Your First Six Chord Exercises – Piano

Chord ExercisesEveryone wants to play their favourite songs. Even if we don’t want to do it in front of anyone else, we’d still like to be able to sing and accompany ourselves on the piano in the privacy of our own homes.

The first step along this path is understanding how chords work. On the guitar, things are relatively easy as there are only a few set chords for each key. When you need to play C major, for example, you place your third finger on the third fret of the A-string, your second finger on the second fret of the D-string and your first finger on the first fret of the B-string and strum away.

If you need to play C major on the piano, however, things are a little more flexible and fluid. You may want to play it in a lower or higher register depending on the song. You may need to be a root position or an inversion, depending on the prior chord. You may want to play six notes across both hands, or only three, depending on how much depth and presence you require.

In order to play a song on the piano, then, you need to know more than a single chord position, with set notes and fingers. You need, instead, to know how it may be played anywhere on the piano and in any form. To help with the first steps of getting acquainted with chords on the piano, I have put together a PDF with your first six piano chords.

First Six Chord Exercises.pdf

These are all to be played with the right hand only, and need not be restricted to 2 octaves, as shown, only. The aim is to get to know the chords of C, G, F, Am, Em and Dm in all their positions.