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How To Tell What Chords To Play When Not In Sheet Music

Hi there. I am Ron Leegee, the ezinearticles author of this article.

In this piano lesson we learn about chords not in sheet music. When you look at piece of sheet music you see that there are two treble clefs and a bass clef sometimes. Why are there two treble clefs you ask? The top treble clef usually contains the melody line. The second treble clef is an optional line that may contain all the 3 note chords and their rhythm pattern.

What if it does not and all you see are 2 note chords occasionally and you see the melody line repeated again?

How are you going to play the 3 note chords if you cannot find them in the sheet music?

That second treble clef line is an arrangement that is put there so that you can play some 2 note chords in the same hand as the melody. That is usually your right hand. In this piano lesson we learn how to use the left hand to play chords. In the right hand you play the melody.

Again, you ask how are you going to play the chords if they are not in the sheet music?

I figured out a way around this. Just look at the guitar tabs of the chords. If the key is in C then you should see some guitar tabs above the staff such as C chords, F chords, and G chords.

C chord

F chord

G chord

They would be in the chord progression of I-IV-V pattern.

I figure the chord diagrams will help you. How about getting CHORD DIAGRAMS for many other chords you want to find out about. Get it in the Instant Chord Finder Then what duration do you play them for if they are not in the sheet music?

You can try to use your play by ear skills or develop them and see if you can guess the chord rhythms in the song. If you listen to the song and you cannot guess the rhythm for the chords, then try the following piano lesson.

Try playing the 3 note chords like you would play a guitar. When you strum a guitar you usually play 4 times per measure. Try it with the piano. Play the 3 note C chord 4 times per measure. Do this for each measure that you see the C chord above the staff. Then play the F chord and G chord each measure that you see the chord in the guitar tab above the staff. There is an online piano course that can give you more tips.

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