Learn Your 7th Chords: A Must For Chord Voicing Mastery

Learn your 7th chords on the pianoAre you in love with the idea of learning how to play those fancy jazz piano chord sounds? Well, that’s understandable. You see, we share that passion. It’s also a passion of mine to share insights in this area.

As a private piano coach, the discussion and demonstration of chord mastery at various levels is a regular part of my weekly routine. When it comes to having fun playing pop tunes, jazz standards, and more, there is one constant that everyone must master.

Yes, I’m talking about 7th chords. You just have to learn them. Actually, it would be more helpful to learn to love them.

To the beginner, learning 7th chords on the piano often seems a bit intimidating, since there are many different kinds. However, there are a few that are more common than others.

Basically, the four types of 7th chords that you will find in your music more than any others are:

Major 7ths

Dominant 7ths

Minor 7ths

Diminished 7ths

Actually, once you get even somewhat of a grip on these, all the others will become a whole lot easier to grasp.

The one obstacle that seems to get in the way of so many people wanting to explore these chords is the idea that they need to trudge through a whole lot of theoretical understanding in order to master them. Well, I’m here to tell you that this simply is not true any more than you have to theoretically know what a pronoun, verb, noun, subject and predicate are in order to say “I ate a piece of candy.”

As a piano coach, whether involved with one-on-one private lessons or online tutorials, I’m always focused on making musical concepts graspable to the individual who wants to dive right in with making music as soon as possible. There’s nothing wrong with learning shortcuts. Theory can be helpful and understanding but, once again, you don’t have to be a master at theory in order to express yourself, whether it’s English or music (they’re both languages).

If you would be up for a “shortcut” approach to learning those 7th chords in a manner that’s ridiculously easy, perhaps you might be open to the idea of accessing my program The Ridiculously Easy Way To Master Those 7th Chords On The Piano.┬áIn those videos, I use an animated keyboard while narrating the easy-to-follow steps that lead you to master one type of 7th chord after another. You can even view the mp4’s on your iPad or favorite device while its propped up on your piano or keyboard stand. That makes it easy to follow along. It is truly a very easy way to familiarize yourself with so many types of 7th chords, including the basic ones mentioned above and the more “complex” ones you’ll encounter along your journey.

You don’t have to know everything about 7th chords in order to explore the wonderful world of chord voicings, by the way. Even familiarity with a few is enough for you to start having fun with voicings. For example, in Lesson #1 of ProProach, we take a simple Major 7th chord and start voicing it right away.

So, you don’t have to know everything about 7th chords before you start getting creative with them any more than you need to learn all the words in the English language before you can start speaking (otherwise, none of us would ever have said a word yet!).

Stay curious. Learn some basics. Commit to making it fun for yourself and let the learning process take its natural course. You’ll be amazing yourself before long.