter and minor chords will have a capital letter and a lowercase M next to it like this. Once you can play a song with these four chords, you have passed level one.

Level two: now that you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to expand your chord vocabulary. In level two, learn all the rest of the major and minor chords. So every key on the piano has corresponding major and minor chord. So for example, A has A major and A minor. This means that there are 12 major chords and 12 minor chords, and here is a huge hack: for major chords you can use the formula 4 + 3 to find any of them. Watch this. Here’s a C. Now I’m going to count four: 1, 2, 3, 4, and then 1, 2, 3. That is how I would find C major. But what if I wanted to find another chord like E major? So here’s E. I’m going to count four: 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3. That is E major. And you can do that with every single major chord.

And then with minor chords, it’s actually the opposite. You’re going to do 3 + 4. So watch. If I wanted to find C minor, press C, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4. That is C minor. Now that you know how to find all of your major and minor chords, you’re going to practice them until you know them quite well. But to make sure you still have fun, look up the chords to your favorite songs online and start playing some more songs. Practice songs that just have major and minor chords in them. So some of my favorite songs that work with this are Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones or Love Me Do by the Beatles.

In level three, we’re now going to dive into chords that add some tension to your music. We’re going to add suspended and diminished chords. For suspended chords, there’s actually two types, sus2 and sus4. Basically with suspended chords, we’re going to replace the middle note of the chord. So for example, Csus2 is this, and Csus4 is this. And don’t worry, I have wonderful formulas for you. The suspended two formula is 2 + 5, so say C, 1, 2, and then 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. For the suspended four is going to be 5 + 2. So you go C, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and then 1, 2. And when you’re playing on a chord chart, they’re going to look like this. One of my favorite songs with suspended chords is Tom Petty’s, Free Fallin’.

And our other new tension chord is called diminished chords. Diminished chords are like super minor chords. A very quick way to find diminished chords is by using the formula 3 + 3. So watch this. If I wanted to find C diminished, I would say C, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3. So to complete level three, now find some songs with these new added chords. Some good ones to practice with are Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty or Perfect by Ed Sheeran. Before we get to level four and five, let me know in the comments, which level are you at?

Level four: now it’s time to master seventh chords, and there’s a lot of different types of seventh chords. Today we’re going to do major, minor, and dominant seventh chords. These chords add some richness and sophistication to music, and they’re basically jazzy or bluesy. So the first one we’re going to go over is a dominant seventh chord. This is probably the most common used one, and this is a four note chord. So let’s find one. We’re going to use the formula 4 + 3 + 3. So let’s do C dominant 7: C, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3. And on your chord charts, you’ll see them written like this. Next is minor seventh chords. Again, this is a four note chord, and here’s the formula. All you’re really doing is building a minor chord first. So the formula is 3 + 4 + 3. So let’s do C minor 7: C, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3. And you will see these written in music like this.

And our last one is major seventh chords. Again, this is a four note chord, and you’re going to build a major chord first. So if I was doing C major 7, it’s going to be, say C, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4. And you’ll see it written in music like this. Once you get familiar with the seventh chords, now find some more songs online that includes seventh chords. Some of my favorites are Fallin’ by Alicia Keys or Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra.

And now we’ve finally made it to level five. We’ve learned all the main chords in music. Now we want to add some pizzazz because no one wants to just play boring chords. Train your left hand to do some different things. For example, if your right hand was playing C, you could play just a C in your left hand, you could play the fifth, or you could start playing in octave, which is eight notes apart. So if you’re playing C major, then you would play the C octave in your left hand. If you were doing G major, you’d be doing G in your left hand and so on. Then experiment with some rhythm patterns to add some flair. So I’m going to give you three examples of what that would look like. But by the way, there’re a billion ways you could do this. You could add arpeggios, you could break up the chords, you could toss between your hands a little bit.

And of course there is so much more to learning the piano and there’s so much to learn about how to play your favorite songs. But what about the melody? What are more ways you can jazz up the chords too? In my free training, I show you exactly what to learn on the piano in order. It shows you the exact roadmap that you need to take to be able to learn your favorite songs more quickly. Don’t waste your time just piddling around with a bunch of different YouTube videos. And that’s what my student Jim did. He actually learned all of his chords, he learned how to play the sustain pedal correctly. He learned so much in my piano accelerator program after only six months, and he even claims to have not practiced for about two of those months. Check it out. To watch my free training and to see Jim’s full video testimonial, head to the links in the description below. And if this video helped you, be sure to like and subscribe and I will see you next time.