Master Every Chord At The Piano Using This Exercise

Master Every Chord At The Piano Using This Exercise


Unknown: Hey guys, Willie Myette
from noble piano. And in preparation for my noble guide
to jazz piano, which is going to be coming out the first of
April, I want to talk about how you can really practice your
chords. Now what I’ve done is I’ve created a randomization
sheet, I actually have three of these. And what it does is it
just lays out just the root of the chord randomly. Now, at the
end of this video, I’m going to also direct you to my circle of
fifths is Bs, video, take a look at that as well. A lot of times
students want to use circle of fifths or go chromatic to
practice their chords. The problem though, is like anything
else. As soon as you get into a pattern, your body is going to
remember it and then you’re not really using your brain anymore
to figure out what those chords are. So being able to play
chords randomly is a much much better way of really locking in
those chords. And making sure that you know them. Okay, so I’m
also using the AI real pro. And you can check out I real pro
comm and download the software. I can’t give you any help on the
software but I am utilizing it and I have this randomization
sheet which you will be able to download and load into your own
I real pro, great piece of software. So what I’m going to
do now is I’m going to play through just major triads,
right. So the first time through all I’m gonna do is just do my
major triads. So here we go. Finally. So now the next time through,
what I could do is I could play these triads inversions. So here
we go. Let me go ahead and stop this. So I’ll start with whichever version you go to,
just really depends on which one would be closest. So here, I’ll
keep the D flat and I’m there. Now for the B, I just right on
up to the B. But now for G flat, I’ll keep that G flat there.
Slide down, D keep the A, for a flat, just go to a flat root
position. Alright, so that’s your major triads, both in root
position and also in inversions. So obviously, what you could do
is sky’s the limit really with with how you practices you could
say, All right, let me do all of that. My triads now, in first
inversion, let me do all of them in second inversion. Let me then
play my minor chords. Let me go ahead and do seventh chords.
What if we did seventh chords for this? Let’s try that. That’s
gonna be a little bit more challenging. What I’m gonna do
is I’m going to bring the tempo down to 80 because that’s the
tempo that we’re doing for the noble guide to jazz piano. So
here we go. We’re going to do seventh chords, dominant
seventh. You’re playing with me, right? Would be great practice for you
to do along with me. And do you notice how there’s
nothing that your ear can really hold on to? It doesn’t sound
like a common progression. It’s not the typical blues. And this
is a great way of really making sure that you know your chords.
Now, you can take this technique and do scales with this as well
say, Okay, let me do my C major scale. And let me do my G major
scale. Let me let me do my D major scale. I can go through
that I can do the inversions. I can also have some fun and do
like octaves in the left hand if I want to do more of like a rock
kind of feel that I can change my field over here. I will
change this to rock. I will start over check out what I’m
doing here. So, there what I’m doing is I’m kind of pulling out some of
those riffs that I have in my chord essentials course. So I
could take some of those ideas. So it’s a great way of
practicing my course. How long should you do that for? You can
just do it for like 510 minutes a day. You don’t have to put in
a lot of time. But rather than just practicing something that’s
mindless, like okay, not really thinking about what I’m doing.
You want to stay active and engaged in your practice. I’ve
seen other YouTube videos in which people are practicing.
They’re just like, practicing over and over and over again.
And that’s great for muscle memory. But the problem is that
this is a muscle as well, your brain. And when you’re not
engaging your brain, well guess what, you’re not engaging your
brain and you’re not going to get smarter at being able to
really grab it, these chords in an instant. And that’s what you
need. In order to be able to be a good pianist and a good
improviser, you need to be able to grab these chords in an
instant, every great pianist or musician that you listen to,
that can play or improvise or compose or sing and play. They
know how to play all of these chords at the blink of an eye.
So if you’re not there yet, don’t worry, you will get there
and you can get there. This is one way in which you can get
there and it works extremely well. So if you’re interested in
getting This sheet getting that play along track as well. You
can go ahead back to noble piano comm check it out there will be
in the courses area as well. Okay, so I look forward to
seeing you in my noble guide to jazz piano Be sure to check that
out and then in just a second, check out that circle of fifths
is bs video on YouTube as well. I’d love to get your comments.
Take care

10 thoughts on “Master Every Chord At The Piano Using This Exercise

  1. That's exactly what I needed! Besides, really nice to see some Live Event material again! So good memories! Thanks!!

  2. Thanks Willie for this video. I have done something similar to this long ago from a Allan Swain course(series of 3 books). What he did in his first book was to say take Index cards and write the root chord names on them and mix them up and then display them across the piano or bench in front of you. Then begin to play the various chord types indicated on the Index cards from left to right. Allan also taught a method how to react to playing what I call open chord voicings.

    So you are doing exactly what Allan Swain also taught me. Still Learning. Great video

  3. Fantastic..I like the randomness of this..no intricate progression. Willie want to pass something on. About 2 years ago I started working on a chromatic melodic minor 3rd progression. As I had no guide I worked on it for months on and off. Then one day I could do it it fast and accurate. Shortly after doing it adnausrum;; musical intervals began to became easier. I instantly recognized the 13.. Eg.the 13th of C is 6 in the theextensions.. so let's say I am on AC in the pattern. That tells me that A is a a minor third of the root A. Also it tells me that the A natural minors parent scale is C. Also I don't go up a major 6 in C to find A. iF I am playing in Db .. I know my 13th note is Bb. I also know that the Aolian mode of Db
    Is : Bb C Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb..the
    Bb natural minor scale. This simple exercise has other benefits.
    I usually start with the thumb on on C to 3 on Eb then 2 4 on Db E then thumb on D and F with 3. Next 2 4 on Eb Gb then thumb on E and G on 3 finger.. The benefits of this are similar to your random technique here. I am working knowing instantly on the extensions in all keys. b13 etc..
    For me I am convinced that it helps to know this info. Great Video. I'm texting this on a small
    Phone. Hope no mistakes.

  4. So simple, yet so powerful. This little exercise made it to my daily routines. You can really train ALL possible chords with it. Thank you, Willie

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