Ezine Article Tip
How To Tell What Chords To Play
When Not In Sheet Music
Hi there. I am Ron Leegee, the ezinearticles author of
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 name of the chord above a measure. Look at the Piano Chord Chart of the chords. If the key is in C, and the name of the chord is C, then look at the C Major Chord image on this page. In the key of C, there are usually C, F, and G chords. For F, see the F Major Chord image. For G, see the G Major Chord image.
Go to a Piano Chord Chart like this
They would be in the chord progression of I-IV-V pattern.
Go to the
Chord Inversions page on the menu to find various ways to play the 1-4-5 chord pattern.
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.
In many songs, there are 4 beats per measure.
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 staff.
There is an online
that can give you more tips.