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PRIMARY CHORDS the nuts and bolts of harmony, guitar playing and accordion buttons.



PRIMARY CHORDS
the nuts and bolts of harmony, guitar
playing and accordion buttons.

By Gerry Jones of
Liverpool
Country Dance Band


 

CHORDS
are when you play notes together on a keyboard at the same time.

Start with THIRDS; this is when you play
any note, MISS OUT the note right next to it, but play the NEXT one as well:
like C (miss D) and E. Hold down C and E, and you will hear a pleasant,
cheerful, enjoyable sound.

Try this with any “1st and 3rd” notes, and you will get the same kind of
sound. Not near the bottom end of the piano – too muddy. Not right at the top
end – too twittery. Stick round the middle.

Now try playing “one-finger” tunes, with the same two fingers.

Tap the rhythm of “Jingle bells” !

Another good one is “Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket”.

Now you are playing in THIRDS, and these
are CHORDS.

The next stage is to play Three-Note Chords,
; Play one (miss one) Play one (miss one ) Play one. THREE notes at the same
time.

Maybe C+E+G, or F+A+C (“doh + me + Soh”) or anything like that.

Play around, have fun, enjoy the sounds.

Then watch out for my next article about which different Three-Note Chords
you will need for your song.

 

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