How to Play Piano Chords in 12 Levels (using different techniques from Beginner to Insane)

Here's a short list of how to play piano chords in 12 levels, using different techniques from beginner to insane. What are the 12 levels of playing chords at the piano? Root Position | Closed Voicings InversionsOpen Voicings | Drop VoicingsOctave Displacement & DuplicatesExtensionsRootlessFunctional Chord/Chord-scales pairingsUpper Structure TriadsUpper Structure QuartalsHexatonicsStacked StructuresPoly-Structured Clusters Here are... Continue Reading →

How to Play Upper Structure Triads on Piano

How to play upper structure triads on the piano? 1. Find the correct chord/chord-scale pairing for the chord. 2. Classify your notes into inside note and outside notes. 3. Within the inside notes determine which is the root, the guide-tones, and the available tensions 4. Find triads that are all built with inside notes and contain at least one available tension 5. Play that triad on your right hand while playing the root on the two guide tones on your left hand

A Piano Reharmonization of Imagine (John Lennon) We wrote an easy piano arrangement of Imagine by John Lennon using some of the essential Reharmonization Techniques we usually talk on our mDecks Music Youtube Channel Things like: Modal Interchange (a.k.a. Borrowing from minor) • Secondary Dominants • Considering the Target and others. You can gain access to the sheet music by joining... Continue Reading →

How to play chords using Upper Structure Triads. “An original approach by mDecks Music”

For a piano player, knowing how to voice chords is an essential skill, not only for comping (accompanying or laying the chord progression for others player to improvise over), but also to use those voicings as an improvisational aid. All piano players get many melodic ideas or lines from their voicings. Other instrumentalists also take... Continue Reading →

How to play Piano Voicings using Upper Structures. Introduction

Here's the complete lesson in video format   In this series we are going to talk about Piano Voicings, specifically voicings that use upper structures. It’s said that the average piano player spends 2 to 3 hours daily, searching for cool voicings over different chords and harmonic progressions. Finding new voicings, cataloguing, memorizing and... Continue Reading →

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